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Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings sweater is live on Ravelry! This project started with Jesse’s email (from Knit One Crochet Too) – they have just launched their brand new yarn line – Daisy -and wanted me to try it out and create a design with it. In 80% cases I design from the yarn – the ideas start to form in my head when I have this tactile and visual experience with a skein in my hands.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Daisy didn’t disappoint. After the first swatch, I knew the sweater had to be simple, casual, but also true to my passion – knit texture. Seemingly simple design took several months to take shape in a wearable garment and instructions on the paper. I was looking for that perfect balance of the textured section and the stockinette – in my head it had to flow naturally along the yoke, the textured part couldn’t be too wide or too narrow, otherwise it broke the sweater into unattractive blocks that didn’t look coherent.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Many swatches and ripping off later, I think I managed to catch this balance of the gradient twisted rip pattern flowing along the raglan line that follows your shoulder and then pours into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

As you can see the rest of the sweater is a simple stockinette stitch. In my version I made the sleeves slightly longer – they fall all the way to my fingers, but this is just the way I love to wear my sweaters – you can stop at any point you want, the top down construction allows to adjust it without any problem. I also love roll the sleeves up for a more casual and relaxed look.

I also want to emphasize the importance of blocking – you just have to give Daisy fabric a quick batch, believe me, it is worth all the effort – the fabric smooths out and opens up in such a beautiful way.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

One thing that I want to mention is the instructions for the yoke. I can assure you won’t find scary “at the same time” phrase, I love to break things down in details – the yoke instructions are written individually for each size, round by round with the notes on the twisted rib transition and stitch counts. You will have all the information in one place, all you have to do is trust the pattern and follow along. As a knitter, I find this very convenient and I hope you will too.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Test Knitting.

When I sent this photo to Oriana and Theresa with the request to test Wings, I received such a kind response and they were absolutely amazing – sending me little notes and recommendations, so we could all, including my amazing tech editor, make sure that knitters will have a smooth ride knitting from this pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

The way Theresa sees the knitwear makes my heart sing! Theresa made her Wings in Daisy’s Silver shade – just look how airy and magical it looks… And again, the drape – just perfect!

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Oriana’s Instagram is one of my favorite places to visit – her knitting and travel diaries are mesmerizing. Knit in Royal Blue, Oriana’s Wings feature slightly cropped shape and 3/4 sleeves – the top down construction will allow you to make the length adjustments to your taste.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

 

General Pattern Information

Construction.

The sweater is a seamless top down compound raglan. The yoke shaping is written out individually for each size.

Design Details

Twisted Rib “Wings”

The gradual transition from twisted rib to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam create the “wings” effect.

Textured Side Seam Column

The twisted rib flows from the yoke into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Twisted Rib Hem

Twisted rib pattern is mirrored at the hem for a simple finish.

Sleeves

Extra long sleeves are knit in stockinette stitch and the simple stretchy bind off allows the natural curling of the fabric.

Neckline

The sweater’s neckline is framed with classic i-cord.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS 29 – 30″ [73.5 – 76 cm]
  • S 33″ [83.8 cm]
  • M 36″ [91.5 cm]
  • L 40″ [101.5 cm]
  • XL 43″ [109 cm]
  • XXL 46″ [116 cm]
  • 3XL 49″  [124.5 cm]

F I N I S H E D   M E A S U R E M E N T S:

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 34 ½ (37 ½, 40 ¼, 44, , 47, 50 ½,  53 ½ )” [87.5 (95.5, 102, 112, 119.5, 128.5, 136) cm.

G A U G E

22 sts x 27 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

Y A R N

4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of “DaisyKnit One Crochet Too (272 yds [248 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 38% linen, 32% silk, 30% hemp) in Patina.

List of techniques used:

Twisted Rib – written instructions are provided.

The pattern has been tested and edited by a professional technical editor.

The winners of the giveaway are Alix (Ravelry ID agbens), Melanie (Ravelry ID melshel) and Tamara (Ravelry ID tlgrover1). You will receive your copy of Wings today! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

Wings sweater pattern is available for $7.00

I am offering an introductory 15% off until Friday, 20th of July. No code needed!

Thank you for your support and for being here!


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By | 2018-07-18T07:32:57+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|2 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

For my monthly knitwear inspiration I would love to introduce you to Shuying Wang. I have been following her journey in exploring knit textiles for several months now and she just keeps surprising me with her vision and approach to knitwear.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Shuying is still at that stage where she is freely experimenting with the fabric, and personally this is my favorite time to watch a new artist – when he/she is not restrained with any concept yet and is just exploring the endless possibilities of knit fabric.

True to her concept, Shuying has chosen to take the knitted textiles pathway to give her the freedom to fully explore fabric construction and allow any garments and products to emerge organically from this.

 

SHUYING combines knitted and woven structures, in natural superfine cashmere with synthetic monofilament and celluloid fibres. Through her exploration of structure and combining opposing fibres, Shuying seeks to ingrain human identity into her fabrics. The outcome is a dishevelled elegance in a refreshing colour palette that both comforts and unsettles.

 

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

All photos are courtesy of shuyingwang.org and Shuying Wang Instagram

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Next Wednesday I am going to share with you a new sweater pattern, so looking forward to it! You still have time to enter the giveaway!


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By | 2018-07-15T09:01:16+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|5 Comments

Wings Sweater. Preview and Giveaway.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Today I can finally share with you some details of the sweater I have been working on since spring. The moment I had Daisy yarn in my hands, I knew the future piece has to be simple, feminine and with just a touch of texture. Linen, silk and hemp blend has a double action – crisp stitch definition and amazing drape.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wanted to keep the details simple, but interesting enough to work on. I always wanted to incorporate twisted stitches in one of my designs, I think they create such a great visual effect, standing out against the stockinette stitch background. But I wanted to use this pretty simple stitch in a little bit unconventional way – this is how the idea of the staircase pattern occurred to me – I just love this gradual transition to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam. And this detail gave the name to the sweater – Wings.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The rest of the sweater is very simple – good old stockinette with some Twisted rib on the side to keep you interested and engaged. After blocking Daisy opened up in such a beautiful way – the fabric floats around your body with a slight silk sheen. The sweater looks great with simple pair of jeans or white pants, casual and effortless. I’ve made my sleeves slightly longer, just the way I like it – they fall all the way down to my fingers, but as it is a top down construction, you can stop at any point you want. I also love rolling them up for a more casual look.

 

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The finishing is very simple – i-cord around the neckline and raw edge sleeve cuffs to allow the natural curling of the stockinette stitch fabric.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will enjoy making this sweater. The pattern will be published on 18th of July – exactly in a week! Meanwhile, me and Jesse (from Knit One Crochet Too) want to give you a chance to win a yarn kit and pattern copies of Wings sweater.


Wings Sweater Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

WHERE: The Gift Of Knitting blog.

TO ENTER Leave a comment under this post with your Ravelry ID or with the Ravelry ID of a friend to whom you would love to gift the copy of the pattern.

Three winners will be chosen randomly and announced here, on my blog on Wednesday, 18th of July .

Knit One Crochet Too Yarn Kit + Wings Sweater Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

Knit One Crochet Too is offering you the chance to win all the yarn you need to make your Wings Sweater!

WHERE@giftofknitting Instagram.

TO ENTER If you follow me on Instagram (@giftofknitting), today you will see a post on my account with all the information how to enter the giveaway!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on my Instagram (@giftofknitting) on Wednesday, 18th of July.

You can enter both giveaways! Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck!


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By | 2018-07-11T07:20:39+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|62 Comments

Portrait of Yarn and The City

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Past week I’ve got two packages that made my heart sing. First is a beautiful rambouillet & merino blend by YOTH yarnsDaughter. I worked with 100% rambouillet and 100% merino before, but never had a chance to try them in a blend. Daughter has a nice spring to it, creates great stitch definition and drape; and this neutral color – Natural Vanilla – got my heart, I see some textured sweater coming – just so inspiring!

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Along with delicious yarn, I was lucky enough to receive the most wonderful gift from my boss – a coffee table book New York. Portrait of a City. This is an absolute treasure, it is not just a book with pretty photos, but the actual story of the city with rare images from “over 150 celebrated photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day”.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

This book captures the feeling of the streets, the sidewalks, the chaos, the energy, the ethnic diversity, the culture, the fashion, the architecture, the anger, and the complexity of the mythical, mystical Big Apple.

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for Daughter, it is coming with me to Russia!! I am so excited to bring it on my trip, get inspired by my home country and, of course, share it with my Grandma and say to her once again – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me to this tiny yarn store 9 years ago, it made such a huge difference in my life. 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are going to have a wonderful day today!

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-08T07:24:15+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting. Alpaca Wheat.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to take some photos of this mix of Heritage and Wheat patterns with my dear friend. She is always up for photography experiments and I cannot get enough of the knitwear images. And when you find the perfect textured wall that makes the perfect contrast for the sweater, then the rest is easy. I hope you are going to enjoy this knitwear photostory.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am so glad I finally have the sweater in this perfect green shade that is deep, vibrant, but not too bright. It is a great staple wardrobe piece that I know I am going to wear a lot. Baby alpaca is so cozy that it feels like I am wearing a cloud around my body.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Love this marriage of Heritage and Wheat patterns so much, both of them were a joy to work on and to have them combined in one piece makes this project really special to me. The sweater is pretty fitting in the sleeves to stretch the cable section so the texture really pops out and the body is loose, casual and has a nice drape to it.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love how this very easy beginner friendly cable crosses create such a mesmerizing visual effect!

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-07-01T07:35:53+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

Change of Perspective

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Sometimes to move on in life or knitting you need a change of perspective. I’ve made a rule for myself long time ago – when it gets overwhelming, just get busy, look around you and try to see things from a different point of view. In knitting changing things fuels creativity and the flow of new ideas for me. I love switching between fibers and textures, this diversity inspires me so much and I am grateful that we, knitters, are so lucky these days to enjoy this abundance of choice when it comes to yarn.

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After finishing Wings sweater (will share it with you in July!!) in gorgeous blend of plant fibers in sport weight yarn, I was craving for something woolly and chunky. My Crazy Sexy Wool skeins fit perfectly. If you remember, several months ago I was planning to make a crochet cowl with it, but somehow I kept postponing it and a week ago I was struck with another idea that is still in swatching stage, but I think it might be “it”! I can’t describe how much I love this feeling when you finally “know” what this skein of yarn should become. Sometimes it takes me months to catch this feeling, but I decided never make something just for the sake of making, but wait for that perfect match of the yarn and idea.

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I am sure that this idea was sparkled by Daisy yarn, so delicate and drapey that my next project HAD to be something chunky and super cozy for new Fall knitting season. My hands love this contrast of fibers, it is a great tactile experience to switch between such different yarns!

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Have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-06-27T08:13:35+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments
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