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NEW NORDIC by ARNE & CARLOS for Rowan: OLAVA sweater pattern

Hei Everyone!

We’ve gone from an amazing summer to an early fall here in Norway. Temperatures are dropping and the air is beginning to feel very fresh and crisp. It’s a great time to go out into the forests to pick the last blueberries and lingonberries and enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Surely, many of you are now planning your knitting projects for the next few months, so we thought it would be a great idea to start introducing the collection that we designed for Rowan and which we’ve chosen to call NEW NORDIC.

Today, we are introducing one of our favourite designs from the collection: Olava, which is a boxy-fit sweater with dropped shoulders and a round collar. This garment is knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed and has an oversized Selbu rose design which is knitted in intarsia, using 2 ends of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

We really loved combining these two very beautiful but different yarns to create some interesting textures and to give some traditional Norwegian designs a modern twist. This pattern is available in the magazine NEW NORDIC by ARNE & CARLOS for Rowan, which you can get at your favourite Rowan retailer or which you can download digitally here.


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Oh, and while we are on the subject of intarsia, this is something we’ve always loved to do, but it’s not quite part of the Scandinavian knitting culture, if compared to stranded colour work. We were reading a “how to knit intarsia” British blogpost ¬†somewhere on the internet (can’t remember where) and the person who wrote it ment that intarsia was the easiest of the colour work techniques – but for us Scandinavians, we definitely find stranded colour work to be much easier than intarsia, which shows how things can be perceived differently, in different cultures.

Anyway, we hope you’ll enjoy knitting this design, we definitely did!



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