New Design: Ena

I love the Acadia yarn from The Fibre Co. and this amazing Orange Storm shade. Yes, it is my colour! A long cabled cardigan with a high collar was my aim. The result is Ena: Ena is Celtic for fiery. As you need to be passionate about cables to make this jacket. The woven cables lean towards the left and the right hence the spine has been accentuated with a twisted stitch at the center back and along front opening. Ribbing in the sides make the jacket appear casually fitted. The collar in rib can be worn open or closed and folded over. Ena is knitted in the rustic Acadia with silk noil from The Fibre Company.

The cable I chose is from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook, so no surprise there, as I have found a lot of inspiration in it. The Acadia yarn, made of 60% merino wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk with 133 meters/145 yards on each 50 gram skein, makes the jacket quite dressy so I wanted bespoke jewellery-like buttons. So I sent a request to Norwegian designer Siri Berrefjord, aka fredenshavn.no, and she never disappoints… In addition to the wonderful buttons I also received a series of close-up detailed photos, which I look forward to showing you.

The jacket is made in pieces and seamed. The collar is picked up and knitted before the buttonband. The last buttonhole is on collar before fold over. The cardigan is knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a 21 stitches and 30 rows  in Stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square gauge.

My husband has photographed me at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum on a very windy day in October. I am wearing size S with a bust circumference of  92 cm/36.25″, worn with 4 cm/1.5″ positive ease. The cardigan is graded in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 124 cm/33 to 48.75″. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on March 12th, before it is released at the end of April. Ena was photographed by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church in October, worn by the gorgeous Emma Ross and I look forward to showing you those photos. Next of the new designs to show off is Donia, a poncho made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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