I am delighted to release my Shawl Sleeves pattern in English. The Norwegian pattern will be published as one in a series, in the special issue of Familiens Strikkebok out on the 25th August. The finished result is more abstract than I had in mind, but still fun to drape around your body or merely use one as a generous scarf. You can easily make it longer by adding pattern repeats, just keep in mind that you will need more yarn. I made my own tweed by holding one strand of Rowan Fine Tweed together with one strand of Ask – Hifa 2. Here it is; brilliantly worn by dancer Francesca Golfetto, beautifully styled by Line Sekkingstad and photographed by Kim Müller. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A sleeve that ends in a shawl, worked in reversible cables with two very different sides and lined by checks, made to drape and pin together as you wish. The cables are worked half in rib, half in reverse stockinette stitch, and provides a soft contrast to the curvy checks. Knit in the round to the armhole, then flat on the shawl to the hem at the end. This is a conceptual accessory with a modern shape.
Sizes: S/M (L/XL, 2XL)
Finished measurements Sleevelength: 52 (52, 54) cm/20.5 (20.5, 21.25)” + Shawl length: 80 (84, 88) cm/31.5 (33, 34.75)” Sleeve width bottom: 21 (24, 27) cm/8.25 (9.5, 10.75)” Sleeve width top: 32 (34, 36) cm/12.5 (13.5, 14.25)” Shawl width: 36 cm/14.25″
Yarn: Rowan Fine Tweed in Leyburn 383: 12 (13, 14) skeins (100% wool, 25 g, 90 m/98 yds); 1080 (1170, 1260) m/1181 (1279, 1378) yds. Rowan Fine Tweed
Hillesvåg, Ask – Hifa 2 in Melange Corn Yellow 6502: 3.5 (4, 4.5) skeins (100% wool, 100 g, 315 m/344 yds); 1080 (1170, 1260) m/1181 (1279, 1378) yds. Ask Melert
Note: Yarns are held together throughout.
Alternative yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% wool, 50 g, 128 m/140 yds). Shelter
Needles: 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needles (100 cm/40″) for hems and sleeve part. 4 mm/US 6 straight needles for shawl part. Adjust needles to match gauge.
Notions: stitch markers, cable needle and yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows in st st and Check pattern using a strand of each yarn and 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4 square (steamed and stretched). Rib and purl cable across 32 sts measures 11 cm/4.25 wide.
Notes: The sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom with a hem to the armhole bind-off. Then you cast on for a shawl edge and increase a few stitches to reach full shawl width. The only sewing required is attaching the beginning of the shawl edge to the armhole. You can easily adjust the length of the shawl if you prefer.