Here is Ardra professionally photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Emma Ross at Bøler Kirke/Church, late in October. Yes, I did know that the cognac shade of Sølje by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk would suit Em perfectly. Sissel Fylling did start by cutting Em’s hair and had her assistant Nora helping her. Jewellery designer Kaja Gjedebo Design, who lives close to the church, were also with us for the first part of the day. I styled the pullover with black pencil pants, a turtle neck and Monica Stålvang’s stunning boots. Here is my introduction to Ardra: Round knot cables run along the body of this a-line pullover with a slightly longer back. Only one cable adorns each sleeve. The body is worked in the round and ends in a round neck with an I-cord bind-off. A false seam on the sides make the fit better. Ardra is Celtic and means noble.
The yarn kit was launched at Oslo Design Fair in January by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and will shortly be available in selected yarn stores. The pullover was beautiful knitted, using 3 mm/US 2.5 and a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge, by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, since I was busy working on another new design. Sølje Pelsull is made of 100% pelt wool with 350 meters/383 yards on each 100 gram skein and comes in 30 beautiful shades.
The body is knitted in the round with short rows for a longer curved hem at the back up to the armhole. Then it is worked back and forth in Back and Front. The sleeves are knitted in the round up to the armhole. Emma is wearing size Small with 4.5 cm/1.75″ positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″.
Finally the back view with the extra long curve at the bottom. The cables are from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook, and appear smaller due to the thinner yarn than on the poncho Donia. The English pattern for Ardra will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on 23rd of April before it is released in mid June.