“Ilta sweater” by Veera Välimäki

“When day comes to the end the night falls. Slowly the setting sun takes all the colors away, until only darkness remain. But sometimes you can still see that little shade of color left behind. It’s not black, it’s something else too.” Veera Välimäki

We’re delighted to share this new collaboration with Finnish designer Veera Välimäki! For this beautiful, generous and simple pattern, Veera chose our Cyrano yarn with its comforting roundness.

Ilta is a jumper that’s quick to knit with large needles and very satisfying! Its stripes invite us to play with colours while giving rhythm to the knitting, and its seamless construction is simple, effective and ingenious. A real holiday jumper to enjoy on a summer’s evening, and one that will wrap us up happily come autumn!


Ilta sweater is worked from the top down, shoulders are shaped with short rows for a good fit. The generous sizing makes this sweater lovely to wear.


This pattern is at an intermediate level and will require the ability to cast on and cast off, increase and decrease, knit in the round (and on small diameters), to realize Wrap and Turn short rows and tubular cast-off.

The pattern includes links to videos for Longtail cast-on and Tubular cast-off.


“Ilta” is available in 9 sizes corresponding to the following final measurements:

Chest size: 100 (110, 120, 130, 140) (150, 160, 170) cm

To obtain a slightly oversized result like the one pictured, we recommend choosing a size with a positive ease of 15 to 25 cm.

For example, if your bust measurement is 95 cm, you could choose :

  • a size 2 for a 15 cm bust ease


  • a size 3 for a 25 cm bust ease.

Pattern: «Ilta » by Veera Välimäki available in French and English on our website (sizes 1 to 9) and in English on Ravelry.

Yarn: Cyrano (French Merino from Arles and Black Portuguese Merino, 250 m / 100 g) shown in colorways tempête for main color (4 to 9 balls) and poivre blanc for contrasting color (1 to 3 balls).

For her design, Veera has chosen the beautiful combination of ‘tempête’ and ‘poivre blanc’. We’ve sampled a few other suggestions to help you imagine your favourite “Ilta”!

Cyrano CP “eucalyptus” / CC “biche

Cyrano CP “poivre blanc” / CC “nuit

Cyrano CP “quartz” / CC “bois de rose”

Cyrano CP “granit / CC “genêt

Cyrano CP “goéland” / CC “sel

For a slightly fresher version, we also tested some stripe combinations with our Robinson yarn (70% organic Arles merino / 30% recycled cotton) in doubles. The result is a little thicker (more like 13 m to 10 cm with 6 mm needles) but the colours and texture are very tempting and will perhaps inspire the most adventurous!

Robinson CP : “grand bleu” / CC “pêche melba

Robinson CP : “nougat” / CC “sucre glace

About the designer: Veera Välimäki lives and designs in a very small village in southern Finland.

Her designs feature clean lines and delicate, refreshing details. She loves simple yet modern knitwear that is easy to knit and easy to wear, year after year.

Veera is a true expert at putting new jumpers on her needles, but can you really have too many? She’s a big fan of garter stitch and short rows in all their variations.

Veera is the author of two books published in Finland, but most of her personal work is available as self-publishing. The Interpretations book series she created with her friend Joji Locatelli is now in its tenth volume.

You can follow her creative adventures on her Instagram account @veerarain and find all her creations on her Ravelry account: Veera Välimäki

Credits photos : Veera Välimäki and De Rerum Natura

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