Wednesday, October 02, 2013


I finally got around finishing Bella from the beautiful Danish knitting book, “Babystrik på pinde 3” by Lene Holme Samsøe, that so many Norwegian bloggers have fallen in love with this year. It took me some time to get a hold of the pattern after I first flipped through the book at my friend T, this spring.

The patterns are easy to follow, and I love the simple style these garments have. I am definitely in love with lace knitting, as you will discover throughout this fall.

The Bella top was knitted with Alpakka from “Du store Alpkakka” on 3mm needles. I actually knitted a gauge swatch this time (my first ever!). On the swatch, my gauge was 26 stitches per 10 cm. After finishing and washing Bella the gauge is, 22 stitches per 10 cm.

This means that while I knitted this vest for me niece Ingrid who turns two years in March, it now fits Astrid who turns five in October. I did mean to knit it a bit big so that Ingrid could grow into it, but not that big.

Have you experienced you gauge change on the garment before and after wash? Should I have washed the swatch?


  1. This sounds like a very lucky accident for Astrid! I haven't ever had a garment get bigger than I intended -- just smaller. Maybe Astrid can pass it down to Ingrid -- it sure is beautiful. Astrid looks adorable in it!

  2. Darling! The color, the lace work, even the cute little wood button. I agree with Thimbleanna, Astrid looks adorable.

  3. It looks amazing and it really suits Astrid.

  4. Very cute! I'm in love with this pattern!

  5. Oh, beautiful! Both the vest and the girl:-)

    I've experienced that my knitted garnments have grown quite much after washing - especially with alpaca yarns.

    1. Thank you for sharing that, I'll have that in mind for my next Alpaca project!

  6. Hei! Så hyggelig at du liker bildene jeg tar ;) Ser at du liker å fotografere du også. Jeg synes at det er halve bloggingen med fine og mange bilder og ikke så mye tekst. Nå forelsket jeg meg virkelig i denne lille vesten/tunikaen! Få se hva jeg får tid til, etter bunadsømmen i fjor ar jeg liksom mistet litt piffen. Strikkingen går veldig tregt.

  7. Så fin! Både jenta og toppen :-)


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