Introducing Brynja

LInda Lencovic Aran, Kettle Yarn Co., original designs, WALTHAM - 100% British BFL

Some of you have seen the announcements for this on Twitter and Facebook already… I can finally reveal my other secret project as the preview has gone live!

I’ve got a cardigan design in the beautiful new Pompom Quarterly Issue 11 – Brynja!

image © Juju Vail and Pom Pom Quarterly

image © Juju Vail and Pom Pom Quarterly

It will be going live any day now, but they are accepting pre-orders and you can purchase your copy now. I am guessing it will be officially live next week!

I started knitting this while watching back to back episodes of The Vikings , so the name of this design is inspired by Viking armour, specifically the hauberk or long chainmail shirt or brynja. The mail pattern, which I’ve actually made back in my jewellery days, consists of jump rings in which each ring passes through its four nearest neighbours, giving it a cabled look similar to the stitch pattern used in this cardigan! It was too good to pass up, and such a pretty name for something so butch!

Knit in lightly rustic WALTHAM Aran, toothy but soft 100% British Bluefaced Leicester, the colour is called ‘Peaky Blinder‘, and is a sooty semi-solid with a bit more variation than I normally go for to help the cables pop.

image © Kettle Yarn Co.

image © Kettle Yarn Co.

This cardi is my take on the classic ‘boyfriend’ cardigan, but with a slightly more feminine twist.

image © Juju Vail and Pom Pom Quarterly

image © Juju Vail and Pom Pom Quarterly

The sleeves hug the arms with ribbing to the elbow and are a bit longer to give a little extra warmth for winter. I’ve used my favourite twisted stitch cables which are quick and simple. They don’t require a cable needle so are a less fussy that some other cables!

image © Kettle Yarn Co.

Some of  you that have been following the Purl Side for a while now might remember the prototype for this cardi a few years ago.

Kettle_Yarn_Co_Brynja pocket sm

image © Kettle Yarn Co.

I always planned on writing this up as a pattern,and figured now was as good a time as ever! It is such a thrill to see the preview go up on the beautiful Pompom site and be listed in Ravelry!

WALTHAM Aran in Peaky Blinder and an exquisite light silver, Graveney are now up in the shop for the sale tomorrow. Don’t miss it – 9am GMT!