Next in the series of photos from our photoshoot at Bøler kirke/Church last June is Armas. A dress made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, knitted in Ask using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles by sample knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry. I wanted to style this first with thick black tights and boots, then with the Dearaim jacket over it and trouser beneath. The window corner outside the entrance hall at the church was the best spot for it as it could highlight the high-low hem. Model Emmalin Williams, with make-up & hair by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, looked stunning in the dress as she was captured by photographer Eivind Røhne. See the brilliant detailed photo Eivind took below, which I love. The angle is such a focus point!
Named Armas, Irish for crest as well as achievement, is this seamless high-low dress with a Celtic cable on the top of the back and the kangaroo pocket, like a family crest. Three small cables run along the sleeves ending on the saddle shoulder. The remaining dress is worked in stockinette stitch to make the cables stand out and ends in a crew neck that is crowned with an I-cord. Armas is knitted in the airy Norwegian combed wool yarn Ask from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
I brought an old scarf from London, as the colours looked good with the dress. Make-up & Hair Stylist Janne suggested that we tie it around model Emmalin’s hair. Photographer Eivind just loved the style so he had to take her portrait and I picked that lovely photo and many more of the dress.
The Armas dress is knitted in size S and worn with 8 cm/3.25″ positive ease on model. I have graded the dress in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 161 cm/33.5 to 63.5)”
I gave Emmalin a small ball of yarn to hold and she started to play with it, which I thought was fun to watch! I thought the glass made the best mirror too, so that you could actually see the back length at the same time as the front. I have added the following length adjustment note: Adjust the length of the dress just after the high-low hem in the straight part before the waist shaping begins.
I added a purl stitch in each side to make a fake side seam. The sleeve cables are made up of parts of the large body cable and I made those, while Devorgilla made the stunning large cable.
Here is a photo of the longer back with the cable at the top. The set-in sleeve is shaped together with the armhole and then the saddle shoulder. The back neck is shaped with short-rows at the top before the I-cord bind off neckband.
We also photographed the Dearaim jacket on top of the Armas dress, as I planned for those to be worn together. The yarn kits from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk are sold separately and so are the individual knitting patterns on Ravelry. So far only the Armas dress has been test knitted and released. The Dearaim jacket will be released at the end of the month, when the test knit is completed.