Thia Knitted by Dawn Gayer

I am so happy to show you the beautiful Thia Cardigan that Dawn test knitted for me. The pattern is published in the Norwegian book “Norsk strikkedesign. Strikk din favoritt“, which is currently being translated into English for publication in the US by Trafalgar Books, due out in Spring 2021. Dawn, aka Dawnadair, writes on her Ravelry project page project page: “I was extremely honored to be asked to test knit this beautiful cardigan and thrilled to accept! And also to use the lovely Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Tinde pelsullgarn which was generously donated by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for all of the testers”.

The pattern comes in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 51.5″. As for size, Dawn writes: “I knitted a size S, although my usual size is M. I love it, but if I were to do it again, I would knit my usual size so that there was more room to layer under it”.

The sample made for the book was knitted in Værbitt, Mikkel Rev hand dyed on Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelt wool using 3,5 mm/US 4 with a 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge. This is Dawn’s verdict of the yarn: “It was my first experience knitting with a yarn other than Merino wool or other super soft fibers, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I enjoyed the way the stitches grabbed each other. The resulting garment is light but very warm. And the color is very lively and perfect”.

I am so chuffed by Dawn’s summing up: “I love the high collar and being able to change the look of the sweater by wearing it either open or closed. The tuck and ribbed band under the chest are both fun to knit and very attractive design elements. As always, Linda has designed a unique, modern classic!”. Thank you ever so much, Dawn!

The Norwegian book can be ordered directly from the publisher Cappelen Damm, for updates on the English version, see Trafalgar Books. Individual patterns in both English and Norwegian will be added to my Ravelry store and LoveCrafts on January 1st 2021 when the rights revert to me.

I hope you will stay well and keep safe in these difficult times!


Melva Knitted by Dawn Gayer

Let me introduce you to Dawn, another very skilled knitter, who has test knitted a number of my designs, wearing her gorgeous Melva. The garment is knitted in Knit Picks Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paint in the shade Corvallis in size S using 2.75/US 2 needles. On her project page on Ravelry where she is Dawnadair, she has written: “I love the cable placement and the ribbing that allows the sweater to hug the curves without doing any waist shaping. I shortened the body length to 14.5” and the sleeves to 18” (although they ended up a bit longer because my gauge ended up being a little larger knitting flat)…I really enjoyed knitting this gorgeous sweater and love the end result!” It was on Ravelry we met, since she is far from local to me, Dawn actually lives outside of New York in the US. Like a number of mums out there, she also knits for her daughter Amanda, whom you will meet later.

Dawn is eagle-eyed and quick to spot any spelling or number mistakes I have made in the pattern, which my technical editor has missed, and for that I am extremely grateful! Thank you so much Dawn!

Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler, a straight sweater with fancy cables at the top and the bottom. The intricate cable is fit for a ruler. Ribbing in the side makes the sweater figure-hugging, while the stockinette stitch center panel shows off the stunning hand dyed Stein Fine Wool 4ply from The Little Grey Sheep. The sleeve mirrors the body, but it is worked flat. The pattern is available on Ravelry in sizes XS to 2XL in both Norwegian and English.