It is time to show you another of my designs knitted by skilled Estonian test knitter Siret Sinimäe, aka kollane on Ravelry, the Beyla pullover designed for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Siret knitted the pullover in size Medium using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle with a 18 stitches and 24 rows gauge in stockinette stitch. Beyla is modelled by her daughter Annika. On her project page, Siret writes: “The more complex the cables, the more exciting to knit for those who like the cables. But it doesn’t always have to be that way to get a stylish and beautiful result. Beyla’s simple twisted cables are an ideal project for those who are not yet very confident in knitting cables. And most importantly, Linda’s designs are worth knitting! You can always get a very well-fitting knit for yourself”. I am so honoured, thank you, Siret!
Siret used Rowan Island Blend yarn from her stash in the colorway Jet; “It works beautifully with this pattern. I have used this yarn before for cables and I was sure it would work well for this project as well. My Beyla is pleasantly light and due to the silk content, I can probably wear this sweater even in summer when the weather is cooler”.
Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named Beyla, Norse for little bean, well suited for the shape of the cables on this pullover. All over cables play on the front and back, while only three cables play on the sleeve. The purl stitches in the background make the sweater hug you. Beyla is crowned by a standing collar and knitted in Varde a bouncy pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The cable pattern continues on the collar which is worked in the round with an interfacing part. Siret made the collar a bit narrower to make it stand, as her yarn was softer than the original Varde pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
The last photo I will share is such a detailed one! Thank you so much Siret and Annika! The Beyla pattern is available in English and Norwegian in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″ on Ravelry and soon on Lovecrafts too. Yarnkits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
I am so thrilled to show you another stunning pullover knitted by Estonian test knitter Siret Sinimäe, aka kollane on Ravelry. Yaelle is modelled by her beautiful daughter Annika in the Koigi bog on the island of Saaremaa. Siret made size M and used the Brusca yarn by Retrosaria for the first time. The gauge was spot on – 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square – with a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle. On her project page, Siret writes: “Linda’s new unique design requires a larger amount of yarn than a regular sweater, but Yaelle’s knitting is still not very complicated. The pockets require more attention, but Linda has added a video to the pattern for better understanding.”
Siret did two minor adjustments; reducing the neck opening and shortening the sleeves. Her neck opening was 2 cm/0.75″ wider than the pattern specified so Siret reduced the size of the needle (from a 3.5 mm/US 4 to 3.25 mm/US 3) on half of the collar height.
Take a look at the funky use of colour. Here is Siret’s idea: “I wanted to add some color to dark green. I managed to use this idea for pocket lining and for collar, side panels i-cord bind off. Some colored dots are on the right side of the back. The colors of the Zauberball Crazy yarn were just right to add an autumn reminder to my sweater”.
Siret held the Schoppel-Wolle Crazy yarn double for the contrast colour and used 250 meters/273 yards.
The last photo I will share is such a fun one! Thank you so much Siret and Annika!
The Yaelle pattern is available in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 128 to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5. Yarn kits with the lovely Tinde pelt wool yarn with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while the individual pattern is available in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.
I am so thrilled to show you the stunning Bubala that Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, test knitted for me, here worn by her dear daughter Annika. The photos are taken on a cloudy morning in the Koigi bog trail on the island of Saaremaa, in Estonia. On her project page on Ravelry, Siret writes: “As a Patron of Linda, I have the opportunity to see new designs a little earlier and this Bubala immediately caught my eye. Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Sølje yarn, which I received as a gift from Linda, was perfect for a wonderful V-neck design with bobbles.”
Siret made her Bubala Red in size medium and used the recommended 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The pullover took less than 3 skeins to make with modified short sleeves.
Siret continues on her project page: “I made Bubala with short sleeves. I like to wear a vest designed by Linda Devona which is knitted from the same yarn, and I thought that the red Bubala with short sleeves is definitely worth wearing a lot, because it won’t get hot even when you’re indoors”.
This is such a great photo and shows the fun Annika had modelling this. The last photo I will share with you is a detail of the body, which shows more of Annika’s romantic dress too! Thank you ever so much, Siret and Annika for these magnificent photos!
Named Bubala Yiddish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
Bubala is available, in sizes XS to 5XL, as a yarn kit from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with either an English or a Norwegian pattern. You can buy the individual pattern from Ravelry and soon from LoveCrafts too.
The Milana pattern has been released and I am so thrilled to share some of the wonderful photos that my test knitter Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing size Medium knitted in Woolissime BFL DK. The photos are taken at the Laidunina Lighthouse on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia, close to where they live. Siret, aka kollane, writes on her Ravelry project page: “The lighthouse was built in 1907, but since 1924 the latern was removed and it is no longer used as a lighthouse”.
Siret knitted Milana using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle to match the 21 stitch gauge in the pattern. About the choice of yarn and colour she writes: “This hand-dyed BFL DK yarn has a very good twist and is ideal for knitting cables. My “green” soul was pleased with this wonderful shade of Sous-bois.”
In her project notes on Ravelry, Siret writes: “Beautiful cable pattern by Linda, for which I wanted to use BFL DK yarn dyed by Nathalie @woolissime. I like the v-movement of the cables and of course this high twisted rib gives the sweater extra points.” I am so happy to hear it, Siret! Thank you so much and also to Annika for her brilliant modelling!
Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.
Here is yet another stunning photo showing the other side of the back. As you can see from these photos, the pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. While the matching cowl, that Siret did not have enough yarn to make, is worked in the round with an I-cord bind off at each end. I look forward to showing you more versions of the Milana sweater.
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.
I wanted to share these brilliant photos that Siret – aka kollane on Ravelry and siretsini on Instagram – took of her beautiful daughter Annika wearing Epona, which she test knitted for me back in October last year. Siret knitted the cabled pullover in size Medium in Tinde pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and writes on her Ravelry project page: “Unlike the sample, I use Tinde yarn, which is a thicker yarn than Sølje. Lys Rødlig Beige is the name of my Tinde tone – It is not gray or quite beige, but has a pinkish undertone.”
Siret’s collar is 5 cm instead of 9 cm as specified in pattern and writes: “I knit the inside of the collar with a softer yarn to prevent Tinde yarn from tickling the neck – Chester Wool Company Tibetan 4ply with merino, silk and Yak.”
Here is my introduction to the Epona pattern: Graceful cables run along the center of this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. A sweater perfect for riding or worn together with a skirt, it is crowned by a high collar with interfacing to make it stand up. Epona is Celtic for the Goddess of horses and knitted in Sølje Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in a deep bottlegreen shade.
Siret writes on her project page: “The Epona is a beautiful pullover with a high standing neckline and slightly different cables in the center panel. The high rib makes the waist narrower and feminine. The center panel cable is unique and not difficult to knit at all.”
Siret and Annika had their photoshoot at the Üügu-bluff on the island Muhu, next to the island Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia. Thank you so much for fantastic test knitting and photography, Siret!
The English and Norwegian Epona pattern, in sizes XS to 2XL (84 to 124 cm/33 to 49″ bust) with a 24 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. Yarn kits are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.