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New pattern: “Gerda´s Cardigan”

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Gerda´s Cardigan, a new pattern added to ravelry.  buy now

Gerdas Jakke, samme mønster i norsk versjon.  kjøp nå

This cardigan is knit top-down in sport-weight alpaca/silk yarn from Old Maiden Aunt. The body is knit in the round by picking up stitches around the pre-knitted saddle, while you increase stitches to create the arms (my version of the contiguous-method, developed by SusieM). The cardigan has a fitted shape, and it´s most characteristic feature is the shoulder-saddle. It has a slight positive ease around the shoulders/upper arms, and no ease around bust/waist, with flattering pleats on the hips. The cardigan is knit in the round and later steeked. The pattern gives detailed instructions on steeking/reinforcing. The pattern also includes instructions for a flat version. Don´t be fooled by this cardigan´s casual look! The yarn adds drape and a luxurious subtle shine, and though the pattern construction itself is easy, certain parts of the pattern instruction calls for a reasonably experienced knitter. This cardigan will prove to be an essential garment in any wardrobe!

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large and XX Large, to fit bust cm / inch: 84/33, 90/35, 96/38, 103/40 and 110/43

Gauge: 22 st(s) x 33 rows = 10×10 cm (4 inch x 4 inch)

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Bitter Bug.

4,4,4,5, 5 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Mystery and Pumpkin Pie. 2-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-3 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: BabySilk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Du Store Alpakka in color: 322 Gray and 323 Light Gray: 4-3, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, 6-5 skeins à 133 m /145 yd / 50g.                                                          Model: HG

1470406_10151709688650876_318751612_nThis is Gerda! More of her later…


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Simply a Ribbed Hat

I sincerely hope those on my xmas list whom this concerns does not read my blog….

I´ve added a new pattern to my Ravelry Store: Simply a Ribbed HatIMG_4410

Well; it´s simple, it´s ribbed and it´s a hat! It´s versatile, unisex, fashionable and above all; it´s warm! Nuf´ said!! The pattern is in english, -but I have a Norwegian version almost ready…. please note me if you would like me to add this to the store…

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca (167m-182 yd/50g)

Light Gray col. 0501, 100g.

Orange/wine col. 5565, 100g.

Gray col. 0517, 100 g.

The finished hat weighs approx. 63 grams.

Needles: 3mm (US 2 1/2), 40 cm circular and DPN´s.

Gauge: 34 st(s) = 10 cm/4 inches (ribbed pattern)

Size:   S (to fit head circumference 54-56 cm/21-22 inches)

(M (to fit head circumference 58-60 cm/23-24 inches))

Tools: tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers

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Store Ringstind

ViewImage.aspx_mediumA few months ago I ordered 600 grams of Corriedale wool from The Wool Company in New Zealand.

I love Corriedale wool, and I´ve got some more in my stash, from Old Maiden Aunt. The Utiku from NZ is labeled as a DK weight, though I find it to be more like a worsted weight. The color is «Oatmeal», and has 190 meters to 100 grams. I´ve been searching for the right pattern for this yarn, and ended up finding it, -in my head!

I´m naming this sweater after a majestic mountain top in the Norwegian mountain range of Jotunheimen. Store Ringstind is 2124 meters high, and I´ve been there on Telemark-skis! It was fabulous!! When you see the mountains from this angle, the peaks looks like the top part of a star. You can see the pointy peak of Store Ringstind almost all the way from the starting point at Turtagrø when you do this summit. As you slowly climb the valley below, and the 1224 meters you need to climb to reach the top, the more majestic and pointy the peak looks! And yes, -I broke a sweat! I´ve actually never been more tired in my whole life…but that´s another story:)

I designed a star pattern to go with the raglan increases, and did tons of calculating to get it right. The grey is Blackhill Højlandsuld from Garnudsalg.dk, held double to match the DK.

The sweater is supposed to be an oversized raglan, longer in the back and with very long arms.

I´m looking forward to se how this yarn will feel after washing. I think it´s a bit rough, compared to other Corridale wool I´ve tried, and I hope it will feel a bit softer after washing.

So far, this sweater is turning out better than I hoped for though. I love the color, and I think the shape of the garment will be cool.
….but it´s not finished yet…..


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Selbu Mittens

I´ve decided my old Selbu Mittens from this post, to be ones for the archive. They were in desperate need of mending, but in addition the inevitable felting process had gone too far, and the pair had simply become too small.

This is of course quite sad, considering the amount of time I spent knitting them, but also quite awarding considering the amount of time I spent wearing them! When a pair of 100% Norwegian wool Selbu mittens are worn out after 10 yrs, it simply states their popularity.

So I had to knit myself a new pair, and was given the opportunity to try out a new pattern. The search was on, and let´s just admit it; «Selbu» is a world known consept, and the amount of patterns for traditional Selbu Mittens are overwhelming (google selbu mittens, -or in Norwegian: selbuvotter, and you´ll see). Thick or thin, colorful or natural, synthetic or wool, «based on» or true to the original. But what is the original? I´m not judging here, merely stating my personal view upon the matter; «Selbu Mittens» has to be made of 100% wool, and the pattern has to be based on one or several of the patterns traditionally used in Selbu. Originally Selbu Mittens were knittet in thin homespun wool, a lot thinner than you´d find in the yarn store today, and consecuently knitted on very thin needles. My fingers are sore after knitting on needles 2,5 mm (US 1,5). I once inherited knitting needles which didn´t fit in my pin gauge measure -thing, they were thinner than 2mm (US 0), probably 1,5 mm. I tried them, and it´s like knitting with sewing needles! Traditionally ladies mittens had ribbing like in my mittens, while mens mittens had cuffs.

These mittens are knitted in very thin wool, and are mens mittens. Suggested needles 2mm (US 0). I`d like to knit these at one point, and I think I´ve found the perfect yarn for it: Design Club´s DUO. A Danish brand lambswool, 540 meters to 100 grams.

The first Selbu Mittens are believed to be knitted in about 1850 by an 11-yr old girl called Marit Emstad, the «mother of Selbu-knitting». She´s supposedly the first to use two contrast colored threads and creating a stranded pattern. The technique spread rapidly, and in the beginning of the 19th century mittens and socks were knitted for sale by the locals due to an increasing demand from the growing «outdoors» fitness trend in and around the capitol (Oslo). In my opinion the three best known original Norwegian knitting patterns is: Selbu, Setesdal and Fana.

What´s interresting is that all three pattern techniques developed in the mid 18th century. 1850 seems to be a clue here. Why did Norwegians radically change their knitting from one-colored frocks and socks to two-color (stranded) knitted items within one generation? Where did the inspiration come from, and why did it become so popular? I´ll do some more research and write another post about this later.

In my search of a new pattern for selbu mittens I came across the Northman mittens. I´m up for new ideas and the idea of a lined Selbu mitt was more than I could resist.

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The pattern is great! The idea is great! But I´ll never use them…I think. Why? -they´re just too thick! It´s the sort of mittens you use when you sit still, …or walk slowly. When I´m outside in the winter I hardly ever sit still, and I never walk slowly. But most importantly I need layering. Let´s imagine a day of cross country skiing.IMG_3587

Layer A: Icebreaker Glove Liner, Layer B: Selbu Mittens, Layer C: Norrøna Windbreaker Mittens

You may start by crossing a frozen lake, it´s a bit windy but not too freezing. Your body is not yet warm, and a lot of the body´s heat loss is through the hands. I need layer A + B. Having crossed the lake you start walking uphill, aiming the mountain top in the distance and two layers of mittens are too warm. Layer A are off. After the first break your hands are cold, and layers A+B are on again. When you finally reach the windy mountain top, layers A+B+C are needed. Repeat instructions backwards when descending.

Well, I ended up knitting myself a new pair of the same Selbu mittens as before. Not in 100% Norwegian wool this time, but in 100% merino. Not the same, not even near the same. So what´s the difference? Merino probably won´t felt as much, but they won´t be as warm. I guess we´ll see in 10 yrs time how useful they have been.


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På Rosa Skyer …hua og vanter

Sorry, but this post post will only be in norwegian….

Just popping in to tell you that I came to my senses, and have translated this pattern into English. The pattern can be downloaded here: (English version PDF) On Pink Clouds …hat and mittens There will also be a link to this page from my Ravelry project: På Rosa Skyer …hua og vanter

Nytt mønster for dem som leter etter små gaver å strikke til jul….denne rekker du garantert:)

Strikket i Viking Eco Alpaca, på pinner nr 4 og 5. Du trenger 200g garn, ett hespe av hver farge: 463 Rosa og 413 Lys Grå.

Du kan laste ned mønsteret gratis her: (norsk PDF fil) På Rosa Skyer ... Mønsteret inkluderer instruksjon for lue og vanter i størrelse:  Dame – tenåring/voksen.

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Den siste lua er strikket av et tynnere garn. Mandarin: Malabrigo merino worsted, Grå: Drops alpakka, dobbelt garn. Den er strikket på litt tynnere pinner, og mønsterrapporten er gjentatt 11x, i motsetning til den rosa/grå, der mønsterrapporten er gjentatt 9x. Her er det lov å prøve seg fram….

Mønsteret er inspirert av: fröken C og Muita Ihania

Her kan du også få mer inspirasjon til farge- og mønsterkombinasjoner….

Tusen takk til min vakre modell som stilte opp før lyset forsvant…..