Bilskirner mønster

Det er snart længe siden at jeg designede en simpel, farvestrikket hat, Bilskirner, til børn og voksne. Nu har den fået følgeskab af et par børnevanter og et par fingerløse vanter til voksne, og mønsteret er oppe i webshoppen.

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Vanterne passer et barn på ca. 3-4 år, og de er strikket med en simpel tommelfinger. Den er strikket fra åbne masker, der kommer af at man strikker nogle masker med en ekstra stump garn.

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De fingerløse vanter til voksne er strikket på en lidt usædvanelig måde. Man starter ved fingerkanten, og strikker så i retning mod ribben. Kilen til tommelfingeren laver man altså ved at tage ind. Jeg synes, de har en god pasform, og så er indtagninger altid pænere end udtagninger, synes jeg.

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Det danske mønster kan købes her i min webshop eller på Ravelry.

Bilskirner, the Final Prototypes

I’ve finally completed my prototypes for a child and adult version of the hat that I’ve decided to call Bilskirner. The design changed a bit since the first prototype… My family was not impressed with the rib edge on the first prototype, so my hands were tied. I had to make a garter edge in the final version, and I must admit it looks better.

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In Norse mythology, Bilskirner is the home of the thunder god Thor. According to one of the Icelandic manuscripts called Grímnismál, Bilskirner with its 540 rooms is the largest building known. There are a lot of translations of Grímnismál (you can see some here), here’s one that I like:

Five hundred rooms and forty withal
I ween that in Bilskirnir be;
of all the halls  which on high are reared
the greatest I see is my son’s.

I imagine the huge home of the thunder god as an angular complex, and it feels like a match with my simple geometric unisex design.

And talking of a big angular complex, we went to one such and that’s actually where we took the top snapshots of us wearing the hats: on the roof of the new Moesgaard Museum outside Aarhus. I love the way this building rises out of the ground, it gives you the feeling that the ancient objects on display are somehow still under the ground

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Plus, there’s the view from the top of the roof, you can see the land at the other side of the bay (Mols)

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We saw the exhibition there of the  Chinese terracotta soldiers that were found alongside the first emperor. They were truly beautiful!

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FACTS – BILSKIRNER HAT

Pattern Bilskirner, my pattern that is now ready for test knitting. Comment below if you want to test the Danish or English pattern

Yarn Guldfaxe 100 m/50 g 100% alpaca

Needle 4.5 mm

Colors Gradient from madder to tansy, on a natural white background

Conclusion I’ve had good fun designing this hat. The rib edge on the first version drew the eye away from the color pattern, so I’m happy with the garter edge on the final version. At this point, all that remains is to race off to my dye pots to make some more color schemes!

Jeg er endelig blevet færdig med designet til min Bilskirner hat, i voksen- og børnestørrelse. Den første prototype havde en ribkant forneden, men den er erstattet af en retstrikket kant i den endelige version. Resten af familien hadede nemlig ribkanten, så det var bare med at rette ind! Nu er jeg klar til at få teststrikket mønsteret, så hvis nogen er interesserede i at teste, så skriv det i en kommentar nedenfor.

Billedet hvor min datter og jeg har hattene på er taget på taget af det nye Moesgaard Museum. Jeg kan virkelig godt lide den nye bygning, det er ligefrem genialt at den ligger som en kile under jorden og er fyldt med oldsager der er fundet under jorden. Når man kommer fra den lave ende går man op af taget uden at opdage hvor naturen ender og bygningens kile begynder. Og så er der udsigten helt til Mols.

Bilskirner Hat Prototype

I dyed this gradient a while ago, using madder and tansy, and the plan was initially a Bohus-style hat. But the yarn kept talking to me, and it said that it wanted something with much cleaner lines…

So I knit a hat with a very simple pattern of squares on a white background. Simple geometric, and in some way, a masculine decoration (although I think this hat looks good on a woman, too). So I decided to call this pattern Bilskirner, which is the home of Thor, possibly the most masculine of gods. I’m still thinking about a Bohus-ish hat, so that may still happen.

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I tried to take some picures of the hat on the head of my sweet, sweet 5-year old daughter Dagmar, but she was just not in the mood for having her picture taken. The mood of the day shifted dramatically, though, when I asked her to take pictures of me instead. The camera is too heavy for her, so she couldn’t even keep it upright. But it didn’t matter so much to her that she didn’t catch the entire hat on most of her pictures, she was still very proud of them!

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FACTS – BILSKIRNER HAT

Pattern Bilskirner, a pattern that I’m currently writing

Yarn Guldfaxe 100 m/50 g 100% alpaca

Needle 4 mm

Colors Gradient from madder to tansy, on a natural white background

Conclusion An enjoyable project – the alpaca is wonderfully soft, and I’m happy with the stranded square pattern. But I’m going over the shaping of the crown again to improve it before I write down this pattern

Hatten her, som er mit eget design, er strikket i ren tyk alpaka. Gradienten fra krap-rød til rejnfan-gul havde jeg egentlig farvet til et lidt andet design, men de farver blev ved med at hviske mig i øret at det var dette her de skulle. Min vidunderligt søde datter hvisker til gengæld ikke. Ingen kan være i tvivl om, at hun i hvert fald ikke gad at være model til mine hattebilleder. Dagen blev kun reddet af, at jeg lod hende være fotografen.

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A Gradient in Madder and Tansy

I love color gradients! They somehow make the colors pop in a different way! Some of the individual colors in my gradient hat were not remotely exciting, but together, it’s another story.

I kept imagining a warm gradient, from red to yellow. Sometimes such daydreams stay just that, but with this, I have come incredibly close to what I imagined:

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The red end of the gradient is madder, while the yellow end is tansy stalks and leaves (I used the flowers for something else already).

I achieve nice reds from madder by using rainwater. Some of my early attempts with madder gave only dull salmon shades because I used tap water, so now I always use rain.

It’s well known that madder contains two dye molecules, a red and a yellow one, and that the yellow is released when you increase the heat above 65C. So I always heat the dye bath to 62C (or “roastbeef” on my meat thermometer) and then wrap the entire pot in a blanket. That keeps it warm until the next day, and it saves a lot of energy.

FACTS – MADDER

Mordant 10% alum

Water Rain

Yarn 100% alpaca, 110 m / 50 g

Yarn:Dyestuff ratio 1:1

Conclusion Rainwater and heating to less than 62C gives reproducible good results

For the yellow end of my gradient, I used tansy that I picked at the roadside on walks close to my house last summer. As expected, the stalks and leaves gave a cold yellow – the flowers give a warm yellow.

FACTS – TANSY STALKS AND LEAVES

Mordant 10% alum

Water Tap

Yarn 100% alpaca, 110 m / 50 g

Yarn:Dyestuff ratio 1:2 dry

Conclusion Cold yellow, supposedly a good light and wash fast one

Possible Improvements Leaves are difficult to remove from yarn – this is a dyestuff that could benefit from straining before yarn is added

And that’s it. The oranges in the middle of the gradient are madder exhaust baths, the last one overdyed with tansy yellow to make the transition smooth.

The next part of the daydream consists of a Bohus-style hat knit with this color gradient. I’m doodling away on paper right now to get it right before I start knitting. To be continued!

Jeg er vild med farvegradienter. Denne her fra rød over orange til varm gul har jeg lavet med kraprod og stilkene af rejnfan fra sidste sensommer.

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