Emma Boyles of The Little Grey Sheep suggested I launch my Melva pattern in time for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (read: EYF, for us knitters) and I am happy to say that I made it with the help of my test knitters and new technical editor Kristen TenDyke. The Little Grey Sheep will have a stand at the Festival, sell the yarn Stein Fine Wool 4ply in lovely hand dyed shades as well as my Melva pattern. I would have loved to be there, but know I have my own ambassadors there. One of my Austrian test knitters, Barbara will be there wearing her version of Melva, and so will one of my Norwegian sample knitters, Kristin, as well as my new translator (yes, this is very exciting and more news will follow shortly). Emma also commissioned Amanda, aka demonknitter24 on Ravelry, to make her a version of Melva for the festival, so I am hoping for a small line up of Melva. Both English and the Norwegian pattern are available at Ravelry and at Loveknitting. Above you see it gorgeously worn by Emma Ross, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. Below is a photograph of the lovely yarn in the shade Outback taken in our garden last July by my husband.Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler, a straight sweater with fancy cables at the top and the bottom. The intricate cable is fit for a ruler. Ribbing in the side makes the sweater figure-hugging, while the stockinette stitch center panel shows off the stunning hand dyed Stein Fine Wool 4ply from The Little Grey Sheep. The sleeve mirrors the body, but it is worked flat.
Melva pattern is available in English and in Norwegian (på norsk).
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Bust: 88 (94, 100, 106, 112, 124) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 44, 48.75)“
Length: 60 (61, 62, 63, 64, 65) cm/23.5 (24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)“
Modelled in size XS with 2.5 cm/1” positive ease.
Yarn: The Little Grey Sheep British Stein Fine Wool 4ply (100% wool, 100 g, 330 m/360 yds). Sample is knitted in Outback: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins;
1536 (1666, 1796, 1926, 2056, 2316) m/1679 (1821, 1964, 2106, 2248, 2423) yds.
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.
Gauge: 26 sts and 34 rows/rnds in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
Melva cable (12-sts) measures 4 cm/1.5” wide.
Notes: The body is worked in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. While the sleeves are worked flat. If your row gauge differs, begin second Melva cable 54 rows (16 cm/6.25”) before final row on back, front and sleeves. If you want to lengthen the bottom half of the body and add a section to the Melva cable, work these additional rows: 4 to 13, then rows 44 to 49.