New Design: Neva

The last of my four new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is Neva. A tabard with side panels named after the Spanish word for “snowy”. The front and the back panel is covered in a snowflake like cable, while the side panel is knitted in garter stitch. All the panels have I-cords in the side and they are knitted together. Neva is seamless and knitted in the luscious Sølje pelt wool yarn yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. These photos of me wearing size XS/S were taken by Michael in May at the beach in Ørje.

The sample was brilliantly knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, in size Extra Small/Small using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

I have graded the pattern in five sizes from XS/S to 5XL with a bottom circumference of 116 cm/45.75″  to 172 cm/67.75″ and a Back/Front panel width of 34 cm/13.5″ to 54 cm/21.25″.

The vest is worked back and forth in two separate pieces and joined with a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders. The I-cord is then worked along the side edge before the side panel is knitted and attached to the opposite side using a 3-needle bind off.

Above is a detail of the cable pattern, the neck band and the side edge. It also shows the colour depth of the pelt wool yarn, which is naturally light grey.

Yarn kits for Neva with a Norwegian or English pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on the 4th of January next year, before its release. In the meantime, I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot back in May.

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