Finally, the time has come to begin to show you the magnificent photos Eivind Røhne took of model Aksa Mortensen, with hair & make-up by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at Hvalstrand Bad back in June. The first set of photos is of my old design Syrin Shrug, first published in Norwegian in my book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” published by Cappelen Damm in 2012. It was actually the last design we photographed on that first hot day of the summer. Aksa was introduced to me by photographer Geir Arnesen and his wife designer/author/journalist Tove Fevang, early in the spring. My plan was to use both Aksa and Olivia Lindtein at the photoshoot, but Olivia had to go into a Covid waiting quarantine – as a friend of hers had been exposed to the virus – so she could not come (her friend tested negative a few days later). To my relief, Aksa could stay on for the full day.
I styled the shrug and the wrist warmers with cream coloured silk trousers and a top. Nina suggested to take Aksa’s hair down for these photos and I agreed. We photographed it in the different ways that the shrug can be worn and with the wrist warmers buttoned on. I love the look on Aksa!
The Syrin Shrug is knitted in the Australian Wagtail 4ply Kid Mohair in Violet using a 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle. The pattern includes a pair of wrist warmers that can be worn as loose sleeves and was first published only in one size. I have revised the pattern and included three more sizes: XS to M (L to 2XL, 3XL/4XL, 5XL). With the elastic bind off worn at the bottom, the shrug can be lightly stretched to 110 (127, 145, 162) cm/43.25 (50, 57, 63.75)” wide.
The eyelet pattern creates a spiral that moves around the shrug and the wrist warmer. The shrug is worn upside down with the cast on edge at the top, as the elastic bind off makes it wider. The yarn overs on the bottom of the shrug are used as buttonholes for the wrist warmers when they are worn as loose sleeves.
A beautiful subtle sheen mohair yarn shown off by an eyelet pattern, gives this set, consisting of a shrug and button-on wrist warmers, an elegant look. The color capsulates the essence of the lilac flower hence it is irresistible for warming your neck and shoulders. The Syrin Shrug can also be used as a hood or a cowl with wrist warmers that can be buttoned on like sleeves by using the yarn overs. The set is knitted in the round with the stunning Wagtail 4ply Kid Mohair.
I am ever so grateful for these new photos of my Syrin Shrug and want to thank my amazing crew!