Familien Høststrikk/Autum Knits September 2018

The demand for knitting patterns in magazines in Norway is increasing even further, hence Familien has made yet another new special issue called “Høststrikk”/Autumn Knit. The magazine has a total of 124 pages and I am so lucky to have 4 of my patterns in it: Sirona, Vaga, Free Falling Pullover and Airic. My patterns and a presentation of me fills 8 pages at the front of the magazine, while all the patterns are at the back. The beautiful Emma Ross is at the bottom of the cover, wearing Sirona, with “fletter”/cables written across it. Thank you so much, Familien!

On the first of my pages, there is also a presentation of me, including my Norwegian book cover, my Tyrol Jacket swatch (used a few years back for an article on design) and Kaja Gjedebo Design’s (kgd) gorgeous Abelia Ring I borrowed for the photoshoot. I do love the introduction: “Linda Marveng’s designs are like pieces of art with their beautiful cables. They are not suited for beginners, but if you have knitted for a while you will soon discover how fun they are to knit”. The dress is not my design: “The fantastic dress is by Carey Xu and probably too special for most of us to wear, but you should try Linda Marveng’s cable sweaters.”

Photographer Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured all these photos of Em. The Free Falling Pullover, first published in English in Interweave Knits Fall 2017 fills the next page, again worn by Em. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL and knitted in Sugar Bush Yarns, Crisp using 4 mm/US 6. The Free Falling Pullover showcases unique and wandering cables, feminine shaping, and casual appeal. This fitted pullover has two traveling central cables that are divided by seed stitch and framed by stockinette stitch on the sides. The boatneck is modified by the short-row shaping on the shoulder and ends in an I-cord bind-off. The pattern is available in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting.

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

The pullover, in sizes XS to 2XL, is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Vaga: Named after the Celtic Goddess of the River Wye is this pullover with cables that runs over the body and sleeves. A saddle shoulder allows the swing cable to continue to the neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

At the top of the page are the sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), the yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria, the needles: 4 mm/US 6. Then follows the introduction see above. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neck band is worked in the round, folded and seamed to the wrong side.

The Airic jacket covers the last 2 pages. These photos of Em were taken by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church last autumn, unlike the other ones which are from Villa Malla at the end of May. Airic is also available in sizes XS to 2XL. The introduction reads: In a contemporary style with provocative visual lines – created by the sideways knitted cable panel to make a waterfall bottom – is this long cardigan. The body is all in stockinette stitch to offset the cables. Even the sleeve has a cable panel knitted sideways as a cuff. Airic is Celtic for agreeable, just as this long cardigan will cover you up. It is knitted in the divine Di Gilpin, Lalland a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist.

This is the last of my pages. The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Favoritt18” in addition to your name & address and send to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see www.klikk.no. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing kari.bachke@egmont.com and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The Airic pattern in English is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. If you are a retailer you can also find the printed pattern with download codes on Deep South Fibers.


Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad 2018

For the 3rd time the Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival was organised in Fredrikstad Old Town, the oldest fortified town in Norway (founded in 1567) and in the Nordic countries and one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Northern Europe (see more photos from two years ago here). I arrived on Friday by train from Oslo, in the aftermath of a hurricane (read: extremely windy and wet), and did wonder whether the city ferry to the old town was running. It was, but the rocking sensation did make it feel more like being on the ferry to Denmark, crossing the North Sea. Thankfully, the ferry only takes a few minutes to cross the river Glomma. Due to the extreme weather, there were less knitters visiting the market hall on the Friday, than last year. So I did manage to have a good look, but did not buy anything (read: very well done). I walked over to the Commandor’s building, where all the workshops were held, met a few knitters I recognised from last year, to find designer Tove Fevang since both of us were staying with organiser and founder of the travel agency Explore Travel; Marit Larsen. But before we headed home to Marit, we went to the Official Opening Event taking place in what would be the Knit Café for the event, in the Cloth House (another former military building, now housing the museum and premises for rent). A place perfect for drinking wine and knitting. Take a look at the video (above) the festival made for volunteers and get a better idea of the idyllic old town setting. Actually, more than 90 volunteers did participate this year.

Tove and I had wine at Marit’s house. Yes, Marit found us chatting in the kitchen when she came home a few hours later. Tove held her third while I held my first workshop on Saturday morning from 10 am to 1 pm. It was the first time for my Beginners Cable Knitting workshop and it went well. One of the knitters that had signed on, had actually done my Masterclass in Cable Knitting, the year before and first thought she would do it again but decided to try a different workshop, even though they were in the opposite order than I had planned. I met some of the other designers present; Helle Siggerud and Kari Hestnes, during the lunch break. Both had exhibits in the museum during the festival, and so did Tove. It is always fun to see the designs on a mannequin and not only in a photo online.

Tove and I had lunch at the Knit Café. We met several of the volunteers we knew from last year as well as knitters. My second workshop was fully booked hence the afternoon went quickly. After 6 hours of teaching, Tove and I were on the lookout for an open café in the old town. We quickly realised that all the cafés were closed after 6 pm on a Saturday, since Tove drove down nearly all the streets to find one. We did enjoy looking for one, though. So instead we headed for the Knitting Evening, took out our knitting, chatted and waited impatiently for the food. At our table was Anna, who is a doctor by profession, but also the owner of Anna’s Angora, see above. Yes, she has 120 angora rabbits as well as other animals at her croft.

Our table did not win the quiz, our defence is that a number of the questions were not knitting related. The winning table received goody bags with knitting and crochet magazines from the Norwegian magazine Familien as well as sweeties. During the evening we ate delicious tapas, then chocolate and cookies for desert. Tove and I continued the party with wine at Marit’s house. Just as the day before, Marit did come home to join us, late at night. Even after we had decided to go to bed, we kept talking in Tove’s room. I was grateful that the workshops started at 11 am on Sunday so we could get a few hours of sleep beforehand.

More than 4500 persons visited the festival on the first 2 days, so the number of visitors has increased year after year. On Sunday morning I held my third and last workshop, while Tove held a talk. This was another new workshop, called Perfect Fit. Signed on to take part was a friend of mine from Facebook, Marianne Skatten, who walked into the room wearing my design Halli. Marianne has worn it ever since she finished knitting it, I am proud to say. Especially since Marianne designs herself. Take a look at her blog: Skattensdiy.wordpress.com. She is also taking part in the ongoing Prescott Pullover KAL. Talking to Marianne in the previous photo is Anne, who attended my workshop in Cable Knitting Masterclass last year. I had a fabulous weekend; enjoyed meeting knitters, holding workshops and seeing friends! My host Marit, I will see next at Røros, at the Knitting Weekend in October.


Cablewing Wrap Knitted by Heather

Heather was one of the participants in the Cablewing Accessories Knit Along in the Never Enough Lace group on Ravelry back in January. It is many months since she finished the wrap, knitted in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted using 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7. Heather made the wrap wider and added a repeat. I was totally gobsmacked by these photos of it, that she shared in the Prescott Pullover KAL – I am delighted that she is taking part in that KAL too – and told us they were taken by her husband at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde in Maine, US. If you recognise the light house it might be because you have seen the film Forrest Gump, this is the easternmost destination he was running to. Heather’s elegant styling with an evening dress is stunning. Thank you so much, Heather.

Eivind Røhne, the professional photographer I work with, knows how much I love light houses too. We choose to include Filtvet Fyr in some of the photos from Villa Malla in late May, but it is not anywhere near as impressive as this. I guess we just have to keep looking.

Cablewings surrounded by lace gives these accessories a flowery expression. They coordinate with the Cablewing Sweater; for a wonderfully regal look pair the wrap with the sweater. It is warm, practical but also decorative. All accessories are knitted in a pure wool with bounce, Embla from Hifa. I chose an irresistible purple-pink shade, well suited for the stitch pattern, for the cowl and the wrist warmers. The Cablewing Accessories pattern is available on Ravelry in both English and Norwegian.


Hanne Kristin Rhode Wearing Wilma Lind Jacket

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

This is a blogpost I thought I had written a year ago about the Wilma Lind Jacket, but for some reason did not. They do say time flies… Former Police Investigator, now author and television presenter Hanne Kristin Rohde and I collaborated on designing a jacket for her crime fiction heroine Wilma Lind, last year. Sample knitter Nadja made the jacket in red for my photoshoot, while Grete knitted it in soft turquoise a bit later, both in Sølje pelt wool by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. A third sample was made in natural white in Vilje lambswool by Anne-Lise. You have already seen the red version photographed on model Alexandra Eissinger and on me but not these stunning photos of Hanne Kristin Rhode taken by photographer Morten Bendiksen.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

Hanne Kristin wrote the first part of the introduction: “Police Investigator Wilma Lind is Norwegian, just like author Hanne Kristin Rohde and the yarn used in the sample: Sølje by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Last but not least is the fact that the designer Linda Marveng is also Norwegian. The Wilma Lind Jacket is inspired by the protagonist in her crime books: Strong, brave, weak, smart, impulsive, warm, uncertain, and daring. Wilma Lind has the ability to confront and fight – and with a need to be noticed, just like the rest of us. The sample is worked in red to symbolise power and hope. In white to symbolise blank sheets and in soft turquoise to capture the universe.”

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

I wrote the second part: A long a-line jacket with cables covering the back, and moving cables on the front. Instead of a shawl collar the jacket was given a deep v-neck and a loose shawl to use as a collar. The body is worked in pieces while the sleeves are worked in the round after the rib to the underarm. It is knitted in the in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The front cables move from their center position on the body towards the armhole and shoulder by increasing and decreasing into stockinette stitch. One front cable ends in the v-neck shaping but it is possible to work two cables to the shoulder by working extra stitches to gather cable row and decrease 1 stitch between cables, if necessary increase 1 stitch at either v-neck or armhole edge depending on size.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

The English pattern, available on Ravelry, has been test knitted and the jacket is available in sizes XS to 2XL, while the shawl is in one size. The red sample is knitted in size S, while the turquoise and white are both in size M. The Norwegian pattern is only available on Hanne Kristin Rohde’s website. The collaboration and press coverage has been has been an extraordinary experience. Finally I must admit that I just love how well the jacket suits Hanne Kristin.


Melva Knitted by Dawn Gayer

Let me introduce you to Dawn, another very skilled knitter, who has test knitted a number of my designs, wearing her gorgeous Melva. The garment is knitted in Knit Picks Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paint in the shade Corvallis in size S using 2.75/US 2 needles. On her project page on Ravelry where she is Dawnadair, she has written: “I love the cable placement and the ribbing that allows the sweater to hug the curves without doing any waist shaping. I shortened the body length to 14.5” and the sleeves to 18” (although they ended up a bit longer because my gauge ended up being a little larger knitting flat)…I really enjoyed knitting this gorgeous sweater and love the end result!” It was on Ravelry we met, since she is far from local to me, Dawn actually lives outside of New York in the US. Like a number of mums out there, she also knits for her daughter Amanda, whom you will meet later.

Dawn is eagle-eyed and quick to spot any spelling or number mistakes I have made in the pattern, which my technical editor has missed, and for that I am extremely grateful! Thank you so much Dawn!

Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler, a straight sweater with fancy cables at the top and the bottom. The intricate cable is fit for a ruler. Ribbing in the side makes the sweater figure-hugging, while the stockinette stitch center panel shows off the stunning hand dyed Stein Fine Wool 4ply from The Little Grey Sheep. The sleeve mirrors the body, but it is worked flat. The pattern is available on Ravelry in sizes XS to 2XL in both Norwegian and English.


Airic Knitted by Karen

Karen, aka Knittywarbler on Ravelry & Instagram, knitted this wonderful Airic version for her Norwegian friend who grew up in Sarpsborg – not far from where I live – but now lives in the US. Karen test knitted the pattern for me in size Small in the divine SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport, a pure merino wool, in the hand dyed shade Cayenne – perfect for her friend – using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles. I meet Karen on Ravelry and she is one of my brilliant test knitters. I have lost count of all the patterns she has knitted so I plan to show you more of them. You might remember that I blogged about the jacket she knitted for her friend Lizzy: Suli Knitted by Karen. Karen is ever so generous with her knitted garments and give them away to her grand daughter and friends. Thank you, Karen for being my test knitter and making such stunning versions of my patterns!

Here is a side view of the Airic, where you can see the construction with its lower body cable panel which is worked sideways. Then the upper body is picked up and knitted along the long side of the lower body and worked from the bottom and up. The upper body is worked back and forth in one piece with false seams from the pick up on the lower body to the underarm, then the upper fronts and back are worked separately. The outer 20 cm/7.75″ on each side of the lower body will be attached to the collar. The cuff is worked sideways, while the remaining sleeve is worked back and forth from the cuff with garter stitch in each side. The collar is worked back and forth in two parts with an interfacing, beginning with a RS row across cable and a WS row across interfacing. The parts are joined with a 3-needle bind off and attached along opening and outer side of lower body.

The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 128 cm/33.75 to 50.5″ with collar overlapped. This is how I introduce the pattern:  In a contemporary style with provocative visual lines – created by the sideways knitted cable panel to make a waterfall bottom – is this long cardigan. The body is all in stockinette stitch to offset the cables. Even the sleeve has a cable panel knitted sideways as a cuff. Airic is Celtic for agreeable, just as this long cardigan will cover you up. It is knitted in the divine Di Gilpin, Lalland a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist. The English pattern is available on both Ravelry & Loveknitting as well as on Deep South Fibers for retailers, while the Norwegian pattern will be available in the special magazine Høststrikk from Familien out on 24th September.


Prescott Pullover and Cambridge Cardigan Again

I wanted to show you how the Prescott Pullover and the Cambridge Cardigan – designs published in Interweave Knits Fall 2018 – look on me. Michael took these photos indoors, due to the extremely wet weather outside and also because the final pick up time for FedEx at Mail Boxes in Oslo was approaching too fast. I did make it, I am pleased to say. The Prescott Pullover is knitted in the divine Acadia from The Fibre Co.; a luxurious mixture of  wool and alpaca with silk noil. The sample is made in the third size and measures 99 cm/39″ around the bust. I am wearing it with 11 cm/4.25″ of positive ease, while I recommend about 5 cm/2″ of ease.

The cable is time consuming to knit, but rewarding. The sample is knitted in Mountain Ash colour way and took 14 skeins to make. The gauge is 24 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4″ square due to all the cabling, while the rib gauge is 21 stitches and 30 rows. Here is the introduction to the design: “The Prescott Pullover emulates intricate iron- and stonework found on historic university buildings. This professional and sleek pullover features soft cabled bell sleeves, and the side ribbing gives it a body-hugging silhouette. The design is worked from the bottom up in pieces, and it’s finished with a cozy turtleneck.”

“The Cambridge Cardigan is the quintessential collegiate cardigan. Inspired by Scottish tartans, this preppy, oversized cardigan is ready for a chilly library, reading on the quad, or a beer at the local pub. The body of this project is worked in the round and steeked at the center and armholes.”

I secured the steeks using a crochet hook and slip stitches despite it being knitted in a pure Shetland untreated wool, Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift – 100% wool, 105 m/115 yds on each 25 gram balls – before I cut it open at the front and at the armholes. If you are new to steeking, make a swatch in the round and cut that open first in order to gain confidence to do it on a larger project. The sample is made in the fourth size with a bust measurement of 111 cm/43.75″ and modelled with 23 cm/9″ of positive ease, while I recommend around 10 cm/4″ ease. The Cambridge Cardigan is knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5 and 3.25 mm/US 3 and with a gauge of 24 stitches and 33 rounds in stranded colourwork pattern on larger needle measuring 10 cm/4″ square. As you can see of the back photo the vertical lines in the contrast colour 2 (CC2) are made of duplicate stitches/swiss darning using a darning needle on the fronts and at the center back at the end.

Pattern of the Week: Prescott Pullover

The editorial staff at Interweave has blogged about both designs to my utter delight and you can read the blogposts by clicking on the inserted links.

Interweave Knits Fall 2018: Cambridge Cardigan

The Interweave Knits Fall 2018 issue is available in a digital edition or print edition. In Norway you can buy the print issue at larger Narvesen stores or order it at your local one. Do join the Prescott Pullover KAL or the Cambridge Cardigan KAL in my Ravelry group if you are interested and join the party.


The Borrowdale Collection by The Fibre Company

I am thrilled to have a design in the newly released Borrowdale Collection by The Fibre Company. Stonethwaite is knitted in Lore, a new yarn made of 100% lambswool with 250 meters/273 yards per 100 gram skein in Stable using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. I am sure you recognise the model by her stunning red hair, yes, it is Emma Ross photographed by Tommy Martin in Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District in England. “Stonethwaite is a richly cabled sweater that you’d wear proudly for many years to come. Knitted in Lore, it features a lattice of intricately woven cables down the front, back and sleeves. The sweater is knitted in pieces and seamed for stability and strength.” The pattern comes in 6 sizes; Bust (at underarm once seamed): 99: 104: 111: 117: 127: 137 cm (39.5: 42: 44.5: 47: 51: 55 in).

Here is the introduction to the Collection: “Take a trip to the Borrowdale Valley, one of the most idyllic places in England and the backdrop for our stunning new collection. Showcasing the work of 16 exceptionally talented designers, each piece in Borrowdale is designed using our glorious new yarn for Autumn 2018, Lore. These garments and accessories are designed for everyday adventures; to be thrown on with your favourite pair of jeans and hiking boots, or wrapped up in as you snuggle on the sofa. We hope you’ll be inspired to cast on something lovely and remember this special place in the Lake District.”

My design is the result of an accepted design submission I sent back in November. The gorgeous cable is one I discovered awhile back but had not used before. I am in fabulous designer company: Kari-Helene RaneHolli Yeoh; Sarah Hatton and Mary-Anne Benedetto, just to mention a few. The Fibre Company has made an enchanting video from their photoshoot which you can see on YouTube. Each of the garments in this collection has been photographed on several different models so you can see more photos of this on Ravelry and where you can buy the pattern at www.thefibreco.com. Take a look and be inspired here: Borrowdale Collection.


Oslo Design Fair August 2018

The summer came to an end and the Oslo Design Fair opened its door on last Wednesday, at Lillestrøm. It is a day to catch up with designer colleagues as well as yarn producers, and this time was no exception. First on the agenda was a visit to the Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk stand to see my latest collection exhibited and look at the new retailer brochure they have made. Above you see me talking to Øyvind Myhr with the sweater Lofn and the dress Sigyn in the background. Both are knitted in the lovely Sølje pelt yarn. Øyvind and Anette did want me to design 4 new designs and I am delighted to do so. Yes, I am wearing my Harding Cardigan, knitted in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, first published in Interweave Knits Summer 2016.

Here is another photo of the mannequins with the yarn kit and brochure at the floor. When Michael and I arrived at the stand, designer Kari Hestnes and co-author Hege Dagestad were there. They have recently written the book: Garnmagi med Plantefarging (Yarn magic with plant based dying), recently launched by Cappelen Damm. Kari to the left, next to Berit Løkken and Anette Toft both from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and Hege.

I also met up with Thomas Kvist of House of Hobbies. He is now the agent for Lana Gatto and the American Distributor Knitting Fever. Designers Iselin Hafseld and Tove Fevang, as well as Dagfinn Sigridson Skoglund –  Works Manager at Oslo National Academy of the Arts – were also there and I had coffee breaks with them all. It is such an amazing and inspiring day!

There was no fashion show but House of Yarn did have a video of their fashion show running on their large stand. There were plenty of new yarns to look at and fondle. As you can see I was way to busy to take photographs so I am lucky that Michael did.

Finally I wanted to show you one of the photos Michael took of the Japanese inspired coffee shop in hall C named Scandinavian Design & Lifestyle. The Coffee shop is designed by Anderssen & Voll, with furniture from Japanese Ariake and food from Happolati. In addition I took one photo of the glass gate (read: the floor to ceiling glass wall is on the left hand side), where new exhibitors were presented on one side and exhibitions between the food outlets on the opposite side. For the first time at Oslo Design Fair, Hall C will be open to the public, today Saturday 1. September. So if you are tempted and nearby, this is your chance. You can find more information on the website: Oslo Design Fair.