Skyla Knitted by Siret

I have been looking forward to sharing these amazing photos that Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing the Skyla design, she test knitted for me, at a stunning location on the island of Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia.

Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, “chose a well-twisted merino yarn Emma, which was hand-dyed in a wonderful Bourgogne tone by the very talented Nathalie Woolissime Yarns. This yarn has excellent stitch definition and the cables look good even when knitted with a darker yarn” according to her project page on Ravelry.

Annika is wearing Skyla in size Small which Siret knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle to achieve the gauge of 25 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

On Siret’s project page on Ravelry she writes how she made the Skyla pullover shorter after she had knitted it according to the pattern: “I knitted all the pieces as in the pattern, but before sewing the sides together, I decided to cut off one pattern repeat. I did this because the length shown in Linda’s pattern was too long for me. I could have knitted the body pieces shorter at first, but I hesitated for a long time to make a final decision. I would also have liked to have a longer version of Skyla”. Well done and I am so happy to hear that! Thank you ever so much for test knitting for me as well as taking these stunning photos, Siret!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, run towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

The English and Norwegian Skyla pattern, in sizes XS to 5XL (82 to 164 cm/32.5 to 64.5″ bust) with a 25 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square gauge,  is available to download from my Ravelry store and from LoveCrafts.


Nemetona Knitted by Siret

 I am so thrilled to be able to share the wonderful photos taken by Siret of her daughter wearing the Nemetona pullover at Mändjala Beach at the island of Saaremaa in Estonia. Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, took part in the test knit of Nemetona and made size Large for herself initially, that is, since her daughter wanted it after their photoshoot. So now it belongs to her daughter. Her pullover is knitted in Rowan Cashmere Tweed in the shade of Granite using a 4 mm/US 6 needle and a 20 stitches and 28 rows gauge per 10 cm/4″ square.

Siret writes on her project page: “Rowan Cashmere Tweed is surprisingly good yarn for knitting cables. For a small and dense cable like the Roman cable, this yarn is too soft – the twists are not so clear. But amazing for the bigger ones.” She also recommend not using it for seaming as it breaks easily. I do love the finished look and how stunning it looks!

I could not resist including this photo too, since all the broken ice is so dramatic and trying to balance a piece of ice on one’s head does look funny. Siret had not planned to take part in the test knit according to her project page: “I thought I was not taking part in the Nemetona pullover test, I wanted to finish my Prescott before the new project, but …
But how can you resist the possibility of putting yourself to the test with such powerful cables, very interesting shorter front and longer back?” I am so grateful she could not resist it!

Finally, I want to share a photo of the back taken at the beach shore! Thank you ever so much for taking part in the test knit, Siret and for taking this stunning photos of your daughter!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Nemetona is Celtic for goddess of all sacred places. Like a magical cable grove is each part of this pullover: Staghorn, Roman; and double cables are framed by Honeycomb pattern. The flowing longer back with its curved hem, creates a stylish contrast to the straight front. Nemetona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

Nemetona is available as a digital download in English, in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, in my Ravelry Store and on Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the Norwegian magazine Familien at a later date.