Andaman Top Pattern Released

The rights to my pattern the Andaman Top has come back to me from Interweave and I have released the pattern in English on Ravelry with new photos. The Andaman Top was first published in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 and is knitted in the lovely Tahki Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino in Cobalt using 4 mm/US 6 needles. Above you see the gorgeous Emma Ross, with make up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design as well as skirt by Judith Bech, wearing the sample made in size Small at the Vigeland Museum. Em is brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne

The Andaman Top will have you craving the intense hues of a Mediterranean summer. With a cropped straight front, the flowing back creates a stylish contrast with its dramatic length and curved hem. The three elegant lace panels running up the front and back of this stylish top have an Egyptian art deco feel, with curving lines and geometric figures.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements
Bust: 90 (98, 106.5, 114, 124.5, 134.5) cm/35.5 (38.5, 42, 45, 49, 53)“
Front length: 48 (49, 50, 51, 52, 53) cm/18.75 (19, 19.5, 20, 20.25, 20.75)”
Back length: 80 (81, 82, 83, 84, 85) cm/31.25 (31.75, 32, 32.5, 33, 33.25)“

Yarn: Tahki Stacy Charles, Bio Merino (100% merino wool, 50 g, 110 m/120 yds): Sample is knitted in Cobalt 1541: 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins; 680 (750, 810, 870, 945, 1020) m/744 (820, 886, 951, 1033, 1115) yds.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight and circular needle (40 cm/16”) for neck and armhole bands.

Notions: Markers (removable), holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
17-sts Lace repeat measures 9 cm/3.5” wide.
24 rows Lace repeat measures 8.5 cm/3.25” high.

Notes: This top is worked back and forth from the bottom and up in pieces and seamed. The lower back is shaped by short rows. During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work an increase with its corresponding decrease, work the stitches of the partial lace pattern as they appear.


Photoshoot at Vigeland Museum: Tweed Jacket and Dewdrop Cowl

I am delighted to show you the fantastic new photos of my old design Tweed Jacket and Dewdrop Cowl, both from my Norwegian knitting book that was published in 2012: “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” (only translated into Finnish). I do love the old photos of ballerina Cristiane Sá, but she is wearing a tutu so I thought some new ones would be good and I had room for one more garment in our photoshoot at the Vigeland Museum in November. Gorgeous model Emma Ross looks stunning in the jacket with the Dewdrop Cowl, worn together with Judith Bech’s stunning skirt. Em’s make up and hair is by Sissel Fylling and jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Em is captured by Eivind Røhne in front of the impressive cast iron dragon, a sample for the Vigeland Park Gates.

Eivind and I agreed that the dragon added the drama we wanted to the photos. The Tweed Jacket is inspired by Christopher Kane’s elegant tweed version. Mine has sleeves in stranded colour work in stockinette stitch as a contrast to the tweed pattern, made with slipped stitches on the body and a fitted waist. The tweed jacket has been given a vintage look by using the fine lace weight Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Alv combed yarn held double.

The Dewdrop Cowl is made of left over yarn from the jacket and I also choose to make a larger Cowl, which can be worn on top of each other and with wrist warmers, in the fingering Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Huldra in a beautiful dark rose red colour. I wanted to add some colour to the outfit and thought this was a magnificent solution. I love the way Sissel knotted Em’s hair in some of these photos!

Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Alv is a laceweight yarn made in 100% combed wool on a 200 gram cone with 1400 meters/1532 yards, which I held double for a machine knitted effect.  The gauge is 30 stitches and 31 rounds/rows in the sleeve pattern in stranded colourwork in stockinette stitch and 27 stitches and 60 rows in Tweed pattern, both with 2 strands held together using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles. The tweed pattern takes 3 colours: 2 greys and 1 black, while the stranded colour work is done in the darkest grey and black.

The body of the jacket is worked in parts and sewed together, while the sleeves are knitted in in the round up to the armholes. The double hems are worked in 2.5 mm/US 1.5 needle, while the other parts are made in 3 mm/US 2.5 needles.

Em is wearing size small with a bust and hip circumference of 90 cm/35.5″, but I have revised the English pattern, made the sleeves wider at the top and added an XL size with these measurements: 106 cm/43″. I also sent the revised pattern to my technical editor Barbara Khouri. It will be added to Ravelry and Loveknitting shortly, together with the Dewdrop Cowl pattern.

The Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien at a later date. I am ever so thrilled with these new photos, so thank you to my amazing team!


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad

On Monday I had a photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad, just outside of Oslo, with an amazing crew. The weather was perfect; warm and sunny. The restaurant, open for private parties during the weekdays and for the public at the weekends, is a popular spot for weddings due to its location next to one of the most popular beaches with a diving tower in Oslo. In fact jewellery designer Kaja Gjedebo, who came to join us, had her wedding party here 11 years ago and this was the first time she was back. You can find a video she made at Instagram. While Jens J. Wiker worked on gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger‘s hair & make up, photographer Eivind Røhne, second photographer/roadie/technical manager Michael Marveng-Puckett looked at possible back drops. As always it was a day filled with laughter and breath taking results. Eivind always gives everything, above you see how him delivering on his promise to make Alex taller. Jens, next to him is checking his mobile.

Here you see Kaja and Eivind sharing Instagram tips. It was marvellous to have the whole place to ourselves. On the to do list was taking photographs of a total of 10 designs where 5 are new designs; 4 for yarn kits for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and 1 secret design; 3 designs returned from Interweave Knits and knit.wear in the US and 2 designs only photographed by the Norwegian magazine Familien previously. Judith Bech had as usual sent me a selection of dresses and skirts to choose from. One day I hope she will be able to fly from Northern Norway to join us. I find her dresses magical, hence I am spellbound and ask for more than I need so that I can see how they look together with the knitted garments. Just as with my ideas, some work better in my head than in real life. I ended up using only 2 of those.

Eivind and I are talking strategy, while Alex with Jens’ assistance is ready for action. We speak partly in Norwegian and partly in English all day, even though Alex speaks Danish and Michael Norwegian, they both prefer English. But Alex knows me very well and know that I want front, back and side photographed. Eivind is living in the hope that I will not demand full length photos of all designs, but I rarely give in. Alex is ready for photography of the back of Kathe Cardigan, made for Interweave Knits Fall 2016.

Alex heard a double set of camera clicks as Michael joined Eivind and photographed as well. Thankfully, neither Eivind nor Alex had any issues with that and knew that the Eivind was indeed the photographer of the day. Even Alex joined in and took a selfie, here she is, captured by Michael. Above she is wearing Aki, a new pullover designed for Hillesvåg and below wearing an old design Patent Poncho. Despite the heat, Alex managed to look incredibly cool and only suffered for a brief time when I added 3 cowls on top of each other. Yes, that would only be useful on a very cold day and not on a hot day, with women in bikinis nearby. Kaja wished that she had brought her swimwear.

Unlike me, Alex is always in control of her face when she is being photographed and do enjoy pulling some faces. I have reached the age where I tend to do so unwillingly so much of the time. That is why the back of my head as well as the side feature so much in the photos Michael take of me.

Take a look at the photo above and you understand the tone we have during the day as well as the fun! It took a few second before I saw her face! Alex is wearing Wa, a shawl vest as well as Kaja’s Abelia earring with pearls and Abelia necklace. I saw a number of Eivind’s photos during the day and know it will as usual be extremely difficult to choose photos from the hundreds of magical moments he has captured. Yet, I cannot wait to see them all!


Biondo Scarf Pattern Released

My new design, Biondo Scarf, has been released in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien at a later date. The pattern has been test knitted and you can see the four completed ones on Ravelry. The reversible scarf, that can be used as a shawl was worn by Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, over Judith Bech’s divine silk skirt. The scene was brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at the National Museum – Architecture in late November last year.

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.

Size: One size

Finished measurements:
Width: 29.5 cm/11.5”
Length: 140 cm/55”

Yarn: Du Store Alpakka, Baby Silk (80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk, 50 g, 133 m/145 yds). Sample is knitted in Pale Yellow 352:
6 skeins; 758 m/828 yds.

Alternative Yarns: Madeline Tosh, Pashmina (75% merino wool, 15% silk, 15% goat, 100 g, 329 m/360 yds).
Blue Sky Fibers, Alpaca Silk (50% silk, 50% camelid alpaca, 50 g, 134 m/146 yds).
Drops, Baby Alpaca Silk (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 50 g, 167 m/182 yds).

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32”) or straight needle.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, holders, cable needle (cn) and yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
33 stitches in Rib Cable measures 9.5 cm/3.75” across.


Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Irina Pullover

@Eivind Røhne

I am thrilled to show you my favourite photos from our shoot at the National Museum – Architecture. Irina Pullover is the design – returned from the magazine knit.wear in the US – worn by the gorgeous Silje Andresen/Team Models with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling, jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design and skirt by Judith Bech Design, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. The complete outfit seemed to belong there in the cloister next to the Fehn Pavilion, so we had to take several full length photos. It was no surprise that I had difficulties choosing which ones to pick, but did come to a conclusion in the end with the help of experienced editor, now House of Yarn’s Marketing Director, Mary-Ann Astrup.

@Eivind Røhne

Named after the beautiful Russian ballerina Irina Baronova, a fitted pullover with elegant cables swooning across it in panels with garter stitch dividers for shaping. Timeless, knitted in the round from the bottom up to the armholes then flat to soft square neckline and shoulders. The sleeves are also knitted in the round, long to adorn the hands and set-in. A divine sky blue color, and luscious texture was made by combining Rowan Felted Tweed with Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

@Eivind Røhne

The English pattern was first published in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016 issue and the magazine is available from Interweave Store  (digital & print), individually and also in the The Barre Collection (five barre- and ballet-inspired projects). It will be released on Ravelry and on Loveknitting at the end of March with these new photos. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien, the date will be confirmed later.

@Eivind Røhne

The lovely texture is made by holding Rowan Felted Tweed (50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose, 50 gram, 175 meter/191 yards) in shade Clay 177, together Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% mohair, 30% silk, 25 gram, 210 meter/230 yards) in Heavenly 592, with one strand of each yarn. The gauge is 18 stitches and 30 rounds in garter stitch using 1 strand of each yarn together measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking. The sample sweater is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needle.

@Eivind Røhne

The body is worked in the round to the underarm, then the front and back are worked separately back and forth. The sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up, with the sleeve cap worked flat. During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work a complete cable crossing, work the stitches of the partial cable as they appear.

@Eivind Røhne

The pullover is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 77 to 122 cm/30.25 to 48″.  Silje is wearing size S: 86.5 cm/34″ with 2″ of positive ease. I tested the pullover with both light blue and black before I tried this wonderful skirt. A perfect match for the pullover, embodying the cloister backdrop.


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Architecture Museum

dscn0665It was a cold November day, our photoshoot took place at the National Museum – Architecture, but at least it was not raining. I had settled all formalities with the museum and they were expecting us, with an extra security guard since we were photographing outside around the Fehn Pavilion, in the “klostergang”/cloister, designed by Norwegian Architect Sverre Fehn. This time the team consisted of photographer Eivind Røhne, the hair & makeup artist Sissel Fylling with assistant Nora, model Silje Andresen/Team Models and assisting photographer Michael Marveng-Puckett. Silje retired as a full time model ten years ago, at the age of twenty seven, to my astonishment. She knew Sissel and was probably not too surprised that Sissel just had to cut her hair. So no change there, then.

mmp-xt1b5415We were photographing ten designs with two extra accessories, not all new designs: 2 designs returned from Interweave; Irina Pullover and Harding Cardigan; 2 old designs in need of new photos: Check Cable Cardigan and Cable On Scarf, in addition to 6 new designs. At the top is Hanasa a-line pullover, below is the Irina Pullover. I had, as usual, borrowed several skirts and a dress from designer Judith Bech. I am sure you recognise a few of those we used this time. In addition to jewellery from designer Kaja Gjedebo. Selecting from her home studio where she keeps it all, is ever so difficult and the list does seem to grow longer for each photoshoot…

dscn0653Eivind and I started by walking around the premises together with Michael, to look at possible backdrops, while Sissel was cutting and then styling Silje’s hair. We agreed that the “klostergangen”/cloister was the best one, and that there were possibilities at the front, the main entrance door to the museum, the terrace entrance to Grosch Bistro, as well as the back wall. The interior – with its vaults and the tiled entrance hall – is lit with LED lights and difficult to use as backdrops without using blitz plus a lot of extra work for Eivind to do afterwards. The main building is the old (and first) National Bank completed in 1830, by architect Christian Heinrich Grosch, while the Fehn Pavilion was built in 2008, together with the refurbishment of the building into the National Museum – Architecture.

mmp-xt1b5172I had brought several blankets to keep Silje warm, in addition to a Reindeer skin I planned for her to sit on while we were photographing Biondo scarf and a short jacket. Below you can see how that worked out. As for keeping her warm, I made sure we started with the coldest designs and then the warmer ones. But we all got cold and had a warm lunch at 12.30 inside at Grosch Bistro. I had spoken to the manager to let her know that we would be a bit in and out during the day, ordered fruit and drinks for us in the morning and that we would have our lunch when we needed a break.

mmp-xt1b5231After lunch we were ready for the last designs. Thanks to Silje’s experience we could speedily photograph the remaining garments in quick succession. In time before the November light turned blue and the approach of what we call the “blåtimen”/blue hour arriving after dusk around 3.30 pm. All the photos reflect the amazing day we had, and the wonderful team work! Thank you so much!


Adoe Pattern Released

Adoe COVERFinally, here it is: Adoe. As the list of knitters wanting an English version grew, I am so happy that the test knitting is coming to an end with a number of completed versions and more to come. The Norwegian pattern was published in Familien Kreativ in March. Gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Sweden Models with beautiful hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design, fringe skirt by Judith Bech, all brilliantly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Wavy lace with garter stitch edging is the focus of this delicate jacket. The deep v-neck is adorned with scallops made by the wavy lace pattern. It is knitted in the stunning chainette yarn; Truesilk by Rowan, and intended for those special times. Adoe means time, and it seemed entirely appropriate. The body of the jacket is straight and knitted in pieces, while the sleeves are knitted in the round. Close the jacket with a beautiful brooch.

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

Finished sizes: Bust: 83 (90, 97, 104, 114, 124) cm/32.75 (35.5, 38.25, 41, 45, 48.75)”. Length: 54 (55, 56, 57, 58, 59) cm/21.25 (21.75, 22, 22.5, 22.75, 23.25)”. Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”

Yarn: Rowan Yarns, Truesilk (100% mulberry silk, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds). Sample is knitted in Serene 330: 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins; 892 (975, 1058, 1141, 1265, 1390) m/976 (1066, 1157, 1248, 1383, 1520) yds.

Needle: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for body. 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (120 cm/47″) for neckband. 4 mm/US 6 DPNs for sleeves. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ after blocking. 22 sts and 32 rows in garter sts measures 10 cm/4″ after blocking. 17-sts; 1 pattern rep in Wavy Lace measures 9 cm/3.5″ across after blocking. 32 rows in Wavy Lace measures 10 cm/4″ down after blocking.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Notes: The body is worked back and forth in parts, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The front band is the first part of the wavy lace pattern, and creates a scalloped end to it. Attach buttons and use the holes created by the lace as buttonholes if you prefer.


Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Githa

20160601 LM Villa Malla 099 cropGitha is first out of the professional photos, since the test knitting has started on Ravelry already. I am so excited to show you the amazing photos Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design at Villa Malla at the beginning of June. I had also borrowed two skirts from Judith Bech Design, and I decided that the tunic Githa with a large cowl would look fab with the tulle skirt. Judith sent me a selection of other cocktail dresses too, just in case I wanted to borrow some more. It is such a treat to open each box sent from her, and have a close look at all the dresses!

20160601 LM Villa Malla 139 cropMy initial plan was to have the fjord in the background but the pier is quite high so it had to be the sky instead. I think it worked even better. These two top photos are both cropped and with even more sky, they appear like a stunning film poster. See more of the background in my husband’s photos at villa-malls-sneak-peek. The Norwegian pattern for Githa will be published in the special magazine Familien Strikkebok out at the end of August. While the English pattern will be published on Ravelry after the test knit is completed.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 151As always I want a photo from the front, side and back to show it from all points of view. So that you can see that the back does have a lace panel too. Githa is knitted in the lovely and summery Rowan Panama, a slubby yarn mix of cotton, viscose and linen with a subtle sheen to it. Both the tunic and the cowl is knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rounds/rows in stockinette stitch to 10 cm/4″ square. The tunic is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, while the cowl is available in sizes XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL). Alexandria is wearing size S in the tunic and size XS/S cowl. The reason I choose three different sizes on the cowl is so that it will easily fit around the shoulders for the different sizes. But you can also easily adjust the size of it by adding or removing pattern repeats.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 197Here it is photographed with the large cowl across the shoulders. As you can see it has an area of garter stitch used for shaping the cowl and also to match the casual look of the tunic. The tunic tank is knitted from the bottom and up, in the round to the armhole, then separated into two parts and worked flat. The shoulders are shaped with short rows. The neckband and armholebands are picked up and knitted in the round at the end. A false sideseam is created by a reverse stocking stitch with garter stitches on each side. If you want a smaller neckline or armhole, you can either work additional rounds on the bands or adjust the pattern with for example 3 cm/1.25″. The cowl is knitted from the bottom and up, in the round. It is shaped in a separate garter stitch panel.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 240The wavy lace stitch pattern is the same I chose for the Adoe jacket. I was thrilled to match it with Kaja Gjedebo’s new Rubble & Roll Collection. Here is a mind-blowing quote from Kaja: “A piece of jewellery should be a miniature sculpture – an everyday piece of art you would like to wear not only today, but for the rest of your life.”  On that note, I will leave you and come back to show you more stunning photos from our shoot! I am so grateful for having such a magnificent team behind me!


Elora Pattern Released

Elora COVERThe English pattern Elora has now been released after a successful test knit in my Ravelry group. As always I thoroughly enjoy seeing the design knitted in different colors, yarns and with modifications such as a a short collar and button bands. The bolero was gorgeously worn by Alexandria Eissinger with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design and a stunning felted wedding gown by Judith Bech, all captured brilliantly by Eivind Røhne. Elora was first published in Norwegian in Familien Kreativ in March. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A beautiful reversible lace pattern adorns this bolero with a slightly longer scarf collar you can fold and pin as you desire. Garter stitches make up the edges of the bolero and divide the stitch pattern from the stocking stitch sides. Named after the giving of the laurel; the crown of victory hence ideal for this garment made in a wool and cashmere mixture by Mondial. The bolero is worn over the wedding gown “Secret”, designed by Judith Bech.

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

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                   Bust: 85 (92, 99, 106, 116, 126) cm/33.5 (36.25, 39, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                             Waist: 82 (89, 96, 103, 113, 123) cm/32.25 (35, 37.75, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5)”                         Length: 47 (48, 49, 50, 51, 52) cm/18.5 (19, 19.25, 19.75, 20, 20.5)”                                    Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75 (19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”                          Scarf collar width: 14 (14, 14, 20, 20, 20) cm/5.5 (5.5, 5.5, 7.75, 7.75, 7.75)”                              Scarf collar width is in addition to bust width so that it can hang loose as a scarf.

Yarn: Mondial, Gold (80% wool, 20% cashmere, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds). Sample is knitted in Cream 426: 7 (8, 8, 10, 10, 11) skeins; 1136 (1232, 1328, 1584, 1727, 1871) m/1242 (1347, 1452, 1732, 1889, 2046) yds.

Yarn alternatives: Rowan, Super Fine Merino 4ply (100% wool, 50 g, 165 m/181 yds)                                           Madeline Tosh, Tosh Sock (100% merino, 100 g, 361 m/395 yds)                           Handmaiden Fine Yarn, Casbah Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 115 g, 325 m/355 yds)                                                            String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn, Caper Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 113 g, 366 m/400 yds)             Fyberspates, Scrumptious 4ply/sport (55% merino, 45% silk, 100 g, 365 m/399 yds)

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″ and 40 cm/16″). 3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs for sleeves.

Gauge: 24 sts and 40 rows in garter stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. 29-sts in Obstacles pattern; 2 pattern reps measures 12 cm/4.75″ across. 32-rows in Obstacles pattern; 2 pattern reps measures 9 cm/3.5″ down. 26 sts and 34 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: The body of the bolero is worked in pieces from the bottom up, and is sewn together, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The bolero is slightly tapered. The collar width is in additon to the front and bust circumference so that it can be folded and pinned as desired. It is knitted in two parts that are joined and then attached around the neck, with extra length to hang loose.


Hertha Pattern Released

Hertha COVERFinally, I have been able to release the last of the English patterns brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter last Spring. Gorgeous model Anne Dorthe/Team Models is wearing the Hertha shawl with loose sleeves together with a stunning fringe skirt by Judith Bech and jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Her hair and Make up is done by Sissel Fylling. Hertha has been successfully test knitted in my Ravelry group. The pattern was first published in Norwegian in Familien Strikk last August.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, knitted in the divine Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace held double.

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

Finished Measurements:

Shawl: Length: 110 (119, 128) cm/43.25 (46.75, 50.5)”. Width excl collar: 33 (37, 41) cm/13 (14.5, 16.25)”. Width incl widest collar: 51 (55, 59) cm/20 (21.75, 23.25)”

Loose sleeves: Cuff width: 25 (29, 33) cm/9.75 (11.5, 13)”. Width at bottom: 22 (26, 30) cm/8.75 (10.25, 11.75)”. Width at top: 32 (36, 40) cm/12.5 (14.25, 15.75)”. Sleeve length incl cuff: 50 cm/19.75″

Yarn: Jaggerspun, Zephyr Lace 2/18 (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 100 g,  1024 m/1120 yds). Sample is knitted in Mulberry. 2 (2, 2) skeins; 1563 (1624, 1685) m/1709 (1776, 1843) yds. Loose Sleeves: 2 (2, 2) skeins; 1036 (1199, 1362) m/1133 (1311, 1489) yds.

Note: Yarn is held double throughout.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needles (80 cm/32″) for shawl and loose sleeves. 2 sets of 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles (80 cm/32″) for hem and tucks. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 1 m/1 yrd thin elastic cord (1.5 mm/0.059″) for loose sleeves, 2 stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 25 sts and 36 rows in st st using double yarn and 3.5 mm/US 4 needles measures 10 cm/4″ square. 25 sts and 40 rows in garter st using double yarn and 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square. 24 sts and 40 rows in Shadow Triangles using double yarn and 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: The 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.