New Design: Sulli

The final of the 4 designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is a cardigan with a loop collar, after a suggestion from Anette Toft that fulfilled my aim of making different garment types. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. For this I choose a simple lace pattern on the back, sleeves and loop. The lovely Sølje pelt wool yarn makes you able to drape the collar even further and make it into a thick shawl like collar too. The cardigan was beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a gauge 24 stitches and 32 rows.

Suli is Eskimo for more, ideal for this cardigan with a loop collar that you can drape as you please, adorned with a lace pattern on center back, sleeve and collar. The loop collar can be worn loose, folded once behind the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style. A fake garter stitch seam adds a bit of structure to this cardigan knitted in the beautiful Sølje pelt wool yarn.Sølje comes in 30 beautiful colours, all with the natural blackness from the Norwegian Pelssau/Pelt Sheep wool. 3 of those are turquoise, and this time I choose the light turquoise shade. It is a difficult colour to capture, and so is the luster with its mohair like surface. In these photos all taken by my husband in our garden on a very wet day in late May you only see a few of the options on how to wear the collar. Below you can see the full length of the collar.

The body is knitted in one piece to the armholes, then divided into 3 parts. The loop collar is knitted separately in two pieces, bound off on 3 needles and sewed on from the back neck, while the cast on edges are joined by mattress stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round and set-in. The armhole is slightly larger on the fronts than the back in sizes L (XL and 2XL). If you choose to adjust the body length, remember to adjust the length of each part of the loop with the same removed/added length.

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start in beginning of January and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as my two designs made for The Fibre Company. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Gaylia Pattern Released

The test knitting of Gaylia is coming to an end and I am very pleased to release the English pattern, available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern was published in the special magazine Familien Kreativ in March. The pullover was modelled by the beautiful Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and make-up by Sissel Fylling, and perfectly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. Here is my introduction to the pattern. A textural cross cable adorns this a-line sweater with vents. The cable ends in two smaller cables that continue along each side of the v-neck. A check pattern that resembles playful cables adds texture to the sleeves. Gaylia is Norse for jovial, and perfect for this everyday sweater knitted in Dale Garn Pure Eco Wool.

Sizes:
Sweater:
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Scarf: One size

Finished measurements:
Bust: 84 (90, 96, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.5, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”
Hip: 98 (104, 110, 120, 130, 140) cm/38.5 (41, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 55)”
Length: 73 (74, 75, 76, 77, 78) cm/28.75 (29.25, 29.5, 30, 30.25, 30.75)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”
Scarf: 20 cm/7.75” wide. 110 cm/43.25” long.

Yarn: Dale, Pure Eco Wool (70% wool, 30% alpaca, 50 g, 112 m/122 yds). Sample is knitted in Espresso 1207:
Sweater: 11 (12, 13, 14, 16, 18) skeins: 1131 (1243, 1355, 1541, 1727, 1913) m/1236 (1359, 1481, 1685, 1888, 2092) yds.
Scarf: 3 skeins; 282 m/308 yds.
http://dalegarn.no/garn/pure-eco-wool/

Alternative yarns: Lana Grossa, Cool Wool Alpaca (70% wool, 30% alpaca, 50 g, 140 m/153 yds).
https://www.lanagrossa-store.com/lana-grossa-yarns/wool-l…
Classic Elite Yarns, Arietta (80% merino wool, 20% yak, 50 g, 119 m/130 yds)
http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/product_page_detail.php?…

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needles (80 cm/32”) or straight needles.
4 mm/US 6 DPNs for sleeves or use long circular needle and magic loop method.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Removable markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
24-sts Cross Cable measures 8 cm/3.25” across.
21 sts and 30 rows in Check pattern measure 10 cm/4” square.

Notes: The front and back are worked back and forth while sleeves are worked in the round. Each side has a few garter stitches as a side band and the sleeve has a false seam made of garter stitch. Scarf is worked in two parts ending in garter stitches and then bound off using a 3-needle bind-off.

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New Design: Iglu

For this second collection of designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, I wanted to have another go at designing a poncho and this time I choose to add short sleeve parts to make it easier to wear. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. I was instantly smitten by the Celtic cable and selected a neutral light Red-Beige shade of the Sølje pelt yarn. Iglu is a lightweight poncho to live in, hence the Eskimo name Iglu, with a Celtic cable on center front and back. The poncho has sleeve parts in rib and a collar in garter stitch ending in a I-cord. It is beautifully knitted with shaped shoulders in the bouncy and lustrous Sølje Pelsull.

I am standing in the heavy rain in our garden, in late May. My husband has taken these photos quickly, so I would not get to drenched. Above you see me holding the front together at the back for a more fitted look. The Poncho is beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. I was pleasantly surprised how well this fine pelt wool look knitted on a larger needle than the suggested 3 mm/US 2.5. The one size poncho with a bust circumference of 194 cm/76.5″ only requires 5 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards or approximately 1712 meters/1872 yards.

The poncho is knitted in two parts, back and forth for the body, while the sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The sleeves are sewn on at the end and hold the poncho together in the sides. There is a garter stitch band on each side of the body as you can see in the photo above.

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 6th of November and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as one more design. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Workshops at Strikkefestivalen in Fredrikstad

My workshops schedule for this autumn, begins with the Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad 22. to 24. September. Yes, I did go last year but I did not participate. This time around I am holding 2 workshops, both in Norwegian: Smarte strikketeknikker/Smart Knitting Techniques – which I held in English in Vienna in April at the Vienna Wool & Design Festival – and Flettestrikk Masterklasse/Cable Masterclass. Just like last year the festival offers Talks, Exhibitions, a Competition for the local pullover – Fredrikstadgenseren – Market Hall, Knitting Cruise on the fjord, Knitting Service in Torsnes Church and Knitting Cafés, in addition to the workshops. You can see the full program and book tickets here: strikkefestivalen.no. I look forward to going back to Fredrikstad (the oldest fortified town in Norway, founded in 1567) and already know I will meet some of you there.

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New Design: Aki

Here is the second of the four designs I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. Aki is an a-line pullover with a cable I discovered in Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Yes, it is the sourcebook, in my opinion. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Round cables, reminiscent of antic coins hence the name Aki; Eskimo for value, adorn this a-line pullover with vents at the bottom. The pullover is crowned with a double collar with cables and garter stitches. The body is worked in two parts, while the sleeves are knitted in the round, all parts with garter stitch in the sides. Aki is knitted in a soft heather pink in the luscious Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Michael photographed me by the rock next to Rødenessjøen, a short walking distance from our house in Ørje, and we just missed the rain this time. I am pulling the sleeve down, without pulling too much of a face. A reminder why it is so essential for me to have a professional model. It gives me a large number of excellent photos to choose from instead of merely finding a few that are acceptable.

The pullover is beautifully knitted in Sølje by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, at an impressive speed just in time for me to make the collar, just before the professional photoshoot. Sølje is a pelt yarn that comes in 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards and has a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle to 10 cm/4″ square. I am wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. The front and back are worked back and forth, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The rib on the body is not seamed at the bottom to create vents. The double collar is picked up and knitted in the round, allowing the cables to continue. The interfacing part of the collar is knitted in stockinette stitch.

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 2nd of October and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as more new designs. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Andor Poncho Knitted by Katja

I did promise to show you another of Katja’s projects and here it is; Andor Poncho or as she calls it “We own the night“. Very fitting indeed, when you look at these photos, I think! The poncho was designed for a Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk yarn kit with Tinde pelt wool yarn, but Katja, aka ekatja on Ravelry, test knitted the English pattern using the Norwegian yarn Gjestal Silja Superwash. As she wrote in her project notes it is a stash buster, with its large circumference and one size. Katja modified it to have a turtle neck, joined the sides and worked the resulting armhole bands with short rows. The turquoise poncho is photographed north of the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway where Katja lives. They are often listed as Best things to do in Norway. You might remember the stunning photos she took of her other project on my blog here: Check Cable Cardigan. I had to include one more photo, see below. Thank you so much, Katja!

The Norwegian pattern is only available as part of yarn kit from selected yarn stores in Norway or online directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk‘s website: www.ull.no, while the English pattern is available digitally on Ravelry and on Loveknitting (where it is on special offer during Indie June). Next up is another new design for – yes – Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, because their pelt yarn is wonderful to knit with and to wear!

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New Design: Wa

My collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk that started last autumn continues and I was delighted when they asked me to make four new designs for yarn kits to be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. The result is one shawl, one poncho, one pullover and one jacket, each with character of its own. First out is Wa:  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.

I know the wet-look is not best suited to show off knitwear, but what do you do when the rain pours down day out and day in. I am wearing Wa as a vest, photographed by my husband in our front garden in mid May. In these top photos I am just using my hands to hold it close.

Wa is knitted in the luscious Norwegian pelt wool yarn called Tinde Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in the divine shade called Lime 2107. Yes, it is not the first time I have used that colour, it is an addictive shade. I used it in my sweater Mistale. Each 100 gram skein has 260 meters/284 yards and is made of 100% pelt wool. The sample is beautifully knitted by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle due to the number of stitches. Kristin suggested a change to the edges from garter stitch to rib, and it was an improvement. Thank you, Kristin!

Above you see the shawl worn crossed at the front and pinned together using a shawl pin. Yes, our grass did appear close to a shade of lime green for a short while and seemed to grow several centimeters each time we looked at it. I am happy to report that the rain did take a break on our photoshoot day, we were blessed with warm sunshine. And the weather has improved since but is still very unpredictable, like most Norwegian summers are. The pattern is in one size with the shawl measuring: 50 cm/19.75″ wide and 156 cm/61.5″ long, and the back piece measuring 60 cm/23.5″ wide and 40 cm/15.75″ long. You can adjust the width by removing or adding cable repeats and/or adjust the number of side stitches in rib.

Here you see it worn as a generous shawl. If you study this photo closely you can probably also see the rain has started to drip from my hair.  So it was a good thing that it was the last of the photos taken at home. The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 4th of September and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger (for a sneak peek check out the funny video photographer Eivind Røhne made on Instagram) as well as more new designs. Stay tuned and keep knitting!

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Elfa Pattern Released

The test knit of Elfa is coming to an end and I have released the English pattern. On Ravelry you can have a look at the different versions of it, with fascinating names such as “Carolin” meaning Wood Duck or “Ask not the elves for advice“. Do take a look at the colours as well as modifications the test knitters chose to make. The design was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk who sells yarn kits with the Norwegian pattern. The sample jacket was modelled by the stunning Alexandria Eissinger, Nordic Model Agency, with make up & hair by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, and brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla in June last year.

Elfa is an a-line long jacket with central cables along all parts. Tucks divide the different patterns giving a slight flair and a softer touch to the jacket. A large shawl collar crowns the garment, hence the given name Elfa – after the Norse king and warrior. The body is worked in pieces while the sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm. It is knitted in the in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 84 (92, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (36.25, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” excl collar
Hip: 104 (113, 119.5, 127.5, 138.5, 149) cm excl collar/41 (44.5, 47, 50.25, 54.5, 58.75)”
Length: 77 (77.5, 78.5, 79.5, 80.5, 82) cm/30.25 (30.5, 31, 31.25, 31.75, 32.25)”
Collar width to v-neck: 7 cm/2.75”
Collar width (mid-neck) widest: 18 cm/7”
Sleeve Length (incl cuff): 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”
Cuff length: 7.5 cm/3”

Yarn: Hillesvåg, Hifa Sølje (100% pelt yarn, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Jeansblue:
4.5 (5, 5.5, 6.5, 7, 8) Skeins: 1488 (1698, 1908, 2118, 2381, 2644) m/1627 (1857, 2086, 2316, 2604, 2891) yds. https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/ullgarn/nyhet-solje-pelsullgarn/

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 circular needle (80 cm/32”).
2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (120 cm/48”) for collar.
3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 24 sts and 34 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
Cable (18-sts) measures 5.5 cm/2.25” across.

Notes: The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The hem and the tuck are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together. To make the bottom band and tuck to flare less choose needle size 2.5 mm/US 1.5. The number of stitches picked up for collar has been adjusted from the sample to avoid the flare.

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New Design: Wilma Lind Jacket

Who is Wilma Lind, you ask? If you are Norwegian and have read the crime books by Hanne Kristin Rohde, you will know that she is a fictitious Police Inspector in Oslo. Author Hanne Kristin had the real job for many years, before she began writing crime and holding talks on improving business management. I recognised Hanne Kristin’s name from the Norwegian television news (lately also seen in a series called Åsted Norge/Crime Scene Norway) and her crime books, when she approached me several months back with the idea of designing a long jacket for Wilma Lind. That was the beginning of our collaboration. And yes, she does knit but have not done so for awhile since her writing take up most of her time. A strong red colour was chosen since Wilma is brave and daring.

A long a-line jacket with cables covering the back, and moving cables on the front. Instead of a shawl collar the jacket was given a deep v-neck and a loose shawl to use as a collar. The body is worked in pieces while the sleeves are worked in the round after the rib to the underarm. It is knitted in the in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The cables are the same I used in both the sweater Idunn and Elfa, both designed for yarn kits for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. But this jacket has a rib at the bottom and a button band unlike Elfa (currently being test knitted in my Ravelry group). I liked the idea of the moving the cables towards the shoulder on the front, while working them straight on the back and on the sleeves.

The jacket is beautifully knitted in size S on 3 mm/US 2.5 needles by Nadia Bresky, aka 77stricknadel on Ravelry while I was finishing off another design for Interweave’s knit.wear magazine. I finished in time to knit the accompanying shawl. Worn twice around the neck in the top photo and as a shawl collar in the photo above.

The shawl has 3 cables in the center and ends in a rib. It is shaped in the reverse stocking stitch panels in between the cables. All the photos are taken by my husband, a short walk from our house in Ørje by the Rødenessjøen in late May, just before the rain. Also before the photoshoot we had 29th of May at Ingierstrand Bad. I have finally been able to select the photos I want from Eivind Røhne’s contact sheet and look forward to showing you those. The Norwegian pattern will be sold digitally on www.wilmalind.no from late August/September, while the English pattern will be released after test knitting in my Ravelry Group set to begin 26th June. Hanne Kristin is a blogger too, so expect to see a lot more of this jacket…

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Freja Knitted by Kristina Ringness

Canadian Kristina Ringness decided to knit my Freja pattern last year to my delight. She choose Artyarns Ensemble Light – a luscious silk & cashmere blend – in Turq Blue and called her project Blue Lagoon. I am so pleased to present the stunning result of her modified version in size Small. Here you can her notes: “Fabulous pattern, fabulous yarn. It should be a gorgeous combination! I opted to add some little cap sleeves, lower the neckline a bit, and shorten the back. This was a wonderful pattern to knit; easily memorized and fun to watch grow. I knit this in the round, to avoid the abrupt colour change at side seams in this multi-coloured yarn. The colour in the finished garment photos is true, this is a beautiful colourway! The yarn itself is, of course, heavenly to knit and scrumptious to wear! As predicted, a perfect combination of pattern and yarn!!” Thank you so much, Kristina!

Her Ravelry id reveals her job; Kristinavet. According to her profile page, she is “…a veterinarian by day and obsessive knitter whenever I am not working.” I can vouch for that, she has test knitted a number of my patterns without any deadline issues! Recently she has also started to hand dye her own yarn. And as if that was not enough, the yarn Kristina used for to knit another of my designs is spun from her own alpacas. Yes, you will definitely see her version of Kori too! Maybe we can request a few photos of her alpacas too? I live in hope!

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