Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Githa

20160601 LM Villa Malla 099 cropGitha is first out of the professional photos, since the test knitting has started on Ravelry already. I am so excited to show you the amazing photos Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design at Villa Malla at the beginning of June. I had also borrowed two skirts from Judith Bech Design, and I decided that the tunic Githa with a large cowl would look fab with the tulle skirt. Judith sent me a selection of other cocktail dresses too, just in case I wanted to borrow some more. It is such a treat to open each box sent from her, and have a close look at all the dresses!

20160601 LM Villa Malla 139 cropMy initial plan was to have the fjord in the background but the pier is quite high so it had to be the sky instead. I think it worked even better. These two top photos are both cropped and with even more sky, they appear like a stunning film poster. See more of the background in my husband’s photos at villa-malls-sneak-peek. The Norwegian pattern for Githa will be published in the special magazine Familien Strikkebok out at the end of August. While the English pattern will be published on Ravelry after the test knit is completed.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 151As always I want a photo from the front, side and back to show it from all points of view. So that you can see that the back does have a lace panel too. Githa is knitted in the lovely and summery Rowan Panama, a slubby yarn mix of cotton, viscose and linen with a subtle sheen to it. Both the tunic and the cowl is knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rounds/rows in stockinette stitch to 10 cm/4″ square. The tunic is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, while the cowl is available in sizes XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL). Alexandria is wearing size S in the tunic and size XS/S cowl. The reason I choose three different sizes on the cowl is so that it will easily fit around the shoulders for the different sizes. But you can also easily adjust the size of it by adding or removing pattern repeats.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 197Here it is photographed with the large cowl across the shoulders. As you can see it has an area of garter stitch used for shaping the cowl and also to match the casual look of the tunic. The tunic tank is knitted from the bottom and up, in the round to the armhole, then separated into two parts and worked flat. The shoulders are shaped with short rows. The neckband and armholebands are picked up and knitted in the round at the end. A false sideseam is created by a reverse stocking stitch with garter stitches on each side. If you want a smaller neckline or armhole, you can either work additional rounds on the bands or adjust the pattern with for example 3 cm/1.25″. The cowl is knitted from the bottom and up, in the round. It is shaped in a separate garter stitch panel.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 240The wavy lace stitch pattern is the same I chose for the Adoe jacket. I was thrilled to match it with Kaja Gjedebo’s new Rubble & Roll Collection. Here is a mind-blowing quote from Kaja: “A piece of jewellery should be a miniature sculpture – an everyday piece of art you would like to wear not only today, but for the rest of your life.”  On that note, I will leave you and come back to show you more stunning photos from our shoot! I am so grateful for having such a magnificent team behind me!