Sculpted Frost Jacket in Vårstrikk 2021

I am delighted to have my Sculpted Frost pattern in the special magazine called “Vårstrikk”/Spring Knits published by Familien and available in selected supermarkets and newsagents in Norway. On the cover of the magazine is the delicate “Sol jakke”/Sun Jacket designed by Trine Lise Høyseth. The magazine has a large number of patterns, mainly for women but also a few for men and children. We are seven individual Norwegian designers that have patterns in this issue.

My Sculpted Frost Jacket is on page 18 to 21. The design is old but the photos shown are the second set taken back in the spring of 2020, at Bøler Church. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne.

A beautiful frost flower lace pattern adorns this a-line jacket. The cuffed sleeves only have a central lattice panel, while the frost flowers reign on the body. The coat is framed by a shawl collar in garter stitch divided with a tuck and finished with an I-cord bind off. A vivid lilac color was made by combing the divine mélange lace weight Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline, Soul with the beautiful light fingering comb wool Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Huldra Kamgarn. Together they create a stunning stitch definition as well as a slight halo.

The 3 larger sizes have been given a garter st panel on either side of the Frost Flowers, feel free to change this to st st if you prefer. The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The hem and the tuck are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together.

The jacket is knitted with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4” square blocked. If you prefer to work the jacket with a solid strand choose a double knit or a worsted yarn with a good meterage/yardage.

The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust measurement of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ in English and Norwegian on both Ravelry and LoveCrafts.

If you live in Norway, you can also order the Vårstrikk magazine by sending a SMS with Vår21 to 2205.


Høststrikk 2019 with Rørbye Cardigan and Nemetona

The Norwegian special magazine Høststrikk/Autumn Knits published by Familien is on sale and I am delighted to have two patterns inside it: Rørbye Cardigan and Nemetona. The magazines is filled with knitting patterns for all ages, but mainly for women as you can see from the cover. My Rørbye Cardigan modelled by Emma Ross, with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, photographed by Eivind Røhne at the Vigeland Museum, is one of four designs on the back cover as well as on the editorial page.

Here is the back cover, with the Rørbye Cardigan at the top, next to a design by Golden Days by Kari Hestnes. The jacket was made for Interweave knit.wear Fall/Winter 2017 and is knitted in Dale Eco Wool using 4 mm/US 6 needles. Here is my introduction: A classy and sophisticated knitted cardigan in a contemporary style. The waterfall bottom is created by knitting a sideways cable panel. To offset the cables, the body is all in stockinette stitch, with the exception of the cuff. Each sleeve begins in a sideways knitted cable panel. Leave it open, or pin the cardigan together at the front or in the side, if you prefer to wrap it all around you.

Nemetona is featured inside the magazine at the beginning of my pages called “Fantastic Cables”. I do love the introduction: “Designer Linda Marveng is an expert on cable knitting. Here are two gorgeous designs photo grated on Emma Ross at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo.”

Nemetona is Celtic for goddess of all sacred places. Like a magical cable grove is each part of this pullover: Staghorn, Roman; and double cables are framed by Honeycomb pattern. The flowing longer back with its curved hem, creates a stylish contrast to the straight front. Nemetona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can buy a digital version for iPad, see If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing and then transfer payment into their bank account.


Familien Høststrikk/Autum Knits September 2018

The demand for knitting patterns in magazines in Norway is increasing even further, hence Familien has made yet another new special issue called “Høststrikk”/Autumn Knit. The magazine has a total of 124 pages and I am so lucky to have 4 of my patterns in it: Sirona, Vaga, Free Falling Pullover and Airic. My patterns and a presentation of me fills 8 pages at the front of the magazine, while all the patterns are at the back. The beautiful Emma Ross is at the bottom of the cover, wearing Sirona, with “fletter”/cables written across it. Thank you so much, Familien!

On the first of my pages, there is also a presentation of me, including my Norwegian book cover, my Tyrol Jacket swatch (used a few years back for an article on design) and Kaja Gjedebo Design’s (kgd) gorgeous Abelia Ring I borrowed for the photoshoot. I do love the introduction: “Linda Marveng’s designs are like pieces of art with their beautiful cables. They are not suited for beginners, but if you have knitted for a while you will soon discover how fun they are to knit”. The dress is not my design: “The fantastic dress is by Carey Xu and probably too special for most of us to wear, but you should try Linda Marveng’s cable sweaters.”

Photographer Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured all these photos of Em. The Free Falling Pullover, first published in English in Interweave Knits Fall 2017 fills the next page, again worn by Em. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL and knitted in Sugar Bush Yarns, Crisp using 4 mm/US 6. The Free Falling Pullover showcases unique and wandering cables, feminine shaping, and casual appeal. This fitted pullover has two traveling central cables that are divided by seed stitch and framed by stockinette stitch on the sides. The boatneck is modified by the short-row shaping on the shoulder and ends in an I-cord bind-off. The pattern is available in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting.

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

The pullover, in sizes XS to 2XL, is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Vaga: Named after the Celtic Goddess of the River Wye is this pullover with cables that runs over the body and sleeves. A saddle shoulder allows the swing cable to continue to the neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

At the top of the page are the sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), the yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria, the needles: 4 mm/US 6. Then follows the introduction see above. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neck band is worked in the round, folded and seamed to the wrong side.

The Airic jacket covers the last 2 pages. These photos of Em were taken by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church last autumn, unlike the other ones which are from Villa Malla at the end of May. Airic is also available in sizes XS to 2XL. The introduction reads: In a contemporary style with provocative visual lines – created by the sideways knitted cable panel to make a waterfall bottom – is this long cardigan. The body is all in stockinette stitch to offset the cables. Even the sleeve has a cable panel knitted sideways as a cuff. Airic is Celtic for agreeable, just as this long cardigan will cover you up. It is knitted in the divine Di Gilpin, Lalland a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist.

This is the last of my pages. The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Favoritt18” in addition to your name & address and send to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The Airic pattern in English is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. If you are a retailer you can also find the printed pattern with download codes on Deep South Fibers.


Kohno Kimono in Sommerstrikk

Sommerstrikk/Summer Knits is a special magazine from Familien that came out last Monday, with 124 pages of knitting patterns. I am delighted to have my Kohno Kimono included in the issue. Kohno Kimono was made for Interweave’s magazine knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 and first published in English. The text on the first page reads: Inspired by the sculptural aestehtic of architect Hugo Kohno’s work in Tokyo. It continues on the next page with: This oversized long  jacket is adorned with a domed check pattern ending in wide moss stitch borders at the front and in the sides. The kimono is knitted in The Fibre Company Acadia – a divine mix of wool, alpaca and silk – using 4 mm/US 6 and comes in sizes XS to 2XL. Gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger is wearing size M with a 124.5 cm/52″ bust circumference. Her hair and make up is by Jens J. Wiker while her jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne captured these moments at Ingierstrand Bad in May 2017.

The kimono is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The front band is worked at the same time as each front. The sleeves have raglan shaping. When working in Domed Check pattern, if there are not enough stitches at the sides to work a complete cable crossing, work the stitches of the partial cables as they appear. The English pattern is available to download at Ravelry and Loveknitting, while the knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 is available at Interweave. If you are a retailer, you will find the printed pattern with a download code available wholesale at Deep South Fibers.

The Norwegian magazine Sommerstrikk is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “sommerstrikk18” in addition to your name & address to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing and then transfer payment into their bank account.








Sarya in Familien 12/2017

The Norwegian bimonthly magazine Familien, well known for their handcraft pages, has 40 extra pages with knitting, sewing, embroidery and crocheting in their next issue number 12/2017 out on Monday 12. June. On the cover at the bottom is my design Sarya, earlier self published on Ravelry in both English and Norwegian. It was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the beautiful model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency, with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and statement jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at my photoshoot at the Ekeberg Restaurant in Oslo. You will find the Norwegian magazine for sale in selected supermarkets and news agents. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing and then transfer payment into their bank account.

A beautiful lace pattern adorns the lower part of this jacket with overlapping fronts, while garter stitch rules on the top part. The stitch patterns are divided by a tuck and the jacket has identical hems. A deep elegant v-neck allows it to be worn loose creating waterfall fronts. Or you can close it with jewelry or a shawl pin for a more tailored look. The jacket is named Sarya; the night traveler hence knitted in the stunning Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk Lace, held double, because of its luster and drape.

You will find the English pattern for sale at Ravelry and on Loveknitting.


Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Embrae

@Eivind Røhne

I am so happy how my design Embrae turned out. The colour Iris, in the stunning yarn; Anzula Squishy is perfect for the lace pattern. I decided to style it with Judith Bech’s divine silk dress. The outfit suited model Silje Andresen/Team Models even beyond my expectations. Since I was planning to ask photographer Eivind Røhne to capture this garment sitting at our photoshoot at National Museum – Architecture, I had to ask Michael if I could borrow his reindeer hide for Silje to sit on. I was granted permission to borrow it for the day. Hair and makeup stylist Sissel Fylling with assistant Nora checked the placement of the skin as well as Silje’s look. Silje is also wearing beautiful silver rings, necklace, brooch and earrings all designed by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

@Eivind Røhne

Of course, Eivind was again instructed to include the shoes in the photos. They are not new, and were first used in my Norwegian knitting book published in 2012. The shoes are designed by Camilla Skovgaard. Yes, I do love shoes, especially sculptural ones – like these.

@Eivind Røhne

Embrae, a fitted cardigan with a lace collar, is like a flowery embrace. A lacy leaf pattern adorns the sleeves and the back of the cardigan. The lattice at the center of the lace pattern continues on each side of it and covers the collar. The collar can be worn flat or overlapping and pinned together or folded.

@Eivind Røhne

The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien at a later date, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release. The cardigan is knitted flat in pieces and then seamed. There are two pattern repeats on the back and one on the sleeves. The collar is knitted at the same time as each front. I have graded the pattern from size XS to size 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, and waist circumference of 74 to 116 cm/29.25 to 45.75″. Silje is wearing size S.

@Eivind Røhne

The lovely hand-dyed yarn Anzula, Squishy is made of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon and on 114 gram skeins with 352 meters/385 yards. I ordered it online from The sample is knitted in Iris with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch using 3mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″.


Summer Leaves Sweater Published in Familien

Cover familien 017The Norwegian pattern for the Summer Leaves Sweater has finally been published in Familien in their latest issue. The photo is from the first, of three, photo shoots and taken by Esten A. Borgos (see them all on the link above). A deep rich wine red shade was a perfect choice for a leaf vines stitch pattern in lace, which makes up the sleeves of this summer sweater. The A-shape is created by the frame to the lace pattern and worked in twisted rib, while the rest of the body is made up of stocking stitch. The bottom hem is knitted double and folded while the v-shaped neckline is single and rolls up to the purl row. The sweater is knitted in a pure mercerized Egyptian cotton called Luxor, available in more than 60 stunning shades from Hifa, see here: ull. The yarn was kindly sponsored by Hifa for this design.

Familien CoverThe test knit was held in my Ravelry group from May to September 2013, you can see all the results on the pattern page, as well as Siv Jorunn’s beautiful photo here on my blog: Summer Leaves Sweater by Siv Jorunn Hjellbrekke. The sweater is available in sizes S to 2XL, with bust measurements from 90 cm/35.5″ to 124 cm/48.75″ while the hip measurements are from 110 cm/43.25″ to 144 cm/56.75″ and length from  74 cm/29.25″ to 79 cm/31″. Above is the cover of Familien which in this issue has 40 pages of knits. My sweater is not on the cover this time, only on the contents page, and across two pattern pages, see below.

ContentBoth the body and the sleeves are knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5 and worked in the round to the armholes, then flat. The lace pattern is demanding but the shape guides you through it after a few repeats. Hence I found it satisfying to knit both sleeves at once using magic loop, see my post magic-loop-two-sleeves-at-a-time. I also preferred a simpler body stitch pattern to highlight the intricate sleeves. That also means that the body is quick to knit, and a nice rest after working the sleeves. The neckline needed a bit of pondering and I ended up with a different solution than I initally had planned. As most designs it had a life of its own and did not want a double neckline but a softer simpler one. You can read more about my design in this blog post (and see me wearing it): New Design: Summer Leaves Sweater. The English pattern is available in my Ravelry Store and on LoveKnitting.


New Design: Hertha

XT1A2835Jaggeryarn Zephyr Lace 2/18 is a divine mixture of 50% merino and 50% tussah silk, I love. This time, I chose the shade Mulberry, held it double and designed a shawl with collar, a continuation of the design Bech, this time a wider shawl but with similar long loose sleeves. Hertha in old Norse means a powerful woman, ideal for this modern shawl with a shawl collar, that can be worn as a scarf around the neck, a shawl around the shoulders, or as a top; if worn upside down and pinned together with a shawl pin. A traditional lace pattern with shadow triangles in half stocking stitch and half garter stitch. Here you see me wearing Hertha, photographed by my husband. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the separat issue “Småstrikk” by Familien this autumn, while the English pattern will be published on Ravelry.

XT1A2837The loose sleeves have elastic inserted into the top hem to keep them in place. They are knitted in the round unlike the shawl. The collar on the shawl is shaped by short rows, and ends in an i-cord bind off. The hem and tucks are all knitted with 2 circular needles held parallel. When you wear the shawl around your shoulders together with the loose sleeves it looks like a bolero since you can not see the top of the loose sleeves.

XT1A2849Here you see the shawl worn around the body as a top, held together with a shawl pin. It is not my favorite way of wearing it, but it is an option. If you prefer to wear it this way, I would make it so it fits both in length and width by adjusting the number of pattern repeats. You can however easily see how the loose sleeve ends, with elastic inserted into the top hem.

XT1A2856From the back you see the slight curve of the collar when it is worn upside down along the bottom instead of the top. The lace pattern creates an easy pattern to memorize. I decided to use a 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle on the lace pattern on the shawl and a 3.5 mm/US 4 on the lace pattern on the sleeves merely because I tend to knit tighter when working in the round.

XT1A2844Or how about this option with the collar down, showing a slight curve at the back. The set is ideal for party outfit in my mind, so I asked dress designer Judith Bech if I please could borrow her marvelous fringe skirt for the photo shoot. She said yes, so I can promise you a stunning set of photos taken by professional photographer Eivind Røhne of model Anne Dorthe/Team Models to come.


Cable On Scarf Pattern Released

Cable on Scarf COVERThe Cable On Scarf, first published in Norwegian in Familien 2/2015, is now available in English in my Ravelry Store.  It was the first in my series of reversible scarves that look equally good as a loose collar and the later designs have their own collars added onto the scarf. Here is my introductions to it: The cable on scarf is reversible, made in rib instead of the usual stocking stitch, framed by double seed stitch on every edge. Distinctive Stag Horn cables give the generous scarf texture and depth. Why not use it as a decorative warm collar pinned together by a shawl pin. The sample is knitted in a natural grey shade of the beautiful Norwegian Pelt Yarn/Norsk Pelsull by Hifa.

Size: One Size

Finished measurements:                                                                                                    Length: 153 cm/60.25″                                                                                                                    Width: 28 cm/11″

Yarn:                                                                                                                                                 Hifa, Norsk Pelsullgarn (100% Norwegian Pelt wool, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds).                     Sample is knitted in Natural Grey 1115: 3 skeins; 702 m.     

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds).                                    Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds)            Rowan, Tweed (100% wool, 50 g, 118 m/129 yds)                                                              Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds)                                                                 Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle 60 cm/24″.

Notions: Cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows in Double seed st measures 10 cm/4″ square.                                 21 sts and 28 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square.                                                         Adjust needle to match gauge.


Familiens Store Strikkebok

Omslag strikkebokMy Nora Sweater, modeled by stunning dancer Francesca Golfetto and brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, is on the cover of this Norwegian book – yes, it is named large knitting book for a reason – with more than a 100 patterns from the last 75 years selected by Handicraft Editor Åse Myhrvold Egeland and Exlibris Editor Gunn E. Schmidt from the archives at the Norwegian Magazine Familien, well know for their knitting pages. I am fortunate to have two more patterns in this book: Tyrol Jacket and Regal Purple Jacket were also selected among popular patterns and included in the chapter on Newer Designs. Not all of the patterns have been published previously, and they are gathered in an exciting chapter on Unique Designs. I loved seeing the old front covers and photographs from Familien, see the back cover above, as well as seeing their updated versions knitted in today’s yarn brands. The book contains all kinds of projects including interiors and different kinds of accessories plus both traditional and modern designs. You can have a closer look inside the book here: exlibrismedia. The book is a very popular subscription gift, but also available to buy in bookshops and online: haugenbok.

DSCF1300-EditHere you can see the introduction to my patterns, which were all printed for the first time in the special issue Familien Håndarbeid in March 2014. They have all been tech edited and test knitted before the English patterns were released in my Ravelry Store. My mum is one Familien reader who could not resist this tempting subscription gift…