Yrsa was first published in Knitters Magazine K72, Fall 2003 under the name Cul-de-sac. It has been immensely sought after, and I am still getting requests for it.

The magazine has been long out of print and the pattern unavailable.

So, finally, I have re-knitted it in my wonderful Silky Wool. It is a design that is close to my heart, the shape, the placement of the pattern elements, the vent in the back and the points on the fronts all come together to create a harmonious whole. And Silky Wool is a better choice than the DK I originally used, but it was before my yarn line had commenced. So here is Yrsa, photographed by Anders Rydell; timeless, ageless, feminine and flattering as well as fun to knit.

The pattern is available from my Ravelry store http://www.ravelry.com/stores/elsebeth-lavold-designs

Far right, the version published in Knitter’s Magazine, Photo by Alexis Xenakis.




Here is a Viking Knits Sweater for the Viking Guy. In this case, with my good-looking Godson #1, Joar, as a model. The photoshoot took place at a local “hembygdsgård”, a kind of outdoor museum with old houses and farming paraphernalia. We had a cold but lovely afternoon together.

The Yarn is my lovely Misty Wool, 75% Wool, 25% Hemp, a comfortable blend, adding interest to the stockinette sections of the design. The sweater has a cabled yoke that accentuates the shoulders and, as an unusual feature, the cabling is echoed on the bottom of the sleeve.

The lower part of the body is plain stockinette, and since it is knitted from the yoke down, you can easily adjust the length to suit your Viking Guy. And if you prefer working this part in the round to avoid those pesky purls, that is easily done.

Photo as always, Anders Rydell.

Happy Knitting!


Jarnsaxa is one of my favorite designs. It is one that works well in my life and on my body. I have also made a version in red, with a garter stitch crew neck so I can wear a turtleneck sweater underneath. I have worn my first red Jarnsaxa to shreds, so I had to make another. Here is my latest version shown on lovely Johanna.


I did initially make a longer version as well, which can be seen here, photographed on pretty Sabrina. For those of you who would like to lengthen it, all I’ve done is work a longer stretch before the first motif, everything else is following the instructions.


Both versions, as well as the original, are worked in my Silky Wool yarn.

The pattern for Jarnsaxa can be found on p.139 in Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments, where you can also find almost 100 new cable panels and motifs and a number of other designs as well as drawings and photographs of historic and pre-historic artefacts decorated with the same interlace patterns.

Photo as always, Anders Rydell