Tweed Jacket in Familien Vinterstrikk 2020

I am so delighted to have my Tweed Jacket and Dewdrop Cowl set in the Norwegian special issue called Familien Vinterstrikk 2020, now for sale in Norway. The magazine has more than a 100 patterns including the cover design: “Fridas lange genser” by Kari Hestnes, knitted in Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Sølje pelt wool in five different colours. Yarn kits with a Norwegian pattern can be bought directly from Hillesvåg, see

My Tweed Jacket is an old design, made for my Norwegian book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” published by Cappelen Damm back in 2012. The jacket is knitted in another yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, the thin Alv kamgarn – available only on cones – held double to create a tightly woven look to it, using a 2.5 mmm/US 1.5 and 3 mm/US 2.5 needles. New photos were taken by Eivind Røhne of Emma Ross, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, standing in front of impressive cast iron dragon, a sample for the Vigeland Park Gates at the Vigeland Museum back in November 2018.

Em is wearing size S together with an amazing skirt designed by Judith Bech. The Tweed Jacket pattern is available in sizes S to XL with a bust/hip circumference of  90 (94, 98, 106) cm/35.5 (37, 38.5, 43)”.

A Tweed Jacket inspired by Christopher Kane’s elegant tweed version. My version has sleeves in stranded colourwork in stockinette stitch as a contrast to the tweed pattern made with slipped stitches on the body and a fitted waist. The tweed jacket has been given a vintage look, by using the fine Hillesvåg Alv kamgarn held double.

To add a bit of colour to the jacket I chose the Rose Red slightly thicker Huldra kamgarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and made a cowl & wrist warmer set called Dewdrop Cowl with a lace pattern to go with it. A cosy cowl is perfect for the Tweed Jacket. Use the leftover yarn and make a small cowl. Why not add a complimentary colour to the outfit and knit a larger cowl to wear over the small one together with wristwarmers. A stunning rose red cowl and wristwarmers complement the Tweed Jacket outfit.

Both the patterns: Tweed Jacket and Dewdrop Cowl are available in English in my Ravelry store. Familien Vinterstrikk 2020 magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets.


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020

It was a dark and grey morning when we set off from Ørje to Mortensrud Church in Oslo on Friday 13th of November for our photoshoot. I had planned and booked Vardåsen Church in Asker, but due to stricter Corona restrictions they cancelled all arrangements including our photoshoot. Mortensrud Church, on the other hand, still have a few small events taking place and allowed us to have a photoshoot there. Model Olivia Lindtein was at the church, when we arrived. She had planned extra time this time as she was late last year, but so were we due to traffic chaos as a result of the extremely heavy snow. Photographer Eivind Røhne arrived next before Make-up and Hair Stylist Sissel Fylling turned up. Straight to work and it did not take long until Sissel asked Olivia if she could cut off about 7 cm/2.75″ of her hair at the back and shorten it around her face. Thankfully, Olivia agreed.

Eivind prepared his equipment, while I hang the new designs on the clothes rail, while Michael was making a Patreon Behind the Scenes Video. When I was done, Eivind and I had a walk around the church to decide which backdrops to use. We chose a couple of the same ones we used last November. Eivind suggested a small change to an old location and I went for three different backdrops. Three and not four since there was little good daylight due to the weather. Michael and Eivind moved the chairs so that we would have enough space to move around at the first backdrop.

I had eight new designs to be photographed, that I had finished a few days earlier, with a lot of help from sample knitters Grete Jenssen and Airin Hansen. In addition I chose two of my old designs, made for my Norwegian knitting book, “Fletteskjørt“/Cabled Skirt and “Japansk Vest“/Japanese Vest that I wanted new photos of. Four of those new designs are made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and I decided to have those photographed first. Above you can see both Eivind and Michael (read: photographer number two) in action, photographing Olivia wearing Kyi; a skirt made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. If you wonder, yes, I have taken the top three photos with my mobile phone.

I was wearing my Gyda, knitted in Ask, a pure wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.  When we left home, I was also wearing the lace cowl and the tweed belt that is part of the Gyda Cowl pattern, but since the heating was on in the church I had taken those accessories off. Above you see both Sissel and me adjusting Rym the ballet top that goes with Kyi the skirt on Olivia. Both are knitted in the new yarn called Vidde a mix of 50% Pelt wool and 50% Lambswool with 200 meters/220 yards on each 100 gram skeins using a 4.5 mm/US 7 needle.

I know I look very sceptical in this photo, but I did not feel it. My mascara is already under my eyes due to all the laughing. Sissel is quicker than me to adjust the clothing as well as the hair & make-up. So often her head ended up in one of Eivind’s photos, that we all had to laugh, you get the idea from the previous photo.

I love this photo of Olivia eating cake, she admitted that she always have extra space for cake. Just as last time I had ordered a delicious lunch with juices and smoothies from Eckers Café at Frogner in Oslo city center.

My mum lives at Mortensrud, only 5 minutes away from the church and she wanted to pop in to see us all in action. Sissel took this photo of us, standing in the staircase ready for the fifth design to be photographed just after our lunch. On the hanger is the Seneka skirt and a matching silk scarf I had brought.

Here is exactly what my mum and I could see of Olivia wearing the Cabled Skirt, taken at the very spot. We photographed the Seneka skirt next. I had not figured out how to use the silk scarf, but Sissel instantly knew that it should be in her hair. We both agreed that it softened the outfit and made it absolutely perfect.

Michael had a similar view to me, behind me in the staircase, so above you can see Olivia wearing Senna – cardigan – and Seneka – skirt here worn as a poncho – putting on those high healed shoes. Both are knitted in the divine hand dyed Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Worsted yarn.

The last photo I will share is the view Sissel and I had of Olivia wearing Kaibara being photographed by Eivind upstairs on the narrow gantry. We were told off by Eivind for not standing straight enough. That meant that we were both in the photo. So we straightened up even further after we had stopped laughing. I had a wonderful day, which I am reliving as I select photos from the pdf that Eivind has sent me. Thank you to my magnificent team!

More photos of all the new designs are available for those of you with a Patreon membership, while some of them will be shown here later on. Michael is doing the last finishes on a Patreon only; Behind the Scenes Video.


Adeline’s Cardigan in Interweave Knits Winter 2021

I am so honoured to have my design Adeline’s Cardigan on the cover of the Interweave Knits Winter 2021 issue. It is knitted in the divine Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande in the shade Turmeric using 4 mm/US 6 and 3.75 mm/US 5 needles with a 20 stitches and 29 rows gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ by me. These stunning photos are all taken by Molly Stevenson, while the clothes styling is done by Tina Gill, and fits the Gothic topic. The submission call stated that they were looking for designs inspired by Gothic literature and architecture. I chose Gothic inspired features such as the standing collar, fitted waist and grandiose peplum in two layers.

@ Interweave Knits / Molly Stevenson

Adeline’s Cardigan is a stunning feast for the eyes. The generous peplum is worked sideways in three pieces. Stitches are picked up from the top of the peplum, and the back and fronts are worked separately from the bottom up. Captivating cables abound in this piece for the adventurous knitter.

@ Interweave / Molly Stevenson

As usual, I designed this cardigan in pieces to be seamed together for the ultimate fit. The cabled peplum of this cardigan is worked sideways in pieces for the back and each front, then stitches are picked up on the wrong side for the moss-stitch peplum. Stitches are picked up along the opposite edge of the peplum for the back and each front, which are worked from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. The cabled cuff on the sleeve is worked sideways, then stitches are picked up along the cuff for the sleeve, which ends in pleats.

@ Interweave Knits / Molly Stevenson

Adeline’s Cardigan is graded in 8 sizes from a Small to 5XL with a bust measurement of 86.5 cm/34.5″ to 153 cm/60.25″. You might recognise the cables, as I have used them before in my Cian design. I discovered them in Norah Gaughan’s inspiring Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

@ Interweave Knits / Molly Stevenson

The Interweave Knits Winter 2021 issue is available in a digital edition or print edition. In Norway you can buy the print issue at larger Narvesen stores or order it at your local one. I will show you the photos Michael took of me wearing this design, but if you do not want to wait, you can have a look here: Adeline’s Cardigan.


Yaelle Pattern Released

I am so thrilled to release my Yaelle pattern in both English and Norwegian after a successful test knit. Yaelle is made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and knitted in the divine Tinde pelt wool yarn, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle, in the Cognac shade. The cover shows model Olivia Lindtein wearing size S, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church back in May. Yaelle is available in my Ravelry store in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 128 to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5″. On the pattern page you can see some of my test knitters’ fantastic results. Yaelle is also available as a yarn kit with either English or Norwegian pattern directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Yaelle is a high-low pullover with an all over check pattern, swinging side panels and pockets. Named after Hebrew for the mountain goat, as it can take you everywhere. The pullover ends in a high loose turtle neck collar. Yaelle’s side panels are picked up and knitted after the side seams are done. The pockets are knitted at the same time as the front, including the pocket band and the lining. Wear Yaelle as you like; hanging loose or gathered with a belt or with a shawl pin at the front. The pullover is knitted in the pelt wool yarn Tinde with lustre from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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

Finished measurements:
Bust: 128 (136, 144, 152, 160 ,168, 176, 184, 192) cm/50.5 (53.5, 56.75, 59.75, 63, 66.25, 69.25, 72.5, 75.5)“
Bottom back width (including side panels): 106 (110, 114, 118, 122, 126, 130, 134, 138) cm/41.75 (43.25, 45, 46.5, 48, 49.5, 51.25, 52.72, 54.25)”
Back length: 76 (77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84) cm/30 (30.5, 30.75, 31.25, 31.5, 32, 32.75, 33.25)“
Front length: 56 (57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64) cm/22 (22.5, 22.75, 23.25, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25)”
Sleeve length: 48 (47, 46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40) cm/19 (18.5, 18, 17.75, 17.25, 17, 16.5, 16.25, 15.75)“
Intended ease: + 46-56 cm/18-22”. Sample shown is 136 cm/53.5” and worn with + 53 cm/20.75” ease on model, who stands 167 cm/5’6” tall.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g).
Sample is knitted in Cognac 2103; 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins; 1576 (1706, 1836, 1966, 2096, 2226, 2382, 2538, 2694) m/1724 (1866, 2008, 2150, 2292, 2434, 2605, 2776, 2946) yds.…

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds).
Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds).…
Rowan, Tweed (100% wool, 50 g, 118 m/129 yds).
Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds).
Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 and 60 cm/32 and 24”).
2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16”) for pocket linings.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle for pocket band, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
21 sts and 30 rows in Check pattern using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom and up, then seamed. The side panel is picked up and knitted after the shoulder and side seams. The two vertical side pockets are worked at the same time as the front with extra stitches for the pocket band, with the lining attached horizontally at the top and bottom of the pocket. The collar is worked in the round. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large stitch number.