Pre-Christmas Evening at Cappelen Damm

10384274_10152760419364404_8593596648580514622_nYet another invitation I received on Facebook, which I could not refuse since it included both knitting and Julemat/Christmas Food by brilliant cook, food critic and presenter Andreas Viestad plus wonderful cakes by popular blogger Kristine Ilstad of Det søte liv/The Sweet Life. I admit I would have come just for the food! Of course Arne & Carlos were there, talking about their new book: 30 Tøfler/Slippers and taking us all on their fun creative journey. In addition to television presenter and celebrity Dorthe Skappel talking briefly about her book: Skappelstrikk and the huge knitting wave her simple patterns have made. On top of this I was lucky to be surrounded by 6 other designers who came since Nina Granlund Sæther suggested we should take the opportunity to meet up; Sidsel Janne HøivikKristin Wiola ØdegårdMay Britt Bjella ZamoriStella Charming and Ellen Andresen all agreed. And yes, we did bring our knitting.

DSCN0008Arne & Carlos do know how to entertain, and lets us in on their secrets; like how they prefer the back cover of their new book instead of the front one with their photo (see above). All the slippers in the book are easy to make and felted so it does not matter whether you make a mistake or two because they will not be visible after the felting process. If you are on Facebook you might also have seen their latest doll, and noticed the stir it has caused, see below. It all began with a photo they saw of the American TV-personality Kim Kardashian; “We saw that Kim Kardashian got so much attention because she showed off her buttocks. We love knitting nonsense things, so we knitted a doll that also shows off the butt, Arne tells” They realized they could knit her by combining two of their Christmas Balls (one of their other book titles which got lost in translation) and their Knitted Doll. The Knit Kardashian is about to break the internet, and with it the record for getting new followers in a flash: 17 000 just during the show on Thursday evening!

10015160_993467840669340_3759132458228681858_nDorthe Skappel is former model, turned television presenter and celebrity. How she came to start a huge knitting wave will go into the history books. Dorthe told us the story of the over-sized casual sweater she knitted in a soft yarn for her daughter who wore it during a photo shoot for the Norwegian fashion magazine Costume. That was the first step, and the second and final step was when her eldest daughter Maria blogged about it. The Skappelgenseren went viral, especially among young new knitters. Skappelstrikk has sold 35 000 copies so far and you can even buy the yarn: Skappelgarn made in a collaboration with Sandnes Garn. So there is no surprise that there will be a second book from Dorthe Skappel.

DSCN0004There were no yarn in the goodie bags this year (read: major disappointment) but several books, one magazine, a map for my husband, a key ring, a hair band and shopping list pads. But then I did enjoy the company I had at my table, the entertainment and the food, not to forget the cake. It also was a reminder that Christmas is coming, soon…



HusflidenWhat is a Kofte? The word comes from Kaftan and can be open only in the neck or as a cardigan, it is worked in stranded knitting usually in two colors in traditional Kofte-patterns often with classic pewter buttons attached. A Norwegian Kofte is usually worked in the round without any shaping and steeked open at the front. Sturdy Norwegian wool is preferred by the majority. Freelance journalist Liv Sandvik Jacobsen started the large Kofte hunt/Den store koftejakten more than a year ago with the idea of gathering old traditional kofter (plural of kofte), and spreading the knowledge of these patterns as well as their history. A Facebook group was set up, initiated by Tone Loeng later assisted by Gitte Bettina Lauridsen, now with more than 26 000 members, magazine articles have been written, television programs have been made, exhibitions have been curated and now what everyone has been waiting for – the book is launched. The selected patterns have been checked, adjusted in size, color and yarn, in addition to new ones designed, with the expertise of Danish designer Lene Holme Samsøe, see hvem-er-lene-og-liv/who is Lene and Liv. All the samples have been knitted on a dugnad/orchestrated community work announced on the Facebook group, with knitters name & garment listed in the book. Many have been waiting for months for this book with their yarn ready to begin one or more of these projects. It was an incredible popular launch at Husfliden in Oslo on Saturday.

10610648_10154799932335361_2627341818934331623_nI was delighted to meet Lene again, so shortly after we met at the Strikkehelgen/Knitting weekend in Stavanger, where we both held talks and workshops. It was a great pleasure to also meet Liv who started this amazing Kofte-trend that is sweeping the country. They had brought with them a large selection of the kofter in the book which were displayed on a rail next to them and I enjoyed seeing them up and close. I convinced Makeløs/Remarkable stylist Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik, who styled my latest designs with redesign in the Autumn issue of Made by Me to join me. The photo above, taken by designer Ellen Andresen (read: so much clearer than any of mine), shows Liv on the left, and Lene on the right, with stylist Kristin Elise behind Lene, and me next to her. I am wearing my Shawl Sleeves, pinned together with the cowl from Autumn Symphony. Husfliden Shop Manager wanted all four of us in the photo. If you are in Norway, you can order the book from this page: or in a number of book or yarn stores around the country or if you are abroad from the yarn shop Sommerfuglen in Copenhagen:

DSCF1350 copyHere is a close up of my outfit for the day, and since it was a cold day (just above 0 degrees celsius), I used the black shawl pin to hold the two ends of the Shawl Sleeves together, folding the upper layer in addition to closing the gap under my arm. One additional safety pin was needed to close the gap lower down and a second one holding them together on the right side. As you can see I choose to pin the Autumn Symphony cowl together too, all in the name of keeping warm. The last photo is taken by my husband with his new camera on our terrace on the beautiful day just before the book launch.


Familiens Store Strikkebok

Omslag strikkebokMy Nora Sweater, modeled by stunning dancer Francesca Golfetto and brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, is on the cover of this Norwegian book – yes, it is named large knitting book for a reason – with more than a 100 patterns from the last 75 years selected by Handicraft Editor Åse Myhrvold Egeland and Exlibris Editor Gunn E. Schmidt from the archives at the Norwegian Magazine Familien, well know for their knitting pages. I am fortunate to have two more patterns in this book: Tyrol Jacket and Regal Purple Jacket were also selected among popular patterns and included in the chapter on Newer Designs. Not all of the patterns have been published previously, and they are gathered in an exciting chapter on Unique Designs. I loved seeing the old front covers and photographs from Familien, see the back cover above, as well as seeing their updated versions knitted in today’s yarn brands. The book contains all kinds of projects including interiors and different kinds of accessories plus both traditional and modern designs. You can have a closer look inside the book here: exlibrismedia. The book is a very popular subscription gift, but also available to buy in bookshops and online: haugenbok.

DSCF1300-EditHere you can see the introduction to my patterns, which were all printed for the first time in the special issue Familien Håndarbeid in March 2014. They have all been tech edited and test knitted before the English patterns were released in my Ravelry Store. My mum is one Familien reader who could not resist this tempting subscription gift…


Strikkehelgen/Knitting Weekend in Stavanger

By AnjaI had a marvelous weekend in Stavanger, and was way too busy enjoying myself to take lots of photos, thanks to organizers Stavanger Strikk og Drikk/Knit and Drink who have done a splendid job. A  large number of the city landmarks were marked by the knitting event; at the airport was a large armchair with yarn & needles provided ready to use, the library was invaded by knitters, and had prepared by exhibiting all their knitting books; exhibitions; as well as providing yarn for charity knitting and presentations by all participating designers, the ferry terminal had first declined the offer from Strikk og Drikk but did not take long to regret their decision… A small trade hall was located at Bekkefaret Bydelshus/Community House with offerings of tempting yarns, patterns, buttons and books together with a coffee shop plus workshop premises, with more located at Eiganes Kolonihagehus/Allotment Community House; where the Saturday party was held. My weekend workshop in Knitting Design was at Gosen Skole, see above. The knitting community in Stavanger was starstruck by the famous Danish designers that participated: Lene Holme Samsøe, Bente Geil aka Geilsk and Charlotte Kaae. Taking part with their respective fans were also acknowledged Swedish designer Anita Grahn, Tove Fevang and Ann Myhre aka Pinneguri/The Needle Lady (read about her workshop here: aftenbladet). I met Bente, Charlotte and Anita at Strik Bornholm but was delighted to finally meet Lene in person as well as some of my Ravelry friends. Read in Norwegian: Se opp for strikk i rogalandsavis, Hele byen strikker i aftenbladet.

DSCN2073We were 3 Norwegian designer present at the weekend who all gave a talk on Friday evening at the Library; Tove Fevang, myself and Ann Myhre who you can see in action above. While Tove was talking about her inspiration and work, I presented my design experience and book, and Ann defended top-down knitting as well as the fact that women should celebrate the fact that we do have shapely figures. The 3 Danish designers and Anita held talks on Saturday to even larger crowds. See the complete program here: strikkehelgstavanger. After the talk both Tove and I were told to come with initiative taker Monica Haga for safe keeping until we would be collected by our hostesses who were both taking part in Charlotte’s workshop: Krydret Strik/Spicy Knitting (read: this relates to Charlotte’s bold use of vivid colors). We were duly collected a few hours later, after a delicious dinner in Bente’s & Monica’s company.

DSCN2077My friend Anja Præsttun Smith and I had to chat a bit even after we arrived at her house by the fjord in Sandnes so well into the night I crashed into bed. Do take a look at her family’s exciting Iceland expedition plans here – yes, Anja’s husband Neil is English – see: Anja was one of the many volunteers that had helped by baking cakes for the coffee shop, Tone Cecilie Nystrøm was another volunteer in charge of the premises for my weekend workshop and hence moved it to the school were she teaches; Gosen Skole, while Monica’s husband was the dedicated driver who brought us lunch, to our pleasure, with plenty of fruit, chocolate, fizzy drinks and raffle tickets. Excellent service in other words. I had an overbooked workshop but still managed to lead everyone through the planned agenda. It is ever so exciting to see what inspires others, and the abundance of creativity that exists all around us! Numerous swatches later and after the workshop on Saturday, Anja and I had a quick look in the Trade Hall before closing time. I can reveal that Anja bought several skeins of yarn, while I collected business cards, cuddled hand-dyed luxurious Lotus Yarns from Ullrommet and yarns from Nøstebarn before we headed home to change for the party at Eiganes Kolonihage. Above is a photo from the party with the Danish Designers at the front table accompanied by Monica in a sleeveless white dress.

DSCN2080Tone Cecilie dazzled in her orange skirt plus matching tie and recently finished test knitting her bright turquoise Lattice Back Jacket which is much brighter in real life than in the poor quality photo above.  Anyway, I so wanted to show you her fabulous outfit! Instead of the planned zip, Tone Cecilie’s jacket had three small coin buttons attached with snap fasteners. You can read more about her difficult zip search in the test knit thread in my group on Ravelry. We had delicious food, music, cakes & coffee and chatted while we all knitted. The sound level, as you can imagine, was out of this world. I flew back to Oslo on Sunday evening after my workshop and managed a quick goodbye to Charlotte and Lene Holme at the airport before my departure. It was wonderful to meet so many knitters and designers at Strikkehelgen in Stavanger, a big thank you to all volunteers and Strikk og Drikk for a magnificent event!


Aran Bolero Pattern Released

Aran Bolero E COVERMy book cover project Aran Bolero has been revised with a detailed schematic plus video links, and is finally available in English in my Ravelry store. It has been brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, worn by dancer Francesca Golfetto and styled by Line Sekkingstad. The detailed swatch photo is by Guri Pfeifer. My bullfighter bolero, inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s Spanish-inspired collection, is cropped but can be lengthened by knitting a cummerbund. Mostly Merino is a wool and mohair blend which creates beautiful sculptural cables. The set is meant to create a stir. The close fitting bolero is worked in pieces with shaping and then sewn together, while the sleeves are knitted in the round. The yarn has been discontinued but can but can be replaced by Hifa Norsk Pelsull, you can see them both in the Aran Cuffs in this blogpost: More on my newest favourite yarn Pelsullgarn.

Sizes: S (M, L)

Finished Measurements: Bust: 90 (94, 99) cm/35.5 (37, 39)”                                               Waist: 73 (77, 81) cm/28.75 (30.25, 32)”                                                                                 Length: 39 (40, 41) cm/15.25 (15.75,16.25)”                                                                               Sleeve length: 50 cm/19.75″                                                                                             Cummerbund: Length: 64 (68, 73) cm/25.25 (26.75, 28.75)” can be stretched to 75 (79, 84) cm/29.5, (31, 33)”. Height: 13 cm/5″

Yarn: Mostly Merino Light/Sport weight (77% merino/fine wool, 23% mohair, 55 g, 228 m/250 yds), sample is knitted in October: 8 (9) 9 skeins: 1742 (1876, 2010) m/1905 (2052, 2198) yds for the set.                                                                                                                             Bolero: 1492 (1606, 1720) m/1632 (1756, 1881) yds.                                                           Cummerbund: 250 (270, 290) m/273 (295, 317) yds. The yarn has been discontinued but can but can be replaced by Hifa Norsk Pelsull: 6.5 (7.5) 8 skeins (100% Norwegian pelt wool, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds).

Alternative yarns: Kauni Wool 8/2 Solids (100% wool, 150 g, 600 m/656 yds)                                                                                                                                            Madeline Tosh Pashmina (75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 100 g, 329 m/360 yds)                                                                                                                        Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds) Or another Sport/5-ply yarn.

Notions: 5 buttons 15 mm/0.5″ for cummerbund. 12 cm/4.75″ brass thread for I-cord on Front Panels. Cable needle, 2 stitch markers, and yarn needle.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″). 3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs for sleeves. 2 2.5 mm/US 1.5 DPNs for I-cord band on front panels and button loops. Adjust needle sizes as needed to match gauge.

Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rnd in rev st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 30 sts in Large Basket measures 8 cm/3.25″ across. 28 sts in Woven Cable measures 7 cm/2.75″ across.

Notes: The Bolero is made to be close fitting. The fronts should only meet but not overlap. The body is worked flat in pieces and seamed. Each front has a front panel and a bottom band that is knitted separately and attached at the end. The applied I-cord on top of each front panel has a short piece of brass thread inserted to help it lay flat. The sleeves are worked in the round to the armhole, then back and forth to the end of the saddle shoulder. The cummerbund is intended to fit tightly so it will stay in place, and not roll. It is closed with buttons and a cord is made to close the gap created by the button loops. You can easily adjust the width of the cummerbund by adding or removing pattern repeats.


Knit Café at Gyldendal

10703625_10152515173638111_2434438183964977329_nI went to Saturday’s Knit Café at Gyldendal, where there were 3 workshops to choose from, samples from recent published books: “Strikkesidas favoritter”/Knittingpage’s favorites, “Voksne ingen adgang”/Kids only, and “Heklelyst”/Crochet desire, fashion show with designs mainly by Kristin Wiola Ødegard and Sidsel J. Høivik from each of their first books and the second ones to be published next year, raffle with proceeds going to the charity Kirkens Bymisjon/The Church City Mission. The banner above says “Come and Knit with Gyldendal, Open House, Knitting Day, Workshops, Knit café and more. Come and be inspired by our knitting book authors! From 15.00 Fashion show. Please someone who is dreading Christmas. We want to spread some light and warmth in the city at a time which is extra difficult for many. If you need a scarf, it is yours.” I met several knitters, editors and authors I know so I had an enjoyable afternoon in good company.

DSCN2037Here is one part of the presentation of the book “Voksne ingen adgang”/”Kids Only”  by Heidi Grønvold and Anna Enge – the women behind the yarn brand Pickles. This is the first book they have published at Gyldendal, but they have published books previously on their own.

DSCN2053Here is the end of the fashion show, with author Sidsel J. Høivik in the door entrance. As you can see it was a popular even with about 150 knitters present and the yarn shop Nøstet Mitt provided an essential shop stand, since not everyone had brought enough materials for the workshop. Some knitters did not need any excuse to buy more yarn.

DSCN2065Models wearing garments designed by Sidsel J. Høivik who held one of the three workshops on offer: Useful techniques and ideas to decorate your knitted garments. Bente Myhre held a workshop on crochet for beginners, while the Pickles girls held a workshop on their Islandsk Soloppgangsjal/Icelandic Sunrise Shawl and how to work the little crown stitch – which looks like a row of sunrises, see a useful video here:

DSCN2063Finally the two authors and designers: Kristin Wiola Ødegård with “Strikk med raske pinner” and Sidsel J. Høivik with “Lekre masker og lekne sting”. Kristin’s new book is out in January while Sidsel’s new book is out in August next year. We are all waiting with anticipation after this fashion show!


ioánna Tjøme Fashion Show

DSCN2020 ioánnaA few days ago, I received an invitation from my friend – and model in my book – Kari-Anne Næssø for a fashion show organized by ioánna Tjøme at Rosenborg Selskapslokaler/Party premises. I recognized the Greek fashion designer name: Ioánna Kourbela from a shop in London, near Spitalfields where I have bought 2 cardigans (read: and I rarely buy cardigans since I design and knit my own!), and was so happy to find that not only is there a shop at Tjøme, south west of Oslo but the fashion show would show a selection of garments available for sale in Oslo. What I love about the designs are they beauty, versatility and that they can be worn in different ways – take a look at the timeless cardigan worn in 25 different ways – hence adjusted to your mood or preference. The models were the 3 artists in Fam Fatal, all of different sizes and with an amazing sense of humor, plus talent. The man above, is the husband of the shop owner Torunn, borrowed to read flattering lines accompanying the singer to our amusement.

DSCN2027 ioánnaFam Fatal volunteered to take part in the fashion show merely because they love the garments and wanted to show they look fab on all sizes. The hostess Jannike Heitun Kjuus wears a teal colored long dress below to the right, Torunn wears two different dresses on top of each other and a friend of Jannike wears a short pale red dress – she obviously had to walk on the red carpet too! Below you see Torunn asking her to prepare for the catwalk.

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In the photo below you see the back of my friend Kari-Anne wearing a stunning dress, that has been tied up on the inside with a couple of strings for the occasion. She had been assisting all day with the preparation of the finger food, and was serving drinks when we arrived. Kari-Ann also had to walk on the catwalk to show off the dress she was wearing.

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Below you see the front of the dress Kari-Anne is wearing in a different color combination. We both found gorgeous dresses we loved, both in the higher price range so typical of us both. So we did not buy any dresses but many of the women present did. I also had the chance to win a cardigan with the raffle ticket I received when I entered. 3 very lucky women went home with a cardigan each. I am dreaming about a purple (or maybe black or maybe white) long dress, it will not take you long to spot it at the website Ioánna Kourbela, and yes it can be worn with the deep collar at the front: hanging loose or across your shoulder or at the back. End of.

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Norsk Strikkeforening/Norwegian Knitting Association Founded

_DSC8213-1920x1080-wmThe Norwegian Knitting Association was founded on Saturday in Bragernes Menighetshus/Congregation Hall in Drammen, west of Oslo, in the company of nearly 70 knitters and the photographer Geir Arnesen – the only male present, married to designer and Vice Chair Tove Fevang. I spoke to many knitters who did not want to miss this event for anything in the world, and had traveled far to be present. The initiative was taken by Liv-Norunn Stavik after finding both the Swedish: Sticka and the Danish association: Gavstrik online, as she explains in the photo above. A group was set up on Facebook, and a webpage created for it – see Norsk Strikkeforening – before the search for the remaining board members began. It did not take long until a number of knitters had volunteered, and the board was complete. I agreed to hold a presentation on the topic “Vanskelig strikk/Difficult knitting”, in addition to Tove Fevang’s  presentation on “Enkel strikk/Simple knitting”.

DSCN1997A few days in advance I was also asked to lead the meeting, and read through the articles of association for approval. I am not familiar with the founding of association but thought I would manage, merely based on my previous tour leader experience. The board had organized an exciting exhibition of their knitting books, large pattern selections, extensive yarn stash from all corners of the world, finished projects and work in progress (No UFO’s in sight). Take a look at these photos and you will understand what I mean. In addition they had made goodie bags, organized a serving point offering tea/coffee, waffles and “svele” similar to American pancakes, and a raffle with a large number of books plus yarn kits. The kick off for the meeting was at 11.00 but eager knitters came 8.30 in good time for the official 9.00 opening, and of course they were let in to study the exhibition, and to dig out their knitting.

DSCN1995Accompanied to the sound of knitting needles in use, we began the meeting with Liv-Norunn talking about the intention of the association. Then continued with a brief presentation of the board members. There were no obviously no objections to the suggested board of members, and it was quickly approved to everyone’s delight. We did however reach a halt when the membership fee and its related articles were read. It was not the level of the fee, which actually was suggested raised from 250 NOK to 300 and half price for children, students, OAP and others on health benefits, but the possible dissolution of the association with its technical challenges that needed retuning. After a number of suggestions on this article, the remaining articles were all read with only minor interventions. The board suggested a coffee break to re-phrase the membership fee articles, and with a bit of aid of the knitters present, as well as a lawyer it was approved together with the remaining articles.

_DSC8312-1920x1080-wmFuture plans include a knitting party from the 19th to the 21st of June 2015 in Drammen and then every year, during the second weekend of June, a membership magazine called “På pinnen/On the needles” – a name voted for on the Facebook group – as well as a charity knitting program. These are only the first few suggestions and hopefully a lot more suggestions from members will come. The raffle draw was popular but a few book trades had to be done since some winners already had the book they won. After a longer break it was time for my presentation. I talked about my knitting experience and my attraction to more difficult stitch patterns. Above is a photo of me wearing a Kimono called Season of Darkness and Winter Lightsee the aristrocrat of knitting books, by designer Margaretha Finseth from the book Norsk Strikkedesign.

_DSC8254-1920x1080-wmTove Fevang is the most acknowledged designer and published crafts author in Norway. She has a background as a designer, graphic designer and journalist, and has published 18 books. Tove was the initiative taker behind the Norsk Quilteforbund/Norwegian Quilting Association which was set up in 1988 and the well known face of the Amanda Prosjektet – a charity set up to knit for premature babies, see Aftenposten.

DSCN1996Here are Tove’s exhibition table with 2 of her books, featuring her grandchild on the cover, photographed by her husband, Geir Arnesen. In the background preparing for the next part of the meeting is Tove and Jette Kjørseng.

_DSC8379-1920x1080-wmHere is the Board members, first row from right; Chair Liv-Norunn Stavik; Vice Chair Tove Fevang; second row from left; Cashier Jette Kjørseng; Board member Gunnhild Marie Hagen; Secretary Rita Stenseth.  There are many of us who are curious to know more, and whom will follow this association’s future work. We believe it will prosper, and encourage us all to do even more knitting!


Variations Shawl Pattern Released

Variations E COVERI am ready to release another pattern from my Norwegian knitting book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk“, in English on Ravelry. The shawl was initially named “Sjal med variasjoner”/Shawl with variations, but I have changed the English version to “Variations”.  My book was brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, stunningly styled by Line Sekkingstad and beautifully worn by Anna Pfeifer. Knitting with silk feels divine on your hands, and so does wearing your finished garment. I chose a tussah silk from Borg, now unfortunately discontinued but can be replaced by Valley Yarns 20/2 Silk (100% silk, 249 g cone, 2240 m/2450 yds) – see, in a light yellow shade so I could accessorize with gold shoes, and a statement necklace. The shawl is knitted using two strands of the lace weight silk held together, in a reversible lace pattern. It can be buttoned up as a shrug, or as a vest, and has an accompanying snood you can use as a collar. The snood is knitted using a single strand in the round to create a contrast to the shawl.

Shawl: S (M, L)                                                                                                                                   Snood: One size

Finished measurements:
Shawl: Width: 37 (42, 53.5) cm/14.5 (16.5, 21)” Length: 150 cm/59″
Snood: Width: 34 cm/13.5″
Length: 120 cm/47.25″

Yarn: Borg Tussah-silke 20/2 (100% tussah silk, 100 g cone, 850 m/930 yds). Sample is knitted in sh 2587 light yellow. The yarn has been discontinued but can be replaced by Valley Yarns, 20/2 Silk (100% silk, 249 g cone, 2240 m/2450 yds).              Shawl: 1 cone; 1050 (1215, 1555) m/1148 (1329, 1700) yds                                                   Snood: 1 cone; 570 m/623 yds                                                                                                         Set: 1 (1, 1) cone: 1620 (1785, 2125) m/1771 (1952, 2324) yds

Alternative yarns: Shleep Yarns, Tussah Silk Lace (100% tussah silk, 100 g, 900 m/984 yds).                                                                                                                                      Dye For Yarn, Silk Fine Lace Yarn (100% mulberry silk, 50 g, 500 m/547 yds).                                                                                                                                        Claudia Handpainted Yarn, Serenity (Silk Lace), (100% silk, 100 g, 1005 m/1100 yds).       Eat Sleep                                                                                                                                  Madeline Tosh, Pure Silk Lace (100% tussah silk, 100g, 914 m/1000 yds).                 Madeline                                                                                                                              Or another 2 ply/lace weight yarn.

Needles: 4mm/US 6 straight needles for shawl. 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″) for snood.

Notions: 10 circular Mother of Pearl 20 mm/0.78″ buttons from Perlehuset, waste yarn, 3 stitch markers and yarn needle.

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows in Twisted Openwork Pattern using yarn held double and 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked.
34 sts and 36 rnds in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked. Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Notes: The shawl is knitted with two strands held together in a reversible twisted openwork pattern, while the snood is knitted with a single strand in stockinette stitch in the round. The snood has a temporary cast-on so that the ends can be easily grafted together. The holes in the lace pattern are used as buttonholes. You can easily adjust the width of the shawl by adding pattern repeats.