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. http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.phpShawl: 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.


Imra Pattern Released

Imra COVERThe long vest, Imra, has been released after a test knit in my group on Ravelry. As always I am curious to see what changes the test knitters do. This time it was a question of length and closure; one chose to make a short version and another added a buttonhole at the top. You can see some of the results on the pattern page. The Norwegian pattern was first published in Familien Strikk last August, and the magazine is still available to order in print or digitally, see klikk.no. Above you see the Vest modeled by the gorgeous Anne Dorthe/Team Models with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, fantastic jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo and brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Here is my intro to the pattern: Poetic cables framed by reverse stockinette stripes and double seed stitch, was my idea for this straight long vest. I named this piece after the Arabic Poet, Imra. A small round neck has the same I-cord treatment as the armhole, front, and bottom edges. Match with a pair of loose sleeves that can also be worn around the waist or one as a neck tie. To achieve popping cables two yarns were combined to make a rich colored tweed yarn. I used the bouncy Hifa Ask and Rowan Fine Tweed.

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

Finished measurements:                                                                                                          Bust: 84 (91, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.75, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                            Length: 81.5 (81.5, 81.5, 84, 84, 84) cm/32 (32, 32, 33, 33, 33)”                                           Loose sleeve: Length: 49.5 cm/19.5″

Yarn: Hifa, Ask (100% wool, 100 g, 315 m/345 yds). Sample is knitted in Corn Yellow 6502. http://www.ull.no/garn/ullgarn/ask-melert                                                               Vest: 3 (3.5, 3.5, 4, 4, 4.5) skeins; 882 (954, 1025, 1120, 1216, 1323) m/965 (1043, 1121, 1225, 1330, 1447) yds.                                                                                                                  Loose Sleeves: 1 (1, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5) skeins; 279 (313, 329, 362, 395, 428) m/305 (342, 360, 396, 432, 468) yds.                                                                                                                  Rowan, Fine Tweed (100% wool, 25 g, 90 m/98 yds). Sample is knitted in Leyburn 383. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/rowan-fine-tweed                                                          Vest: 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) skeins; 882 (954, 1025, 1120, 1216, 1323) m/965 (1043, 1121, 1225, 1330, 1447) yds.                                                                                                                  Loose Sleeves: 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins; 279 (313, 329, 362, 395, 428) m/305 (342, 360, 396, 432, 468) yds.                                                                                                                        Note: Yarns are held together throughout.

Alternative yarn for Hifa, Ask: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds). http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-220Sport.asp                                                   Madeline Tosh, Pashmina (75% superwash merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 100 g, 329 m/360 yds). http://madelinetosh.com/pashmina/                                                  Alternative yarn for both: Brooklyn Tweed, Shelter (100% wool, 50 g, 128 m/140 yds). http://www.brooklyntweed.com/shop/shelter/                                                                Berroco, Blackstone Tweed (65% wool, 25% mohair, 10% angora, 50 g, 119 m/130 yds) http://www.berroco.com/yarns/blackstone-tweed                                                                     BC Garn, Loch Lomond (100% wool, 50 g, 155 m/169 yds)                http://garn.dk/en/wool/loch-lomond/

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″ and 40 cm/16″). 4 mm/US 6 DNPs for I-cord cast-on. Adjust needle size as neede to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows in st st and Double Seed st measures 10 cm/4″ square, blocked. 1 cable measures 8 cm/3.25″ across, blocked. 1 cable repeat measures 21.5 cm/7.5″ blocked. 28 rows in Cable measures 10 cm/4″ blocked.

Notes: The vest is worked in rows in one piece to the armhole where it is separated. Each front has a 3-sts I-cord edge that is worked at the same time as the vest. Both the narrow neckline and the armhole band has an I-cord bind off but the armhole band is worked in the round with a Double Seed stitch band. If you prefer a smaller armhole band continue working decreases. To achieve a looser bottom band, use a provisional cast-on method, and then make an I-cord bind off instead.


New Design: Saqqara

XT1A5332Named after the step pyramid in Egypt, I have created my own Saqqara. A stunning reversable lace pattern with triangular shapes, adorn the rectangular shawl with a shawl collar and the matching loose sleeves. Like jewelry the tucks frame the hands on the loose sleeves and divide the patterns on the shawl. By combining a beautiful pure combed wool called Huldra from Hillesvåg with the luscious Dreamline Soul from Du Store Alpakka, I found my rich yarn shade and texture. Use the shawl with a shawl collar around your neck, shoulders, bust or upside down, just as you prefer, with or without the loose sleeves. Yes, it is not the first set consisting of a shawl with a shawl collar and loose sleeves, I have designed. This time I added a tuck on the wrong side of the shawl as well, making sure it looks equally divine on both sides. Another reason why I wanted to make one more was that I was certain it would look divine over one of Judith Bech’s wedding gowns. I will self publish the Norwegian pattern on Ravelry in February, while I will have the English pattern test knitted in my group this fall before its release.

XT1A5356Both the shawl and the loose sleeves come in 3 different sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL). I have graded the width and length of the shawl but kept one length on the loose sleeves which easily can be adjusted. The set is knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stocking stitch with 1 strand of each yarn. The yarn was kindly sponsored by both Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and Du Store Alpakka.

XT1A5347The loose sleeves have elastic inserted into the top hem to keep them in place. They are knitted in the round, unlike the shawl, with 2 circular needles held parallel to make the hem and tucks. The collar on the shawl is shaped by short rows, and ends in an i-cord bind off. One tuck divides the patterns before the collar on the shawl and a second one is worked on the wrong side to emphasize the reversible shawl. Wear the shawl which way you like best or wear them all, as I do. The set looked ravishing on top of Judith Bech’s Swan Lake wedding dress. Hair and make up artist Sissel Fylling pulled the shawl collar up so it stood and regally supported Alexandria’s neck. Soon I will reveal the professional photos so different from these of me taken by my husband in a rush before the photoshoot.