Valeria Patorra, aka nickknitterton, took part in the secret test knit of the Cian Sweater, first published in the Norwegian book “Norsk strikkedesign. Strikk din favoritt” – now available in English with the title “Knit Like A Norwegian” and as an individual pattern in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts. Yes, you have actually seen this very sweater before, then modelled by Valeria’s youngest daughter (here), but I wanted to share these photos of Valeria herself taken on their holiday back in 2019 at Lønstrup in Denmark. Valeria knitted size Medium in the original yarn Tinde pelt wool in Light Denim Blue sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
On her project page from March 2019, Valeria writes: “I had been so happy about Linda’s invitation to a secret test knit of one her five designs in the upcoming book Norsk Strikkedesign. It contains the designs of six Norwegian designers and will be published in early October by Cappelen Damm. Thank you, dear Linda, for your trust and confidence! It was a great honour and pleasure for me!” I love how fabulous it looks, so thank you dear Valeria, for test knitting and all the fabulous photos! They seem so perfect to share in this summer holiday period.
Valeria continues: “And I’d like to say a big Thank You to the Norwegian yarn company Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for its tremendous generosity to sponsor this test by gifting us a great amount of yarn. Tinde is a wonderful yarn, so lovely to knit with, light but warm at the same time.” She used the recommended needle size 3.5 mm/US 4 and obtained the pattern gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.
The Cian Sweater pattern, including the Cian Cowl, is available in sizes XS to XXL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ in both English and Norwegian. Here is my introduction to the pattern:
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.