Ataraxia in Familien Vårstrikk 2020

The special magazine Vårstrikk/Spring Knits published by Familien is now for sale and I am so thrilled to have my Ataraxia pattern among all the lovely patterns. On the cover is Apple Blossom Sweater designed by Kari Hestnes. Ataraxia, one of the pages from the magazines is show below, was designed for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 27 Winter 2018 and the sample I knitted was in SweetGeorgia Yarns Mohair Silk DK in the divine shade of Pumpkin. While the sample Pom Pom had knitted up to fit better with the remaining collection in the magazine in The Copper Corgi Fiber Studio, Jones Street Worsted in Goldenrod, which I borrowed for the photoshoot and then returned. One of these photos of the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design was brilliantly taken by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church in Oslo in November last year.

Ataraxia is named after one of Caroline Norton’s poems, to give you a sense of calm, sheltering you from whatever storms you bravely weather. She was known for her drive to establish basic legal rights for women. The long jacket’s fitted shape is achieved through a careful arrangement of vertical texture panels and I-cord highlights. Finished with a tucked asymmetrical peoplum. Designed with a mythic shield maiden in mind, not unlike Caroline Norton.Olivia is wearing Ataraxia in size S with + 14 cm/5.5″ ease and stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall. I have graded the jacket from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 91 to 132.5 cm/35.75 to 52.25″. Both samples are knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles and a gauge of 21 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The handmade jewellery buttons on the pumpin colored sample are made by Siri Berrefjord in Norway, see www.fredenshavn.no and can be ordered from siri@fredenshavn.no. You can see them photographed by Siri herself above, and several more photos in this blogpost: Ataraxia Buttons by Siri Berrefjord.

Olivia is wearing Ataraxia in size S with + 14 cm/5.5″ ease and stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall. I have graded the jacket from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 91 to 132.5 cm/35.75 to 52.25″.  Both samples are knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles and a gauge of 21 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The special issue Familien Vårstrikk is available at selected news agents and super markets. But it can also be ordered in Norway by sms: SMÅ20 to 2205. If you are in Norway you can buy a digital version for iPad, see www.klikk.no. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing kari.bachke@egmont.com and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The English pattern is available in my Ravelry store and on Love Crafts.

In Norway we are in lock down due to the Coronavirus to stop the spread. I hope all of you will stay well and keep safe!

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