New Design: Bubala

The second design I made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for this autumn is the pullover Bubala, the sample is brilliantly knitted by Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, in the shade “støvet rosa”/Dusty Pink. Named Bubala Jewish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The yarn kit with either English or Norwegian pattern will be launched this autumn, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning in Mid October before it is released.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square.

The half double crochet bobble (US. Half treble UK) is made using a crochet hook with an extra fastening trick that Grete discovered while making the bobbles. As a starting point we used the video made by designer Andrea Mowry.

I have made a video on how to make the bobbles which I will link to in the pattern. My patrons have early access to this video as well as behind the scenes photoshoot video, monthly newsletter, sneak peeks of new designs, Hillesvåg yarn discount, pattern discount and more rewards based on the membership level you choose. See

In these photos taken by Michael at the beach in Ørje, you see me wearing size Small with a 92 cm/36″ bust circumference with 4 cm/1.5″ of positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 cm to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″. The pullover is not fitted but the ribbing surrounding the cable will make it follow the lines of your body. Michael did want me to wait until the duck was in the photo, see the top two pictures.

I loved the cable pattern that ends in bobbles as soon as I saw it and discovered that I could easily divide it into two parts by ending the center cable to create a deep v-neck. That meant that the outer two cables could follow along the shape of the v-neck. In addition I could use a single cable on each sleeve as the whole panel would be too wide for the sleeve.

It was not until we photographed it, that I realised that I could easily wear it with the v-neck on the back instead of the front. The back neck is only slightly shaped, but since the front v-neck shaping is so deep, it works. Hence you can choose if you want to wear the v-neck at the front or the back.

Bubala looked divine on modell Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot and I look forward to showing you the pictures that photographer Eivind Røhne captured.