My new design Varun looked fantastic on model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Photographer Eivind Røhne took these brilliant shots of her wearing Varun both with and without the cowl, at Hvalstrand Bad back in May. I asked her to hold her hands together so that you notice the different sleeves.
I choose to style Varun with cream coloured silk trousers and had brought a silk scarf for Nina to drape around Aksa’s neck and hair.
Varun is an A-line pullover with a cable panel that travels across the front and the back like a sash, that signifies a position not necessarily a royal one but a secret one. Varun is Norse for secret keeper. The cable sash meets on top of the left shoulder and at the right hip, like a sash. To highlight this the right sleeve has a cable cuff, while the left sleeve has two small cables running along it next to stockinette stitches. Garter stitches play along the seams on all the parts. Varun ends in an I-cord bind off neck but can be dressed up with a cable cowl, both are knitted in the divine hand dyed Norne Yarn DK – Merino/Silk/Yak.
Aksa is wearing size S with 7 cm/2.75″ positive ease. I have graded the pullover in sizes XS to 5XL, with a bust circumference of 82 to 162 cm/32.5 to 63.75″. The cowl is in one size.
The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The cable move is worked at the same time as the A-line shaping and the armhole shaping. The cable cowl is knitted back and forth and grafted together. Both are knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle and a 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge.
The test knit of the Varun will begin on the 18th of October in my Ravelry group. Both the English and the Norwegian pattern will be released after at the end of November.