Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church: Harding Cardigan

Last in the series of photos brilliantly taken by Eivind Røhne at our photoshoot at Mortensrud Church in Oslo, is the Harding Cardigan made for Interweave Knits Summer 2016. We have photographed this one before at the Architectural Museum, then worn by a model who work for a model agency that allows the photos used only for a specified list of websites and magazines. My list, written back in early 2017, did not include Deep South Fibers who now sell my printed patterns, hence I needed new photos or pay an extra fee to use the old photos. Harding Cardigan is knitted the shade Foothills in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter using a 4.5 mm/US 7 and looked stunning on the beautiful Olivia Lindtein. Erica Poppe did her hair & make up, while her jewellery is borrowed from Kaja Gjedebo Design.

 Eivind photographed Olivia wearing the cardigan with a black silk skirt, upstairs in the church. Here is my introduction to the pattern: An allover telescope lattice gives this long, straight cardigan a textural feel. A cabled rib-cord collar adds a modern look to the Harding Cardigan. Wear it open or close it with a shawl pin or belt.

The back, fronts, and collar are worked back and forth in separate pieces, the sleeves are worked in the round, and the garment is seamed together. Olivia is wearing size S with a finished bust circumference of 90, 96.5, 105.5, 114, 123) cm/35.5“ with 7 cm/2.75″ of positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 123 cm/33.5 to 48.5″.

The Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn is made of 100% wool and comes in 50 gram skeins with 128 meters/140 yards. I knitted the sample with a gauge of 20 stitches and 25 rows in stockinette stitch using 4.5 mm/US 7 measuring 10 cm/4” square.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store and on Love Crafts. I want to thank my amazing team for all their work!

I hope you will stay well and keep safe in these difficult times!


Thia Knitted by Dawn Gayer

I am so happy to show you the beautiful Thia Cardigan that Dawn test knitted for me. The pattern is published in the Norwegian book “Norsk strikkedesign. Strikk din favoritt“, which is currently being translated into English for publication in the US by Trafalgar Books, due out in Spring 2021. Dawn, aka Dawnadair, writes on her Ravelry project page project page: “I was extremely honored to be asked to test knit this beautiful cardigan and thrilled to accept! And also to use the lovely Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Tinde pelsullgarn which was generously donated by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for all of the testers”.

The pattern comes in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 51.5″. As for size, Dawn writes: “I knitted a size S, although my usual size is M. I love it, but if I were to do it again, I would knit my usual size so that there was more room to layer under it”.

The sample made for the book was knitted in Værbitt, Mikkel Rev hand dyed on Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelt wool using 3,5 mm/US 4 with a 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge. This is Dawn’s verdict of the yarn: “It was my first experience knitting with a yarn other than Merino wool or other super soft fibers, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I enjoyed the way the stitches grabbed each other. The resulting garment is light but very warm. And the color is very lively and perfect”.

I am so chuffed by Dawn’s summing up: “I love the high collar and being able to change the look of the sweater by wearing it either open or closed. The tuck and ribbed band under the chest are both fun to knit and very attractive design elements. As always, Linda has designed a unique, modern classic!”. Thank you ever so much, Dawn!

The Norwegian book can be ordered directly from the publisher Cappelen Damm, for updates on the English version, see Trafalgar Books. Individual patterns in both English and Norwegian will be added to my Ravelry store and LoveCrafts on January 1st 2021 when the rights revert to me.

I hope you will stay well and keep safe in these difficult times!


Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church: Ovedine

Ovedine was designed for Værbitt’s Advents Calendar last December and have also been published in the issue 4/2019 of “På Pinnen“/On the Needle, a membership magazine for the Norsk Strikkeforbund/Norwegian Knitting Association, so you have seen some of these photos before but not all of them. Ovedine is knitted in two hand dyed colours, by Værbitt, on Sølje pelt wool by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Above you see it worn as a scarf by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make up by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church in November last year. I love these serene photos and want to thank my amazing team for all their work!

Named after an old female name from Norway is this shawl with tucks, short rows and garter stitch stripes in two colors. The hem and one tuck made on the wrong side, in addition to the double I-cord bind off, make the shawl two-sided. Choose if you want to wear it as a shawl, or a wrap around your body or as a shawl collar. Ovedine is knitted in two gorgeous hand dyed shades by Værbitt on the pelt wool Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

I choose to style this shawl with a long black silk skirt and a top, but it can be worn with a more casual outfit as well. We photographed this upstairs in the church with a magic light coming through the large windows.

The shawl is made in one size, but can easily be adjusted if you prefer. The finished wingspan is 162 cm/64”, the width at widest point is 42 cm/16.5”  and the width at narrowest point is 12 cm/4.75”. Ovedine is knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle for the garter stitch sections and 3.5 mm/US 4 for the tucks.

The divine turquoise colour is Drageegg, Værbitt hand dyed on Sølje pelsull by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk made of 100% pelt wool on 100 gram skeins with 350 m/383 yds on each skein. You need 2 skeins in this or your preferred main colour; 497 m/544 yds. Lillebror is the darker blue colour also hand dyed by Værbitt on Sølje pelsull. Only 1 skein in this or your preferred contrast colour is needed; 315 m/344 yds.

Ovedine is knitted with a looser than recommended gauge of 21 sts and 40 rows in garter stitch using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4 square. 21 stitches and 32 rows in st st using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.

Both the Norwegian and English pattern is available from my Ravelry store and from Lovecrafts.

Last out in this series of photos from Mortensrud Church is the new ones of the Harding Cardigan coming next week.


Ataraxia in Familien Vårstrikk 2020

The special magazine Vårstrikk/Spring Knits published by Familien is now for sale and I am so thrilled to have my Ataraxia pattern among all the lovely patterns. On the cover is Apple Blossom Sweater designed by Kari Hestnes. Ataraxia, one of the pages from the magazines is show below, was designed for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 27 Winter 2018 and the sample I knitted was in SweetGeorgia Yarns Mohair Silk DK in the divine shade of Pumpkin. While the sample Pom Pom had knitted up to fit better with the remaining collection in the magazine in The Copper Corgi Fiber Studio, Jones Street Worsted in Goldenrod, which I borrowed for the photoshoot and then returned. One of these photos of the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design was brilliantly taken by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church in Oslo in November last year.

Ataraxia is named after one of Caroline Norton’s poems, to give you a sense of calm, sheltering you from whatever storms you bravely weather. She was known for her drive to establish basic legal rights for women. The long jacket’s fitted shape is achieved through a careful arrangement of vertical texture panels and I-cord highlights. Finished with a tucked asymmetrical peoplum. Designed with a mythic shield maiden in mind, not unlike Caroline Norton.Olivia is wearing Ataraxia in size S with + 14 cm/5.5″ ease and stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall. I have graded the jacket from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 91 to 132.5 cm/35.75 to 52.25″. Both samples are knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles and a gauge of 21 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The handmade jewellery buttons on the pumpin colored sample are made by Siri Berrefjord in Norway, see and can be ordered from You can see them photographed by Siri herself above, and several more photos in this blogpost: Ataraxia Buttons by Siri Berrefjord.

Olivia is wearing Ataraxia in size S with + 14 cm/5.5″ ease and stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall. I have graded the jacket from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 91 to 132.5 cm/35.75 to 52.25″.  Both samples are knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles and a gauge of 21 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The special issue Familien Vårstrikk is available at selected news agents and super markets. But it can also be ordered in Norway by sms: SMÅ20 to 2205. 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 in my Ravelry store and on Love Crafts.

In Norway we are in lock down due to the Coronavirus to stop the spread. I hope all of you will stay well and keep safe!


Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church: Euler Cardigan

Euler Cardigan was designed for Interweave knit.wear’s digital magazine; Wool Studio VI and knitted in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted using a 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7 with a 20 stitches and 27 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The sample in the smallest size came back to me in time for the photoshoot, even though the rights do not revert to me until May 25th. The denim shade looked stunning on Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, as these brilliant photos, taken by Eivind Røhne, show. I chose to style the jacket with cream coloured silk slacks and top. We photographed it upstairs in the church on the narrow walkway, made for cleaning with windows, with the amazing light coming in. The intriguing background is a stone wall made of slate, and fitted perfectly into my colour scheme.

Named after the accomplished and creative mathematician Leonhard Euler, this cardigan combines dropped stitches with bold cables along the front panels. The pieces are worked separately and seamed together for structure. The dramatic front panels hang loosely without a closure for an elegant but cozy sweater.

I discovered the intricate cable in Norah Gaughan’s inspiring Knitted Cable Sourcebook. It looks beautiful on both sides and works well in the collar which can be folded back, as you see in the detailed photo above. Olivia is wearing size Extra Small with a 85 cm/33.5″ bust circumference, but I have graded the jacket up to size 2XL which measures 132 cm/52″.

The Euler Cardigan pattern is available to download from Interweave and as a part of the magazine Wool Studio VI. The English pattern will become available in my Ravelry Store  on May 25th, while the Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien at a later date. I am so happy with these gorgeous photos and want to thank my brilliant team!


Norske Strikketradisjoner/Norwegian Knitting Traditions

Norske strikketradisjoner” is the title of Nina Granlund Sæther’s astonishing book, published by Gyldendal last autumn. Nina has dived down into history hunting for traces on how the knitting technique came to Norway, spread and became part of our national history and identity. She documents with text, numerous photos and textiles how Norwegians have dressed with layers of knitted garments from underwear to outerwear. Even back in 1865 the theologist and sociologist Eilert Sundt pointed out that the technique was useful for the poor and comfortable for the nobles, as well as equally relevant for young and old people.

Photo: Moment Studio

From the foreword, I have chosen three paragraphs that I have translated into English: “Textiles have always fascinated me. I learnt to knit before the age of five, and every since I have embraced everything related to knitting – whether it was new patterns and colourful yarns, or the story about a mitten or a pair of kneelength stockings for men with holes. When I at the beginning of 2016 said yes to writing this book, I had no idea what I let me self in for. I thought it would take me one year or so. Well, it was not that easy! The more I discovered, the more sources I found, the more I learnt hence I became even more eager to find more, diving even deeper into the material. This takes time. But oh my, how educational and fun it has been!”

“Many believes that the vikings could knit, but they could only do needle-binding. When you work needle-binding, you sew loops into each other. Hence you have to piece together lengths of yarn instead of using a continuous strand of yarn and that takes a lot more time.  The knitting history is surprisingly short. In our own country [Norway] the technique has been known for barely 400 years”.

“I have looked for traces in literature – in everything from large acknowledged printed matters to less known, local historical articles.  I have searched for dissertations from universities and colleges, and I have googled for church books and census online. I have flickered through hundreds of index cards and studied thousands of photos, both paintings and photographs. I have also visited museums and exhibitions all over Norway. Sometimes I have even been treasure hunting in museum storages. Hence even the garments themselves have been able to tell their story. Last, but not least, I have met a number of people who have had histories to tell or garments to show off.”

Photo: Knud Knudsen / Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen

Here is one example; it shows stripy sweaters. You can see eight other photos from the book here: and inside the book here: Norske strikketradisjoner.

Now why stripes? Nina explains: “Over large parts of Europe seamen wore stripes during the 1800-century. Several artists have documented that stripy sweaters were in ordinary use all over Norway through the 1800-century. From Tysnesøen south of Bergen and Os there exists a number of pictures of stripy sweaters taken by the photo pioneer Knud Knudsen. «Parti fra Tysnesøen» is dated 1865-1875 and shows a group of five men and two boys, in addition to a small child who has sneaked in into the background”. She continues to tell us about the small differences in them and how they are made. See more here: here:

All the hundreds of photos in this book with its histories make it a treasure trove but also unlikely to be translated due to the cost of the photo rights. However the Norwegian edition is a treasure for anybody interested in knitting and its history.

I bought my copy directly from Nina, when we were both teaching at the Strikkehelg/Knitting Weekend at Geilo, but you can buy the Norwegian book directly from the publisher Gyldendal or selected book stores in Norway.


Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church: Grian

Model Olivia Lindtein looked fantastic in my fitted Grian pullover, with make-up & hair by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, over a silk skirt photographed by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church back in November last year. After photographing the four Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk designs by the side wall, we moved to the second location inside the church, next to the small altar at the back, in the floor to ceiling window corner facing the pine trees on the crest of a hill where the church is located. As always, I wanted some full length photos but since this corner has a low ceiling the amount of daylight shining in was fading quickly.

Named after the Faery Goddess from County Tipperary, is this pullover with heavy cabled texture. Grian means sunny, from her days as a regional sun deity, perfectly suited for this pullover. Honeycomb and stag horn cables adorn the body, while only honeycomb rule on the sleeves. Grian is slightly fitted with a crew neck and has a high cowl as a collar. The Fibre Co. Cumbria make the cables pop and allow the texture to shine in all its glory.

I knitted the sample in size Small with a 92 cm/36.25″ and worn with + 9 cm/3.5″ ease on Olivia, but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 158 cm/33 to 62.25″. The waist circumference is from 78 to 152 cm/30.75 to 59.75″.

Grian is knitted in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria made of 60% merino wool, 30% masham wool, 10% mohair, with 218 meters/238 yards on each 100 gram skein. The sample is knitted in the new and lovely Threlkeld shade using 4 mm/US 6 needles and a 20 stitch and 28 stitches in stockinette stitch gauge. I received sponsored yarn for this design. 

The cowl is 62 cm/24.5″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The cowl is also worked back and forth ending in a an I-cord bind off on both sides.

The English pattern of Grian will be test knitted beginning on 20th of April in my Ravelry group before its release, while the Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien at a later date.


Epona Knitted by Siret

I wanted to share these brilliant photos that Siret – aka kollane on Ravelry and siretsini on Instagram – took of her beautiful daughter Annika wearing Epona, which she test knitted for me back in October last year. Siret knitted the cabled pullover in size Medium in Tinde pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and writes on her Ravelry project page: “Unlike the sample, I use Tinde yarn, which is a thicker yarn than Sølje. Lys Rødlig Beige is the name of my Tinde tone – It is not gray or quite beige, but has a pinkish undertone.”

Siret’s collar is 5 cm instead of 9 cm as specified in pattern and writes: “I knit the inside of the collar with a softer yarn to prevent Tinde yarn from tickling the neck – Chester Wool Company Tibetan 4ply with merino, silk and Yak.”

Here is my introduction to the Epona pattern: Graceful cables run along the center of this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. A sweater perfect for riding or worn together with a skirt, it is crowned by a high collar with interfacing to make it stand up. Epona is Celtic for the Goddess of horses and knitted in Sølje Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in a deep bottlegreen shade.

Siret writes on her project page: “The Epona is a beautiful pullover with a high standing neckline and slightly different cables in the center panel.  The high rib makes the waist narrower and feminine. The center panel cable is unique and not difficult to knit at all.”

Siret and Annika had their photoshoot at the Üügu-bluff on the island Muhu, next to the island Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia. Thank you so much for fantastic test knitting and photography, Siret!

The English and Norwegian Epona pattern, in sizes XS to 2XL (84 to 124 cm/33 to 49″ bust) with a 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square gauge,  is available to download from my Ravelry Store and from Lovecrafts. Yarn kits are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.