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Last February I knit this cardigan. I called it “Tiles”. It´s knit in a sport/dk weight alpaca yarn. It came out a bit on the big side, and the shoulders/sleeves looked horrendous! No fit whatsoever!!

I tried felting it in the washing-machine on a light circle. That did´t work, so I gave it another go in the machine – on the same circle – and BAM! Suddenly it was a bit too much felted… Like negative magic. Sigh!

After drying and some heavy blocking it was wearable, but the shoulders still looked odd – so I put it in the back of the closet and forgot about it.

The inspiration for this stranded pattern came from a cardigan (kofte) I saw once (pic 1). A week ago I found the original pattern (pic 2), and it´s called “Norrøn” (the old nordic name for nordic), and I admit the stranded pattern looks a bit Viking´ish. I liked the repeated simplicity in the pattern – and it reminded me of tiles… I made my “Tiles” from copying the stranded pattern from pic 1, and it turns out I´ve got it wrong. The original pattern has two more rows and two more stitches for every pattern repeat – but I don´t mind. I even think my version looks better… I also used this pattern in my Headband #2 (pic 3) from the last post. Suddenly there were too many signs concerning this pattern to let me keep on forgetting about the cardigan in the closet. So I found it and wondered what to do with it to make it ok? -and decided on using the sewing-machine to form the shoulders. It works – it´s not perfect, but it can be worn. …but I still want to make it again – just to get it right!

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Free pattern: Jungle Cowl (eng) / Jungelhals (no)

Scroll down for Norwegian / Norsk lenger nede på siden:

IMG_4234In the process of reorganizing my own patterns on the computer I found this pattern that I published on ravelry in oct. 2013. It´s a free pattern, and was published in English.

I´ve translated it into Norwegian, and both versions (English and Norwegian) can as of now be downloaded as a free PDF both from ravelry: “Jungle Cowl

…and here: “Jungle Cowl.eng” (PDF eng)

  • Yarn: Pt Mitu (50 % alpaca, 50 % wool) DK
  • Color: 100 g col. 75, coal mix, 150 g col. 61, light brown mix
  • Gear: circular 80 cm; 4 mm/US 6 + 4,5 mm/US 7
  • Size: Double around neck.
  • Gauge: 20 sts = 10 cm.

This is a leopard patterned one sized cowl, to double around your neck and keep you warm throughout the winter.
Pattern includes chart and written instructions. The yarn: Pt Mitu, is a DK weight 50% wool and 50% alpaca yarn, 100 meters to 50 grams. You need 150 grams of the beige/natural/light brown (col no. 61) color, and 100 grams of the coal/black/gray (col no. 75) color. The stranded pattern ends when you are out of the coal color. No need to worry about running out of yarn if you are stashed according to pattern, no matter what DK weight yarn you are using.


Jeg har rydda opp i mønstrene mine på PC én, og fant dette mønsteret som jeg publiserte på ravelry i okt. 2013. Mønsteret er gratis, og ble publisert på engelsk.

Jeg har nå oversatt det til norsk, og mønsteret kan nå lastes ned som en gratis norsk versjon PDF både på ravelry, via dette mønsteret: “Jungle Cowl” (husk å velge riktig versjon når du laster ned…

…eller her: “Jungelhals (no)” (PDF norsk)

  • Garn: Pt Mitu (50 % alpakka, 50 % ull) 100m / 50g
  • Farge: 100 g nr 75, koks melert, 150 g nr 61, lys brun melert
  • Utstyr: rundpinne 80 cm; 4 mm + 4,5 mm + stoppenål
  • Størrelse: 22 cm bredt, 134 cm langt
  • Strikkefasthet: 20m = 10 cm.

Dette er en leopardmønstret hals i en størrelse, som går to ganger rundt halsen.
Mønsteret inkluderer mønsterdiagram og skriftlig instruksjon. Garnet, Pt Mitu, er 50% alpakka og 50% ull, 100 m pr. 50 g. Du trenger 150 g av bunnfargen (farge 61, lys brun melert) og 100 g av kontrastfargen (farge 75, koks melert). Mønsteret ender når du ikke har mer igjen av kontrastfargen, så om du bruker et annet garn av ca samme tykkelse trenger du ikke være redd for å ikke ha nok garn om du har 150 g + 100 g.

Stikk innom “Sy med oss” i Kaigata i Haugesund om du vil se den ferdige halsen. De fører også garnet.



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…..


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.


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.


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…..