Christmas 2020, so unlike last year due to the Corona virus, yet it will be another Knitmas for me. The holidays always seem to sneak up on me and suddenly there are only days left until Tiny Little Christmas Eve; 22nd of December. Despite the fact that I have worked with Christmas patterns for the Norwegian magazine Familien since July, so my first Christmas greeting I received from the handicraft editor back then. No wonder I loose track, really. Just like the previous years Michael and I will be celebrating Christmas Eve with my brother and his family, as well as my mum, but this time keeping the required Corona distance in between us.
I will take some time off to relax between knitting and pattern writing, before my next pattern release on 1st of January 2021.
Above is the interior of the Arctic Cathedral, photographed by Michael during our holiday in Tromsø in Northern Norway back in July. “The fantastic glass mosaic on the eastern side was added in 1972. The glass mosaic is one of artist Victor Sparre’s most prominent works. It depicts God’s hand from which departs three rays of light: one through Jesus, one through a woman and one through a man”. Continues on the webpage to the Arctic Cathedral. Beneath you can see Michael outside the main entrance on the western side of the Cathedral. You can see more photos from our trip to Northern Norway here: Postcard from Northern Norway and Tromsø Architecture and – of course – Northern Norway Knit Photos.
Stay well and safe! I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Knitmas and Holidays!
I am so far behind in showing you photos from my previous photoshoot at Bøler Church back in May 2020. The next one I will show you is my design Bubala made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne. Bubala is knitted in the divine Sølje pelt wool yarn using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch per 10 cm/4″ square. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and the Norwegian will be added shortly. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern is available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
I choose to style Bubala with a pair of pencil pants, a Wolford tube top and boots by Monica Stålvang. The v-neck was originally made to be worn at the front, but I must admit that I love how wonderful it looked when Olivia wore it at the back. See the photo below.
Named Bubala Yiddish 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 pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The bobble is made using a crochet hook with an extra fastening trick, see the video link in the pattern.
I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″. The intended ease is + 5-7 cm/2-2.75”, while the sample shown is 92 cm/36.25” and worn with + 9 cm/3.5” ease on Olivia.
Thank you to my team for these fantastic photos!
The test knitting has just ended and the pattern was released in English yesterday. I look forward to showing you some of the amazing versions that my test knitters made!
I am delighted to show you the stunning Yaelle version that Swedish test knitter Eva Perstorp made in Klippans Yllefabrik 2-trådiga ullgarn in spotted dark grey! Eva’s husband took all these fabulous photos of her wearing Yaelle in size Small with a bust circumference of 136 cm/53.5″. She writes on her project page: “Autumn here I come! I have shorten both back and front 6 cm because I’m not as tall as Linda. I’m knitting the arms in the round to get a feeling for the length. I really love the texture of this knit.”
Here is a side view with the pocket, knitted at the same time as you work the front. Under notes I have written: 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 first finished photo that Eva shared is this one, taken while she was out walking in the forest. Yaelle is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and 3 mm/US 2.5 needles for the pocket linings with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL with bust circumferences of 128 to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5″.
Eva tested it out with some of her other clothes in her wardrobe, here with a skirt and high heels. I love all these photos! Thank you so much for test knitting Yaelle for me, Eva! I also want to thank your husband for taking these brilliant photos! You will find Eva as evaperstorp on Ravelry and as eva_lundin on Instagram.
The Yaelle pattern is available in both English and Norwegian to download from Ravelry and from LoveCrafts. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern is available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Here is my introduction to the pattern: 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.