The Norwegian pattern of my Autumn Symphony Jacket with Cowl and Tweed Belt is just out in Familien, I am very pleased to announce. This issue which came out on Monday 22nd September has more than 40 pages of knitting patterns and all the Norwegian designers are briefly presented. A small photo of the cowl is on the side of the cover – see above – and there are 3 larger photos on the contents page, as well as the 4 page pattern spread. The set is beautifully photographed by in-house photographer Petter Berg and stunningly modeled by Trine Foon Karlsen in all the different wearing options. The A-line jacket with a side panel knitted in stockinette stitch, the lace cowl plus the tweed belt are all knitted in the fabulous Ask-Hifa 2 in 3 different melange colors, using 3.5 mm/US 4 and is available in sizes S to 3XL. I chose Farmred, Dark Terracotta and Orange but there were numerous divine selections shown during test knitting of the English pattern, see Ravelry.
In the editorial, Ingvild Hagen writes about the “Koftefeber” – the current knitting trend or fever in Norway is for traditional color work cardigans and sweaters with pewter buttons often updated in brighter colors, than the more classical ones. My Autumn Symphony can not be described as a “Kofte” since it has a lace stitch pattern but look at the cover and on the contents page above and you see examples of the ongoing trend. The traditional Fana Sweater in the top right corner is one of the popular patterns. Mix and match is the headline for my set.
The brief introduction to me says that I “worked as a Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns in London. She has published the book “To rette, en rang. Designstrikk” which was published by Cappelen Damm in 2012. Now, she lives in Oslo and designs for Familien, Made By Me and the American magazine Clotheshorse, holds workshops, proof reads and translates knitting patterns to and from English.” Then follows all the pattern information including the construction under notes: “The body is knitted in one piece to armholes, with a fake seam st in rev st st, then separated into three parts. The sleeves are knitted in the round. The leaf pattern is discontinued where the bind-off interferes with it on the sleeves and the fronts. The wrap is worked in the round and can easily be adjusted by adding or removing pattern repeats. The belt is worked flat, adjust width and length by adding pattern repeats. If you prefer to lengthen the belt to a skirt, consider whether to include elastic band at the waist.”
The picture text is my introduction to the pattern: “Autum Leaves cover this A-lined jacket knitted in one piece with a false seam in a middle of the stocking stitch panel. The sleeves are knitted in the round with leaves up to the shaping where the lace pattern is changed to reverse stocking stitch. A belt in autumn coloured tweed lengthens the jacket and introduces the orange wrap. Or why not wear the wrap as a belt and opposite. Choose your three favorite colours, then make your outfit.” I will soon share one of the test knitters brilliant result.