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Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider. Book Reveal and Giveaway

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Today I can finally share with you a very special project that I have been working on for a very long time. One year ago I opened my emails and… couldn’t believe my eyes – I was offered to write a book for beginners, introducing them to knitting textures. The idea of the book was to show to a novice that knitting is basically made of two simple stitches – knit and purl – and mastering these two stitches will open a realm of new combinations and textures. As soon as I read about the concept of the book, I knew I could do it – this was exactly how I started my knitting journey and the idea of basically endless possibilities created by just two simple stitches was the reason of my immediate fascination with knitting as a craft. And, after one year of work of so many wonderful people, this project has come to life!!!

I am trilled to present you Add One Stitch Knitting, a book for beginners, filled with simple, but eye catching knit textures and beautiful projects you can use to practice your skills!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I was at work when the courier brought me the first copies, I opened the package and cried… I couldn’t believe that it is finally here! It was such an emotional moment for me! I cannot express how grateful I feel for the opportunity to share something that I love with all my heart in such a beautiful way.

I knew I wanted to present the book to you in a special and meaningful to me way. So, I took my family on a morning hike, up my favorite mountain, wearing my beloved Heritage sweater that was protecting me from cool morning wind… I hope these photos filled with early morning sunshine, stunning views, majestic nature and my messy hair will be able to transmit how happy I am to be able to share this project with you here!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

As you can see, there are two editions for the book – US and UK, as the knitting terminology is a little bit different in two countries.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

US edition published by BARRON’S

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

UK edition published by Search Press

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

One of my favorite details about this book is the color palette. When we started working with my editor, Charlotte Frost, I told her that I see the book in subtle, soft neutral colors. This is more “me” and this is how I “see” knitting. I am really happy that the publishers agreed and I had the chance to bring my vision to life. I was also pleased to see that my Instagram photo inspired the design of the cover – I think it makes it so much more personal!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting consists of 15 Lessons, each of them includes the detailed instructions how to knit a stitch and a simple and stylish project for your home or wardrobe to practice your new skills. The patterns were designed for the beginners, but even if you are an experienced knitter, I am sure you will enjoy making these projects! One of my favorite patterns from the book is Hurdle Rib stitch bed throw made in chunky Peruvian wool. It is a great project to work on during cool winter nights – the blanket is so warm and it is quiet addicting to see this texture growing out of your needles!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I will tell more about the book in a more structured way next week, this post is too emotional and is getting too big already 🙂 But before I finish I would like to copy here my Acknowledgements section that is very special to me:

Add One Stitch Knitting

To my dear Granny Eugenia and Granny Lidia. Thank you for your unconditional love.

I would like to express my gratitude to a wonderful knitting community for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you for knitting my designs, your beautiful letters and kind comments. This book would never have happened without you!

I would like to thank my editor Charlotte Frost for guiding me through the whole process, offering comments, expertise and encouragement.

Last but not least I would love to thank my husband for believing in me.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

And now GIVEAWAY!!! The official release of Add One Stitch Knitting is planned for the end of January/beginning of February, but it is already available for pre-order! But you can be one of the first to get the copy of the book! Search Press (UK edition) and BARRON’S (US addition) are offering a copy for one of my readers.

To win a copy of the book, just leave a comment under this post and let me know, please, which edition you would like to get (NOTE: UK addition cannot be shipped to US and US addition cannot be shipped to UK!). If you have some time, could you, please, share with me why you come to The Gift of Knitting and what posts you love to read?

The GIVEAWAY is open until 29th of November!

Thank you for your support and visiting! It means a lot!!!!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Love, Alina.


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Happy Sunday! If you are watching my Instagram stories, then you already “hiked” with me yesterday and saw this breathtaking view from the hill… Today I would like to share with you the images lit with the sunset light. Hiking is one of my favorite activities, it’s been forever since my last one, but yesterday I made myself put away the to-do list, got my tennis shoes and went up the hill to say goodbye to the sun. I hope you will enjoy this little photo story today and have a wonderful Sunday!

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Ivy Sweater. Photo Album.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Today I am sharing the last “photo album” that I created for Vintage collection. Ivy with its turtleneck, cables and folded cuffs is my interpretation of a perfect cozy warm sweater that is engaging to knit and easy to wear. Ivy is knit using Elena yarn, holding two threads together. When I offered this option to Ioana, she loved the idea – hopefully this project will show how versatile Elena is.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Obviously holding two threads together significantly speeds up the process, plus it creates very warm sweater that will protect you from any harsh winds. Being a very sturdy yarn, Elena is perfect for cables – it creates a great stitch definition with very nicely defined texture, but it is also “lofty” enough for keeping the shape without stretching. One great thing is that I don’t notice any pilling on my Journey and The Choice sweaters, though they are more than one year old and have been worn quiet a lot.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

I love how this sweater is made of little details – cozy turtleneck, simple cable panel, compound raglan that follows your shoulder line, folded cuffs, side slits, slip stitch faux side seam…

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

One of my favorite details is how the cables are “flowing” into 2×2 ribbing. This little design touch makes such a huge difference to me and makes the sweater “complete” in some way.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy sweater is a part of MY Make Along 2017, so, please, make sure to join Moeke Ravelry group if you are thinking of casting it on or already working on it.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Cable Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support and I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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Several months ago Isabel from Oh! Lanas offered me her help to translate Heritage Sweater pattern into Spanish. I absolutely loved the idea, as I know knitting is very “it” in Spain; and to be able to work through the pattern in your native language is always nice. So, today I am updating the pattern page on Ravelry and from now on you will be able to download Heritage either in English or in Spanish. Huge huge “Thank you” to Isabel for this amazing work! Isabel is running online yarn shop – Oh! Lanas – where you can find beautiful yarns, including Moeke, of course, and since recently Isabel is offering Wheat sweater yarn kits in her store!

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Beautiful versions by Ioana (ivandeurzen), Uiko (ouicco), Michelle (mamatronic), Sandra (knitwit010), Maria (mariag) and Svetlana (mauerbluemchen)

Heritage Sweater Pattern is available for $7

I hope you will enjoy knitting it!

Espero que lo disfruten! 


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Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Happy Sunday! As this month is flying by, I wanted to share with you what is on my needles and (finally!) on my crochet hook (it’s been a long time since I started a crochet project!). My new old sweater project is the updated version of La Flor that I have been working on almost a year already, putting it aside when I wasn’t 100% happy about it. For some reason I always saw La Flor as the perfect sweater to experiment with fiber, and when Wool and the Gang sent me their new yarn – Take Care Mohair! – for the review, I knew that was it – the perfect match! It is easy to knit and the gauge can be adjusted to the new yarn weight. But with mohair it is a little bit different – it is definitely not the fiber that you can use for any stitch pattern, but for some reason I was sure that it would work with La Flor one way or another.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Just like I thought knitting the pattern as it is didn’t give me the effect I was looking for, so I decided to change some things and in a way simplify the pattern to make it more suitable for more types of yarn. After playing around with stitch placement, I finally found the fabric that I loved – and now new La Flor is growing on the needles pretty steadily. It is the softest and squishiest thing ever!!! I only hope you can feel it through the photos. Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang is extremely light, but because of the nature of the thread, it has some volume that allows you to knit it on pretty big needles – I am using 7 mm (which is around 10.5 US size). As soon as I finish the sweater, I will make sure to add these adjustments as the extra pattern material, so you can experiment and knit familiar La Flor, but in different fibers.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting


This summer my friends from Wool and the Gang sent me one more package to review one of their most popular yarn lines – Crazy Sexy Wool. Super bulky and extremely soft Peruvian wool. Out of 30+ shades, I chose the neutral Ivory White (I know, I am sooo predictable 🙂 ).

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

For being that thick – you get 2 sts per 1″ – the thread is light, because of the nature of its spun. This spun has its disadvantages though – I know that it will start pilling pretty soon, but I can live with that – I have my sweater brush to put my knits back in order 🙂

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

And great news is that these bulky yarn balls inspired my to pick up my crochet hook and I am extremely happy with my swatches – will show you more as soon it is going to take some more wearable shape!

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

Thank you, WATG, for making me a part of your fiber gang 🙂 We are also going to prepare some great giveaways for you soon, and that always makes me happy!

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


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Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing with you a visual story of a cozy merino sweater – Wheat from Vintage collection for Moeke Yarns. It was so amazing to see Nikki’s (@satellitejune) interpretation of it for the Doina lookbook photoshoot, but I couldn’t resist taking more knitwear photos as well. I love these photos, because they do have kind of vintage feel to it, just like the sweaters and yarn itself.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

It is a true joy to see your projects growing on the needles and your versions of Wheat – I will never be able to express thorough words how it makes me feel! Thank you so much for sharing your progress – it is one of my favorite parts of creating knitwear – seeing how your idea sparkled something in a knitter and inspired her to pick up the needles and a skein of yarn!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat, with its simple cable sleeves, slightly elongated back, shaped with short rows and loose gauge, that creates a nice drape and slightly oversize fit is perfect for everyday casual wear. It would be perfect for travelling when you need something cozy to wrap yourself into on the plane.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I am also very pleased to say that it fit perfectly one of my dearest women and I am more than happy to gift it to keep her warm and cozy! I know that she will cherish this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope to see more Wheats knit this season! Please, don’t forget that it is still not too late to join Moeke Yarns Ravelry group with your projects – there are amazing sponsors and great giveaways in the company of the most friendly and encouraging people!!!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope you enjoyed this little photo album and inspired to knit this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support!


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