My next pattern released in English after a completed test knit in my Ravelry group is the Lace Ridge Top pattern which includes the cable cowl. The Norwegian pattern was published in the separate issue Familiens Håndarbeid in March. I made sure it was part of my photoshoot last autumn. Brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, worn by the stunning looking dancer Francesca Golfetto. Here is the link to the pattern in my Ravelry store: Lace Ridge Top; A casual, stretchy long sleeveless top in an open lace ridge pattern, with a boat neck and a high twisted rib over the hips. The top is easy to knit in the round. It is worked in a divine mercerized cotton from Hifa, called Perle/Pearl which is held double to emphasize the structure of the lace pattern. The cable cowl accentuates the design and gives the top a more dressy look.
Sizes: Top: S (M, L, XL, XXL) Cowl: One Size
Finished Measurements: Bust: 110 (117, 123, 129, 134) cm/43.25 (46, 48.5, 50.75, 52.75)” Hip: 81 (86, 91, 95, 100) cm/32 (33.75, 35.75, 37.5, 39.25)” with 5 cm/2″ additional ease. Length: 80 (80, 82, 82, 84) cm/31.5 (31.5, 32.25, 32.25, 33)” Cowl: Circumference: 30 cm/11.75″ length: 116 cm/45.5″
Yarn: Hifa, Perle in heather sh 18306 (100% Egyptian mercerized cotton, 670 m/732yds, 200 g cone), see ull.no. Top: 2 (3, 4, 4, 5) cones: 1308 (1911, 2246, 2581, 2916) m/1430 (2090, 2456, 2822, 3189) yds. Cowl: 2 cones: 1280 m/1400 yds
Note: Yarn is held double throughout.
Yarn alternative: Anzula, Squishy (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 352 m/385 yds, 115 g), see anzula.com. Or another fingering/4 ply yarn to be held double throughout. Or another DK/8 ply yarn held single.
Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for top. 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (40 cm/16″) for cowl. Adjust needle to match gauge.
Notions: 4 stitch markers, cable needle for cowl and yarn needle.
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows in Lace Ridge Pattern using 4 mm/US 6 needles and double yarn measures 10 cm/4″ square. 17 sts and 29 rnds in Twisted Rib using 4 mm/US 6 needles and double yarn measures 10cm/4″ square.
Notes: The body is knitted in the round up to the armholes and then flat to shoulders holding yarn doubled. The Lace Ridge Pattern creates a ladder at the join. There is no neckband nor armholebands. The rib will expand with wear if knitted in cotton, so do not choose a larger size based on your hip measurement. You might want to consider inserting an elastic, or knitting with a thin elastic to make the rib stay where you place it. The cowl has a temporary cast on so that the ends can be easily be grafted together. The cable on the cowl is very wide so working it without a cable needle is not recommended.