I am delighted to show you these stunning photos taken by Estonian knitter Siret of her daughter Annika wearing my design Gocce. Siret test knitted the cardigan in Malabrigo Susurro in the divine Teal Feather shade using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles and only used a bit over 3 skeins of 100 grams. On her project page on Ravelry you can read: “We went to take pictures on Harilaid Peninsula on the northwest coast of the island of Saaremaa in Estonia. It was raining heavily. We waited in the car until the rain stopped and used the moment to take a pictures before the next heavy rainfall. While taking the last pictures, my daughter gave up her boots and enjoyed nature”.
Let me show you a wonderful picture of Annika in the rain in the sea. Pure joy, in other words! Siret made size medium and comments on her project page: “My first Linda design, not covered with cables. The lace pattern is not complicated, but requires attention on both rows. Gocce is a very nice cardigan for the cooler summer weather. This is a fast knitting, despite the fact that it took me more time than usual to knit. But I really enjoyed knitting!”
I am very happy to hear it, Siret! Thank you! Here you see the front of the cardigan as well as the change of weather.
The back with three central lace panels, while the sleeve and the fronts have one each. All parts have garter stitch edging at the bottom and in the sides to mark the seam. The button band is also knitted in garter stitch. The cardigan comes in sizes XS to 2XL.
Finally, I wanted to share a photo that shows the full outfit. Thank you for these amazing photos, Siret and Annika! You can find Siret as kollane on Ravelry and as siretsini on Instagram, if you want to check out more of her projects and photos.
Here is my introduction to the Gocce pattern which includes a cowl: The poetic introduction to Shibui Knits’ Rain, a stunning chainette cotton yarn, inspired the name choice of this fitted summery lace cardigan. ”Fleeting drops fall…” not unlike the lace pattern on this jacket. Gocce is Italian for drops and selected to give this v-neck cardigan the sophistication it deserves. The jacket is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and seamed. A cowl crowns the cardigan and can be worn loose or twice around your neck.
The pattern is available in English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.
Estonian test knitter Siret took these gorgeous photos of her daughter wearing Devona, knitted in the original Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje pelsullgarn/pelt wool yarn in 2118 Olivengrønn. On her Ravelry project page Siret, aka kollane, writes: “Sølje yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk was once again an excellent choice for knitting and I was not disappointed”. This is actually the first vest that Siret has knitted; “Devona is an amazing vest with two different patterns that divide it into two exciting knitting parts. The Honeycomb pattern is a little time consuming but definitely worth it”. Siret lives with her family at Saaremaa, the largest island in Estonia, in the Baltic Sea. She and her model daughter …”chose an old forge as the backdrop for shooting, because the vest reminds me of old times when the vest was worn much often”.
Siret made the vest for herself in size Medium with a bust measurement of 98 cm/38.5″. The only modification she made was work “5 sets of short rows on both pieces – I finished Honeycomb pattern and wraped and turned after two sts”. I have included an advice on short rows in the pattern. You can also find Siret on Instagram as siretsini, where you can see more of her stunning projects and photos! Thank you ever so much for test knitting and these amazing photos, Siret & daughter!
Named after the Goddess of the Rivers of Devon is this vest with textures running into each other at the center. One half is in a twisted rib while the other is honeycomb, divided by a spine of rib. The vest ends in garter stitch bands topped with a soft I-cord bind off. Devona is knitted in the bouncy Sølje Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle over 10 cm/4″ square.
The vest or sleeveless sweater or shell if you like, comes in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust measurement of 86 to 125 cm/33.75 to 49.25″. You can order a yarn kit with the pattern in English or Norwegian from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian and English pattern are both available from my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.
I was thrilled to see the amazing photos Siret took of her daughter wearing Corra, “… at the end of the world – at the Panga cliff. Panga cliff is the highest bedrock outcrop in western Estonia and its islands. Its maximum height is 21.3 metres and it runs for about 2.5 km. Panga cliff is situated right on the coast, cropping up like a ‘wall’, and its highest point used to be an ancient ritual site where people were sacrificed to the sea. We made photos in the lower part of cliff”. Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, writes about her yarn choice on her project page: “Tinde yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is from Norway. Pure wool yarn, slightly rough at the beginning, but after washing, wonderful! Great for twisting cables. I recommend warmly trying to knit it.test knitted size large with smaller needles to achieve a size medium”.
“Another cable-rich pullover created by Linda Marveng, which needs to be knit, especially if you’re an addict to cables. Corra pullover is richly covered with sophisticated cables. Sleeves are more modest in terms of cables, only two simple cable lines. The Corra pullover has a slightly fitted waist. What a great way to train memory and hand skill by twisting cables!”. Thank you so much for test knitting Corra and taking these amazing photos, Siret!
The design was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. The pullover is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle and with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The Corra pattern is available in English and Norwegian in my Ravelry store and on Loveknitting.
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.
I wanted to share this gorgeous version of Irpa knitted by Siret in Brooklyn Tweed Loft. Siret test knitted the jacket for me in size medium, and made it for her daughter, who wears the jacket in these photos. The Brooklyn Tweed Loft is finer than the original yarn Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Tinde, and Siret had a 23 stitch gauge instead of a 21 stitch gauge. The photographs are taken in the largest bog of Saaremaa (Estonian island in the Baltic Sea) – Koigi bog. “The bog is an important place of nesting and passing through for birds”, writes Siret on her project page.
“My daughter wanted a warm and big cardigan. It should be yellow! And Linda Marveng’s Irpa was the right one. Irpa is gorgeous cabled cardigan with v-neck. Linda designed Irpa to be oversized. She used an amazing Pine cable pattern which cover the center of the back. One pattern repeat is on the front panel and sleeves. Another wonderful knit from Linda Marveng!” You can find Siret as kollane on Ravelry and as siretsini on Instagram.
“Only 18 grams of yarn remained of the 8 skeins because my gauge was not the same as in pattern.” Siret had to adjust the needle size down to 2.75 mm/US 2 and 3 mm/US 2.5 to match the yarn thickness. I am so thrilled that she test knitted this for me, and took all these wonderful photos using her mobile phone. Thank you so much, Siret!
The pattern, in both English and Norwegian, is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. My introduction to it is: Irpa is Norse for dark brown and suited this long oversized cardigan with a v-neck and a slight shaping for waist. Pine cable cover the center back, while only one pattern repeat adorns the fronts and sleeve. A wide rib makes this casual jacket a perfect extra layer to the Sigyn dress.
I was so thrilled when Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, chose to use Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde in the gorgeous Blue Turquoise shade for her test knit version of my Sirona. Siret wanted to test the yarn since it is one that I use a lot in my designs. However, the Sirona sample was made in The Fibre Co. Cumbria, another brilliant yarn and favourite of mine. Siret made size large, so it would be a bit oversized and her daughter (a size small) would accept modelling in it. As you can see it suits her so well! The only modification she made was unintentially making it longer as Siret measured from the beginning of the pattern instead of the cast-on edge. These photos of her daughter are taken with an iPhone, close to her home in Estonia, on an island called Saaremaa. Thank you so much, Siret for test knitting and for taking these beautiful photos!
The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.
Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust/hip circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″ and a waist circumference of 76 to 116 cm/30 to 41.75″. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern has been published in the special magazine Familien Høststrikk, on sale now.
Siret took part in the test knit of Ena and chose to make it in another yarn from The Fibre Co. than the one I used in the sample; Cumbria Fingering as opposed to Acadia. She made size Medium and shortened it with 9 cm/3.5″. Here are some of the stunning photos Siret took of her daughter with an iPhone, close to her home in Estonia, on an island called Saaremaa. Siret told me that the beach is in the city of Kuressaare and has been given a funny name among locals “Titerand” which means “the beach for the babies”. Regardless of its name it is such a perfect backdrop for the taupe coloured cardigan. Siret has knitted it in the shade Eden Valley #11.
This is what Siret writes on her ravelry project page: “Ena is wonderful cabled cardigan! I love these little cables. I was afraid of sewing sleeves. But Linda has designed sleeves that fits perfectly and there’s no worries at all. Eden Valley color is green-blue. Hard to catch on photo”. You can read more on her project page, you will find her as kollane on Ravelry and Siretsini on Instagram.
Siret reveals on her profile page on Ravelry that: “My grandmother taught me to knit when I was four. I love to knit mostly cardigans and pullovers, socks and shawls. At summers I love to crochet. I have been in Raverly for a long time but I started posting my works here from June 2017.”
I love how young and cool the cardigan appears, thanks to her daughter! This was the first of my designs that Siret knit and I do hope it will not be her last. Thank you so much, Siret!
The test knit is finished and I have released the Ena pattern in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in the magazine Familien at a later date. Here is my introduction to it: Ena is Celtic for fiery. As you need to be passionate about cables to make this jacket. The woven cables lean towards the left and the right hence the spine has been accentuated with a twisted stitch at the center back and along front opening. Ribbing in the sides make the jacket appear casually fitted. The collar in rib can be worn open or closed and folded over. Ena is knitted in the rustic Acadia with silk noil from The Fibre Company.