Sirona Knitted by Sarah

I wanted to share this stunning version of Sirona knitted by Sarah, aka sarahthecomposer on Ravelry, in size Small using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted in Wild Thyme. On her project page, she writes: “I adore this sweater so much. I understand why it’s named after a Celtic goddess because when you put it on, you will feel like one.”. I am ever so chuffed to hear it! Thank you so much, Sarah! Continue reading

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Sirona Knitted by Briana Thompson

Let me introduce you to Briana Thompson from the US, who has knitted this wonderful version of Sirona in Tinde in Green 2126 from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in size Medium. On her project page for “My Emerald Isle” on Ravelry she writes: “Yarn color is insanely gorgeous! Must be the prettiest green I’ve ever seen. It’s luminous!”. Briana also designs and you can find her gorgeous mittens for sale on Ravelry. Briana draws a sheep cartoon “Woolen Spun” about knitting on Instagram. Do join her for a laugh @brianajthompson. Continue reading

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Sirona Knitted by Melissa Wehrle

I am so thrilled to show you the gorgeous Sirona pullover that Melissa Wehrle has knitted in Foxhill Farm Cormo DK. Melissa is not one of my test knitters but a knitwear designer better known as neoknits on Ravelry and Instagram. I instantly recognised her name from the Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Collections. She graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2002 with a BFA in Fashion Design. Currently, Melissa is a Sweater Tech for a manufacturer in New York City.

Melissa worked size L and explains why on her Sirona project page: “The yarn chosen is a little bit lighter than what the pattern calls for. I’ve worked around it by casting on for the size L, once all said and done, it will probably measure to about the size M”. Foxhill Farm Cormo DK is made of 100% wool and each 100 gram skein has 282 meters/308 yards. Melissa used 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6 needles as the pattern suggests. The gauge, in the pattern, is 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4” square. The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5, in English on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.

Here is another beautiful photo, this time of the sweater in progress. Melissa writes on her project page: “Really loving the cables. The center main cable is tough to memorize, but the more twists the better!” Thank you ever so much for making such a stunning version of my design Sirona, Melissa!

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Sirona Knitted by Siret

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.

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Sirona Pattern Published

I am thrilled to let you know that I have released the English version of my pattern Sirona after a completed test knit. I would like to thank my amazing test knitter for correcting and improving the pattern. You can see a number of their wonderful versions on Ravelry. Barbara Khouri made the schematic and tech edited the pattern for me. I am very grateful to designer Norah Gaughan – whom I met at Strik Bornholm in 2014 – for her assistance in finding a new technical editor. Now, we share the same technical editor, I am proud to say. In the photo above is the gorgeous Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla in late May. The English pattern is available at Ravelry and Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern is printed in the special magazine Familien Høststrikk, on sale now.

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.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:
Bust/hip: 86 (92, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/33.75 (36.25, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Waist: 76 (82, 90, 96, 106, 116) cm/30 (32.25, 35.5, 37.75, 41.75)”
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65, 66) cm/24 (24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26)“
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)”

Yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria Worsted (60% Merino Wool, 30% Brown Masham Wool, 10% Mohair, 100 g, 218 m/238 yds). Sample is knitted in St. Bees Beach:
5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins: 1026 (1112, 1226, 1312, 1454, 1596) m/1122 (1216, 1341, 1435, 1590, 1745) yds.
https://www.thefibreco.com/product/cumbria/

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 straight needles for rib.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (40 cm/16”) for neckband.
4 mm/US 6 straight needles.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4” square.
20 sts and 28 rows in Double seed st using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4” square.
28-sts cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 11 cm/4.25” wide.
8-sts cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 3.5 cm/1.5” wide.
4-sts Right/Left small cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 2 cm/0.75” wide.

Notes: 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.

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Familien Høststrikk/Autum Knits September 2018

The demand for knitting patterns in magazines in Norway is increasing even further, hence Familien has made yet another new special issue called “Høststrikk”/Autumn Knit. The magazine has a total of 124 pages and I am so lucky to have 4 of my patterns in it: Sirona, Vaga, Free Falling Pullover and Airic. My patterns and a presentation of me fills 8 pages at the front of the magazine, while all the patterns are at the back. The beautiful Emma Ross is at the bottom of the cover, wearing Sirona, with “fletter”/cables written across it. Thank you so much, Familien!

On the first of my pages, there is also a presentation of me, including my Norwegian book cover, my Tyrol Jacket swatch (used a few years back for an article on design) and Kaja Gjedebo Design’s (kgd) gorgeous Abelia Ring I borrowed for the photoshoot. I do love the introduction: “Linda Marveng’s designs are like pieces of art with their beautiful cables. They are not suited for beginners, but if you have knitted for a while you will soon discover how fun they are to knit”. The dress is not my design: “The fantastic dress is by Carey Xu and probably too special for most of us to wear, but you should try Linda Marveng’s cable sweaters.”

Photographer Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured all these photos of Em. The Free Falling Pullover, first published in English in Interweave Knits Fall 2017 fills the next page, again worn by Em. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL and knitted in Sugar Bush Yarns, Crisp using 4 mm/US 6. The Free Falling Pullover showcases unique and wandering cables, feminine shaping, and casual appeal. This fitted pullover has two traveling central cables that are divided by seed stitch and framed by stockinette stitch on the sides. The boatneck is modified by the short-row shaping on the shoulder and ends in an I-cord bind-off. The pattern is available in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting.

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 using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

The pullover, in sizes XS to 2XL, 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.

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 neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

At the top of the page are the sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), the yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria, the needles: 4 mm/US 6. Then follows the introduction see above. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neck band is worked in the round, folded and seamed to the wrong side.

The Airic jacket covers the last 2 pages. These photos of Em were taken by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church last autumn, unlike the other ones which are from Villa Malla at the end of May. Airic is also available in sizes XS to 2XL. The introduction reads: 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, Lalland a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist.

This is the last of my pages. The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Favoritt18” in addition to your name & address and send to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see www.klikk.no. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing kari.bachke@egmont.com and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The Airic pattern in English is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. If you are a retailer you can also find the printed pattern with download codes on Deep South Fibers.

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Sirona

Sirona, was another pullover that looked magnificent on Emma Ross at Villa Malla in late May. Photographer Eivind Røhne made sure we did not have any women in bikinis’ in the background and captured all these brilliant shots. Yes, I did struggle to minimise the number of chosen photographs. Sissel Fylling made sure Em’s hair & makeup was up to scratch and suggested a number of poses to Em. The statement jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design and the boots are by Monica Stålvang. Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and 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.

I knitted this sample in the St. Bees Beach colourway of The Fibre Co. Cumbria using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The yarn is made of 60% Merino wool, 30% Brown Masham wool, 10% Mohair, with 218 meters/238 yards on each 100 gram skein.

Yes, Cumbria has become one of my staple yarns. This is the third pullover I have designed in this yarn. Vaga was the previous one and the first one was Eira Pullover made for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2017. Eira Pullover has been returned from Interweave to me and will be photographed again in my next photoshoot.

Sirona 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. Em is wearing size S, but I have graded the pullover from sizes XS to 2XL with a bust & hip circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. Waist circumference from 76 to 116 cm/30 to 41.75″.

The Norwegian pattern will be published in a special magazine by Familien released in August, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning 6th of August before its release.

I did wonder whether I should use the brown ski pants or the navy blue silk trousers together with Sirona, but opted for the silk trousers in the end since it is a fitted pullover. Next in this series from the photoshoot is the vest Var made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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New Design: Sirona

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and 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 Worsted. Yes, this is the third cabled pullover I have designed in this yarn, and I do have even more of this yarn. I believe it is called an addiction. The yarn is made of 60% merino wool, 30% brown masham wool, 10% mohair and has 218 meters/238 yards on each 100 gram skein. It feels luxurious to knit with and to wear. Using a 4 mm/US 6 needle, I found my gauge at 20 stitches and 28 rows in stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square.The central cable is one I found on Pinterest and liked the look of and enjoyed knitting using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The rib is worked using a 3.5 mm/US 2.5 needle to make it a bit firmer. I decided to place only the smaller cables and the stag horn cable at the center of the sleeve, instead of the wide center cable.

My husband has photographed me at the beach in Ørje, close to where we live on a sunny day at the end of April. I am wearing size S, but have graded the pullover from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference from 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″.

The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning in August, before its release, while the Norwegian pattern will be printed in the special magazine Familien Strikk in August. I believe this shade will look stunning on model Emma Ross who is flying in the day before the photoshoot on Monday 27. May. Before that I have a lot of knitting to do.

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