Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Milana

The next set of photos I am going to show you is of Milana, knitted by Grete Jenssen – aka ma9 on Ravelry – in the divine Norne Yarn Merino Silk Yak DK. The hand dyed shade Volva has cream in it so I decided to style the pullover and the matching cowl with my cream coloured silk trousers. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, looked stunning in the pullover. Milana is also brilliantly photographed outside the church hall in the shadow at Bøler Kirke late in May by Eivind Røhne.

Milana is currently being test knitted in my Ravelry group and will be released in both English and Norwegian on the 12th of October. My test knitters are enjoying knitting the DNA like cables found in the Charted Knitting Designs (third book) in the Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting series. The Norwegian pattern will also be printed in the Norwegian magazine Familien at a later date. 

Eivind knew how much I appreciated the mirror images he captured at Mortensrud Church, so he went for it at Bøler Church too! Olivia is wearing size S with a bust circumference of 92 cm/36.25″, but I have graded it from size XS to 5XL with these measurements: 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

Milana is knitted with a 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using a 4 mm/US 6 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking gauge. You can see behind the scenes photo here: Behind the Scenes Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020.

Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.

I am very happy with these photos of my Milana and would like to thank my wonderful team!


New Design: Neva

The last of my four new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is Neva. A tabard with side panels named after the Spanish word for “snowy”. The front and the back panel is covered in a snowflake like cable, while the side panel is knitted in garter stitch. All the panels have I-cords in the side and they are knitted together. Neva is seamless and knitted in the luscious Sølje pelt wool yarn yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. These photos of me wearing size XS/S were taken by Michael in May at the beach in Ørje.

The sample was brilliantly knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, in size Extra Small/Small using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

I have graded the pattern in five sizes from XS/S to 5XL with a bottom circumference of 116 cm/45.75″  to 172 cm/67.75″ and a Back/Front panel width of 34 cm/13.5″ to 54 cm/21.25″.

The vest is worked back and forth in two separate pieces and joined with a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders. The I-cord is then worked along the side edge before the side panel is knitted and attached to the opposite side using a 3-needle bind off.

Above is a detail of the cable pattern, the neck band and the side edge. It also shows the colour depth of the pelt wool yarn, which is naturally light grey.

Yarn kits for Neva with a Norwegian or English pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on the 4th of January next year, before its release. In the meantime, I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot back in May.


Leylak Pattern Released and KAL 2020

I am thrilled to present my Leylak pattern. It has been released on Ravelry – soon also on Love Crafts – in both English and Norwegian. My test knitters did a fantastic job correcting and improving the pattern and I look forward to present some of their projects at a later time. I knitted the sample in the divine Walk Collection Merino DK in the shade “Flieder” which also means “Lilac” in German, just as the pattern name does in Turkish in size Small but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling. I also choose to use a detail of the Leylak for my discount offer for my KAL – Knit-A-Long – in my Ravelry group for any of my designs, see below.

Named after the Turkish leylak, the lilac tree, is this flowery cabled a-line cardigan with sidewings. The delicate cables, by Norah Gaughan, reminiscent of the lilac blossoms adorn the fronts, the back and the sleeves. Leylak ends in reverse stockinette stitch in a deep round neckline with a double neck- and buttonband. The jacket is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino DK yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. To crown Leylak, make the cowl to act as a collar in excess yarn held together with the stunning Kid Mohair Lace.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5, 61.5)” plus 2 cm/0.75″ buttonband.
Hip after wings: 94 (102, 110, 118, 128, 138, 148, 158, 168) cm/37 (40.25, 43.25, 46.5, 50.5, 54.25, 58.25, 62.25, 66.25)”
Length: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25, 29.5, 30, 30.25, 30.75)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 50, 51, 51, 51, 52, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20, 20.5, 20.5)”
Peplum width: 17 cm/6.75″
Peplum length: 20 cm/7.75″
Cowl: 54 cm/21.25″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high.
Intended ease: + 5-10 cm/2-4″. Sample shown is 90 cm/35.5″ and worn with + 7 cm/2.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Walk Collection, Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 225 m/246 yds)
Sample is knitted in Flieder:
Cardigan: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins; 1525 (1660, 1795, 1963, 2131, 2299, 2467, 2635, 2803) m/1668 (1815, 1963, 2147, 2330, 2514, 2698, 2882, 3065) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 140 m/153 yds held together with
KidMohair Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 g, 420 m/459 yds) held together with Merino DK for Cowl, both in Flieder:
Cowl: 1 skein: 152 m/166 yds.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for neckband and buttonband.
4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle for cowl.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 11 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12) buttons (20 mm – 13/16″) from Razzle Dazzle Corner on Etsy: Vintage Pink Lilac White Streaked Convex size Medium.
Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in st st using a 4 mm/US 6 with Merino DK, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
18 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 with 1 strand of Merino DK and 1 strand of KidMohair Lace for cowl, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
20-sts cable repeat measures about 8 cm/3.25″ across.
50-sts cable measures 19 cm/7.5″ across.

Notes: The cardigan, knitted in Merino DK, is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The asymmetric lower body has extra width in each side – sidewing – that is bound off. Each front has 3 cm/1.25″ extra width at center front that is bound off at the same time as the wing, then joined with the buttonband at the end. Due to the asymmetrical cable pattern the number of purl stitches in the sides varies from back to front. The cowl, knitted in 1 strand of Merino DK held together with 1 strand of KidMohair Lace, is worked in the round.


Skyla Knitted by Siret

I have been looking forward to sharing these amazing photos that Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing the Skyla design, she test knitted for me, at a stunning location on the island of Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia.

Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, “chose a well-twisted merino yarn Emma, which was hand-dyed in a wonderful Bourgogne tone by the very talented Nathalie Woolissime Yarns. This yarn has excellent stitch definition and the cables look good even when knitted with a darker yarn” according to her project page on Ravelry.

Annika is wearing Skyla in size Small which Siret knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle to achieve the gauge of 25 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

On Siret’s project page on Ravelry she writes how she made the Skyla pullover shorter after she had knitted it according to the pattern: “I knitted all the pieces as in the pattern, but before sewing the sides together, I decided to cut off one pattern repeat. I did this because the length shown in Linda’s pattern was too long for me. I could have knitted the body pieces shorter at first, but I hesitated for a long time to make a final decision. I would also have liked to have a longer version of Skyla”. Well done and I am so happy to hear that! Thank you ever so much for test knitting for me as well as taking these stunning photos, Siret!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, run towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

The English and Norwegian Skyla pattern, in sizes XS to 5XL (82 to 164 cm/32.5 to 64.5″ bust) with a 25 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.