At last I am ready to show you some of the brilliant photos that Eivind Røhne took of model Emmalin Williams, with make-up & hair by Hina Suleman and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing the Irina Pullover at Galleri Würth, just outside of Oslo in June. Continue reading
Strikke 2016 at Hadeland Glassverk ended 30. October and the 5 garments I exhibited have been returned to me. Among them the pullover Shalana, knitted in the beautiful colour Avocado in Rowan Felted Tweed DK. Even the test knit has finished so I have released the English pattern on both Ravelry and on Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern was published in Familien Strikk 2016 in August, and is still available to order from them. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at Villa Malla in early June.
SHALANA Sand Cables that travel from the center towards each shoulder dominate this fitted sweater with a rounded boat neck. The center panel of double seed stitch is framed and increases in size with the cable move. On the long sleeves the cables dominate. Named after the most powerful spirit Shalana.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Finished measurements: Bust: 88 (94, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Waist: 78 (84, 90, 96, 106, 116) cm/30.75 (33, 35.5, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75)” Hip: 88 (94, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Length: 60 (61, 62, 63, 64, 65) cm/23.5 (24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5)” Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% merino wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Rayon, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds). Sample is knitted in Avocado 161: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins; 1172 (1312, 1452, 1592, 1767, 1942) m/1282 (1435, 1588, 1741, 1932, 2124) yds.
Alternative yarns: The Fiber Company, Acadia (60% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Alpaca, 50 g, 133 m/145 yds). http://www.thefibreco.com/acadia.html Or another lightweight DK/8 ply or Sportsweight yarn.
Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″ and 60 cm/28″). Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, waste yarn and yarn needle.
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 24 sts and 32 rows in Double Seed st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 18-st Sand Cables measures 7 cm/2.75″ across.
Notes: All parts are worked flat. The sand cables move from their center position on the body towards the shoulder by increasing into center Double Seed st panel and decreasing into st st at the side. The neckband is an I-cord bind off, which is grafted together at the end.
Stunning model Pia Cecilie/Team Models, with hair & make up by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen, is wearing vintage styled clothing by Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik of Makeløs/Remarkable, Bettina ankle boots by Monica Stålvang, and my Icelandic Jacket, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Bjørnulfgården in Fredrikstad. The pattern was first published in Norwegian in our Jugend Love series in Made by Me in the autumn of 2014. The English pattern has been test knitted and is now available in my Ravelry Store. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Inspired by Iceland’s wild nature, I have designed an a-line jacket with a cable spine panel in fine tweed on the back, framed by stockinette stitch in a lush silk yarn mixture with tucks in a matching tweed on the cuffs. To show off the cable panel on the front, I made it into a cowl.
Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL) Cowl: One size
Finished Measurements: Bust: 90 (96, 104, 114, 124) cm/35.5 (37.75, 41, 45, 48.75)” Hip: 110 (116, 124, 134, 144) cm/43.25 (45.75, 48.75, 52.75, 56.75)” Length: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25)” Sleeve length excluding cuff: 45 (45, 46, 46, 47) cm/17.75 (17.75, 18, 18, 18.5)” Cuff length: 8 cm/3.25″ Cowl: Width: 15 cm/6″ Length: 102 cm/40.25″
Yarns: Col 1: Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18 in Juniper (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 4608 m/5040 yds, 454 g/1lb): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) cone or 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) spools of 100 g; 1015 (1074, 1136, 1257, 1359) m/1110 (1175, 1375, 1486) yds. http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.php Col 2: Rowan Yarns, Felted Tweed DK in Watery 152 (50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball; 70 (90, 110, 130, 150) m/77 (98, 120, 142, 164) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/felted-tweed-dk Col 3: Rowan Yarns, Rowan Fine Tweed in Wensley 371 (100% wool, 90 m/98 yds, 25 g): 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) balls; 250 (260, 270, 280, 290) m/273 (284, 295, 306, 317) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/rowan-fine-tweed Cowl: Col 3: 4 balls; 342 m/374 yds.
Alternative yarns: Col 1: Garnstudio, Drops Lace (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 100 g, 800 m/875 yds) http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/yarn.php?id=100 Col 2: Rauma, Puno Petit Alpakka (56% alpaca, 10% merino, 34% polyamide, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds) http://www.raumaull.no/produkter/garn/alpakka/puno-petit-alpakka Col 3: Pickles, Merino Tweed (100% wool, 100 g, 380 m/415 yds) http://shop.pickles.no/en/products/yarn/pickles-merino-tweed/
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″) 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (60 cm/24″) 2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″) Adjust needle to match gauge.
Notions: 3 buttons (17 mm/28L, 0.70″) and 3 sets of snap fasteners to attach on the back. Special ordered buttons on sample are made by Siri Berrefjord, see http://epla.no/shops/sirisskattkammer/ 8 Stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holders and yarn needle.
Gauge: 30 sts and 32 rnds using Col 1 in st st after blocking measures 10 cm/4″. 25 sts and 16 rows; 1 cable pattern using Col 3 measures 6 cm/2.25″. 20 sts and 30 rnds using Col 2 in st st measures 10 cm/4″.
Notes: The body is knitted in three panels; Left Panel, Right Panel and Spine Panel. Each side panel is sewn to the Spine Panel and has an interfacing front band which is knitted simultaneously and then folded back. The bottom hem on the side panels is knitted into place. The sleeves with their tuck cuffs are knitted in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. The cowl is identical to the Spine Panel, just longer and joined at the short ends.
My design began with a photo of the bare wild nature at Iceland, on the digital magazine Twist Collective‘s mood board, last spring for their Winter 2013 issue. I began with Rowan Felted Tweed Dk in Watery – a color, reminiscent of the lagoons, that I have admired for a long time but not used – and discovered that to create a contrast it worked well with Rowan Fine Tweed in Wensley, a darker teal moving towards bottle green. For the main yarn I wanted something luscious with a bit of silk, and did not have to look for long until I discovered that Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace has a divine teal color called Juniper, available online at Handweavers Studio. I began thinking about sleeves, and decided I wanted repeated tucks to adorn the hands in Felted Tweed, then a reverse stockinette stitch band in Rowan Fine Tweed, and then plain stockinette stitch in Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace.
I love reversible cables and needed to break up all the stockinette stitches so a cowl in Rowan Fine Tweed would hold it all together. I planned to work the shrug in two parts from each sleeve, and graft them together. My Icelandic Shrug was submitted but rejected. After a long period of rejection, this time from me, I was ready to continue, and realized I wanted an A-line jacket. I am not a big fan of stockinette stitch since I find it tedious to knit, and thought I could use the cowl cable pattern as a back panel. My Icelandic Jacket, had found its soul, and was born. In addition to the cowl it needed a focus on the front; the solution was bespoke jewelry buttons by Siri Berrefjord see Siris’ Skattkammer/Treasure Trove. The pattern will be published in Norwegian in Made By Me on Monday, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my group on Ravelry in October before it is released in my Ravelry Store.
Both the jacket and the cowl is knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5, and the body is knitted in three panels; Left Panel, Right Panel and Spine Panel. Each side panel is sewn to the Spine Panel and has an interfacing front band which is knitted simultaneously and then folded back. The bottom hem on the side panels is knitted into place. The sleeves with their tuck cuffs are knitted in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. The cowl is identical to the Spine Panel, just longer and joined at the short ends. I made the jacket in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL) and the cowl just in one size.
I ordered 3 bespoke buttons from Siri, who suggested sewing snap fasteners on the back. Unfortunately due to slow mail, only 1 button made it for the photo shoot in Fredrikstad in June but it was sufficient to show it off. Here are the button details and do look at Siri’s photos of my swatches in a previous blog post: 3 buttons (17 mm/28L, 0.70″) and 3 sets of snap fasteners to attach on the back. Special ordered buttons on sample are made by Siri Berrefjord, email@example.com see Siris’ Skattkammer/Treasure Trove, and buttons-by-siri-berrefjord.
The cowl looks beautiful also wrapped twice around the neck, or adjusted with a shawl pin into a belt as Remarkable Stylist Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik (see facebook.com/Makeløs Kristin E Halkjelsvik) demonstrated to me on the evening before the photoshoot. She has taught me how to wear unheard of textiles such as tablecloths as skirts, and I have taught her how to structure a photo shoot. During our lunch meetings we also found out that Monica Stålvang has the perfect bottle green wedge boots to match, called Bettina with a stunning stiletto look from behind, see shop.monica-stalvang.com/product/bettina-green . Below is a photo from the photo shoot in Fredrikstad, which was such a fun day with photographer Eivind Røhne (see beyondtheice), make-up & hair stylist Janne Skarpeid Hermansen, model Pia Cecilie/ Team Models and editor Mary-Ann Astrup. Not present in the photo is stylist Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik who had started packing her suitcases of treasures.