Photoshoot at Bøler Church June 2022: Conic Coat

I have been looking forward to showing you the photos of my new model Emmalin Williams – discovered in the high-end fashion store Vincci in Oslo by me – with make-up & hair by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen and jewellery on loan from Kaja Gjedebo Design, taken at Bøler kirke/Church back in June 2022 by Eivind Røhne. Continue reading


Conic Coat Pattern Released

Conic Coat COVERI am behind in showing you the patterns I have released in English. In February after the completed test knit of the English pattern, I added Conic Coat with chart, schematic and video links to my Ravelry Store. The coat, knitted in Hifa Embla using a 4 mm/US 6, is worn by gorgeous dancer Francesca Golfetto, with beautiful hair & make up by Line Sekkingstad, brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller. The pattern was first published in Norwegian in the special issue Familien Strikk in August 2014. Here is my intro to the pattern: The triangles and blocks stitch pattern by Lynne Barr, creates shadows and a dense texture perfect for a long a-line coat with a soft and generous shawl collar, a seeded rib pattern, and a clever tuck. I have achieved my goal of designing a coat with architectonic elements you want to knit and wear.

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                         Bust: 92 (98, 106, 116, 126) cm excl collar/36.25 (38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                       Hip: 112 (118, 126, 136, 146) cm excl collar/44 (46.5, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5)”                            Collar width to v-neck: 9 cm/3.5″                                                                                              Collar width (mid-neck) widest: 22 cm/8.75″                                                                               Length: 79 (80, 81, 82, 83, 84) cm/31 (31.5, 32, 32.25, 32.75, 33)”                      Sleevelength: 53.5 cm/21″

Yarn: Hifa, Embla – Hifa 3 in shade 6078 purple beige (100% wool, 100 g, 210 m/230 yds): 8.5 (9, 10, 11, 12) skeins; 1743 (1869, 2016, 2205, 2415) m/1906 (2044, 2205, 2411, 2641) yds.

Yarn alternative: Cascade, 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 100 g, 201 m/220 yds).                                                                  Berroco, Ultra Alpaca (50% Wool, 50% Alpaca, 100 g, 197 m/215 yds)                                                      Madeline Tosh Pashmina Worsted (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 100 g, 192 m/210 yds.                Or another worsted/10 ply yarn.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (100 cm/40″). 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (120 cm/48″ for collar)

Notions: 1 DPN. 6 stitch markers and 2 clip or waste yarn markers. 6 stitch holders. Yarn needle.

Gauge: 19 sts and 25 rows in st st measures 10 m/4″ square.                                                   17 sts and 25 rows in Folded Triangles measures 10 cm/4″ square.                                           19 sts in Seeded Rib measures 10 cm/4″.                                                                                 Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notes: The coat is worked flat in pieces and then sewn together. Stitches are picked up for the collar and a tuck is worked before you begin with the Seeded Rib pattern. The shawl part of the collar is worked with short rows and ends with an I-cord bind off. The a-line decreases are worked in stocking stitch, while you discontinue the Folded Triangles pattern when you shape neck, armhole and sleevecap.


Behind the Scenes: Photo Shoot

DSCN1723I had a marvelous photo shoot on Thursday with photographer Kim Müller, dancer Francesca Golfetto, stylist Line Sekkingstad and my husband as photo assistant. The shoot was organized before I started knitting due to the tight deadline for delivery to the Norwegian magazine Familien and their special issue Strikkeboka/Knitting book due out in late August. I was fortunate to find one test knitter, Airin Hansen, and my neighbor Karin Placht to assist me in knitting samples in time for the photo shoot. There is no way I would have managed on my own otherwise. Knitting two coats (Carla and Conic) and a scarf (Scarftex) in addition to finishing another jacket (for a different magazine), as well as designing another 5 items, was more work than I ever could have imagined in a month and a half. So I had to start knitting long into the night as well, since I was working 7 days a week already. Seeing the garments stunningly worn by Francesca, with the magic touch on hair & make up by Line, fabulous shoes and boots by Monica Stålvang and beautifully captured by Kim, made it all worthwhile! Not to forget that my husband found a several remarkable spots at Tjuvholmen, the end tip of Aker Brygge/Wharf in Oslo. It was a beautiful day with strong sunshine so we had to look for backgrounds in the shadow and found numerous next to the Astrup Fearnly Museum. We broke up for a decent lunch at Olivia (read: Bølgen & Moi was closed sadly) before we continued dressing and directing Francesca around in a very different manner than she is used to as a dancer. I felt so fortunate and cannot wait to see Kim’s selection of photos! Next week I am taking part in another photo shoot, what a treat!