I was so looking forward to seeing Aylwen on modell Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling, jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design and skirt by Judith Bech, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at National Museum – Architecture in late November. It is first when I see my design on a professional model, I get excited about it. Seeing the garment on myself gives me only an idea of its potential, and does not make it come alive like a professional model is able to. The first photo shows Aylwen worn closed with a brooch and the loop hanging around the neck. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special issue Familien Kreativ, out on 13th March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release.
The fringe skirt designed and made by Judith Bech is a favourite of mine. Yes, I have used it before, several times – actually – and also in beige. The texture with the loose hanging fringes as well as the small train makes it so glamorous and a contrast to the knitted texture. This second photo shows cardigan hanging loose with the loop hanging around the neck.
This third photo shows the loop pulled together at the waist and draped around the neck then through the opposite side of it. While the fourth photo, below, shows the side seam and the bottom band.
A reversible tuck pattern with the wrong side out, and garter stitch edging adorn this elegant jacket, called Aylwen. It has overlapping fronts which are joined into a short loop that can be worn once or twice around the neck or tied around the waist or as you like pinned together with a shawl pin or brooch. For a more flattering look it is slightly shaped at the waist and wider at the hip than at the bust.
The divine yarn, Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk – an alpaca and silk mixture – was chosen for a soft stitch definition but a luxurious feel to the skin. The jacket is slightly shaped at the waist. While I was busy knitting another project, the skilled knitter Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, made this. The fifth photo shows the loop pulled around the waist and through it to secure it.
Aylwen is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″. The Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk yarn was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. Here in this sixth photo you see the construction of the loop – each part is knitted together with each front and then joined at the end. Silje is wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″.
Last but not least is the seventh photo, showing the back with the loop around the waist. I can confirm that it was a lot easier wrapping the loop on Silje than on myself without a mirror.