Barra was photographed at Bøler Kirke/Church in the opposite corner to Cahal, to complement the light brown Sølje yarn by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk the cardigan is made of. Just as brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne suggested. I was delighted to see gorgeous model Emma Ross, with makeup & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing the jacket with such flair. Barra is styled with pencil pants and a black turtleneck as well as with Monica Stålvang’s stunning boots. Here is my introduction to the cardigan: Elaborate spear cables run like a spine on the back of this long jacket before they are moved towards the shoulder at the top. At the front one cable follow the line along the v-neck. The sleeve has a spear cable running around it at the bottom, before the upper part is knitted in the round in stockinette stitch. The a-line cardigan is named Barra – Celtic for spear.
The cardigan was beautifully knitted by Anne Langfjæran, aka kosekontoret on Instagram, using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles to a gauge of 24 stitches and 34 rows/rounds in stocking stitch to 10 cm/4″ square. Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje is made of 100% pelt yarn with 350 meters/383 yards on each 100 gram skein in a lovely melange brown. 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″.
The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round after the sideways cable panel to the armhole. Stitches are picked up along right side of cable panel for the top sleeve. The cable is the same I used on the pullover Melva and found in Norah Gaughan’s inspirational Knitted Cable Sourcebook. I attached 10 buttons with a 15 mm/0.52″ diameter on the button band which is picked up and knitted at the end.
Here is the a view of the back, and you can see how the cables are moved towards the shoulder at the top, while they are moved from the v-neck shaping at the front. The Norwegian Barra yarn kits were launched by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk at Oslo Design Fair, while the Norwegian pattern will be released shortly and available at Ravelry. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on the 14th May and it will be released around 6 weeks later.