Check Cable Cardigan Knitted by Katja

I just had to share these amazing photos showing Katja’s Check mate based on my  Check Cable Cardigan pattern. Yes, Katja is Norwegian and lives north of the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway. She braved the icy waters to take these photos. The cold hit her later, as you can imagine… Katja knitted size XS/S with some adjustments and choose garter stitch bands instead of double hems. It is knitted in Ice Yarns Viscose Merino, now discontinued, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 instead of the given 4 mm/US 6 to achieve the stated gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows. The cardigan has grown while Katja has been wearing it, due to the 50% viscose content. But the long length looks stunning and Katja loves it!

Here is the back view with the same stunning nature in the background. Thank you so much Katja! I am so thrilled that Katja discovered my patterns this January and quickly signed on for the test knit of my Andor poncho. Yes, those photos are equally stunning and will appear here later. Katja is a meticulous test knitter and a very skilled knitter who knows exactly what adjustments she wants to make! I am so grateful that she has chosen to knit more of my designs! You will find more of Katja’s photos on Ravelry where she is known as ekatja.

The Check Cable Cardigan pattern is available in sizes XS/S (M, L, XL/2XL) in both English and in Norwegian on Ravelry and Loveknitting. It was first published in Norwegian in the magazine Familien in December 2012, but was revised and tech edited last autumn. New photos were also taken by my favourite team including photographer Eivind Røhne, since they needed to be updated. But we did not have Katja’s wonderful nature in the background.


Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Check Cable Cardigan

@Eivind Røhne

I have several old designs, I would like to photograph again, since I believe the styling can be improved. The Check Cable Cardigan was one of these and I included it in our shoot at the National Museum – Architecture in late November. Instead of styling it over a red dress like the magazine Familien did in 2012, I chose a pair of black pencil trousers, tucked into Benedetta boots by Monica Stålvang. All my designs looked fabulous on model Silje Andresen/Team Models, especially with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling and earrings by Kaja Gjedebo Design. As always, photographer Eivind Røhne managed to capture the best moments. The jacket was first published in Norwegian in Familien in December 2012, and it is now available in both English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on Love Knitting. I also had my technical editor Corrina Ferguson of Picnic Knits checking the updated pattern.

@Eivind Røhne

Curvy checks is a simple yet decorative stitch that is reversible so combined with wide collar in a rib and purl cable, my summer check cable cardigan was born. It has a generous straight fit and is designed for you to feel comfortable knitted in merino and cotton mixture for an ultimate stitch definition.

@Eivind Røhne

The jacket is knitted in Dale Garn Lerke made in 52% fine merino, 48% Egyptian cotton in 50 gram skeins with 115 meters/125 yards, using a 4 mm/US 8 needle. The gauge is 22 stitches and 30 rows in Stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″. The yarn was kindly sponsored by Dale Garn.

@Eivind Røhne

All parts are worked back and forth in rows. The collar is knitted together with the fronts to the end and then placed on a stitch holder for a 3-needle bind-off. The belt is knitted as a hem and makes a doubled belt. The belt loops are made of I-cords. The cardigan is available in sizes XS/S (M, L, XL/2XL) with a bust circumference of 102 (116, 130, 144) cm/40.25 (45.75, 51.25, 56.75)”. I am very pleased with the new photos! Thank you so much to my team!


Check Cable Cardigan Pattern Released

It is now 6 months since the Sjakk Flette Kardiganen/Check Cable Cardigan pattern was first printed in Norwegian in the magazine Familien, and I am allowed to release the pattern this time also in English  in my Ravelry store. The Check Cable Cardigan is knitted in a simple yet decorative stitch pattern which is reversible combined with a wide collar in a ribbed cable pattern. It has a generous fit and designed to make you feel comfortable yet smart. The cardigan is knitted in Dale Yarns’ Lerke a mixture of wool and cotton with an optimal stitch definition on needle no 4 mm/US 6, see dalegarn. An alternative yarn is Rowan Yarns’ Wool Cotton, see knitrowan. The pattern is available here: Ravelry.

Size: S (M) L (XL)                                                                                                                             

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                         Bust: 102 (116) 130 (144) cm/ 40 (45½) 51  (56¾)”                                                            Length: 70 (70) 70 (70) cm/ 27½ (27½) 27½ (27½)”                                                        Upper arm: 50 (50) 50 (50) cm/ 19¾ (19¾) 19¾ (19¾)”                                                    Belt: width: 4 cm/1½”, length: 195 cm/76″

Yarn: Dale Yarns: Lerke (52% fine merino, 48% Egyptian cotton, 50g/1.7oz, 115m/125yds):  14 (15) 16 (17) balls: 1730 (2200) 2420 (2650) m/1892 (2406) 2646 (2898) yds needed (incl double belt: 180 m/197 yds). Alternative yarn: Rowan Yarns: Wool Cotton (50% merino, 50% wool, 50g/1.7oz, 113m/123 yds)

Circular needle 4mm/US 6 (80 cm/32”) and an additional ndl for 3 ndl cast off. 2 circular needles 3mm/US 2.5 for belt. 2 dpns 3mm/US 2.5 for i-cord belt loops
Notions: Stitch holders, stitch markers, cable ndl and darning ndl.

22 sts and 30 rows in curvy checks pattern using 4mm/US 6 equals 10cm/4” square.

Notes & Video links:
The collar is knitted together with the fronts to the end of the shoulder shaping and then left on a stitch holder for a 3 needle cast off. Both fronts have 5 garter stitches for selvedge, incl 1 stitch to knit & pick up collar band in, 4 garter stitches between cables and as a divider to the curvy check pattern. Choose between a Cabled Belt, that stretches, or a Double Belt or knit both. The belt loops are made of i-cords.
Pattern includes video links to techniques used: Short row shaping with wraps, 3 needle cast off, hem making, I-cord. As well as charts and schematic.