Sculpted Frost is a pattern with a long history and a design which evolved over several years before it was ready to be knitted. The English pattern has now been released after a successful test knitting where some of the testers choose fewer tucks on the sleeve and a different edging on the body. You can see them all on the pattern page on Ravelry. It was first published in Norwegian in the special magazine Familien Strikk last August. The sample jacket was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn on gorgeous Anne Dorthe/Team Models with beautiful hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A beautiful frost flower lace pattern adorns this a-line jacket. The cuffed sleeves only have a central lattice panel, while the frost flowers reign on the body. The coat is framed by a shawl collar in garter stitch divided with a tuck and finished with an I-cord bind off. A vivid lilac color was made by combing the divine mélange lace weight Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul with the beautiful light fingering comb wool Hifa Huldra Kamgarn. Together they create a stunning stitch definition as well as a slight halo.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Finished Measurements: Bust: 84 (92, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm with overlapping collars/33 (36.25, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Hip: 104 (112, 118, 126, 136, 146) cm/41 (44, 46.5, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5)” Length: 77 (77.5, 78.5, 79.5, 80.5, 82) cm/30.25 (30.5, 31, 31.25, 31.75, 32.25)” Collar width to v-neck: 7 cm/2.75″ Collar width (mid-neck) widest: 18 cm/7″ Sleeve Length (incl cuff): 52.5 (53.5, 54.5, 54.5, 54.5, 54.5) cm/20.75 (21, 21.5, 21.5, 21.5, 21.5)” Cuff length: 7.5 cm/3″
Yarns: Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul (68% baby alpaca, 32% nylon, 25 g, 177 m/195 yds). Sample is knitted in Melange Pink/Purple Tones DL213. http://www.dustorealpakka.com/garn-sortiment/?category=29 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins: 1157 (1246, 1383, 1485, 1593, 1701) m/1265 (1363, 1512, 1624, 1742, 1860) yds. Hifa, Huldra (100% wool, 200 g cone, 850 m/929 yds). Sample is knitted in Light Purple Pink 8012. http://www.ull.no/garn/maskinstrikkegarn/huldra-kamgarn-8-5-2-tykt 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) cones; 1157 (1246, 1383, 1485, 1593, 1701) m/1265 (1363, 1512, 1624, 1742, 1860) yds. Note: Both yarns are held together throughout.
Yarn alternatives: See Sculpted Frost pattern page. Or another DK/8 ply yarn held alone to replace both Huldra and Dreamline Soul.
Needles: 2 sets 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for body and sleeves. 2 sets 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (120 cm/48″) for collar. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Notions: 7 Stitch markers, 4 stitch holders and yarn needle.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked. 18 sts and 24 rows in Frost Flowers using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked. Lattice Panel across 16 sts using both yarns held together measures 8 cm/3.25″ blocked.
Notes: The 3 larger sizes have been given a garter st panel on either side of the Frost Flowers, feel free to change this to st st if you prefer. The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The hem and the tuck are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together.