Vela in Familien 17/2019

I am thrilled to have yet another design in the bi-monthly magazine Familien, this time it is my Vela that was published in issue number 17, which came out last Friday. Above is the cover and below is the first of the pattern pages. Vela is worn by gorgeous model Emma Ross, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, and captured by Eivind Røhne at Oslofjord Museum at Vollen in Asker, outside of Oslo, in May. The pullover is knitted in the lovely Hempathy from Elsebeth Lavold held double with a gauge of 18 sts and 20 rows with 2 strands held together in stockinette stitch using 5 mm/US 8 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.

“Hullstrikkgenser” directly translated means “hole-knit pullover”; the first word is the Norwegian word for lace knitting including all eyelet patterns. On top of the page is my introduction, slightly abbreviated: Sideways pullover in an eyelet pattern with a center join to enable it to hang straight like a sail or Vela – Italian for sail. Oversized body with narrow sleeves to minimize the volume. Vela ends in a round neck with ribbing. Dress it up with a cowl, that can be worn once or twice around your neck. Perfect for summer, knitted in a lovely cotton mix yarn called Hempathy from Elsebeth Lavold Yarns with a crisp stitch definition.

The pullover is knitted sideways, so work a larger size if you want a longer version. Adjust sleeve length to fit you. Each body part is knitted in two pieces and bound off using 3 needles for a center join. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large stitch number.

I have graded the sweater in three sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL), while the cowl is one size but can easily be adjusted. The sample shown is in the smallest size with a 120 cm/47.25” bust circumference with + 34 cm/13.5” ease on model. Intended ease is + 28-38 cm/11-15”.

The Familien magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can buy a digital version for iPad, see If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The English pattern is available on Ravelry and Lovecrafts.