Ekilana Pattern Released

The test knit of Ekilana, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, has come to an end and I am delighted to release the English pattern in my Ravelry Store. The Norwegian pattern will be added shortly. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. My test knitters did a brilliant job correcting and improving the pattern in addition to making stunning new versions of it!

Emmalin Williams looked in the Ekilana oversized sweater was photographed by Wenche Hoel-Knai, worn by Emmalin Williams – with my Japanese trousers and Trippen boots – at our photoshoot at a studio at Ensjø in Oslo. Jane Skarpeid Hermansen is the brilliant make-up & hair stylist, while the silver jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

Named Ekilana, a female name from Greenland, is this oversized poncho styled sweater with a central cable panel and a high collar. Small cables play on a striped textural background, with stockinette stitches in the sides. The sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch in the round, to allow the cables to shine. Ekilana is worked in pieces for the ultimate fit and knitted in the airy Norwegian combed yarn Ask from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Size: One size

Finished measurements:
Bust: 194 cm/76.5”
Length: 72 cm/28.25”
Sleeve length: 32 cm/12.5”
Sleeve width bottom: 24 cm/9.5”
Sleeve width top: 32 cm/12.5”
Sample is worn with 111 cm/43.75” positive ease on model. See size adjustment below.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Ask (100% wool, 315 m/344 yds, 100 g).
The sample is knitted in Rosa 6121; 6 skeins; 1833 m/2005 yds.

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 150 m/164 yds, 50 g).
Tosh Euro Sock (100% wool, 397 m/435 yds, 100 g).
Juniper Moon Farm, Patagonia (100% merino wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g)
Or another Sport/5 ply or lightweight DK yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (40 and 80 cm/16 and 32”).
3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs.
3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 and 80 cm/16 and 32”).
3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle, stitch holders, 3.5 mm/US 4 (E) crochet hook, waste yarn and yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in st st using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
22 sts and 30 rnds in st st using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
46-st cable panel measures 21 cm/8.25” across after blocking.

Notes: The poncho is knitted in two parts, back and forth for the body, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The provisional cast on edge all parts are replaced by an I-cord bind off at the end. The collar is worked in the round and ends in an I-cord bind off.

Size adjustment
If you want to change the width of the poncho, remove, or add sets of 14 stitches to each Back and Front to keep the shoulder shaping stitch count. This will make a 6.5 cm/2.5” difference on each part and 13 cm/5” difference on the bust circumference.