Ronette Pattern Released

The English pattern for Ronette was test knitted last autumn, and it has been released for awhile now. But I have not caught up with my posts, yet. I choose a modified boat neck and vents in the sides, but some of the test knitters choose otherwise. It gives me great pleasure to see the different results, as well as seeing it in different colours and yarns than the one I chose for the sample. The Norwegian pattern was first published in Familien Strikk in August 2016 with magnificent photos taken by Eivind Røhne of the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair and makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design at Villa Malla on a sweltering June day.

A central cable that ends in a bulb captivated me into designing this long a-line sweater with vents in the side along the bottom rib. A few garter stitches in the side makes the seam look like a zip. The sweater ends in an I-cord bind-off at the neck only shaped by the shoulders. It is named Ronette which means ”strong councel” in Old English, because the cable pattern did just that.

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

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: 74 (74, 76, 76, 78, 78) cm/29.25 (29.25, 30, 30, 30.75, 30.75)”                                Sleeve Length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)”

Yarn: Rowan Softyak DK (76% cotton, 15% yak, 9% nylon, 50 g, 135 m/147 yds). Sample is knitted in Praire 233: 9 (11, 12, 14, 17, 19) skeins; 1188 (1377, 1566, 1881, 2196, 2511) m/1299 (1506, 1712, 2057, 2401, 2746) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/softyak-dk

Alternative yarns: Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK (66% merino wool, 34% silk, 50 g, 135 m/147 yds). http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/baby-merino-silk-dk                                     Baa Ram Ewe Doverstone DK (100% wool, 100 g, 230 m/521 yds). http://baaramewe.co.uk/collections/yarn/products/baaramewedovestonedk?variant=3272919620                                                                                                                     Malabrigo Arroyo (100% merino wool, 100 g, 306 m/334 yds). http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/pattern-arroyo-14#.V0MAPmMaK6Q

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/36″). 4 mm/US 6 DPNs. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows in st st after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square”. 21-sts Bulb Cables Sleeve measures 8 cm/3.25″ across after blocking. 51-sts Bulb Cables Body measures 19 cm/7.5″ across after blocking. 44-rows Bulb Cables pattern rep measures 14 cm/5.5″ high after blocking.

Notes: 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 neckband is an I-cord bind off, which is grafted together at the end.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Check Cable Cardigan

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I have several old designs, I would like to photograph again, since I believe the styling can be improved. The Check Cable Cardigan was one of these and I included it in our shoot at the National Museum – Architecture in late November. Instead of styling it over a red dress like the magazine Familien did in 2012, I chose a pair of black pencil trousers, tucked into Benedetta boots by Monica Stålvang. All my designs looked fabulous on model Silje Andresen/Team Models, especially with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling and earrings by Kaja Gjedebo Design. As always, photographer Eivind Røhne managed to capture the best moments. The jacket was first published in Norwegian in Familien in December 2012, and it is now available in both English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on Love Knitting. I also had my technical editor Corrina Ferguson of Picnic Knits checking the updated pattern.

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Curvy checks is a simple yet decorative stitch that is reversible so combined with wide collar in a rib and purl cable, my summer check cable cardigan was born. It has a generous straight fit and is designed for you to feel comfortable knitted in merino and cotton mixture for an ultimate stitch definition.

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The jacket is knitted in Dale Garn Lerke made in 52% fine merino, 48% Egyptian cotton in 50 gram skeins with 115 meters/125 yards, using a 4 mm/US 8 needle. The gauge is 22 stitches and 30 rows in Stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″. The yarn was kindly sponsored by Dale Garn.

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All parts are worked back and forth in rows. The collar is knitted together with the fronts to the end and then placed on a stitch holder for a 3-needle bind-off. The belt is knitted as a hem and makes a doubled belt. The belt loops are made of I-cords. The cardigan is available in sizes XS/S (M, L, XL/2XL) with a bust circumference of 102 (116, 130, 144) cm/40.25 (45.75, 51.25, 56.75)”. I am very pleased with the new photos! Thank you so much to my team!

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Wiolastrikk by Kristin Wiola Ødegård

Norwegian designer Kristin Wiola Ødegård has recently published her fourth book: Wiolastrikk, considering that the first one came in 2014, I cannot help but be impressed. In 2012, I remember Kristin coming to my book launch and telling me she was working on her first book. But I digress. Just as in her previous books both of Kristin’s daughters are involved; one as a model in front of the camera and the other, Sofie Ødegård behind the camera. They are such a marvellous team; Sofie captures the essence of Kristin’s designs. Kristin has her own style always on trend with a bit of vintage thrown in. In styling her knitted designs, Kristin often ends up sewing garments to fit perfectly, if she cannot find what she is looking for. Wiolastrikk, which looks like a magazine, contains 29 new patterns; mainly knitting patterns but also a few crochet patterns. It is her kofte patterns that are the most popular ones here in Norway – take a look at Høstruta – but in the book are also garments knitted in other techniques such as lace, cables and rib. Take a look inside the book here: issuu.com. The Norwegian book is available in book stores all over Norway or can be ordered directly from the publisher Gyldendal. You will find some of her single pdf patterns translated into English and Dutch, available to buy from Ravelry.

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Winter View

We have only had a dusting of snow so far in January, but hope more will come. Here is a view from our terrace taken a few months back. The recent snow we had only stayed on the ground for a day before it disappeared again. The days with this view of the Bunnefjord is coming to an end since Michael and I will be moving to our own house in Ørje at the beginning of April. Ørje is about 1 hour and 10 minutes south east of Oslo and very close to the Swedish border. So we are moving out of Oslo, from a close proximity to the city center, to the countryside. We will still have a view but this time of a lake; Rødenessjøen. We are excited and counting down the days.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Biondo Scarf

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I am delighted to show you the professional photos of the Biondo Scarf. Gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling plus jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, was captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at the National Museum – Architecture late November. I decided to style the scarf just over a cream coloured strapless top and Judith Bech’s skirt to show both how it can be worn as a shawl and show off the cable stitch pattern. As you can imagine it did not keep Silje warm enough in the icy November cold, so we worked fast. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien – the date has not been confirmed yet, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in late February before its release.

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Biondo – Italian for blond – scarf is reversible with a twisted stitch as a divider between each of the three cables. The stitch also work as a folding line, hence emphasises the more relaxed alternate side. The scarf is knitted in a divine silk and alpaca mixture for that lovely feel and sheen.

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The luscious yarn; Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk is made of 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk and sold in 50 gram balls with 133 meter/145 yards. The sample is knitted in Pale Yellow 352, and takes 6 balls, a total of 758 meters/828 yards. The gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles to 10 cm/4″ square. The finished scarf measures 29.5 cm/11.5″ wide and 140 cm/55″ long.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Embrae

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I am so happy how my design Embrae turned out. The colour Iris, in the stunning yarn; Anzula Squishy is perfect for the lace pattern. I decided to style it with Judith Bech’s divine silk dress. The outfit suited model Silje Andresen/Team Models even beyond my expectations. Since I was planning to ask photographer Eivind Røhne to capture this garment sitting at our photoshoot at National Museum – Architecture, I had to ask Michael if I could borrow his reindeer hide for Silje to sit on. I was granted permission to borrow it for the day. Hair and makeup stylist Sissel Fylling with assistant Nora checked the placement of the skin as well as Silje’s look. Silje is also wearing beautiful silver rings, necklace, brooch and earrings all designed by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

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Of course, Eivind was again instructed to include the shoes in the photos. They are not new, and were first used in my Norwegian knitting book published in 2012. The shoes are designed by Camilla Skovgaard. Yes, I do love shoes, especially sculptural ones – like these.

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Embrae, a fitted cardigan with a lace collar, is like a flowery embrace. A lacy leaf pattern adorns the sleeves and the back of the cardigan. The lattice at the center of the lace pattern continues on each side of it and covers the collar. The collar can be worn flat or overlapping and pinned together or folded.

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The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien at a later date, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release. The cardigan is knitted flat in pieces and then seamed. There are two pattern repeats on the back and one on the sleeves. The collar is knitted at the same time as each front. I have graded the pattern from size XS to size 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, and waist circumference of 74 to 116 cm/29.25 to 45.75″. Silje is wearing size S.

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The lovely hand-dyed yarn Anzula, Squishy is made of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon and on 114 gram skeins with 352 meters/385 yards. I ordered it online from www.jimmybeanswool.com. The sample is knitted in Iris with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch using 3mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Aylwen

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I was so looking forward to seeing Aylwen on modell Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling, jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design and skirt by Judith Bech, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at National Museum – Architecture in late November. It is first when I see my design on a professional model, I get excited about it. Seeing the garment on myself gives me only an idea of its potential, and does not make it come alive like a professional model is able to. The first photo shows Aylwen worn closed with a brooch and the loop hanging around the neck. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special issue Familien Kreativ, out on 13th March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release.

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The fringe skirt designed and made by Judith Bech is a favourite of mine. Yes, I have used it before, several times – actually – and also in beige. The texture with the loose hanging fringes as well as the small train makes it so glamorous and a contrast to the knitted texture. This second photo shows cardigan hanging loose with the loop hanging around the neck.

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This third photo shows the loop pulled together at the waist and draped around the neck then through the opposite side of it. While the fourth photo, below, shows the side seam and the bottom band.

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A reversible tuck pattern with the wrong side out, and garter stitch edging adorn this  elegant jacket, called Aylwen. It has overlapping fronts which are joined into a short loop that can be worn once or twice around the neck or tied around the waist or as you like pinned together with a shawl pin or brooch. For a more flattering look it is slightly shaped at the waist and wider at the hip than at the bust.

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The divine yarn, Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk – an alpaca and silk mixture – was chosen for a soft stitch definition but a luxurious feel to the skin. The jacket is slightly shaped at the waist. While I was busy knitting another project, the skilled knitter Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, made this. The fifth photo shows the loop pulled around the waist and through it to secure it.

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Aylwen is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″. The Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk yarn was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. Here in this sixth photo you see the construction of the loop – each part is knitted together with each front and then joined at the end. Silje is wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″.

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Last but not least is the seventh photo, showing the back with the loop around the waist. I can confirm that it was a lot easier wrapping the loop on Silje than on myself without a mirror.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Hanasa

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As promised here are the photos of gorgeous Silje Andresen/Team Models with makeup & hair by Sissel Fylling and earrings by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at the National Museum – Architecture at the end of November. I decided to style the a-line sweater with black pencil trousers, to emphasise the shape of it. The cowl which I made to go with it, was also photographed and made it even more difficult to select photos, since there were so many stunning ones to choose from.

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Named after the Norse godess with gorgeous hair tress remiscent of this cable. This a-line sweater has a cable vent on both the body and the sleeves. A high round collar finishes off the pullover. Why not add an extra cowl to feel extra cosy in. Hanasa is knitted in a divine silk and alpaca mixture for that lovely feel and sheen.

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Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk is made of 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk and comes in  50 gram balls with 133 meters/145 yards. I choose the shade Green 307 for the sample, and was fortunate that Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, could knit it for me using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows. The yarn was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn.

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The cable on the sleeve is a smaller version of the one on the body and does not have the bordering garter stitches on each side. Here you can also see the garter stitches in the side, which goes all the way down to the cast-on.

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The back is similar to the front but with a higher neck. The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in June.

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The cowl I only made in one size but you can easily adjust it if you want to. The sweater is graded in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ and a hip circumference of 98 to 140 cm/38.5 to 55″. Silje is wearing size S.

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Here you see the cowl worn on top of the sweater. It is shaped between each of the four cables, and ends in an I-cord bind off, just as the collar on the sweater. Next in the series is Aylwen and all the different ways of wearing the loop.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Cavallo

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I am thrilled to show you some more stunning photos, this time it is Cavallo, another new design we photographed at National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. I knew the colour would look divine on the gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models and decided to style it with a pair of black pencil to show off the a-line shape and rounded hem. I left the makeup and hair styling in Sissel Fylling’s capable hands. Yes, she did have to cut Silje’s hair too. But photographer Eivind Røhne, my husband and I, have come to expect it and know we have to give Sissel that extra time. We all know who really is in charge on these photoshoots, and we love every minute of it.

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A playful horseshoe cable adorns the body of this a-line sweater with a rounded hem. The Henley neck crowns the pullover and begins as a v-neck but ends a round neck, following the shape of the cable itself. The sleeves have been given symmetrical check patterns giving the appearance of cables. All parts ends in an I-cord bind off, and have garter stitches to mark the sides. Cavallo means horse in Italian and suits the horseshoe cable.

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The pullover is knitted in the lovely Dale Pure Eco Wool  and it was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. Pure Eco Wool is made of 70% wool, 30% alpaca with a 112 meters/122 yards on each 50 gram ball and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm/4″ square. Silje is also wearing beautiful Ivy hanging earrings in oxidized silver by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

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I choose the second photo because I wanted to show the full length of the cable and the garter stitches on each side of the seam on the sleeves. All parts are worked back and forth, then seamed. Each side on all parts has a few garter stitches as a side band, as you can see clearly from the photo above. Silje is wearing size S. I have made the pattern in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″.

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The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be released after test knitting in my Ravelry group beginning at the end of May.  If you think Cavallo reminds you of one of my other designs, you are right. It is a further development of my popular pattern Oydis Sweater.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Gaylia

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Finally, I can show you the professional photos Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. First out is Gaylia the aline sweater with a v-neck. I decided to style it with a pair of black pencil trousers and black boots. You can not see them in these photos but they are designed by Monica Stålvang, so no surprise there. The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in May.

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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, Pure Eco Wool.

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The yarn Dale Pure Eco Wool was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. It is made of 70% wool, 30% alpaca with a 112 meters/122 yards on each 50 gram ball and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm/4″ square. I choose the dark brown melange colour named Espresso 1207.

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The stark concrete walls in the Klostergang/Cloister Walk around the Fehn Pavilion, makes the knitted texture stand out. For Sissel it reminded her of Marrakech in Morocco despite the freezing temperature in Oslo in late November.

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As you can see I had a difficulty choosing photos and ended up with 4 photos of the sweater without the scarf plus another 4 photos with the scarf. I did not fold the scarf properly under the sweater, but it can lie a lot flatter than this, I promise.

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The pullover is graded in sizes XS to 2XL with bust circumferences from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, while the scarf is one size but can easily be adjusted to a larger or smaller size by adding or removing pattern repeats.

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The hip circumference is 14 cm/5.5″ wider than the bust and gives the pullover a soft a-line look. The vents also emphasise this as well as making it appear slimmer.

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The scarf is made in two parts so that the Check pattern leans to one side each just as on the sleeves. Instead of having what appeared as a loose rib facing each other on the scarf, I choose to use garter stitch.  The scarf parts are bound off using a 3-needle bind-off, so it has a number of garter stitch rows in the center. The check pattern is reversible so it looks equally nice on both sides. I am so happy with all these photos and think that the team did an amazing job! Thank you!

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