Familien Kreativ with My Designs

16_no_fao_03_cover_68409Familien Kreativ is a new Norwegian magazine, which replaces Familien Håndarbeid, released on Monday 14. March with 4 of my Designs to my delight: Helka the long cardigan you can see the back of on the cover, Shinju the shawl, Elora the bolero and Adoe the jacket. Even though the picture on the cover is small, the coverage I have received inside is fantastic. I will show you the 6 pages that show off my designs with the brilliant photos by Eivind Røhne of stunning model Alexandria Eissinger with hair and make up by Sissel Fylling, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design and dresses by Judith Bech Design.

Magazine spreads1The heading says “Ready for a Party”, and continues; “Romantic and beautiful garments that add the finishing touch to the outfits for both bride and guests.” The introduction to Elora is mine: A beautiful reversible lace pattern adorns this bolero with a slightly longer scarf collar you can fold and pin as you desire. Garter stitches make up the edges of the bolero and divide the stitch pattern from the stocking stitch sides. Named after the giving of the laurel; the crown of victory and ideal for this garment made in a wool and cashmere mixture by Mondial. The bolero is worn by Alexandria Eissinger over the wedding gown “Secret”, designed by Judith Bech.

Magazine spreads2Adoe: Wavy lace with garter stitch edging is the focus of this delicate jacket. The deep v-neck is adorned with scallops made by the wavy lace pattern. It is knitted in the stunning chainette yarn; Truesilk by Rowan Yarns, and intended for those special times. Adoe means time, and it seemed entirely appropriate. Close the jacket with a beautiful brooch. The jacket is worn with a skirt designed by Judith Bech.

ShinjuLove, affection and beautiful are all parts of the Japanese word for pearl and was perfect for this lacy shawl knitted in a luxurious fiber mix with both mohair and silk with beads attached on an Italian yarn from Mondial called Perle. Ruffled bell borders grace each end of the shawl and highlight Judith Bech’s Secret; a divine felted wedding dress with a mermaid tail.

Magazine spreads3Helka: A long straight classical jacket with woven cables in a diamond pattern that ends in a rib. The cables are erased into a rib, then into stockinette stitch in the sides. Named after Helka the prosperous one, it has a deep v-neck and a double button band, leaving all the glory to the cables. Use it with a belt or adorn it with beautiful buttons like these jewelry ones by Siri Berrefjord.

The magazine is available at newsagents, selected supermarkets and by SMS – Kreativ16 til 2205 – if you are in Norway. If you are abroad you can order the Norwegian magazine by e-mailing customer services: kari.bachke@egmont.com. Thank you to Familien for accepting my designs. You can also find my designs presented by former editor of Made By Me editor Mary-Ann Astrup on the blog “Tusenideer” by Egmont Publishing: http://tusenideer.no/familien-kreativ-for-deg-som-elsker-lage-ting-selv/


Jacket in Cross Pattern Released

Jacket in cross COVEROne of my favorite jackets, Jacket in Cross, from my knitting bok was selected to be part of my Nordic Vintage series, by Mary-Ann Astrup former editor to Made by Me, to my delighted. You can see the designer portrait, she wrote about me on Egmont’s blog: Tusenideer.no At our photoshoot it was worn by the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk with beautiful hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling, brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne. The Norwegian pattern was printed in Familien Trend in February, while the English pattern with a new chart and schematic is available to download from my Ravelry store. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Missoni’s thin and featherlight garments inspired me to design this jacket that can be tied in the back or front. I chose a neutral but fashionable color, namely Taupe in a thin Tencel yarn, a newer form of viscose, knit double with a divine gloss. The pattern creates an intricate cross effect and looks a lot more complicated than it is to knit. Extra long sleeves adorn the hands.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL)

Finished measurements: Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 114) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45)” Length: 38 (38, 39, 39, 40) cm/14.5 (15, 15.25, 15.25, 15.75)”                                                   Sleeve length: 56 cm/22″

Yarn: Valley Yarns, Tencel 8/2 (100% Lyocell, 453/1lb cone, 3072 m/3360 yds).          Sample is knitted in Taupe: 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) cones; 2550 (2916, 3290, 3610, 3994 m/2789 (3189, 3598, 3948, 4368) yds. http://www.yarn.com                                                              Note: Yarn is held double throughout.

Yarn alternatives:                                                                                                                 Jagger Yarn, Zephyr Wool Silk 2/18 held double (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 454 g/1lb cone, 4609 m/5040 yds)                                                     http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.php                            Drops, Lace held double (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 800 m/874 yds, 100 g) http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/yarn.php?id=100

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″). 3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs. 2 sets of 2.5 mm/US 1.5 circular needles (120 cm/48″) for collar.

Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 32 sts and 34 rnds in Alternated Twist pattern using yarn held double and 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square. 28 sts and 36 rnds in st st using yarn held double and 2.5 mm/US 1.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: The stitch pattern is stretchy and knitted loose to create a sculptural effect. The extra long sleeves are knitted in the round, while the body is knitted flat. Adjust the length of the ties if preferred.


Familien Photoshoot: Bech

20141023 MbM LM 0986Yes, Bech is named after Judith Bech the dress designer who made this stunning halterneck grey silk gown especially for the Nordic Vintage photoshoot. My design to complement the gown is a shawl with a shawl collar, a belt and loose sleeves. The outfit looks amazing on gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk, with hair and make up by Sissel Fylling, beautiful shoes by Monica Stålvang. Sissel and brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne thought it would look best with a dramatic after party background, so we stacked chairs at Hvalstrand Bad before Eivind captured the scene. Above you can even see the shoes, and below the photos shown in the Norwegian magazine Familien Trend currently for sale.

20141023 MbM LM 0950The set is knitted in a soft mixture of a luscious alpaca mix by Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul, a lace weight yarn combined with a pure wool by Hifa, Huldra Kamgarn, using a 4 mm/US 6. Together the two yarn created a melange color with depth to it. The bare back is covered by the shawl here with the shawl collar down. A tuck divides the lace pattern from the garter stitch collar on the shawl, and layers of tucks make up the cuff on the loose sleeves and the whole belt which can be tied or pinned together.

20141023 MbM LM 1029The loose sleeves have elastic inserted into the top hem to keep them in place. They are knitted in the round, unlike the belt and the shawl. The collar on the shawl is shaped by short rows, and ends in an i-cord bind off. The belt is made of a hem and 5 tucks, all knitted with 2 circular needles held parallel. On the last tuck you add stitches for the tie on each side. The belt can be tied together or pinned together with a beautiful brooch. You can easily adjust it to fit your own waist measurement. The belt also looks fabulous around the neck just as Makeløs/Remarkable Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik styled my prototype belt to the Lyre Bolero, see my blogpost: New Design: Lyre Bolero and how Bech looks in all the different styles it can be worn  New Design: Bech. I plan to release the English pattern after it has been test knitted in my group, later this spring.


Sneak Peak of Made by Me Designs

20141023 MbM LM 1029I am thrilled to share some of the wonderful photos Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk, brilliant hair and make-up by Sissel Fylling for the Spring/Summer issue of Made by Me. The colors chosen for the series are based on Monica Stålvang’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection in blue, turquoise, grey, taupe and black. The divine handprinted grey long halterneck silk dress was made especially by dress designer Judith Bech for this series (see Facebook). I just had to name my design Bech after it and created a shawl with a collar that can be worn with it down as above, or up around the shoulders or around the neck, together with loose sleeves – held up by elastic encased in a hem and a belt made of tucks. Yes, more photos will come. Bech is knitted in Huldra Kamgarn by Hifa, a pure light fingering/3 ply wool held together with Dreamline Soul by Du Store Alpakka, an lace weight alpaca mixture, using 4 mm/US 6.

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Above are some of Monica’s marvelous shoes, in front: Emanuela print made of printed pony skin; actually calf skin (a misnomer that comes from 1960’s fashion trends). Yes, Monica did used to live in Milan and produces her shoes there. You will find her shoes in selected stores in Norway, see Stockists and in her onlineshop here but you need to wait a bit longer for the Spring/Summer collection to be available but there are so many other shoes and boots to add to your wish list: shop.monica-stalvang.com.

20141023 MbM LM 0444 cropThis fitted cable jacket is named Gyda from Norse mythology, meaning God is Gorgeous, and is knitted in Ask by Hifa, a sport weight/5-ply pure wool using 3.5 mm/US 4. It has a deep v-neck with 3 bespoke buttons (size small) made by jewelry designer Siri Berrefjord in layers of color matching the melange yarn color. The beautiful ring Alexandria is wearing is made of silver and designed by Kaja Gjedebo. The faux suede dress was chosen after Judith wore it to our planning meeting in July with editor Mary-Ann Astrup at Made by Me, just as my Jakke i kryss/Jacket in Cross was. I brought a large selection of swatches made based on Monica’s color charts, and from seeing photos of Judith’s dresses (and the few I remembered from the time she was a member of the Designerkollektivet), Judith brought a huge bag filled with dresses, and Monica came with her drawings. 10 dresses were selected together with 11 swatches and the four of us  discussed garment options (read: Not only jackets, Linda) and photo shoot locations (read: Preferably Mediterranean, and why do we not join Monica for her one of her meetings in Milan?). In other words a lot of laughter, and a fabulous day! To be continued.