It is now several weeks since I released the Sarya pattern in English, so it is about time I tell you here on my blog. You can see the results from the test knit on the Ravelry page, and read about the adjustments the different test knitters did to the pattern like making the sleeves short instead of long. The Norwegian pattern was first published on Ravelry in March, and both languages are also available at Loveknitting. Sarya was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at the Ekeberg Restaurant last year, and worn by the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling. The stunning jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design and it lifts the outfit to a party outfit. Here is my introduction to the pattern:
A beautiful lace pattern adorns 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.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Finished measurements: Bust: 85 (92, 99, 106, 116, 126) cm/33.5 (36.25, 39, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Length: 62 (63, 64, 65, 66, 67) cm/24.5 (24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26, 26.5)” Patterns: 35 cm/13.75″ in lace (incl 3 cm/1.25″ edging) and 27 (28, 29, 30, 31, 32) cm/10.75 (11, 11.5, 10.25, 12.25, 12.5)” in garter st (incl 1 cm/0.5″ tuck). Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 51) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20)”.
Yarn: Jagger Spun, Zephyr Lace 2/18 (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 100 g, 1024 m/1120 yds). Sample is knitted in Mushroom. http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.php 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins; 2422 (2611, 2799, 2987, 3269, 3552) m/2422 (2855, 3061, 3266, 3575, 3884) yds. Note: Yarn is held double throughout.
Alternative yarns: Fyberspates, Gleem Lace (55% British Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 45% silk, 100 g, 800 m/874 yds) http://fyberspates.com/gleem-lace
Needles: 2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needles (80 cm/32″), extra set for hem and tuck. 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needles (150 cm/60″ or 3.5 mm/US 4 if preferred). 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″). 3.5 mm/US 4 DPNS for sleeves. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Gauge: 25 sts and 36 rows in st st using double yarn and 3.5 mm/US 4 needles measures 10 cm/4″ square. 24 sts and 38 rows in Sarya pattern using double yarn and 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4″ square. 25 sts and 40 rows in Garter st using double yarn and 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square.
Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.
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 the 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.