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Grey Edge Sweater

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting! 4 years ago, on 16th of August I published my first post here and I am so happy I did! I probably will never express well enough how much this place means to me and how much I love being here. It pushes me in so many ways and makes me grow in many aspects of my life. Thank you for being here and for following this knit journal, it means a lot to me!

And now back to knitting. 3D cable Grey Edge, neutral lighter interpretation of my original The Edge, is my new wardrobe staple. I am visiting my family right now, and the weather is so unpredictable here – real summer days change to gloomy rainy afternoons that feel like Fall. The sweater is perfect to throw on – it is warm, but very light and goes with everything.

For this photo story me and my friend found a beautiful spot – just 15 minutes away from the city, there is a beautiful forest that looked like the perfect location for the sweater.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

I am not linking the yarn, because it was discontinued long time ago, it had been in my stash for more than three years before it found its life in this sweater. It is a worsted weight alpaca/Peruvian wool blend.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

As the yarn is lighter than the original, I was knitting XL size to get the intended ease. One modification I did was to shorten the length, it is not cropped, but this version sits higher on the hips – the pattern indicates where you can make this adjustment.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

 

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Compared to the original version, Grey Edge has less structure and more drape and movement to it – this is what alpaca does. If you want to add extra softness and flow to your knits, choose yarns with alpaca in its content. But also remember that it will pill more over the time. But so far, after quiet a few uses I don’t notice any pilling, I think Peruvian wool balances alpaca in this blend perfectly.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

 

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

The favorite thing about this project is 3D cables, they were one of the reasons why I came back to it. So addicting! It is this feeling when you catch “just one more row” knitting fever and can’t put down the project.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for being here!

Here is to hopefully many more years for The Gift Of Knitting!


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By | 2018-08-17T11:06:09+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Finished Objects, Knitting|3 Comments

St Petersburg. City’s Diary

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

My trip to the favorite city didn’t go exactly as planned, but these 3 short days were filled with dear friends, magical places and good food. This post is a collection of random moments caught here and there, each of them holding a beautiful memory about this place that will always stay in my heart.

I hope you will feel, through these simple phone photos shot on the go, the atmosphere of this unique city – magnificent buildings that make you stop and stare; cozy little cafes filled with smell of freshly baked bread and deserts and book stores hidden behind city’s doors; that distinct city’s voice made of traffic, announcements of the current exhibitions and excursions, street musicians and the mix of languages on the streets; the “texture” of the city made of colors, buildings, canals and people.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.
Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-08-08T06:51:06+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|6 Comments

Grey Edge. Textured Sweater.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Grey Edge sweater was supposed to accompany me on my plane ride across the ocean, but way too many things got into the way and on the day of my big trip, it was still missing one sleeve. Good thing I am not short on neutral knits and Mohair Flor kept me warm during my multiple flights this time.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for the Edge, I have finished it here, while sitting in the armchair in my Granny’s apartment where I grew up. It was such a weird and at the same time beautiful feeling to come back to this old place and all the memories.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I took Grey Edge‘s photos on a gloomy windy morning in my Dad’s garden and I love how well this sweater fits the surroundings and how this piece was knit on two different continents, both equally important and dear to me.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I mentioned before, Grey Edge is my slightly modified version of the original pattern, because apparently I can never have enough of a sweater design first time around and always crave a little bit more. The main modifications are the neutral color, finer yarn and shorter body length. Though the mods are not significant they make the sweater pretty different from the original and it is always great to have some diversity in the knitwear wardrobe.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-07-29T06:56:39+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Sea Salt

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! First of all I would love to thank you for all your support of Wings sweater and also for your kind wishes on my trip. Just 3 planes, 30+ hours on the road and I am with my family! Everything is still pretty hectic and it is hard to get back into my routine, but I am enjoying every single moment with special people and that is the most important thing right now.I am also happy to say that my knits and yarn traveled with me! I know that each piece I knit here will be filled with dear memories.

Today I would love to share with you the photo story of yarn that you have already seen on my blog – Father by YOTH Yarns. I loved our collaboration with Veronika and her amazing team so much, that I decided to devote my Fall projects to fibers from this amazing company.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

This time I’ve chosen Father in Sea Salt shade – lovely silver grey shade that I adore. I am experimenting with the needle sizes trying to achieve the gauge that will fit perfectly my idea of the future garment.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I told you before Father knits like a butter, the stitches seem to form on their own, easily sliding on needles. True knitting therapy for hands and mind!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am looking forward to sharing with you the progress of this project and, of course, the final result! I hope you are having a great week!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-25T06:32:48+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

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

Thank you for your support and for being here!


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By | 2018-07-22T13:25:09+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|4 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|6 Comments
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