Photoshoot at Bøler Church: Donia

I am so excited to show you the photos of the gorgeous Emma Ross, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling & jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing Donia, captured by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Kirke/Church in Oslo last October. Yes, I did select the medium blue in Tinde Pelsull by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk to go with Emma’s hair and because it was a shade I wanted to use for some time. We started our photoshoot at Bøler Kirke/Church in the courtyard next to the chapel. The colour of all the natural materials worked so well together with the colours I has chosen for the collection for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, to be launched at Oslo Design Fair. I decided to style the poncho with high heeled boots from Norwegian designer Monica Stålvang, and black pencil pants.

Round knot cables adorn the bottom and the top of this poncho. A high collar gives it a noble look, hence the name Donia; Celtic for rules all. The upper part is picked up and knitted from the lower cable panel and worked in stockinette stitch with shaping for the shoulders. The short sleeves in rib hold the poncho together. You can wear it with a belt or a shawl pin to gather it at the front or loose, just as you prefer.This was Kaja’s favourite from the shoot, and she borrowed it when Emma had changed into the next garment. I have made the design in one size, but it can be adjusted to your preference in both width and length. The bust circumference is 194 cm/76.5″ and the length is 74.5 cm/29.25. The sleeve length is 32 cm/12.5″.

The body is knitted in four parts with cables on bottom part and stockinette stitch on the upper part. A long circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The collar is knitted separately using a provisional cast-on so that the ends can be grafted together. If you prefer to have the collar loose, pick up and knit stitches around the neck and work an I-cord bind-off.

Donia is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The Tinde Pelsull yarn is made of 100% pelt wool with 260 meters/284 yards on each 100 gram skein and it comes in 30 divine shades.

The last photo of Donia shows it worn with a belt. Sissel and I decided to use the wide belt on Emma. It is only the front piece that is gathered together with the belt, while the back piece is left to hang loose and hence seem longer. The yarn kit with a Norwegian pattern will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at the end of January, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on March 5th, before it is released at the end of April.

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