I am thrilled to show you the brilliant professional photos taken by Eivind Røhne of the gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger wearing Sarya. The jewelry is by Kaja Gjedebo Design and her hair and make up was done by Sissel Fylling. The Norwegian pattern will be published shortly on Ravelry while the English one will be test knitted in my group before its release. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A beautiful lace pattern adorn the lower part of this jacket with overlapping fronts, while garter stitch rules on the top part. The stitch patterns are divided by a tuck and the jacket has identical hems. A deep elegant v-neck allows it to be worn loose creating waterfall fronts. Or you can close it with jewelry or a shawl pin for a more tailored look. The jacket is named Sarya; the night traveler hence knitted in the stunning JaggerSpun Zephyr Lace, held double, because of its luster and drape.
JaggerSpun Zephyr Lace is a divine mix of 50% merino and 50% tussah silk with 1024 meters/1120 yards on each 100 g skein. I prefer to hold it double to create a dense fabric with extra texture. The yarn was generously sponsored by JaggerSpun. The jacket is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 3 mm/US 2.5. The gauge is 25 stitches and 36 rows in stocking stitch using yarn held double throughout. The bottom hems and tucks are worked using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle. By mistake I used 3.5 mm/US 4 for the front band since too long time had passed from the beginning of the knitting to the end and there were too many projects made in the meantime. Despite the mistake the result was better than I could hope for. The extra long front bands pull the overlapping jacket into an asymmetrical waterfall front. If you prefer to wear it with the fronts overlapping as originally intended I suggest you use 3 mm/US 2.5 for the front band.
Here are my other pattern notes: The body of the jacket is knitted back and forth in pieces, while the sleeves are knitted in the round. Hems, tuck and garter stitch parts are knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5, while the lace pattern is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4. The double neckband is picked up and knitted afterwards, then sewn in place on WS. Use a larger needle; 3.5 mm/US 4 for the neck band if you want it to pull the fronts into a slight asymmetrical shape, as done on sample.
The jacket is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 85 cm to 126 cm/33.5 to 49.5″. The length is from 62 to 67 cm/24.5 to 26.5″ but can be adjusted by removing or adding pattern repeats to the lace section. I am pleased over how the pattern parts came together, especially since I had my doubts over the garter stitch top instead of stocking stitch. But I came to realize that the garter stitch does make the tucks and hems stand out even more.
The excellent idea to include the plants came from my husband, and I like how they soften up the stark lines of the interior in addition to playing with the lines of the pattern on both the jacket and in the amazing jewelry in matted silver by Kaja Gjedebo Design. There are more magnificent photos to come.