Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Bøler Church June 2022

Last Monday I had a photoshoot at Bøler Church in Oslo with my brilliant team: Photographer Eivind Røhne, Make-up & Hair Stylist Janne Skarpeid Hermansen, Model Emmalin Williams and Assisting Photographer Michael. This is the third time we are back in the church, as it is such a fantastic venue. Emmalin is a new model, that I discovered in the high-end clothes shop Vincci, where she works part-time while studying Marketing. I worked with Janne back in 2014. We were photographing 7 new designs: 4 made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and 3 for self publishing as well as 2 old designs; Conic Coat and Lyre Bolero. It was a wonderful day, despite the fact that the pre-ordered lunch from Eckers Cafe was not delivered – as they had sold out of most of the ingredients during the weekend… So Michael did a food run to the local supermarket instead. Above you see Eivind setting up sun screens with Michael helping him, while Janne is doing the last finishes on Emmalin wearing one of the new designs. Continue reading

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Cahal in Familien 20/2021

I am delighted to have my design Cahal, knitted in Tinde pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, featured in issue 20 of the Norwegian bi-monthly magazine Familien. This issue has 40 pages of knits and on the cover is the Elvira pullover designed by Tanja-Therese Grønneberg. However, my Cahal is on the front part of the handcraft section part of the magazine. Model Emma Ross, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is wearing size Small with the “Wrong Side” out in the photo below, captured by Eivind Røhne. Yarn kits are available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Origami vest with reversible cables that folds into shape. Vents are made by leaving the seam open at the bottom. The horizontal seam draws a line across the shoulders ending in a curve at the armhole. You can wear the vest with both sides out by making a neat or flat seam. The name Cahal is Celtic for strong in battle.

The vest is knitted in two parts. The front is a square, while the back has 30.5 cm/12” extra body length that folds to the front at each shoulder to form the upper front and the neck opening. Cahal is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and a 21 stitches and 30 rows gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The pattern is graded into three sizes: S (M/L, XL/2XL) with a bust circumference of 106.5 (117, 127) cm/42 (46, 50)”.  The length is: 68.5 (73.5, 78.5) cm/27 (29, 31)”.

Above you see the front with the “Wrong Side” out. The Familien magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. The Cahal pattern in English is available in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.

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Ravelry Group 8th Year Anniversary

My Ravelry group is now 8 years old! There are now more than 2100 members and my fear that only a few would join was needless. I am so pleased to have attracted so many wonderful knitters! It has been another thrilling year with many test knits of my English patterns, showing off of finished garments, discussions of different knitting techniques, chatting and Knit-A-Longs just to mention a few of the topics in this lovely group. I am delighted to have met so many new knitters. So it is time to celebrate that eight years has passed! How can I best do this? By organizing a draw in my group with 10 exciting prizes like yarn kits (2 sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and 2 from my stash), e-books and pdf patterns from my Ravelry Store.

All you have to do is join my group on Ravelry, if you have not already done so, and post an answer to a simple question in the thread called: FREE YARN KITS – Group Anniversary Draw. I will use Random org to pick winners based on the number matching the response/posting on Monday 14th of June. Here are the top two prizes, and a good reason to join, see ravelry.com/groups/linda-marveng, in my opinion:

1. and 2. Prize: Choose one of these yarn kits from Hillesvåg and choose which size & colour you want (includes pattern in English as well as Norwegian): Yaelle or Bubala or Caravay or Neva. The yarn kits have been generously sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. See Tinde colours for Caravay and Yaelle, Sølje colours for Bubala and Neva.

 These four designs, all made for yarn kits for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, were brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church in May last year. The gorgeous model is Olivia Lindtein and her hair & make up are by Sissel Fylling, while her jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

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Neva Pattern Released

Neva, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in their divine Sølje pelt wool yarn, is another pattern I released earlier this year after a successful test knit. You can see two of the brilliant results on the pattern page on Ravelry. I had fantastic help improving and correcting the pattern. Here you see Neva worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church back in May 2020. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The individual pattern in both English and Norwegian is available in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.

Spanish for snowy, Neva is this tabard with side panels. The front and the back panels are covered in a snowflake like cable, while the side panel is knitted in garter stitch. All the panels have I-cords in the side and they are knitted together. Neva is seamless and knitted in the luscious Sølje pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Extra Small/Small.
Skill level Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bottom circumference: 116 (130, 144, 158, 172) cm/45.75 (51.25, 56.75, 62.25, 67.75)”
Back/Front panel width: 34 (39, 44, 49, 54) cm/13.5 (15.25, 17.25, 19.25, 21.25)”
Back/Front panel width with side panel: 58 (65, 72, 79, 86) cm/22.75 (25.5, 28.25, 31, 33.75)”
Length: 76 (78, 80, 82, 84) cm/30 (30.75, 31.5, 32.25, 33)”
Intended ease: + 18-36 cm/7-14.25″. Sample shown is 116 cm/36.25″ and worn with + 35 cm/13.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Oker 2108; 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; 1015 (1155, 1295, 1435, 1575) m/1110 (1263, 1416, 1569, 1722) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/solje-pelsullgarn/

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Euro Sock (100% wool, 100 g, 397 m/435 yds).
https://madelinetosh.com/collections/euro-sock
Berroco Cosma (60% alpaca, 30% wool, 10% silk, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-cosma
Or another Sport/5 ply or Fingering 4/ply yarn.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needle
2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″) for side panels.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for side band.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.
22 sts and 30 rows in Broken rib measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.
24 sts and 32 sts in Cable measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.

Notes: The vest is worked back and forth in two separate pieces and joined with a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders. The I-cord is then worked along the side edge before the side panel is knitted and attached to the opposite side using a 3-needle bind-off.

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Bubala Pattern Released

Bubala, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in their divine Sølje pelt wool yarn, is another pattern I released earlier this year after a successful test knit. You can see a number of the brilliant results on the pattern page on Ravelry. I had fantastic help improving and correcting the pattern. Here you see Bubala with the v-neck at the back worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church back in May 2020. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern is available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The individual pattern in both English and Norwegian is available in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.

Named Bubala Yiddish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small.
Skill level Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust: 85 (92, 99, 106, 113, 123, 133, 143, 153) cm/33.5 (36, 39, 41.75, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5, 56.5, 60)“
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69) cm/24 (24.25, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26, 26.25, 26.75, 27)”
Sleeve length: 48 (49, 49, 49, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50) cm/19 (19.25, 19.25, 19.25, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75)“
Intended ease: + 5-7 cm/2-2.75”. Sample shown is 92 cm/36.25” and worn with + 9 cm/3.5” ease on model.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Støvet rosa 2137; 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins; 1034 (1174, 1314, 1454, 1594, 1794, 1994, 2228, 2462) m/1131 (1284, 1437, 1590, 1743, 1962, 2181, 2437, 2692) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/solje-pelsullgarn/

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Euro Sock (100% wool, 100 g, 397 m/435 yds).
https://madelinetosh.com/collections/euro-sock
Berroco Cosma (60% alpaca, 30% wool, 10% silk, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-cosma
Or another Sport/5 ply or Fingering 4/ply yarn.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needles.
3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32”) for neckband.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle, 3 mm/US 3 crochet hook for bobbles, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
27 sts and 32 rows in rib using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
21 st Sleeve cable measures 9 cm/3.5” across after blocking.
45 st Body cable measures 19 cm/7.5” across after blocking.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The bobble is made using a crochet hook with an extra fastening trick, see the separate video.

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Caravay Pattern Released

Caravay is another pattern I released earlier this spring after a successful test knitting. The oversized sweater was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, knitted in Tinde. On the cover you can see it worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church in Oslo, last spring. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern is available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while the individual pattern is available in my Ravelry Store or on LoveCrafts.

Named after the herb, which seeds look like this all-over domed check pattern, is this oversized pullover. Caravay begins and ends in a broken rib. The crowing collar is worked double and folded down to the wrong side and attached. A ribbing detail in the side separate the pieces that are knitted in pieces and seamed. Wear it with or without a belt. Caravay is knitted in the stunning pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, called Tinde.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small.
Skill level Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust and bottom: 129 (136, 143, 150, 157, 164, 171, 178, 186) cm/50.75 (53.5, 56.25, 59, 61.75, 64.5, 67.25, 70, 73.25)”
Length: 72 (73, 73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 76) cm/28.25, 28.75, 28.75, 29.25, 29,25, 29.5, 29.5, 30, 30)”
Sleeve length: 44 (44, 42, 42, 40, 40, 38, 38, 36) cm/17.25 (17.25, 16.5, 16.5, 15.75, 15.75, 15.75, 15, 15, 14.25)”
Intended ease: + 46-56 cm/18-22″. Sample shown is 136 cm/53.5″ and worn with + 53 cm/20.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g).
Sample is knitted in Mellom blå; 7 (8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins; 1742 (1846, 1950, 2054, 2158, 2314, 2470, 2626, 2782) m/1905 (2019, 2133, 2246, 2360, 2531, 2701, 2872, 3042) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/ullgarn/norsk-pelsull/

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds). http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca-light
Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds).
http://www.jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk/spindrift-and-double-knitting-1-c.asp
Rowan, Tweed (100% wool, 50 g, 118 m/129 yds).
http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/rowan-tweed
Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds).
https://malabrigoyarn.com/yarns/arroyo
Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

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

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.
22 sts and 32 rows in Domed check pattern using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neck is deeper on the front, than on the back. When working in Domed Check pattern, if there are not enough stitches at the sides to work a complete cable crossing, work the stitches of the partial cables as they appear.

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Bubala

I am so far behind in showing you photos from my previous photoshoot at Bøler Church back in May 2020. The next one I will show you is my design Bubala made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne. Bubala is knitted in the divine Sølje pelt wool yarn using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch per 10 cm/4″ square. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and the Norwegian will be added shortly. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern is available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

I choose to style Bubala with a pair of pencil pants, a Wolford tube top and boots by Monica Stålvang. The v-neck was originally made to be worn at the front, but I must admit that I love how wonderful it looked when Olivia wore it at the back. See the photo below.

Named Bubala Yiddish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The bobble is made using a crochet hook with an extra fastening trick, see the video link in the pattern.

I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″. The intended ease is + 5-7 cm/2-2.75”, while the sample shown is 92 cm/36.25” and worn with + 9 cm/3.5” ease on Olivia.

Thank you to my team for these fantastic photos!

The test knitting has just ended and the pattern was released in English yesterday. I look forward to showing you some of the amazing versions that my test knitters made!

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Sculpted Frost

I am thrilled to show you these new photos of my old design Sculpted Frost Jacket that Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, back in May at Bøler Church. This time I styled it with cream coloured silk trousers, instead of a skirt like I did back in 2015.

A beautiful frost flower lace pattern adorns this a-line jacket. The cuffed sleeves only have a central lattice panel, while the frost flowers reign on the body. The coat is framed by a shawl collar in garter stitch divided with a tuck and finished with an I-cord bind off. A vivid lilac color was made by combing the divine mélange lace weight Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline, Soul with the beautiful light fingering comb wool Hillesvåg ullvarefabrikk Huldra kamgarn. Together they create a stunning stitch definition as well as a slight halo.

I wanted a light background and choose the concrete wall outside the church hall. It was perfect and so was the lilac colour on Olivia who is wearing size Small with a bust circumference of 92 cm/38.5 inches. The Sculpted Frost is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with bust measurements of 84 to 124 cm/33 to 49.5 inches.

The sample is knitted with a 20 stitches and 28 rows gauge in stockinette stitch using both yarns held together and a 4 mm/US 6 needle measuring 10 cm/4 inches square.

Above is a detail of the sleeve cuff and the lovely lace pattern that adorns the body. The Sculpted Frost pattern is available in both English and Norwegian in my Ravelry store and on LoveCrafts.

I am so chuffed with these new photos of the jacket and want to thank my brilliant team for their work!

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Yaelle

What backdrop should we choose for my Yaelle design, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, at the photoshoot at Bøler Church in May 2020? I instantly knew the answer to this: The rusty cor-ten wall panel with Bøler Kirke carved into it worked perfectly as a matching background to the Cognac coloured Tinde pelt wool yarn that Yaelle is knitted in. I told photographer Eivind Røhne that he did not need to include the letters “Bø” as in “Boo!” this time, since he did that back in October 2017 at our first photoshoot at the church. Instead Eivind included the brick wall too. Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wore Yaelle with black pencil trouser and boots by Monica Stålvang. Olivia looked stunning in the oversized high-low pullover!

I wanted to have Yaelle photographed with a belt but also with the front folded  into a triangle held in place by a shawl pin. So not only the usual front, side and back view to photograph for Eivind this time. I also had to make sure we took a photo showing the pocket in the side.

Yaelle is a high-low pullover with an all over check pattern, swinging side panels and pockets. Named after Hebrew for the mountain goat, as it can take you everywhere. The pullover ends in a high loose turtle neck collar. Yaelle’s side panels are picked up and knitted after the side seams are done. The pockets are knitted at the same time as the front, including the pocket band and the lining. Wear Yaelle as you like; hanging loose or gathered with a belt or with a shawl pin at the front. The pullover is knitted in the pelt wool yarn Tinde with lustre from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Olivia is wearing size S with + 53 cm/20.75” ease and she stands 167 cm/5’6” tall. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 128 cm to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5 inches.

The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom and up, then seamed. The side panel is picked up and knitted after the shoulder and side seams. The two vertical side pockets are worked at the same time as the front with extra stitches for the pocket band, with the lining attached horizontally at the top and bottom of the pocket. The collar is worked in the round.

Yaelle is knitted with a 21 stitches and 30 rows in Stockinette stitch gauge using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.

The pattern is currently under test knitting in my Ravelry group and will be released at the beginning of November as an individual pattern on both Ravelry and on LoveCrafts. This is one of my favourite set of photos from the photoshoot, as I love how all the colours came together! Thank you to my wonderful team!

Yarn kits with a pattern either in English or Norwegian are available to order directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Milana

The next set of photos I am going to show you is of Milana, knitted by Grete Jenssen – aka ma9 on Ravelry – in the divine Norne Yarn Merino Silk Yak DK. The hand dyed shade Volva has cream in it so I decided to style the pullover and the matching cowl with my cream coloured silk trousers. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, looked stunning in the pullover. Milana is also brilliantly photographed outside the church hall in the shadow at Bøler Kirke late in May by Eivind Røhne.

Milana is currently being test knitted in my Ravelry group and will be released in both English and Norwegian on the 12th of October. My test knitters are enjoying knitting the DNA like cables found in the Charted Knitting Designs (third book) in the Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting series. The Norwegian pattern will also be printed in the Norwegian magazine Familien at a later date. 

Eivind knew how much I appreciated the mirror images he captured at Mortensrud Church, so he went for it at Bøler Church too! Olivia is wearing size S with a bust circumference of 92 cm/36.25″, but I have graded it from size XS to 5XL with these measurements: 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

Milana is knitted with a 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using a 4 mm/US 6 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking gauge. You can see behind the scenes photo here: Behind the Scenes Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020.

Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.

I am very happy with these photos of my Milana and would like to thank my wonderful team!

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