Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Biondo Scarf

@Eivind Røhne

I am delighted to show you the professional photos of the Biondo Scarf. Gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and makeup by Sissel Fylling plus jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, was captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at the National Museum – Architecture late November. I decided to style the scarf just over a cream coloured strapless top and Judith Bech’s skirt to show both how it can be worn as a shawl and show off the cable stitch pattern. As you can imagine it did not keep Silje warm enough in the icy November cold, so we worked fast. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien – the date has not been confirmed yet, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in late February before its release.

@Eivind Røhne

Biondo – Italian for blond – scarf is reversible with a twisted stitch as a divider between each of the three cables. The stitch also work as a folding line, hence emphasises the more relaxed alternate side. The scarf is knitted in a divine silk and alpaca mixture for that lovely feel and sheen.

@Eivind Røhne

The luscious yarn; Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk is made of 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk and sold in 50 gram balls with 133 meter/145 yards. The sample is knitted in Pale Yellow 352, and takes 6 balls, a total of 758 meters/828 yards. The gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles to 10 cm/4″ square. The finished scarf measures 29.5 cm/11.5″ wide and 140 cm/55″ long.


Helka Pattern Released

Helka COVERThe successful test knit of Helka ended a week ago, and I am very pleased to release the English pattern. My skillful test knitters have improved the pattern, and I added their useful notes. The Norwegian pattern was first published in Familien Kreativ in March. Above you see it worn by the gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Sweden Models, with beautiful hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. The buttons are bespoke and like jewelry designed by Siri Berrefjord, you can see them close-up in this blogpost. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A long straight classical jacket with woven cables in a diamond pattern that ends in a rib. The cables are erased into a rib, then into stockinette stitch in the sides. Named after Helka the prosperous one, it has a deep v-neck and a double button band, leaving all the glory to the cables. Use it with a belt or adorn it with beautiful buttons like these jewelry ones by Siri Berrefjord.

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

Finished measurements: Bust circumference: 84 (92, 100, 108, 116, 124) cm/33 (36.25, 39.25, 42.5, 45.75, 48.75)”. Length: 79 (80, 81, 82, 83, 84) cm/31 (31.5, 32, 32.25, 32.75, 33)”. Sleeve length: 49 (50, 51, 51, 51, 51) cm/19.25 (19.75, 20, 20, 20, 20)”

Yarn: Hifa, Huldra Kamgarn 8, 5/2 (100% combed wool, 200 g, 850 m/929 yds). Sample is knitted in Unbleached White 428026; 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) cones; 1892 (2012, 2131, 2251,  2371, 2492) m/2069 (2200, 2330, 2462, 2593, 2725) yds.                            Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul (68% baby alpaca, 32% nylon, 25 g, 177 m/195 yds). Sample is knitted in White DL201; 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15) skeins; 1892 (2012, 2131, 2251, 2371, 2492) m/2069 (2200, 2330, 2462, 2593, 2725) yds.

Note: One strand of each yarn is held together throughout.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″). 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (120 cm/47″ or 2 sets of 80 cm/32″) for button band. 4 mm/US 6 DPNs. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 14 buttons (18 mm/0.7″). Bespoke buttons on sample are made by Siri Berrefjord, see, cable needle, 8 Stitch markers, 4 stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked. 42 sts and 28 rows in Woven Cable; 1 pattern repeat measures 13 cm/5″ across and 9 cm/3.5″ high.

Notes: The body is knitted from the bottom and up in 3 parts, back and forth, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The Woven Cable pattern ends in a rib at the sleevecap and at the v-neck shaping on the fronts, as well as on shoulders at the back.


Atika Pattern Released

Atika COVERFinally, I have been able to release Atika. The cowl and the loose sleeves were stunningly worn by Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk, with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, dress by Judith Bech, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo and brilliantly captured by photographer  Eivind Røhne for the Norwegian magazine Made by Me. I am thrilled that I have been able to gather the same team again – hence the delay in releasing this pattern – and our photo shoot is today – more will be revealed later.  As usual my test knitters had some great suggestions for improvements of the English pattern, and I followed their advice. Below is the essential pattern information.

ATIKA                                                                                                                                                        A cowl to warm your shoulders or your neck. Or why not wear it as top with matching loose sleeves gracing a stunning dress like this designed by Judith Bech. Both the cowl and the loose sleeves are knitted in the round using a beautiful reversible stitch pattern called Hearts of Oak with both texture and a drapy edge. Make your own perfect yarn by combining a lace weight yarn like the luscious Dreamline Soul from Du Store Alpakka with a fingering yarn like Merino Tweed from Pickles.

Sizes:                                                                                                                                             Cowl: One Size     Loose Sleeves: S/M (L/XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                    Cowl: Width: 26.5 cm/10.5″   Length: 109 cm/43″                                                                   Loose Sleeves: Bottom 23.5 (25, 28) cm/9.25 (9.75, 11)”. Top: 32.5 (34.5, 37) cm/12.75, (13.5, 14.5)”. Length: 40 (42, 44) cm/15.75 (16.5, 17.25)”

Yarns: Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul (68% baby alpaca, 32% nylon, 25 g, 177 m/195 yds). Sample is knitted in DL214 Melange green/blue tones.                                       Pickles, Merino Tweed (100% wool, 100 g, 380 m/415 yds). Sample is knitted in PMT551 Mountain Far.           Note: Yarns are held together throughout.                                                                            Cowl: 3 skeins of Dreamline Soul, 2 skeins of Merino Tweed; 424 m/464 yds of each yarn.   Loose Sleeves: 2 skeins of Dreamline Soul, 1 skein of Merino Tweed; 318 m/348 yds of each yarn.  Or another DK/8 ply yarn held singularly.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for cowl. 4 mm/US 6 DPNs for loose sleeves. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 1 m/1 yard thin round elastic for loose sleeves, 3 stitch markers and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rnds in st st using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: The cowl is knitted sideways and in the round. You can adjust the length by removing or adding pattern repeats of 10 sts. If you want to wear it twice around your neck, add 2 pattern repeats. The loose sleeves are knitted in the round to the end. An elastic band is threaded through the stitches on the wrong side of the top of each sleeve. Use knit-in elastic if you prefer.