New Design: Nuala

XT1A2870I love this intricate woven lacy stitch pattern by Lynne Barr. I found it so well suited to the cable structured Rowan Softknit Cotton and selected a color which captures summer in an instant; a turquoise called Marina. The stitch pattern is reversible so well suited for a rectangular shawl that can be buttoned into a shrug. If you wear it with a cowl as a collar you have the perfect accompaniment to your favorite summer dress. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in the special issue Familien Småstrikk this autumn, while the English pattern will be published on Ravelry. The photos show me wearing it, they are taken by my husband a few days before the professional photo shoot at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

XT1A2861Both the shawl and the cowl are knitted flat with double seed stitch bands. You can easily adjust the width of the shawl and the circumference of the cowl by removing or adding pattern repeats. The shawl has 8 buttonholes, 4 at each end, and I found some beautiful dyed mother of pearl buttons at Perlehuset in Oslo. I have had knitting and pattern design (making neater buttonholes) help from both Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, and Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry. Thank you both for all your assistance!

XT1A2866The dropped stitch pattern has its own rhythm and it is not as difficult to work as it might appear. Since the stitch pattern has a number of centering stitches, I had to make separate buttonholes and could not use the dropped stitches since they were too far into the shawl itself. Above you see me wearing it with black but the set does look great with white too! I look forward to showing you the fantastic photos Eivind took of model Dorthe wearing this set.


Variations Shawl Pattern Released

Variations E COVERI am ready to release another pattern from my Norwegian knitting book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk“, in English on Ravelry. The shawl was initially named “Sjal med variasjoner”/Shawl with variations, but I have changed the English version to “Variations”.  My book was brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller, stunningly styled by Line Sekkingstad and beautifully worn by Anna Pfeifer. Knitting with silk feels divine on your hands, and so does wearing your finished garment. I chose a tussah silk from Borg, now unfortunately discontinued but can be replaced by Valley Yarns 20/2 Silk (100% silk, 249 g cone, 2240 m/2450 yds) – see, in a light yellow shade so I could accessorize with gold shoes, and a statement necklace. The shawl is knitted using two strands of the lace weight silk held together, in a reversible lace pattern. It can be buttoned up as a shrug, or as a vest, and has an accompanying snood you can use as a collar. The snood is knitted using a single strand in the round to create a contrast to the shawl.

Shawl: S (M, L)                                                                                                                                   Snood: One size

Finished measurements:
Shawl: Width: 37 (42, 53.5) cm/14.5 (16.5, 21)” Length: 150 cm/59″
Snood: Width: 34 cm/13.5″
Length: 120 cm/47.25″

Yarn: Borg Tussah-silke 20/2 (100% tussah silk, 100 g cone, 850 m/930 yds). Sample is knitted in sh 2587 light yellow. The yarn has been discontinued but can be replaced by Valley Yarns, 20/2 Silk (100% silk, 249 g cone, 2240 m/2450 yds).              Shawl: 1 cone; 1050 (1215, 1555) m/1148 (1329, 1700) yds                                                   Snood: 1 cone; 570 m/623 yds                                                                                                         Set: 1 (1, 1) cone: 1620 (1785, 2125) m/1771 (1952, 2324) yds

Alternative yarns: Shleep Yarns, Tussah Silk Lace (100% tussah silk, 100 g, 900 m/984 yds).                                                                                                                                      Dye For Yarn, Silk Fine Lace Yarn (100% mulberry silk, 50 g, 500 m/547 yds).                                                                                                                                        Claudia Handpainted Yarn, Serenity (Silk Lace), (100% silk, 100 g, 1005 m/1100 yds).       Eat Sleep                                                                                                                                  Madeline Tosh, Pure Silk Lace (100% tussah silk, 100g, 914 m/1000 yds).                 Madeline                                                                                                                              Or another 2 ply/lace weight yarn.

Needles: 4mm/US 6 straight needles for shawl. 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″) for snood.

Notions: 10 circular Mother of Pearl 20 mm/0.78″ buttons from Perlehuset, waste yarn, 3 stitch markers and yarn needle.

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows in Twisted Openwork Pattern using yarn held double and 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked.
34 sts and 36 rnds in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4″ square blocked. Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Notes: The shawl is knitted with two strands held together in a reversible twisted openwork pattern, while the snood is knitted with a single strand in stockinette stitch in the round. The snood has a temporary cast-on so that the ends can be easily grafted together. The holes in the lace pattern are used as buttonholes. You can easily adjust the width of the shawl by adding pattern repeats.


Zest Shawl Pattern Released

Zest Shawl & Cowl ENG CoverI know it is not the season for summer shawls made in cotton, but a huge dose of color is necessary at this time of year, hence I am releasing my Zest Shawl in English as a downloadable pattern on Ravelry. Beautifully worn by dancer Francesca Golfetto, brilliantly styled by Line Sekkingstad and stunningly captured by photographer Kim Müller. The Norwegian pattern was published in Familien Strikk at the end of August. The sample is knitted in Rowan Softknit Cotton (92% cotton, 8% polyamide, 50 g, 105 m/115 yds) using a 4.5 mm/US 7 needles, but can easily be worked in a different fiber such as wool as long as it has the same gauge. The dark lime color and the cable structure of Softknit Cotton made it so attractive to make a shawl. Sew on buttons if you want to button it into a shrug, and why not add a gorgeous brooch by Siri Berrefjord. See the play on color on the two different brooches photographed lying on the swatch, by Siri herself. The right side of the swatch is on the cover above, while the wrong side of the swatch is below. You can find more of her jewelry in Siris Skattkammer/Siri’s Treasure Trove. The cowls in two different sizes, make attractive collars.


Sizes: Shawl: One Size. Cowl: Small (Large)

Finished measurements: Shawl: 60 cm/23.5″ wide and 150 cm/59″ long                       Cowl: 44 (88) cm/17.25 (34.75)” wide and 25 (30) cm/9.75 (11.75)” high

Yarn: Rowan Softknit Cotton (92% cotton, 8% polyamide, 50 g, 105 m/115 yds). Sample is knitted in Dark Lime 579, Rowan Softknit Cotton                                                                  Shawl: 9 skeins; 935 m/1023 yds                                                                                            Cowl: 2 (3) skeins; 126 (263) m/138 (288) yds

Needles: 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles (80 cm/32″) or straight needles. Adjust needles to match gauge.

Notions: 8 buttons (21 mm/082″): Two toned colored mother of pearl buttons from Perlehuset for the shawl. Perlehuset

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in garter st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 14 sts and 26 rows in Ridge Lace meaures 10 cm/4″ square.


Makeløs Redesign Fashion Show

_SBB3247I went to a Redesign Fashion Show by Makeløs/Remarkable – yes, it was and she is – stylist Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik organized by Ullensaker Husflidslag/Craft association at Jessheim in February, and I am finally ready to blog about it. Thankfully, jewelry designer and photographer Siri Berrefjord, see Fredenshavn, was there capturing the event and so was Made by Me editor Mary-Ann Astrup. I was not merely attending, but together with designer Kristin Wiola Ødegård and Sidsel Janne Høivik, I contributed with one knitted garment; the Aran Bolero. The intricate cables would go well together with Makeløs’ love of the Jugendstil – or Art Nouveau if you prefer – in my opinion. During the evening she shared her passion for all handicrafts and re-design. It is not essential that you know how to sew, to make an old stunning embroidered tablecloth into a poncho or a skirt, as long as you know how to use a stapler or use safety pins creativly, is Kristin’s motto. Above is a well-known, intricate outfit by Makeløs that has been the window display at the popular bead and buttonshop, Perlehuset/Beading House in Oslo. It is equally astonishing from the front with its lace decorations, belt, embroidery and colorful brooch by Siri, see below. It is the first time I am working with Makeløs, and we have planned further collaborations, I am pleased to announce.

_SBB3248In a crowd with several hundred women, the male model was incredibly popular and stayed in his position for quite awhile, to everyone’s delight. Below is one of Makeløs’ tablecloths, with a cut hole that is covered up with a flower pot when it is used on the table, otherwise worn as a poncho, with a chiffon scarf around the neck together with jeans.

_SBB3174I had no idea how she would style my Aran Bolero, but knew it would be very different from my way. A skin coloured top with a chiffon ruffle at the bottom and with short petticoat for a hot and sexy look. Our two design worlds collide in this match of styling, according to one of my test knitters, and I could not agree more. Makeløs had planned to use a vintage embroidered bell pull as a belt, but did not get as far in time for the catwalk.

_SBB3135_1Another favorite outfit is this colorful embroidered wall hanging Makeløs has used a skirt below. She calls the outfit the “housewife’s comfort”, and has literally written it on the fancy underpants which is clearly visible in the gap of the ends of the wall hanging at the back. You will find a lot more photos at her Facebook page, look for Makeløs, and from her exhibition at Bakketunet.

_SBB3233I love her vision, use of color and Jugendstil inspiration and look forward to our next co-operation…


Button Hunting at Easter

It is Easter, and I am on a button hunt. I do know that it is the not the kind of hunt you are supposed to be on during Easter, but not unusual for me though! Where do I go? My favorite button treasure trove is Perlehuset/The beading house in Grønnegate off Hedgehaugsveien in Oslo – here: perlehuset. It is a tiny shop but do not be fooled the selection is off another world and their warehouse is numerous times the size of the shop – yes, I do know because I have been there. You can read about my exploration of it here: thousands-of-tons-of-buttons-and-beads. Of course I have to check out their latest selection of beads as well while I am there – their latest offerings on Facebook has made me very curious indeed: semi precious stones on a string. No, not for knitting but for making jewelry. Do study their tempting window display below. God Påske is Norwegian for Happy Easter and that is what I wish you all!