Photoshoot at Oslofjord Museum: Bell Jacket

I am ready to begin to show you the photos we took from our base at the Oslofjord Museum at Vollen in Asker, outside of Oslo at the end of May. First out the Bell Jacket, this is an old pattern that was first published in my Norwegian book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” by Cappelen Damm in 2012. I want to present a new model, chosen for the occasion since I had so many designs to photograph this time I choose to book both Emma Ross and Kaja Kvernbakken. The multi talented Kaja is a former editor, designer, novelist and one of the few Norwegian technical editors. In addition she has been modelling for years and years, ever since she was working as a designer for the Norwegian yarn company Du Store Alpakka. You will find her face on several Norwegian knitting books and magazines. So here she is wearing my Bell Jacket with a pair of pirate trousers, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, plus ankel boots by Monica Stålvang, brilliantly photographed next to the corten steel wall by Eivind Røhne.

The Bell Jacket was photographed again since I am releasing the pattern as an individual pattern and because I wanted to sell the Norwegian pattern for reuse to the magazine Familien. I have received several requests for the pattern in English, but knew I had to revise the pattern and have my technical editor to check it as well draw a schematic drawing for it, hence it has taken a lot longer than anticipated.

The jacket is knitted in Valley Yarns, Tencel 8/2 made of 100% Lyocell that comes on 454 gram/1 pound cones with 3072 meters/3360 yards. The sample is knitted in Sienna and Pompeii with 1 strand of each color held together throughout using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a 2.5 mm/US 1.5 needle for the front band. The gauge is 29 stitches and 38 rows in stockinette stitch using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with 2 strands held together measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Kaja is wearing the smallest size with a 96 cm/37.75″ bust circumference. I have added a size extra large and done a few adjustments to the pattern as well as rewriting the pattern into my current pattern writing style. I loved seeing this jacket on Kaja! I am so proud to have such a fabulous team to work with! Thank you!

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Norsk Strikkedesign – Upcoming Book: Thia

I am taking part in a Norwegian book, called Norsk Strikkedesign/Norwegian Knit Design, together with 5 other designers, all with 5 designs each, that will be published early in October by Cappelen Damm (who also published my knitting book in Norwegian and sold it to a Finnish publisher). My former mentor Iselin Hafseld, who is also the editor and a participating designer, asked me at the end of last summer. When we all had agreed, the publisher’s editor Anne-Berit Tuft revealed the other 4 designers taking part: Arne & Carlos, Kari Hestnes, Bente Presterud and Birger Berge. I was thrilled with the company I am in, and that Iselin would be in charge of the photoshoot. The book was Anne-Berit’s idea and she suggested it should be launched before the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, where Norway is the Guest of Honour this year. We all hope that this will increase the possibility of it being sold by the Cappelen Damm Agency to foreign publishers, hence translated.

Above is the cover, the second version that is, and we are eagerly awaiting the next one. The photographer, you will recognize I belive, is Eivind Røhne. Below is my Thia jacket knitted in Tinde pelt wool by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk but hand dyed in Mikkel Rev/Michael the Fox (a child’s rhyme) shade in red/orange/pink by Laila Henriksen of Værbitt/Weather bitten in Oslo.

All my designs are made in Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelt wool since Cappelen Damm preferred Norwegian yarn or at least yarns that are easily available in Norway. I also wanted to take advantage of the offer I had received several months back from yarn dyer and shop owner Laila Henriksen, who runs Værbitt/Weather bitten in Oslo. She hand dyes on Tinde and I had already fallen in love with her Mikkel Rev/Michael the Fox. Laila was delighted to take part in this project and dyed Mikkel Rev for a cardigan for me, especially. I just had to knit this one myself, while I asked my fantastic sample knitters: Grete Jenssen – aka ma9 on Ravelry – a turbo knitter and Kristin Nygård – aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry to make the remaining 4 projects: a pullover, cowl and beret with the same cable and a skirt. All are knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and a 21 stitches and 30 rows gauge per 10 cm/4″ square.

My initial idea was to make an outfit, including a beret and a skirt. I asked Laila for colour suggestion to go with her Mikkel Rev, she suggested Burgundy and Natural grey. I agreed and thought Burgundy looked best with it, so I decided to use it for the skirt, while the pullover and accessories are all made in Natural grey. As I did the finishing of the garments, I was no longer convinced they all fitted together, hence I suggested to Iselin to photograph the skirt and cardigan together.

Thia is a sweet fitted cardigan with a small extra rib above the waist, cables adorning the center framed by double seed stitch. The lower part is all in stockinette stitch to allow the beautiful hand-dyed Mikkel Rev on Tinde pelt wool by Værbitt shine with its colours and depth. Thia ends in a large collar that can be folded down.

Cappelen Damm wanted all the garments for women in size medium, so above you see me wearing Thia with more ease than intended. The pattern is graded from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference (without front bands 2 cm/0.75″) from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 51.5″.

I invited a small number of my test knitters with sponsored yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk to check all my 5 book patterns early this spring and I look forward to showing you their wonderful results! But first I will show you the Cian Pullover, Cian Cowl & Cian Beret and Damara Skirt.

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Devona Pattern Released

The test knit of Devona, designed for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in Sølje pelt wool, has come to an end and I have released the pattern. My test knitters corrected and improved the pattern. You can see their different version with modifications such as adding sleeves, making it wider, knitting it in a fade or with two coloured front and changing the neckline on the Ravelry pattern page. Devona can be used as a vest, top or shell as you prefer. Above you see it brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by Emma Ross with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at the Vigeland Museum last November. The pattern, in both English and Norwegian, is available from Ravelry and will soon be added to LoveCrafts too. A yarn kit with Norwegian pattern is for sale from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Named after the Goddess of the Rivers of Devon is this vest with textures running into each other at the center. One half is in a twisted rib while the other is honeycomb, divided by a spine of rib. The vest ends in garter stitch bands topped with a soft I-cord bind off. Devona is knitted in the bouncy Sølje Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust: 86 (92, 98, 104, 116, 125) cm/33.75 (36.25, 38.5, 41, 45.75, 49.25)“
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65, 66) cm/24 (24.25, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26)”

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Light Jeansblue 2113;
2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 5) skeins; 700 (805, 910, 1015, 1225, 1435) m/765 (880, 995, 1110, 1340, 1569) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/nyhet-solje-pelsu…

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Sock (100% wool, 100 g, 361 m/394 yds).
http://madelinetosh.com/tosh-sock/
Berroco Cosma (60% alpaca, 30% wool, 10% silk, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-cosma
Or another Sport/5 ply or Fingering 4/ply yarn.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needles.
3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle for neck- and sleeveband (60 cm/24”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
25 sts and 32 rows in Honeycomb measures 10 cm/4” square.
25 sts and 32 rows in Twisted rib measures 10 cm/4” square.

Notes: The vest is worked in pieces and seamed. The neckband and armhole band is worked in the round at the end. Block to make sure the middle two rib stitches are in center and the length of Honeycomb pattern part is identical to the Twisted rib part.

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New Design: Aife

Aife is a slightly fitted pullover beautifully knitted by Grete Jenssen, aka ma9, in the hand dyed, Dye Dye Done, Pure Sport in Baby Elephant. Last year Hanna Maciejewska’s husband Daniel started hand dying yarn and Hanna asked if I wanted some sportweight for a design. How can I refuse gorgeous hand dyed yarn? She suggested the popular shade called Baby Elephant, a taupe colour and I was happy to accept it. I had already designed Gillah Swoncho but I was not finished with that cable, by Devorgilla, so I made it into a fitted pullover too with two mirrored cables. I am wearing size Small, with a bust circumference of 92 cm/36.25″ but the pattern will be available in sizes XS to 2XL, in these photos taken by Michael at The Halden Canal Museum in Ørje. The English pattern will be test knit in my Ravelry group, beginning on August 12, before its release in both Norwegian and English.

I actually met designer Hanna & Daniel first time in Vienna for a knitting retreat in October 2015 (Wollness Weekend), then for the second time around at the Vienna Wool & Design Festival in May 2017. We connected straight away and have been in touch ever since. Their lovely Pure Sport yarn is made of 100% Superwash Merino and comes in 100 gram skeins with 300 meters/328 yards. The sample took 5 skeins and 1470 meters/1608 yards to make.

The swatch took quite a bit of time to make using 3 mm/US 2.5 and a 25 stitches in stockinette per 10 cm/4″ square gauge, so I knew I had to ask turbo knitter Grete to help me, since I was still knitting Gocce. Grete suggested 2 central rope cables instead of just one and I had thought about it so I did. The cross back became wider than I had planned and the merino yarn has less bounce than I am used to from the pelt wool.

Aife was the Queen of the Isle of Shadow according to Celtic mythology. This elaborate cabled pullover with a slightly fitted waist, is made for a female warrior. A large cable panel, created by Devorgilla, is mirrored with two small cables at the center. The sweater ends in a generous turtle neck in ribbing. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sleeves are in stockinette stitch with only two small centered cables. Aife is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit.

Coming soon on my blog is news about an upcoming Norwegian book I am taking part in.

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Wa Knitted by Karen

Karen, aka Knittywarbler on Ravelry & Instagram, has knitted Wa for her gorgeous granddaughter who is modelling it in these photos. This is another of the many test knits that Karen has done for me in my Ravelry group. Karen is retired and has knitted since she was a child and does not let her illnesses, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus, stop her.  Wa is knitted in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Lilac using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needles to the gauge specified in the pattern: 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Wa, was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and their Tinde pelt yarn. Here is my introduction to the shawl: “A shawl turned into a vest with a back piece, named Wa; Eskimo for ”here it is”. A large Celtic Cable adorns the center with Round cables on each side and small framing cables, on both parts; the shawl and the back piece which is sewn onto main piece at the end. Wear it as a vest, a wrap or a generous shawl around your neck.”

Karen made both parts of the shawl, unlike some of my testers who decided only to make the long top part and not the bottom part for the back or vest part. In the photo above you see the back piece.

Not only has Karen done an amazing job test knitting this shawl, she has also taken these stunning photos! Thank you so much, Karen!

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New Design: Gocce

I have two more new designs to show you, and here is the first: Gocce, a lace cardigan with a cowl. The poetic introduction to Shibui Knits’ Rain, a stunning chainette cotton yarn, inspired the name choice of this fitted summery lace cardigan. ”Fleeting drops fall…” not unlike the lace pattern on this jacket. Gocce is Italian for drops and selected to give this v-neck cardigan the sophistication it deserves. A cowl crowns the cardigan and can be worn loose or twice around your neck. Gocce is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and seamed.

Shibui Knits contacted me at the end of last year, and asked if I wanted some their yarn. If you are a knitter, you know the answer to that. Did I have a favourite yarn or did I want a mix kit? I went for the second and after several months, my verdict was clear. I loved the lustre, the rustic look and the chainette construction of Rain. I have been wanting to try out their yarns for quite a bit, and did order one skein of Maai, an alpaca mix, for the White Mountain Ruana  made for Interweave Knits Winter 2018.

The lace pattern is one I discovered on Pinterest and placed in my ideas folder. I do prefer my lace patterns not to be too complicated, nor the charts too large. In addition it has to look pretty. I did plan to make a size small but measured the lace panel wrong and ended up with a small size extra small, I can just about button up as you can see from these photos taken by Michael at the The Halden Canal Museum in Ørje. Size XS and sample measures only 77 cm/30.25″ but has quite a bit of ease in both yarn and lace. I am wearing it with 11 cm/4.25″ negative ease. I have graded it up to 2XL with a 125 cm/49.25″ bust circumference.

I wanted a stylish (or elegant, if you prefer) v-neck cardigan that would fit with a dress, skirt and trousers. I choose a v-neck since I feel that fits better on top of a dress and makes it look more dressy. And if you do want to cover the neckline, I made the cowl to go on top, either hanging loose or twice around your neck.

The cardigan is knitted flat in pieces while the cowl is worked in the round, all using 3.5 mm/US 4 and a 22 stitches gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. Thank you to Shibui Knits for sponsoring the lovely yarn for this! The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group starting 29th July before it is released. I look forward to showing you how it looks on Em!

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Euler Cardigan Again

My Euler Cardigan was published in Wool Studio Vol. VI by Interweave and you have already seen the photos by Harper Point Photography in this blogpost. So here are some of the photos my husband took of me back in our front garden in December, just after Christmas. Why is it named after Leonhard EulerPetra777 on Ravelry, asked me. The Interweave Wool Studio theme was geometry and I wanted a name that reflected well with the intricate cable pattern. I searched for a bit and then found Euler! Petra replied: “I don’t know how much you know about Euler but he was such an awesome mathematician. He is celebrated for so many accomplishments, amongst the many as the father of graph theory. One concept in graph theory is an Euler path. The cables with the dropped stitches of this cardigan remind me so much of an Euler path; which is a path composed of vertices and edges and visits every edge only once. This is another fantastic design Linda!” I am overwhelmed by this, that the name fitted so well as well as the complement! Thank you so much, Petra!

Here is the introduction to the pattern: “Named after the accomplished and creative mathematician Leonhard Euler, this cardigan combines dropped stitches with bold cables along the front panels. The pieces are worked separately and seamed together for structure. The dramatic front panels hang loosely without a closure for an elegant but cozy sweater.”

Euler Cardigan is knitted in the hand dyed Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted (100% superwash Merino wool, 206 m/225 yds, 113 g) in 14ns Denim using 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7 with a stockinette stitch gauge of 20 sts and 27 rows using the larger needles. The cardigan shown in the smallest size which measures 85 cm/33.5″, modeled with 4 cm/1.5″ of positive ease. It is available in six sizes and the largest size measures 132 cm/52″.

The digital magazine contains 10 designs. Interweave has written in their introduction: “Discover sophisticated, simple, and luxurious knitwear that pairs exceptional designers with splendid yarns in Wool Studio Vol. VI”. I am flattered to be called an exceptional designer and I am in fabulous company. The magazine is available to download from the Interweave Store.

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New Design: Gillah Swoncho

The last new design for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for autumn 2019 is a swoncho, named Gillah, knitted in their divine Tinde Peltwool. I have made several ponchos earlier, most of them with sleeves so they are easier to use, but this time I wanted to make a narrower version and use the fairly new garment type name of Swoncho. It is after all a combination of a sweater and a poncho hence a swoncho. Gillah means joy in Hebrew and well suited to this swoncho tribute to Dorota Kowalczyk, aka Devorgilla on Ravelry, whose stunning cable adorns the centre body. Above you see me wearing it photographed by Michael at the The Halden Canal Museum in Ørje. I was just saying that I should take a step up on the ladder to the boat…

The colour I choose for it is a grey purple in the Tinde Peltwool yarn. I had Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen, knit the sample for me, while I did the finishing. Kristin did a brilliant job as usual! It is knitted in pieces, back and forth, with vents in each side and shoulder shaping. The collar ends in a I-cord bind off to crown the playful center cable. The cable was too wide for the sleeve so I choose to make a wide garter stitch band in the centre instead. The stunning ring is designed by Kaja Gjedebo Design and fits so perfectly to my cable designs.

The Gillah is knitted with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square. The Back and the Front is identical, with the cable ending on row 17 (or 37: 7 cm/2.75″ difference in length). I have graded the pattern in three sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL). I am wearing size XS/S with a bust circumference of 144 cm/56.75″, while the next sizes measure: 152 cm/59.75″ and 160 cm/63″.

 I also wanted to show you how it looks with a belt and moved into the shadow from the boat so that the rich colour would be correct. Above you see me straightening the garter stitch edge on the sleeve.

The yarn kit with the Norwegian pattern will be launched at Oslo Design Fair in August by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while the English pattern of Gillah will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning 4th of November.

A longer version of this post with more photos can be found on my Patreon page, available for patrons only together with monthly rewards such as a free pattern, newsletter and video. See www.patreon.com/lindamarveng. Thank you!

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Canola Pattern Released

The test knit of the English pattern to Canola is coming to an end and I have released the pattern on Ravelry. My test knitters have done a brilliant job and you can see their versions on Ravelry. The poncho was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and is knitted in their divine Tinde Peltwool. Yes, there actually is a pelt sheep; a Norwegian sheep breed that is a cross between a Gotland sheep and a Norwegian Short Tail Landrace (spælsau). The wool is naturally light grey and when dyed, it gains a heather colour. It has a lustre and a bit of a halo. In my opinion, it is perfect for cables. Yarn kits are available to order from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while both the Norwegian and the English patterns are now for sale in my Ravelry Store. Photographer Eivind Røhne captured this brilliant photo of Emma Ross, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at the Vigeland Museum back in November. A longer more detailed post, with a photo of my Damara skirt/poncho made for the upcoming Norwegian book, is public on my Patreon page.

Named after Canola the Irish deity who ruled over music magic is this poncho with sideways cables at the bottom and on the high collar. The upper section is picked up and knitted from the lower cable panel and worked in stockinette stitch with shaping for the shoulders. The short sleeves in rib hold the poncho together. You can wear it with a belt or a shawl pin to gather it at the front or loose, just as you prefer.

Size: One Size

Finished measurements:
Bust: 194 cm/76.5”
Length: 74.5 cm/29.25”
Sleeve length: 32 cm/12.5”

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Burgundy 2104; 9 skeins;
2158 m/2360 yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/ullgarn/norsk-pel…

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds). http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca-light
Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds).
http://www.jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk/spindrift-and-double…
Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds).
http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/subyarn.php?id=29
Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for sleeves.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge

Crochet hook: 3.5 mm/US E/4 (for provisional cast-on).

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st, after blocking measures 10 cm/4” square.
49-sts Canola cable measures 16.5 cm/6.5” across.

Notes: The body is knitted in four sections with cables on bottom part and stockinette stitch on the upper part. A long circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The collar is knitted separately using a provisional cast-on so that the ends can be grafted together. If you prefer to have the collar loose, pick up and knit stitches around the neck and work an I-cord bind-off.

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New Design: Epona

It is time to reveal another new design. I knew that I wanted to use the cable from the Macha Jacket on a pullover and gave it a high rib. Epona is made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and knitted in divine Sølje Pelsullgarn in a dark green shade. The yarn kit with Norwegian pattern will be launched at Oslo Design Fair in August, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning 14th October before the pattern is released. The sample is beautifully knitted by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle. Michael has photographed me wearing size small at the The Halden Canal Museum in Ørje.

Graceful cables run along the center of this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. A sweater perfect for riding or worn together with a skirt, it is crowned by a high collar with interfacing to make it stand up. Epona is Celtic for the Goddess of horses and knitted in Sølje Pelsullgarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in a deep bottlegreen shade.

I have graded the pattern in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 124 cm/33 to 49″.  The pullover is knitted in pieces and seamed. The cable pattern continues on the collar which is worked in the round.

A longer version of this post with more photos can be found on my Patreon page, available for patrons only together with monthly rewards such as a free pattern, newsletter and video. See www.patreon.com/lindamarveng. Thank you!

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