New Designs: Rym and Kyi

The next two new designs I have made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk are the skirt (or poncho) Kyi and the ballet top Rym. I am showing them together, as I designed them as a comfy set. The skirt idea came first, after I had seen an asymmetrical skirt with extra side width turned into pockets at the waist. I simplified the skirt due to the stretchy nature of the knitted fabric compared to a woven one. The top to go with, went from being a pullover into being a ballet top, as I wanted a fitted top to show off the large pockets on the skirt. Both are brilliantly knitted in the new yarn Vidde lambswool using a 4.5 mm/US 7 needle by my sample knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry. Yarn kits are already available with either Norwegian or English pattern, while the individual patterns will be released after test knitting on Ravelry, later this spring.

Named Kyi, Norse for shelter, is this asymmetrical skirt with extra side width that are turned into pockets at the waist. The side seams make the pockets fold over. The waistband is knitted double in stockinette stitch at the end and has inserted boot laces for comfort. Wear it as a poncho instead if you prefer or together with the matching Rym ballet top. The Kyi skirt is knitted in the bouncy Vidde lambswool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Named Rym, Norse for roaring as well as the name of a troll-wife, is this ballet top that is tied together at the waist. An all over rhombus pattern gives the top texture. Rym is knitted in the lovely Vidde lambswool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and made to be worn together with the skirt or poncho Kyi.

These photos of me wearing size Small are taken by my husband in our back garden back in November. I have graded both designs from sizes XS to 5XL. The skirt, Kyi, is worked back and forth in two pieces and seamed. The two horizontal top pockets are worked at the same as the front, with the lining attached horizontally at the bottom and closed at the top, by working it together with the back using 3-needles and end in an I-cord bind off for a pocket band, see video. The waist band is worked like a hem, with boot laces laid inside it before it is closed.

The top, Rym, is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The fronts have an attached I-cord and a purl stitch edging that is worked to the end for the front band. The ties are worked separately at the end and sewn in place at marked positions.

Here you see the Kyi skirt worn as a poncho. The gauge for both patterns is 18 sts and 24 rows in stockinette stitch using 4.5 mm/US 7 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.

Rym – ballet top – is first of the two design to be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on June 7, then Kyi beginning on July 5, before each pattern is released. But you will already find yarn kits, with either English or Norwegian pattern, available from Hillesvag Ullvarefabrikk.

The style and colour look perfect on Model Olivia Lindtein, as you can see from the Yarn kit page. I look forward to showing you all the pictures of Rym and Kyi from our photoshoot.


Yaelle Knitted by Birgit Blumrich

Here is another stunning version of my design Yaelle, knitted by German test knitter Birgit, aka blumi1412 on Ravelry and blumi1412 alpakas on Instagram, together with two of her three Alpaca boys whose alpaca fleece spun into yarn she used to knit Yaelle. Yes, you will find the super soft and shiny Alpaca yarn in her Etsy shop called: Alpakawiese. Birgit took part in the test knit and made size Small using the recommended 3.5 mm/US 4 needles to get the 21 stitches and 30 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The alpacas’ are adorable don’t you think. It was Birgit’s husband who took these amazing photos! In the photo at the top you can see the longer back and the side panel of Yaelle. The bottom photo shows the pullover worn with a belt! Thank you so much for making such a stunning version, Birgit! And for these lovely photos!

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.

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.

Yaelle comes in sizes XS to 5XL with a finished breast measurement of 128 to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5″, with an intended ease: + 46-56 cm/18-22”. I look forward to showing more brilliant versions of Yaelle!


New Design: Hetta

The time has come to begin to show you the new designs I have made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and first out is my hoodie, already available as a yarn kit. Named Hetta, Norse for hood, is this oversized cozy pullover with a kangaroo pocket. An embossed leaf stitch adorns the hoodie, which begins in a broken rib. The stitch pattern continues on both parts of the hood which are knitted together at the top and seamed at the back, then attached around the neckline. The pocket is knitted onto the front at the end. Hetta is knitted in the stunning pelt and lambswool yarn mix from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, called Vidde.

The idea for the Hetta design began with the new yarn mix from Hillesvåg, which I wanted to test. I chose the delicate “Pudder”/Powder shade, which is a lovely rosy beige that shows off the simple embossed leaf stitch. I had my sample knitter Airin Hansen knitting this for me with a gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking. The sample is size S, but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL, with bust measurements from 129 to 186 cm/50.75 to 73.25″ with an intended ease: + 46-56 cm/18-22”. I am wearing it with + 48 cm/19” of ease.

The pullover is worked back and forth from the bottom and up in pieces and then seamed. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large stitch number. The stitches for the beginning and end of front pocket are held on waste yarn. The pocket is knitted onto the front at the end. The hood is worked in two separate parts and joined with a 3-needle bind off, then seamed at the back and along neckline with a front overlap.

Michael took these photos of me wearing Hetta in our back garden back in November. Hetta is the next design to be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it begins on March 8, before the pattern is released. But you will already find yarn kits, with either English or Norwegian pattern, available from yarn kit

The style and colour look perfect on Model Olivia Lindtein, as you can see from the yarn kit page. I look forward to showing you all the pictures of Hetta from our photoshoot.


Cian Sweater Pattern Released

The Cian Sweater, with the cowl, pattern has been released in both English and Norwegian, it was first published in the Norwegian book “Norsk Strikkedesign. Strikk din favoritt”. Both the sweater and the cowl are knitted in the divine Tinde pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, just like the other four designs. Above and at the bottom are some of the new photos that were taken of the gorgeous Kaja Kvernbakken with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, by Eivind Røhne at the Oslofjord Museum back in spring 2019. The pattern is available in English and Norwegian in my Ravelry Stores and on LoveCrafts.

The Cian Sweater and Cian Beret is on the cover of the English version book with the title “Knit Like a Norwegian” which will be published in March by Trafalgar Square Books. The cover photo is taken by Eivind Røhne of beautiful model Emma Ross. For more information see here: Available for pre-order with free world-wide delivery here: Book Depository.

Named Cian after the Irish God who rules over love magic, is this long A-line pullover. Three central Moss cables, framed by double seed stitch, adorn the center of the body which ends in a vent. Cian is crowned with an I-cord decoration around its crew neck. Wear the matching Cian Cowl as a loose collar. The sweater is knit in pieces from bottom up while the cowl sideways, both in the divine Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelsull.

Sizes Sweater: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Shown in size Medium
Cowl: One size
Skill level: Experienced

Finished Measurements
Bust: 84 (90, 96, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.5, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Bottom width: 98 (104, 110, 120, 130, 140) cm/38.5 (41, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 55)”
Length: 72 (72, 74, 74, 76, 76) cm/28.25 (28.25, 28.75, 28.75, 30, 30)“
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 50, 50, 50) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75)”
Cowl: Width: 60 cm/23.5” and height: 17.5 cm/7”

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g). The samples are knitted in Natural Grey;
Sweater: 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8) skeins; 1040 (1144, 1248, 1456, 1664, 1872) m/1137 (1251, 1365, 1592, 1820, 2047) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein: 130 m/142 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 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (60 cm/24”) for neckband.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
16-sts Moss cable measures 7 cm/2.75” across (at widest point).

Notes: The sweater is worked in pieces and seamed. The rib on the body is not seamed at the bottom to create vents. The cowl is worked sideways, so the cast off and bind off are joined together at the end. Adjust the width by adding purl stitches in between the cable repeats or by removing a cable repeat.


Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020: Cable Skirt

I have been waiting to show you the first set of photos we took at Mortensrud Church in Oslo, back in November 2020. The Cable Skirt is not a new design, but one that I made for my Norwegian knitting book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” published by Cappelen Damm back in 2012. This time I made sure that we photographed it worn as a poncho in addition to as a skirt. I decided to style the skirt with a camel silk blouse and then with the matching trouser. Model Olivia Lindtein looked stunning in both the skirt and the poncho! Her hair & make-up is by Sissel Fylling, the jewellery is borrowed from Kaja Gjedebo Design and brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne captured it all!

The pattern has been revised and I have added two more sizes to it. My technical editor Barbara Khouri has made a schematic for it and edited the pattern for me. The Cable Skirt pattern will be released in my Ravelry Store tomorrow in both English and Norwegian.

A cabled skirt inspired by the late Alexander McQueen with a center braid cable framed by a tulip cable on each of the six panels. In the sides there are double seed stitches to allow the cables to add an extra dimension to the stitch pattern. Instead of elastic, a comfortable boot laces is inserted so that you can adjust the length by wearing it on your hips instead of waist or as a poncho, if you prefer. The Cable Skirt or Poncho is knitted in the lovely Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine with a small percentage of nylon so it will keep its shape.

The skirt is knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and with a 28 stitch and 36 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The finished waist measurement for the smallest size is 126 cm/49.5″ and it will fit sizes XS to M, while the second size will fit sizes L to 2XL and the third size will fit sizes 3XL to 5XL. Olivia is wearing the smallest size with 62 cm/24.5″ positive ease.

The skirt is knitted in six panels with shaping for the waist and then sewn together. Boot laces is inserted into the waistband before it is folded over and seamed to the wrong side. Each panel has a centred Braid cable with a Tulip cable on each side, divided by reverse stocking stitch and edged by double seed stitch. If you only want to use the skirt as a poncho, make the smallest size.

I look forward to showing you more of the photos from the photoshoot! I am so thrilled with these new photos of the Cable Skirt. Thank you to my wonderful team!