I love the British Stein Fine Wool 4ply hand dyed by Emma Boyles of The Little Grey Sheep and here is my first design in her yarn – a pullover called Melva. I met Emma at the Vienna Wool & Design Festival in April and was dumbstruck by all her magnificent hand dyed colours. Emma gave me a selection to take home to test and I decided to test the Stein Fine Wool 4ply in a red shade first. Emma suggested the shade named Outback and kindly offered to sponsor the yarn. Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler is this straight sweater with with fancy cables at the bottom and the top. Ribbing in the side and make the sweater figure hugging. While the stockinette stitch center shows of the stunning hand dyed The Little Grey Sheep, British Stein Fine Wool 4ply. The sleeve mirrors the body. The pullover is worked in the round to the underarm.
The delicate and intricate cable is again from Norah Gaughan’s excellent Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Instead of placing the cable in the center and repeat it, I chose to place 2 at the bottom and 2 at the top of the body and 1 on the sleeve. I initially planned to work not only the sleeves but also the body flat for a better fit but ended up working only the sleeves flat. Instead of making it fitted I added ribbing to the sides so the pullover will appear casually fitted.
The British Stein Fine Wool 4ply is made of wool from Emma’s sheep at Well Manor – a small family farm on the Surrey Hampshire borders in the UK. It is 100% wool with 330 meters/360 yards on each 100 gram skein. I used a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and got a gauge of 26 stitches and 34 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. I am wearing size XS with 2 cm/0.75″ negative ease, but I will later show you how fabulous it looked on model Emma Ross with 2.5 cm/1″ positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 2XL with a finished bust circumference of 88 to 124 cm/34.75 to 48.75″.Michael has photographed me at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum. We had planned to take photos at the Boat Café, but due to the high waves and the strong wind we used this place instead. Above you can see the stunning hand-dyed shades of the yarn as well as the cable in detail. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry Group at the beginning of February next year and launched in time for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March.