Vela Pattern Released

The test knit of Vela has come to an end with some stunning projects. As usual my test knitters did an excellent job of improving and correcting the pattern. The English pattern is now available on Ravelry and Lovecrafts, while the Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien issue 17. Above you see model Emma Ross wearing Vela, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. She was brilliantly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at the Oslofjord Museum at Vollen in Asker, outside of Oslo, in May.

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 with a crisp stitch definition.

Sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL)
Shown in size Extra Small/Small
Skill level: Intermediate

Finished measurements:
Bust: 120 (132, 144) cm/47.25 (52, 56.75)“
Length: 57 (59, 61) cm/22.75 (23.5, 24.5)”
Sleeve length: 46 (44, 42) cm/18 (17.25, 16.5)“
Cowl: 117 cm/46” long, 31 cm/12.25” wide
Intended ease: + 28-38 cm/11-15”
Sample shown is 120 cm/47.25” with + 34 cm/13.5” ease on model.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold, Hempathy (41% cotton, 34% hemp, 25% modal, 50 g, 140 m/153 yds). Sample is knitted in Kingfisher Blue 61:
Pullover: 13 (16, 19) balls; 1806 (2226, 2646) m/1975 (2434, 2893) yds.
Cowl: 6 balls; 818 m/895 yds
Note: Yarn is held double throughout.
Yarn is available from Loveknitting in the UK and distributed by House of Hobbies in Sweden and Norway.

Needles: 5 mm/US 8 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
5 mm/US 8 straight needle.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), stitch holders, and yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows with 2 strands held together in st st using 5 mm/US 8 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.
17 sts and 22 rows in Eyelet pattern repeat measures 10 cm/4” square.
15 sts in rib measures 10 cm/4” across.

Notes: 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.