New Design: Aki

Here is the second of the four designs I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. Aki is an a-line pullover with a cable I discovered in Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Yes, it is the sourcebook, in my opinion. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Round cables, reminiscent of antic coins hence the name Aki; Eskimo for value, adorn this a-line pullover with vents at the bottom. The pullover is crowned with a double collar with cables and garter stitches. The body is worked in two parts, while the sleeves are knitted in the round, all parts with garter stitch in the sides. Aki is knitted in a soft heather pink in the luscious Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Michael photographed me by the rock next to Rødenessjøen, a short walking distance from our house in Ørje, and we just missed the rain this time. I am pulling the sleeve down, without pulling too much of a face. A reminder why it is so essential for me to have a professional model. It gives me a large number of excellent photos to choose from instead of merely finding a few that are acceptable.

The pullover is beautifully knitted in Sølje by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, at an impressive speed just in time for me to make the collar, just before the professional photoshoot. Sølje is a pelt yarn that comes in 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards and has a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle to 10 cm/4″ square. I am wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. The front and back are worked back and forth, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The rib on the body is not seamed at the bottom to create vents. The double collar is picked up and knitted in the round, allowing the cables to continue. The interfacing part of the collar is knitted in stockinette stitch.

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 2nd of October and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as more new designs. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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