Photoshoot at Bøler Church: Brewster Cardigan

The time has come to show you the marvellous photos we took at the photoshoot at Bøler Kirke/Church in Oslo last October. The first series of photos out are of the Brewster Cardigan. We started photographing outside in the courtyard next to the chapel due to the  funeral in the main church hall, so we would be out of sight as agreed with the parish priest Dag Auli who unlocked all doors and gave us close to unlimited access to the church.  The next backdrop we choose was the entrance to the church hall with its high ceilings, half concrete walls and large windows, by HBA Architects. Above is the gorgeous Emma Ross, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing Brewster Cardigan captured by Eivind Røhne. It is one of my favourite shots from the photoshoot.

I chose to style the cardigan with black pencil trousers and those magnificent sculptural high heels by Danish designer Camilla Skovgaard. The Brewster Cardigan was initially made for Wool Studio 2016 an off-spring of the knit.wear magazine and published in December 2016. The pattern rights reverted to me in December 2017, hence I needed to take new photos for the release of the pattern in my Ravelry Store.

Reversible sand cables, adorn the generous loop cowl as well as the center of the back and the sleeves of this straight cardigan. The draped loop cowl creates the unusual captivating silhouette. A fake garter stitch seam adds a bit of structure to this cardigan. The loop cowl can be worn loose, folded once behind the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style.

The cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield (70% Merino, 20% Baby Alpaca, 10% Silk, 50 gram, 113 meters/124 yards). Sample is knitted in Haze 14. Cardigan shown measures 96.5 cm/40″; modeled with 15.5 cm/6″ of positive ease. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 89 to 136 cm/35 to 53.5″.

Brewster Cardigan is knitted by me using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Above you see the cowl worn three times around the neck, pulling the cardigan together into a ballerina wrap style. The body is worked back and forth in one piece to the armholes and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round, with the sleeve cap worked flat. The loop cowl is worked in two parts, with 3 pattern repeats, and is joined with a 3-needle bind off at one end and a mattress stitch seam at the other after it has been attached around the opening with extra length hanging loose.

Emma’s wonderful hair adds a splash of colour to these grey tone photos. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting while the Norwegian pattern will be published in the special issue Familien Strikk magazine out in March. Thank you to my team including Sissel’s assistant Nora and my husband – always working in the background – for making these wonderful photos!

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