New Design: Skyla

I am thrilled to show you my new design Skyla knitted in the gorgeous hand dyed Dye Dye Done, Sport yarn by turbo knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, for me. It is Daniel Maciejewska, husband of designer Hanna, aka Hada Knits, who dyes all the Dye Dye Done yarn. I was offered yarn support for yet another design. The idea came from a skilled test knitter and patron of mine with the nickname GG, aka WoollyPurlfection on Ravelry. GG suggested the a-line silhouette, the short sleeves and a travelling cable. The cable I chose is one of Devorgilla’s designs, I wanted a fairly simple one that did not have a large stitch count. Grete suggested a matching cowl as there was yarn left over. I do like having an extra collar to add, hence I wrote a pattern for it. My husband took these photos of me at the beach in Ørje a few weeks back.

Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, runs towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

I am wearing size S with a bust circumference of 90 cm/35.5″ with 2 cm/0.75″ of positive ease. The pattern is graded from size XS to 5XL with bust measurements of 82 cm to 164 cm/32.25 to 64.5″.

The Dye Dye Done, Pure Sport yarn is made of 100% Superwash Merino and has 300 meters/328 yards on each 100 gram skein. Skyla is knitted in the shade Mystic Mermaid, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 25 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed, while the cowl is worked in the round. 

I look forward to seeing how it will look on Olivia during our photoshoot held yesterday (Friday 29th of May) at Bøler Church in Oslo.

The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on the 15th of June and released on the 3rd of August.

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Photoshoot at Oslofjord Museum: Prescott Pullover

The Prescott Pullover was designed for Interweave Knits Fall 2018, or to be precise Museion was my chosen name. I held a KAL in my Ravelry group last autumn and the pullover received the nickname Mr Prescott, after the former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. More than 50 knitters had the company of Mr Prescott, the sweater that is, and it was the most-knit pattern from 2018 from Interweave. It was returned in time for the photoshoot and I choose to photograph the pullover on Emma Ross wearing cream silk slacks with it. I knew I wanted the stones next to the beach at Vollen as the background to match the colour of the design. The Prescott Pullover is knitted in the stunning Acadia from the The Fibre Co. Sissel Fylling did Em’s hair & make up styling, while the jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. These brilliant photos were taken by Eivind Røhne by the Oslofjord Museum in late May.

The Prescott Pullover emulates intricate iron- and stonework found on historic university buildings. This professional and sleek pullover features soft cabled bell sleeves, and the side ribbing gives it a body-hugging silhouette. The design is worked from the bottom up in pieces, and it is finished with a cozy turtleneck.

The sample shown is size Medium with a bust circumference of 99 cm/39” with + 13 cm/5” ease on Em. The Fibre Company, Acadia yarn is made of 60% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk and comes in 50 gram skeins with 133 meters/145 yards. The sample is knitted in Mountain Ash with a gauge of 24 sts and 30 rows in Stockinette stitch using 4 mm/US 6 needles measuring 10 cm/4” square.

The pullover is worked in pieces and seamed. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The back and front stitch counts assume 104 stitches between markers for cable. The sleeve stitch counts assume 54 stitches between markers for cable. During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work a complete cable crossing, work the stitches of the partial cable as they appear.

Finally, here is a photograph of the back. The stunning cable is designed by Devorgilla. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien at a later date, while the English pattern is available on Ravelry and LoveCrafts.


Prescott Pullover Knitted by Marianne Skatten

 For the second time around, I am showing one of my designs that Marianne Skatten has knitted, the first one was Halli, which she wore to the  Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad. Instead of making the Prescott Pullover, Marianne decided to modify it into a dress, by adding more ribbing in the sides and purl stitches in the ribbing for waist shaping. Marianne told us about her plans in the Prescott Pullover Knit-A-Long thread, I set up in my Ravelry group last autumn, just after the pattern was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2018. Marianne made size medium but used a different yarn, Holst Supersoft Wool held together with the discontinued Holst Samarkand Uld/silke, that resulted in a different gauge, hence she had to re-calculate the pattern as well. I have seen Marianne wearing the dress, at Wenche Roald’s book launch at Cappelen Damm, and it looks stunning on her. Marianne has inspired others to make a similar dress too.

Marianne has written a detailed description of her modifications on her project page: Here is one of her points: “I like to knit in the round, so that I don’t have to sew together the sleeves and front and back pieces. I have therefore reworked the pattern for both the sleeves and the body, to be made in the round. I did not knit the sleeves together with the body, which is what I would normally do, but made set in sleeves as the pattern calls for.”

Marianne also wanted a close fitting turtle neck. She explains: “To accomplish this I moved the front neck line 5 cm upwards, compared to the front neck line in the pattern. I did not make any adaptions when placing the back neck line”. Thank you so much, Marianne!

The gorgeous cable is designed by Dorota Kowalczyk, aka devorgilla on Ravelry. The English pattern to the Prescott Pullover is included in the Interweave Knits Fall 2018 magazine and available in a digital edition as well as a print edition.