New Design: Regal Purple Jacket

I am thrilled to present my latest design, complete: Regal Purple Jacket. The vibrant, rich purple catch my attention and demanded to be chosen out of the 62 marvelous colours on offer in Perle, meaning pearl in Norwegian, a divine mercerized 4-ply/fingering cotton with a crisp stitch definition from Hifa, see ull. I chose a pattern, I have named Flower Wave, which is half lace and half garter stitch hence easy to memorize. With garter stitch inside the pattern it also became the obvious choice for the edging. Regal Purple Jacket has an A-line shape with added garter stitches in the side for decreasing, with short sleeves and a V-neck with a garter stitch then stocking stitch band. It is knitted flat and sewn together to give stability to the garment. The pattern has been sold to the Norwegian magazine Familien where it will be printed next spring/summer.

As a contrast and an add on, I decided it needed an accessory so I made a cowl, made all in stocking stitch with stripes in reverse stocking stitch, knitted as a tube I turned so I could continue to knit instead of purling to make the stripes, and grafted it together at the end. I still have a bit of work left on the pattern (read: grading) but I am pleased with the result!


The Norwegian Spirit

The exhibition shows outfits designed by Esmod Fashion School students from all over the world, who took part in a competition organized by Esmod Oslo and Dale Yarns to interpret Norwegian knitting tradition. The result of the competition is this temporary exhibition at Norsk Folkemuseum/Norwegian Folk Museum on from June 26 to September 15, see norskfolkemuseum. It is an astonishing exhibition – a must see – but if you are nowhere near Oslo, there are excellent videos on YouTube and I have selected the ones I found the most jaw dropping. All the garments are made from Dale Yarns’ selection of hand knit yarns, see dalegarn. Above, a design by Mika Tollefsrud, is one of the contributions from Esmod Oslo – see esmod – and their video serves well as an introduction to the exhibition since it is filmed outside the Stave Church at the Museum, do watch: youtube.

The exhibition is located among Norwegian Church Art. “A unique national collection of richly ornamented altar pieces pulpits, baptismal fonts, memorial plaques and church organs from the period after the Reformation i 1537 up to around 1800.” The clashing time epochs seems bizarre until you start to study the intricate details of the ornaments and find the similarities. The cabled dress at the front – White Wind – is by Esmod Seoul. The mannequin does not do the outfit justice, and you cannot see the amazing back nor the matching boots with knitted decorations in the photo, but you can see them here: youtube.

Snow on the branch, above, is also designed by Esmod Seoul. I found this padded shoulder eye catching. Equally intriguing is the skirt and the matching boots, all shown in the video clip. The outfit below, also by Esmod Seoul, look even more gorgeous on a live model with over-knee matching boots, do watch the video and see how they were made.

Esmod Munich have contributed with several breathtaking outfits which are brilliantly presented in their video clip. Below is an embellished uniform jacket made in macrame with pearl beads inserted on safety pins by Marian Kathan, see the zip padded front and how it looks worn by a handsome male model at youtube.

The last outfit I want to show you is the Missoni inspired I-cords sewn together and sculpted into a marvelous top with a perfect skirt and dramatic acrylic bangles to draw you in.

To my delight, Esmod France has gathered all the videos from participating fashion school cities and students so you can keep watching more here: youtube and see all the sketches + videos here: esmod. Enjoy and be inspired!


Magic Moonlight

I just had to share this brilliant photo taken by my husband from our terrace of the moonlight, a few nights ago! He has captured the magic moonlight, so you can let your imagination roam. Let the fairy tales begin. Enjoy!


Japanese Lace Jacket by Johanna Pyy

I am thrilled to show you the marvelous Japanese Lace Jacket, knitted in Bamboo by Novita in a fitting vintage pink by Johanna Pyy! It was the reason for Johanna buying “Nyt Neulomann!” (read: my book title in Finnish which translates to: Time to Knit!) and has made her own version of it by modifying the pattern to fit her perfectly: Added length, added 1/2 pattern repeat on each side and continued in chart after the armholes, made a deeper neckline and replaced the neck band with an I-cord edge around the neck, see the gorgeous back below and more detailed photos on Johanna’s blog: silmukkasatuja (read: loop fairytales). Thank you, Johanna!

The book sample was knitted in the lovely cotton and alpaca mixture called Amoretto by Thomas Kvist Yarns, now unfortunately discontinued. It can be replaced with for example Lerke, a cotton and wool mixture by Dale Garn or Luxor, a pure cotton by Hifa, see ull. This beautiful Japanese Lace pattern, I discovered in a stich manual. I have designed a vintage jacket in cream colored Amoretto, a lovely yarn mixture which emphasizes the delicate lace pattern. Knitted in a A-shape framed with pattern borders to avoid decreasing into the chart, or modify it to do just that, as Johanna did! Below is the stunning Francesca Golfetto, photographed by Kim Müller for my book available only in Norwegian and Finnish. So far, that is…


On the Fjord

Summer is here and we have been out on the Oslo Fjord, by ferry this time, visiting my childhood paradise; the island of Lågøya. A private island owned by the Norwegian company Statoil, which my mother used to work for before she retired. Both she and my brother with his family still go there every summer, renting a basic cottage (read: with no electricity and no running water but with breathtaking views) and wind down. They enjoy being close to nature in the middle of the fjord, just before it narrows and approaches the small charming town of Drøbak. It is my nephew that throws himself into the big waves from the cruise ships these days while we are more than happy to simply watch them from ashore. Below is the view from Lågøya towards Søndre Langåra, an ideal spot to sunbathe or go for a swim or row around the island like we used to do when we were young…


Aran Bolero by Grete Jenssen

I am delighted to show you the beautiful Aran Bolero, Grete has knitted from my book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” in Angora Soft in a zingy blue (30% angora, 50% wool and 20% polyamide, 50 g, 250 m/273 yds) ordered from Turkish online shop: Yarn Paradise. We had a knit-along on Facebook, just the two of us, with progress photos taken along the way. Well, it did not daunt Grete at all, she is now making her second one, this time in a wool mix yarn from Novita and taking part in the knit-along in my group on Ravelry. My bullfighter bolero, inspired by Dolce & Gabbano’s Spanish-inspired collection, is short but can be lengthened by knitting a belt. Mostly Merino is a yarn made of wool and mohair which creates sculptural cables. They and the bolero is meant to create a stir. The original yarn is unfortunately discontinued by can be replaced by Norsk Pelsullgarn from Hifa, see ull and compare here: marveng-puckett, the pattern is only available in my book in Norwegian and Finnish. Below is the stunning Francesca Golfetto, photographed by Kim Müller.


DUODU Norsk Strikkedesign/Norwegian Knitting Design

This marvelous Norwegian book sums up 15 years as artists and designers for the two women behind the brand DUODU; Rita Nylander and Anne Grut Sørum, excellently written by Art Historian Eva Furseth, designed by Bodil Mostad Olsen (see more!) and published by Forlaget Schrøder, see forlagetschroder. DUODU works in the span between haute couture and limited series production, in the very intersection between art, handcraft and design. Their motto from the very beginning was fun, simple and elegant. Brilliantly illustrated in the book, just take a look at the photo below. A small selection of their garments can be described as body jewelry or body decoration as the book cover illustrates and are exhibition pieces. Knits in wool is their main material, why is answered in their introduction: “What could be more beautiful than a yarn storage filled with spools in all the colors of the rainbow? With yarn we make creations with different expressions, sizes and shapes. There is enormous satisfaction, in seeing our ideas materialized. We are often asked what inspires us; where do the ideas come from? Often, just a spur of the moment, is enough to start the creative process.” See more photos from one of their exhibitions: bymuseet. I discovered this inspiring book at Tanum and their limited edition clothes range at Norwaydesigns.


Munch 150

The most comprehensive presentation of Edvard Munch’s art ever displayed is currently on at the National Gallery in Oslo, covering the years 1882-1903, and at the Munch Museum, covering the years 1904-1944. Edvard Munch was artistically active for more than 60 years from his debut in the early 1880s until his death in 1944 and this exhibition illustrates the scope of it. “In his day he elicited anger and admiration for his unorthodox style of painting. His continual experimentation arouses interest even today. The enormous scope of the exhibition has been made possible through cooperation between the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Munch Museum. The works on display have been selected from the museums’ own collections and supplemented by generous loans from public and private institutions in Norway and abroad.” In addition Edvard Munch’s monumental paintings can be experienced in the University of Oslo Aula – including The Sun (see below) and in the Dining Hall (read: employee cafeteria) at Freia Chocolate Factory and his studio at Ekely. They are open at weekends during the exhibition period: 2. June – 13. October. The exhibition is inspiring and haunting at the same time. Munch depicts the creative and destructive powers of love to an astonishing depth of raw emotion. An exhibition not to be missed if you are in Oslo. Enjoy his paintings (see press) at: munch150


Check Cable Cardigan Pattern Released

It is now 6 months since the Sjakk Flette Kardiganen/Check Cable Cardigan pattern was first printed in Norwegian in the magazine Familien, and I am allowed to release the pattern this time also in English  in my Ravelry store. The Check Cable Cardigan is knitted in a simple yet decorative stitch pattern which is reversible combined with a wide collar in a ribbed cable pattern. It has a generous fit and designed to make you feel comfortable yet smart. The cardigan is knitted in Dale Yarns’ Lerke a mixture of wool and cotton with an optimal stitch definition on needle no 4 mm/US 6, see dalegarn. An alternative yarn is Rowan Yarns’ Wool Cotton, see knitrowan. The pattern is available here: Ravelry.

Size: S (M) L (XL)                                                                                                                             

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                         Bust: 102 (116) 130 (144) cm/ 40 (45½) 51  (56¾)”                                                            Length: 70 (70) 70 (70) cm/ 27½ (27½) 27½ (27½)”                                                        Upper arm: 50 (50) 50 (50) cm/ 19¾ (19¾) 19¾ (19¾)”                                                    Belt: width: 4 cm/1½”, length: 195 cm/76″

Yarn: Dale Yarns: Lerke (52% fine merino, 48% Egyptian cotton, 50g/1.7oz, 115m/125yds):  14 (15) 16 (17) balls: 1730 (2200) 2420 (2650) m/1892 (2406) 2646 (2898) yds needed (incl double belt: 180 m/197 yds). Alternative yarn: Rowan Yarns: Wool Cotton (50% merino, 50% wool, 50g/1.7oz, 113m/123 yds)

Circular needle 4mm/US 6 (80 cm/32”) and an additional ndl for 3 ndl cast off. 2 circular needles 3mm/US 2.5 for belt. 2 dpns 3mm/US 2.5 for i-cord belt loops
Notions: Stitch holders, stitch markers, cable ndl and darning ndl.

22 sts and 30 rows in curvy checks pattern using 4mm/US 6 equals 10cm/4” square.

Notes & Video links:
The collar is knitted together with the fronts to the end of the shoulder shaping and then left on a stitch holder for a 3 needle cast off. Both fronts have 5 garter stitches for selvedge, incl 1 stitch to knit & pick up collar band in, 4 garter stitches between cables and as a divider to the curvy check pattern. Choose between a Cabled Belt, that stretches, or a Double Belt or knit both. The belt loops are made of i-cords.
Pattern includes video links to techniques used: Short row shaping with wraps, 3 needle cast off, hem making, I-cord. As well as charts and schematic.