I am thrilled to show you another new design, I have made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. This is the second of four new designs for them in the Spring 2019 collection, which will be launched in Norwegian at Fagstrikk/Trade Knits trade fair in April, while the English pattern will be test knitted beginning on the 18th March before its release. Corra is knitted in their divine Tinde pelt wool yarn in the blue turquoise colour 2129 – that Siret used for her Sirona – by my expert sample knitter Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram. Here is my introduction to Corra: Named after the Prophecy Goddess is this elaborate cabled pullover with slightly fitted waist. Two large cable panels are divided by a small cable that ends in a Henley neck, framed with an I-cord. Unlike the body the sleeves only have two small cables surrounded by stockinette stitch, so all the focus is on the body. Corra is knitted in pieces and seamed.
The stunning cable pattern is made by Polish designer Dorota Kowalczyk, aka Devorgilla on Ravelry. She also made the cable I used for the popular Prescott Pullover, and has a cable collection that is astonishing. The cable I chose was to wide to have on the sleeves so I chose a small back and front cable instead. I find the Henley neck flattering and decided I wanted a small cable in between the two pattern repeats on body. So that it could end in the v-neck at the front.
I am wearing size Small and photographed on our front terrace by Michael. The pattern is graded from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. In the photo above, I was indicating to Michael how much to include in the photo. He did miss a small bit at either end. But never mind. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The front has 2 pattern repeats before the v-neck part of the Henley neck begins, then 2,5 when the round neck begins, while the back has 3 pattern repeats.
Corra is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 with a 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge. You will find more details on my project page on Ravelry. I have two more designs for Hillesvåg to show you.
I am delighted to show you another new design. 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 neckband with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted. I choose this yarn – which I used for the first time in my Eira Pullover for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2017 – in the colour Yew Tree as part of my payment for the designs I made for The Fibre Company last autumn: Beckside and Dash Falls. Yes, it is an addictive yarn and I have another new design as well in this. So while I was knitting Ogma, sample knitter Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry & Instagram, brilliantly knitted this to my utter satisfaction.
Michael has photographed me at the beach in Ørje on a beautiful but cold spring day, just after the ice had melted from the lake, Rødenessjøen. I am wearing size S, and I have graded the sweater from size XS to 2XL, with a bust & hip measurement of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ and a waist measurement of 78 to 120 cm/30.75 to 47.25″. Vaga is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square in pieces and seamed together. The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted is made of60% Merino wool, 30% masham wool and 10% mohair with 218 meters/238 yards per100 gram skein.The herringbone cable on the center of the body and the swing cables are both found in Norah Gaughan’s inspiring Knitted Cable Sourcebook. The English pattern will be released after test knitting beginning in July in my Ravelry group, while the Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien. But before that, the pullover will be photographed worn by model Emma Ross at our photoshoot on Tuesday 29th of May at Villa Malla.
I loved seeing Airic on Emma Ross, and how stylish she made it look. Make up & Hair Stylist Sissel Fylling made sure her stunning hair looked immaculate and set off the grey background at Bøler Kirke/Church. Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured the moment while Michael was making sure the lights were switched off. The statement silver jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Airic – 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’sLalland Lambswool and is a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist.
Em has changed into sculptural shoes by Camilla Skovgaard and a black tube top for this second sequence of photos taken by the spacious entrance to the church hall. Airic is knitted in the soft Di Gilpin’sLalland Lambswool made of 100% Scottish lambswool and comes in 50 grams balls with 175 meters/191 yards. Airic was knitted by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle and with a 24 stitches & 30 rows in stocking stitch to 10 cm/4″ square gauge.
The cable panel on the lower body is worked sideways, then the upper body is picked up and knitted along the long side of lower body and worked from the bottom and up. The upper body is worked back and forth in one piece with false seams from the pick up on the lower body to the underarm, then the upper fronts and back are worked separately.
Emma is wearing size S, but it will become available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 128 cm/33.75 to 50.5″ with the collar overlapped. In these photos the collar is just folded down. As you might see it has the same silhouette as the Rørbye Cardigan recently published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2017 knitted in Dale Garn Eco Wool. These magnificent rib braids are also found in Norah Gaughan’sKnitted Cable Sourcebook. I chose to add garter stitches to the sides to this one and knitted the last stitch on the Lower Body instead of making an I-cord edge.
Both the Norwegian and the English pattern will be released in April, after the test knitting is finished. It begins 26th February in my Ravelry group. In addition to meeting Di Gilpin in Vienna last year, I also met Emma Boyles of The Little Grey Sheep. So next out among these professional photos is Melva, knitted in British Stein Fine Wool 4ply hand-dyed by Emma herself.
Here is the second of the four designs I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. Aki is an a-line pullover with a cable I discovered in Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Yes, it is the sourcebook, in my opinion. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Round cables, reminiscent of antic coins hence the name Aki; Eskimo for value, adorn this a-line pullover with vents at the bottom. The pullover is crowned with a double collar with cables and garter stitches. The body is worked in two parts, while the sleeves are knitted in the round, all parts with garter stitch in the sides. Aki is knitted in a soft heather pink in the luscious Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
Michael photographed me by the rock next to Rødenessjøen, a short walking distance from our house in Ørje, and we just missed the rain this time. I am pulling the sleeve down, without pulling too much of a face. A reminder why it is so essential for me to have a professional model. It gives me a large number of excellent photos to choose from instead of merely finding a few that are acceptable.
The pullover is beautifully knitted in Sølje by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, at an impressive speed just in time for me to make the collar, just before the professional photoshoot. Sølje is a pelt yarn that comes in 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards and has a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle to 10 cm/4″ square. I am wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. The front and back are worked back and forth, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The rib on the body is not seamed at the bottom to create vents. The double collar is picked up and knitted in the round, allowing the cables to continue. The interfacing part of the collar is knitted in stockinette stitch.
The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 2nd of October and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as more new designs. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!
My collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk that started last autumn continues and I was delighted when they asked me to make four new designs for yarn kits to be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. The result is one shawl, one poncho, one pullover and one jacket, each with character of its own. First out is Wa: A shawl turned into a vest with a back piece, named Wa; Eskimo for ”here it is”. A large Celtic Cable adorns the center with Round cables on each side and small framing cables, on both parts; the shawl and the back piece which is sewn onto main piece at the end. Wear it as a vest, a wrap or a generous shawl around your neck.
I know the wet-look is not best suited to show off knitwear, but what do you do when the rain pours down day out and day in. I am wearing Wa as a vest, photographed by my husband in our front garden in mid May. In these top photos I am just using my hands to hold it close.
Wa is knitted in the luscious Norwegian pelt wool yarn called Tinde Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in the divine shade called Lime 2107. Yes, it is not the first time I have used that colour, it is an addictive shade. I used it in my sweater Mistale. Each 100 gram skein has 260 meters/284 yards and is made of 100% pelt wool. The sample is beautifully knitted by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle due to the number of stitches. Kristin suggested a change to the edges from garter stitch to rib, and it was an improvement. Thank you, Kristin!
Above you see the shawl worn crossed at the front and pinned together using a shawl pin. Yes, our grass did appear close to a shade of lime green for a short while and seemed to grow several centimeters each time we looked at it. I am happy to report that the rain did take a break on our photoshoot day, we were blessed with warm sunshine. And the weather has improved since but is still very unpredictable, like most Norwegian summers are. The pattern is in one size with the shawl measuring: 50 cm/19.75″ wide and 156 cm/61.5″ long, and the back piece measuring 60 cm/23.5″ wide and 40 cm/15.75″ long. You can adjust the width by removing or adding cable repeats and/or adjust the number of side stitches in rib.
Here you see it worn as a generous shawl. If you study this photo closely you can probably also see the rain has started to drip from my hair. So it was a good thing that it was the last of the photos taken at home. The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 4th of September and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger (for a sneak peek check out the funny video photographer Eivind Røhne made on Instagram) as well as more new designs. Stay tuned and keep knitting!