The Nordic summer is colourful and provides inspiration for many combinations of colours. Here you will see how Nordic summer colours are captured in a knitted jacket.
What is your inspiration for choosing a palette when planning your next knitting project? And which colours would you like to capture in a jacket? Is it one special colour, or is it many?
The palette for the Jacket Hjemover contains some of the colours in the summer landscape a place in the northern part of Norway, where Aud B grew up. The English word for Hjemover is homewards.
To put the summer colours together
In the jacket Hjemover, the green represents the grass and leaves. The Nordic summer makes the landscape very much green and that is why that is the main colour.
Some of the contrasting colours are alternating, but the pink and the white do not and are more used than the other colours. Throughout the Nordic summer, the two colours can be seen on different flowers that grow wild in nature. The pink flowers in the early summer are not the same as the pink flowers in August, but you will see the colour in the nature from the beginning to the end. The same goes for the white flowers.
In this jacket there are only five contrasting colours. If you have yarn left over from other projects, you can very well use them for the alternating contrast and have several colours.
Did you know that wool is a very suitable material for garments for activity? And that a knitted garment in wool has good breathability? The vest below is made for training and has got the name Aktiv which is Norwegian for active. There are three features in particular that were in focus in the process of design.
First, the vest has plenty of room for movement, even if the fit is tight. That is because knitted fabric gives nice elasticity.
Secondly, a breathable material is needed when exercising. Wool has that quality and therefore helps to protect the body against both changes in temperature and moisture levels when training. You can read more about the wool’s excellent qualities at Woolmarks site.
Third, the vest had to be light weighted. So, it is knitted with rather thick needles to this type of yarn to keep the weight down, and to make an insulating air layer especially regarding activity on colder days. The light weight also makes it easy to roll up and put in a pocket or backpack.
There are different reasons to choose seamless knitting. And likewise, there are benefits if you sew.
If you want to make a garment with minimal lumps and bumps around the attachment points, seamless is a good choice. The same goes if you want to avoid steeking.
The need of steeking is one of three main reasons to sew during the assembly of a knitted garment. One is to close small gaps, such as between the sleeves and the body. Another is that the garment is knitted flat, in several parts, which are to be put together. And the third reason is that the fabric must be steeked, to make an opening mid front or somewhere else where it is needed. As mentioned, all three methods will leave tiny lumps along the seam.
If you prefer seamless knitting, I would like to show you one of my seamless designs. It’s a vest for children, and it’s called Lun. That is the Norwegian word for something warm though not too hot.
The vest is knitted bottom up and flat. The ribbing is made only with knit stitches and purls and looks the same from the wrong side as the right side. Instead of sleeves, one will cast on stitches to make an opening for the arms. Then the shoulders are shaped by doing decreases.
A friend, who also is a hunter, suggested that Aud B should make a knit design inspired from outdoor life. And so she did. The design is a sweater called Jakt, which is Norwegian for the English word Hunt. In other words, a sweater for a hunter.
The sweater has got colours from the nature. Both the forest and the water is represented. And it is also easy to recognize the tracks of a couple of animals. Even a glimpse of fishing line is on the sweater.
A hunter or an angler needs clothes where there is plenty of room for movement. To use a rifle or a fishing rod, the clothes must not be too tight, espesially over the shoulders. This sweater has enough positive ease to feel comfortable when moving. And the knitted fabric gives nice elasticity.
For outdoor life it is also important to have garments that keep you warm enough. Then the garment’s insulating ability is important. One of the most suitable materials for this is wool. It retains heat even if the garment has become wet. Stagnant air is the secret behind all insulation, and wool has plenty of air. It actually protects against both heat and cold. Of course, the sweater Jakt had to be made of wool, and so it is.
To protect the shoulders even more, the colourwork has been placed there. That will make an extra layer of air, because it is used two threads at the same time. This is a very light and comfortable garment to wear.
If you have a pattern in a different size than you want to knit, then you should consider to use another yarn which goes to a different needle size. To make a smaller version you then will have to choose a thinner yarn, and the opposite if you want a larger size of the finished project.
When you have chosen yarn, check out the recommended gauge for it. Then you can use it to find which of the sizes in the pattern that will give the wished circumference. If, for example, the recommended gauge is 22 stitches per 10 cm, and you want the finished garment to have a circumference of 100 cm, then you will have to do a minor calculation. First find how many stitches there is per cm; 22 sts / 10 cm = 2,2 sts. Then multiply it with the circumference; 100 cm * 2,2 sts = 220 sts. Compare your answer with the stated number of stitches the different sizes in the pattern. Now you are able to choose the size that comes closest to desired result.
To knit the design Hjemover in another size
Here is an example where the children’s sweater Hjemover is turned in to a jacket in female size M. To transform the size 8 YO to a fitted size M both yarn and needle were changed. This jacket is made with DK weight yarn and a 4 mm needle instead of fingering weight yarn and a 3 mm needle. Also the length of both the body and the sleeves are adjusted to reach the desired length.
A nice result, or what? And besides this pattern gives a really good opportunity to use up leftover yarn.
There is a small village called Spydeberg, in the southern part of Norway. The village symbol is a spear, which refers to “spyd” in the name. It is placed in the park where this photo is taken, a spear against the blue sky. One does not know the exact reason for the name, but Spydeberg is the original name of the rectory, which is located on a hill with several protruding points. It may be these that are compared to spearheads.
However, this symbol is the inspiration for the sweater Spydeberg. The shape of the spear is very suitable for a knitted yoke. And the dark, rusty brown spear towards the blue sky is just beautiful! So, the sweater had to be blue, and the spears brown. The background for the spears is white, to make the contrast outstanding.
Which colours reminds you about a place you love? Is it one special colour, or is it many? And why do you love that place?
If you put together the answers to those questions, you will probably have a favourite colour palette.
The palette for the sweater Hjemover contains some of the colours in the winter landscape a place in the northern part of Norway, where Aud B grew up. A place she loves. The English word for Hjemover is homewards.
To put the colours you love, together in a sweater
In the sweater Hjemover, the white represents the snow. White is used as the main colour because it is easy to combine with other colours.
The contrast colours are alternating, but the grey and the green are more used than the other colours. They are both calm colours, which helps to stabilize the expression, and reminds about the winter green trees in north, and the stones.
The sky in north changes a lot from day to day and all day through. Sometimes the brightest blue, and sometimes greyer. The sun is low in the winter and paints the sky in all kinds of pastel colours, especially in frosty weather. The yellow is an example of that.
This is a quick knit project that is easy to make. You will be able to complete it in no time, and it gives you a good opportunity to use scrap yarn. And besides, who does not need a new headband now and then? This one is worked in the round and can easily be adjusted to desired measurements.
A quick knit
To make a headband like this you need sports weight yarn, approximately 50 grams and 100 metres, and a 4 mm needle.
Cast on 88 stitches and work ribbing K2 P2 for 15 cm. Bind off and weave in ends. That is all! Your new headband is finished.
To adjust the size of the headband
Adjust the width by adding or subtracting stitches. The number of stitches must be divisible with four, which means that you will have to add or subtract 4 stitches at a time, to the number stated in the paragraph over. To adjust the length, you will have to knit shorter or longer than stated. Both adjustments will affect how much yarn you will need.
To see more designs from Aud B, visit the online shop at audb.no. And for more inspiration, stay tuned to this blog and check it out.