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The Edge Sweater. FO Details.

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

It’s been a busy time here on the blog – I am finally finishing all the projects I have been working on at the end of 2017 and happy to present them to you. Today I am sharing my new sweater design which will be released this Sunday – The Edge Sweater.

 

The journey of this sweater started one year ago. I was swatching for one of my new designs and desperately wanted to include extra cozy voluminous cables that would really pop out against the stockinette stitch background, but nothing quiet worked the way I imagined it should. But after browsing through endless cable variations, I’ve found a very interesting interpretation of the classic cable – created with extra rows of fabric inside the cable, it produced the extra volume effect I was looking for. For that particular design I was working on at that time, it didn’t quiet work, but I made a note for myself to come back to it as soon as the “right” yarn comes along. The moment I touched The Petite Wool – I knew that was it!!!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

The original stitch wasn’t 100% satisfactory for me, so I played with it for several weeks until I modified it the way that suited the yarn, the design and the general look of the sweater that I had in my head. And the rest is history – after months and months of planning I finally cast on and… finished the sweater in 7 afternoons!!! This is my personal record! But I just couldn’t put it down and all the planning definitely payed off – I didn’t have to rip off any part!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

One of the main points of interest of this design are 3D cables – slightly different from the traditional cable technique, this method produces extra volume that really stands up against the stockinette stitch background. That was really important for me – I wanted to keep the rest of the sweater simple and plain, and the classic cables do not pop up that much when placed next to the stockinette stitch fabric.

Halfway through the sweater I had another idea – what if I add elbow patches on the sleeves that will mirror the center textured stitch?! Well, here they are and I am in love with them!!! It adds a slightly vintage feel to the sweater…

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

The seamless construction, modified drop off shoulder sleeve, texture and extremely soft and cozy wool – I can sincerely say that I am extremely happy with this new edition to The Gift Of Knitting Designs family 🙂 And I hope it will sparkle the inspiration in you to pick up your needles!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

On Sunday I am going to tell you about the sweater in more details and host The Petite Wool giveaway from We Are Knitters!! You will have a chance to win a bag of these cozy skeins for your Edge Sweater!

But meanwhile, I am giving away 5 copies of this design today!!! If you leave your Ravelry ID in your comment, you are automatically in the giveaway!!

Thank you for being here!


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By | 2018-02-22T09:34:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|21 Comments

Knitwear Review. NYFW, Fall 2018.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Partow

I never lose the opportunity to see knitwear in all the diversity of its forms and shapes and fashion weeks season is a good time to hunt for traditional and unconventional interpretations of a knit stitch. New York fashion week is over and here is what the designers came up with for Fall 2018 – you will see everything from neutral classic knits to crazy and exaggerated forms.

Classic colors + traditional stitches + super oversized fit.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

A.L.C. , Khaite, Grey Jason

80’s vibe with colorful and bold intarsia.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Creatures of Comfort, Tory Burch, Derek Lam

Neutral traditional shades + plain stitch pattern + monochrome look + oversize fit.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Kes, Sally LaPointe, Nili Lotan

Dresses. Soft knit fabrics with gentle eyelet increases, neutral colors intarsia, patchwork and colorful crochet.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Brandon Maxwell and Adam Lippes

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Tanya Taylor and Alejandra Alonso

Exaggerated. Holes, extra long sleeves, super chunky colorful yarn, oversize poet sleeve with overload of embellishment.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Zadig and Voltaire, Novis, Ulla Johnson

Missoni as always is playing with color and stripes, reinterpreting the brand’s classic looks.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Missoni

Bold accent colors + drape.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Tibi and Sies Marjan

Cables, cables, cables!!! Overloaded with texture and volume.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Partow and Marina Moscone

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Jason Wu, Alejandra Alonso, Oscar de la Renta

Have a wonderful Sunday today!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of vogue.com


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By | 2018-02-18T08:19:37+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|9 Comments

Vogue Knitting. Review and Giveaway.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I got my first Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. more than three years ago, it was a beautiful edition in golden tones and one of my first big knitting reference books. I loved it dearly until a huge hurricane hit the town and half of my library was sinking in water. When I was contacted with the offer to write the review for the brand new edition of this great book, I immediately said yes, because I knew it would be amazing and something that you will also like!

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

300+ pages of completely revised and updated information on all kinds of aspects of knitting – starting from supplies and introduction to basic stitches to designing your own projects. It is jam packed with information in a very easy and comprehensive format both in written and visual forms. And apart from its practical use, it is just a great coffee table book – absolutely in love with the new cover design and its sleek pages with beautiful photos and illustrations.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I love how universal Vogue Knitting is – both complete beginners and advanced knitters will find it useful. One of the new sections for more advanced crafters are the chapters on hat, glove, sock and shawl design and construction – 100+ pages on knitwear design! This section reveals the logic behind the design, breaks it down for you in a very easy to grasp visual form and walks you through the whole process. So, if you have been dreaming of putting your ideas into shape, but were lost where to start, you will find your answers here.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

The book formatting is very user friendly – each section has its own specific color which makes it very easy to navigate. All the information is in the right place in the right time – photos, illustrations, step-by-step written instructions, schematics, charts – the editors used all the tools possible to present you each concept in the best way.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I really love this quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman at the end of the book… Yes, we, knitters, are very fortunate.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

GIVEAWAY

And of course, I cannot leave you without a chance to win a copy! Please, leave a comment under this post to enter the giveaway. The giveaway is open to US, Canada and Mexico until 25th of February! Good luck!!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-02-19T20:49:46+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Books, Knitting|61 Comments

Dusty Pink – The Petite Wool

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

While the new cozy textured sweater is in the hands of my amazing test knitters, I would love to show you the yarn photo story I created for Petite Wool that I used for this new design. I have been a fan of We Are Knitters for a long time and was lucky to try one of their kits one day. I was thrilled when the team offered me their yarns for the review this summer and gave me the full freedom of creating something original with it. As you might remember the first project was Rain sweater in their beautiful Pima Cotton. This time I worked with The Petite Wool – 100% Peruvian highland wool.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The yarn is something between worsted and aran weight and knits up very quickly. The spun is pretty loose which makes the fabric light and doesn’t make it bulky.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The Petite Wool comes in 100 gr balls, the yardage is generous and for accessories, like a beanie or a snood, you will need 1-2 balls. I used 6 skeins for a textured sweater with a very generous ease.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The wool is so soft and doesn’t feel itchy at all, I can easily wear it next to the bare skin – though my skin isn’t sensitive to the wool in general, so I cannot speak for everybody.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

As always I started the new design with dozens of swatches, trying different combinations and finding the right way to marry the fiber and stitches. The Petite Wool creates a great stitch definition and knits like butter – even in the pre-blocking state the stitches looked even and nicely defined.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Though the swatch process can be really time consuming, I truly believe it is worth all the effort – you get to know the yarn so well and dive into the project without any unpleasant surprises waiting.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

I can’t wait to share this sweater with you, hopefully next week I’ll publish FO post! And of course, lovely WAK team is preparing a great giveaway for you!!! Always so amazing to get your happy messages when you win some yarn goodness here!

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for reading!

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.


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By | 2018-02-11T09:08:39+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Yarn|12 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting. Structure.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

As Add One Stitch Knitting is already available for sale, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about the structure of the book and how you can use it.

The book is aimed at beginners. The main goal is to introduce you to the knit textures in a detailed and simple way and to show how learning just knit and purl stitches can open you the realm of diverse kinds of textured fabric. The book starts with techniques that are presented in both written and visual form – you will need them in your further projects.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

The next section is The Lessons. Each lesson consists of an explanation of a stitch you are about to learn, that is to say the nature of the stitch, how it will behave in different kinds of yarn and for what projects it is more suitable. Then you will find a very detailed, step by step guide of how to knit the stitch. After you get the idea, you can make the practice piece/swatch. And as you get more confident, you can move on to the actual project to put your new skills to action!

There are 15 simple and quick to make patterns for the scarf, pillow cover, hats, leg warmers, headband, cowls, blankets, phone case, pot holders, mitts, a bag and a summer top.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

You can work through the book either step-by-step, lesson by lesson, which means learning the techniques, then getting to know a new stitch, practicing it and finally making a project, using it. Or you can first find the project that appeals to you the most, something you can’t wait to make and start learning techniques just for this particular project – each pattern includes the list of techniques used with the number of a page indicated, so you can easily find them. And you can move from there – learn the technique that you will need just for this particular project that you want to make, practice the stitch used in the pattern and start the project itself!

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Though the book has been written for the absolute beginners in mind, those who have been knitting for awhile can also use it for those times when you are craving for some simple, one-page pattern that you can work on while binge watching your favorite show 🙂

I really hope Add One Stitch Knitting will make you fall in love with knit textures over and over again!


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By | 2018-02-07T10:44:14+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Mohair Flor. Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

When you love knitwear to the moon and back and your dear friend loves to play with camera and light, magic happens. We chased the sunset light to catch the halo of mohair and the texture of La Flor. The result is a collection of soft mellow photos that I hope will be able to show you the beauty of the fiber and stitches.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is the update for my La Flor sweater published almost two years ago. Inspired by the beautiful mohair from South Africa – Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang – the sweater features loose fit, simple finishing and engaging easy to knit textured stitch pattern.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Light as a feature, this sweater is incredibly warm and has a slight drape to it. Knit on US 10 1/2 needles, it is almost instantly gratifying project – it will fly off your needles! The repeated every 4th row “textured flowers” will keep you interested and in between rounds of good old stockinette will be perfect for relaxing knitting time.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

In Mohair Flor version I simplified the sleeves shaping – there are less decreases in order to have a slightly wider sleeve cuff and I omitted all the edge trimming – leaving the raw bind off edges for a more casual and cozy look.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

I love this sweater in the neutral – Dusty Grey – color, but you can also play around and some bright colors. Wool and the Gang has 7 shades to choose from – I would make my second version in Lovely Lilac

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is shaped the same way as the original one – seamless bottom up sweater with the modified drop shoulder sleeves knit in the round top down. Because of the nature of the pattern, you can easily modify the length of both the body and the sleeves of the sweater.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

One of the modification made to the original pattern is the neckline – in Mohair Flor I left it more open with the minimum shaping to create a wide boatneck, which, if desired can be also worn off the shoulder.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Genreral Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 30-32″ (75 – 81.3 cm)

S-M 35-37″ (89 – 94 cm)

L-XL 43-46″ (109 – 117 cm)

2XL 50″ (127 cm)

3XL-4XL 56-58″ (142-147 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: 35 ¾ (42 ¾, 49 ¾, 56 ¾, 63 ¾)” (91 (108.5, 126, 144, 162) cm).

G A U G E

11.5 sts x 14 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Textured Flowers stitch after blocking.

1 rep of the Textured Flowers st (10 sts) = 3 ½” (9 cm)

Y A R N

6 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of Wool and The Gang “Take Care Mohair” (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

The textured flower pattern is charted, has written step by step instructions and photo tutorial.

Big THANK YOU to my dear friend Elena for helping me with these amazing photos! I would also love to thank Wool and the Gang team for inspiration, beautiful yarn and offering such a great giveaway to my readers!! I really appreciate it!

Giveaway Winners

Randomly picked pattern giveaway winners are Zeta, Chris and Abelo!!! Thank you so much for taking part in the giveaway – you will receive your copies today!

Please, check my Instagram page later today to see Wool and the Gang yarn giveaway!

La Flor pattern (2 versions) is available for $7.

If you’ve already bought the original La Flor, please, wait for the update today – it is completely free!

Both pattern files are included in one pattern, which means you get 2-in-1 deal to have more freedom to experiment with your yarn and the look of the sweater.

Thank you for your support!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:04:53+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|14 Comments
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