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Polar Bear. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Polar Bear is live today! First of all I wanted to thank you for writing such beautiful comments and emails to me about Polar Bear sweater, I really appreciate, it makes me really happy that you like this new knitwear design!

When I hit the “publish” button, I always look back at the moment when the idea just sparkled in my head and find it quiet surreal to see it in physical form – both in my hands and on paper, and what is even more amazing, on your needles in the future. I remember that day when my bed (which I often use as my studio “”table”, because it is big enough) was covered in swatches and skeins of mohair and wool, and I remember how excited I was about starting this sweater.

As I mentioned before, I was saving Crazy Sexy Wool skeins to create a project that will also be easy for beginners. And I am sure this sweater can easily become your first garment project, even if all you knit before were just some accessories. This wool is perfect for it, as it is fast to knit and each stitch is standing out.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The construction allows you to easily adjust the sweater to your taste, the pattern always indicate where and how to do that. For example, the neckline is designed as a wide boat neck that can be slipped off one shoulder if you wish to or wear it the traditional way, but if you are more into closed necklines, the pattern will let you know how to do that. The same is with the length, both of the body and sleeves – you can adjust it to your own taste, following simple tips.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have fun knitting Polar Bear and experiment with fibers and color combinations!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

General Pattern Information

CONSTRUCTION

Polar Bear is knit bottom up in the round to the underarm, then divided for front and back to be worked flat. The sleeves are picked up and knit in the round top down. Very basic shaping, suitable for beginners.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

The texture effect is created with the use of simple mix of knit and purl stitches in a stripe sequence.

Fiber Contrast

The sweater is knit in two very different fibers – chunky Peruvian wool and light airy mohair. This contrast creates a dramatic visual effect and makes the whole knitting experience more engaging.

But you are free to experiment and change this suggested design feature. You can make the sweater using just one kind of yarn and you will still get the textured look. Or you can use yarns of the same weight for the stripe sequence.

Sleeves

Sleeves are knit in the round top down, in a simple stripe sequence. The length is adjustable.

Neckline

Wide boat neck can be worn as a classic neckline or slipped off one shoulder. The pattern gives instructions how to make the neckline opening narrower, if you wish to.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 8 sizes with 6-6 ½” of ease. The sample is shown in size Small with 6″of ease.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 31″ [78.5 cm]

S 34″ [86.5 cm]

M 37″ [94 cm]

L 41″ [104 cm]

XL 44″ [111.5 cm]

XXL 47″ [119 cm]

3XL 50″  [127 cm]

4XL 54″ [137 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: 37 ¾ (40, 43 ½, 46 ¾, 50 ¼, 53 ¾, 56, 59 ½)” [95.5 (101.5, 110, 119, 127.5, 136.5, 142, 151) cm]

G A U G E

7 sts x 10 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking in yarn A.

Take time to check your gauge!

Y A R N

Yarn A – 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Crazy Sexy Wool” Wool and The Gang (87 yds [80 m] in 7 oz [200 g]; 100% Peruvian wool) in Ivory White.

Yarn B – 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of “Take Care Mohair” Wool and The Gang (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

Please, keep in mind that the yardage is an estimate.

The pattern has been edited by a professional technical editor.

Random number generator picked 3 winners of the giveaway – Christina (Ravelry ID christinapurls), Diane (Ravelry ID DMarieLynn) and Marne (Ravelry ID milesofyarn). You will receive your copy of Polar Bear today! Thank you for all your kind words about this design!

Polar Bear Sweater is available for $7.00

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By | 2018-09-19T20:39:34+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|6 Comments

Wool Gatherings

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a wonderful start of the week and had some time to devote to your projects. I have been working on projects with YOTH yarns for more than a month now, you should have seen my table – it was piled with countless swatches of all kinds. Finally I’ve put together a pattern that I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out, so far everything is still at the messy WIP stage. Daughter yarn is so lovely to work with, the mix of merino and rambouillet make the thread alive.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

While my sweater in Daughter is taking shape, I am already swatching with Father. This is what I understood about myself – to boost the creativity and ideas flow, I need to switch between the fibers, something about the variety of tactile experience inspires me so much. I’ve got to know Father in Alina cardigan, so for me it is easy to predict right now how it will behave in a new project.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

There are different ways I work on a sweater (because it is almost always a sweater 🙂 ) – for grading, swatching, any math I need a quiet space, with no background music nor other distractions. Then when I start the project, it takes me some time to “trust” the direction where it is going and if it feels right and not too many notes has to be taken along the way, I can relax a little bit and watch something along the way. I rarely take my projects out and about and wish I had a chance to do that more.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

And speaking of taking your projects out and about, several weeks ago I got an email from Samantha Brunson, the founder and designer of Sosa Knitwear. If you read me for a long time, you might remember the interview I did with Samantha where she shared the story behind her knitwear brand and her beloved New York City – World Crafters. Samantha. New York, USA. Samantha is starting a very interesting project in New York – *Bobble* Club House, a knitting social club. Each month knitters will gather to work on their projects, binge watch favorite TV shows and movies, chat about yarn and try new fun products from the sponsors!

Samantha about the club: “It feels like coming home. You don’t have to explain yourself or come up with awkward small talk. You instantly have a connection. That’s the kind of experience that I want to create with *Bobble*. A home away from home”.

Sounds like a knitter paradise to me 🙂 The next gathering is 26th of September – you can get all the information about the tickets at bobbleclubhouse.wixsite.com. I can only imagine how amazing it would feel – a cozy room, noisy city behind the windows, a movie and clicking of needles of your fellow knitters. We need more places like that in this world! Anyway, if you are in New York area, you should definitely attend, I am sure it will be a great evening!

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


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By | 2018-09-12T07:32:46+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Knitting|4 Comments

Polar Bear Sweater

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Some projects just happen, seemingly without much supervision from my part 🙂 Crazy Sexy Wool skeins by Wool and The Gang have been in my stash for quiet some time and I had completely different plans for them, when on one Saturday morning I opened my closet, saw these chunky cozy balls of wool and got the idea –  why not to mix them with something airy, light and weightless in one project? The initial plan for Crazy Sexy Wool was to make a basic accessory to demonstrate simple knitting techniques for beginners, but it seems like I am always drifting to sweater knitting no matter what. And then I remembered that I still had Take Care Mohair! leftovers from my Mohair Flor sweater and that was it – I immediately got this rush of excitement I feel only when I find something that I know for sure I want to knit and wear. I love this feeling and sometimes I need to swatch for weeks to get this feeling from the project, but I always recognize it and only then allow myself to put my idea in the pattern, otherwise it is just not worth it, I have to love it to make it!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I knew that I wanted that sweater to be beginner friendly with basic shaping, simple stitches and very straightforward construction. I think beginners projects should be fun and just as exciting as more advanced ones when you gain more skills, so I think this combination of chunky wool with thin mohair is a nice spice-up touch to the basic sweater. It took me a couple of days of swatching to put together the stripe sequence that has some slight texture to it and is very easy to memorize.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The sweater is so fast to knit, first of all because of the big gauge Crazy Sexy Wool creates and secondly it was just addicting to watch the change of fiber and stripes and texture as you knit, so you just don’t want to stop. I might as well suggest that you can make the entire sweater in 3-4 afternoons, it is that easy and fast to knit.

The moment I’ve made first couple of rows, I knew the name for it – Polar Bear Sweater. Because it is so deliciously chunky, soft and reminds me of ice and snow. It is something you will reach for in the cool foggy morning or cold evening when you just want to wrap yourself in warmth and coziness.

I also love that it is pretty versatile – though I am in love with the combination of wool and mohair, I know that some of you might want just solid color/yarn option – you can easily do that, just omitting the change of fiber, but because of the stripe sequence you will still get the texture.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am going to publish the sweater most probably in a week, but for now I would love to give opportunity to you to win a copy of a pattern. All you have to do is to leave a comment under this post and with your Ravelry ID if you have one (if you don’t I can use your email to send you the pattern). I am going to choose randomly three winners. The giveaway is open until the publication post.

I hope you liked Polar Bear just as much as I do and it will find its home on your needles soon 🙂

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-09-09T07:30:27+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|42 Comments

Wind of Changes

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Happy Wednesday! Today I have two projects to tell you about that touched my heart. Both of these projects are built on the faith and hope for the better world and finding place for all people in it.

Several weeks ago Marianne from Frisenvang yarns contacted me with the request to tell about her project she is planning to bring to life. Marianne is a part of a small company that is specializing in high quality sustainable alpaca yarn. I carefully read about what they do and what they aspire to do and I thought that their mission is amazing and something that you will be interested to find about too!

Frisenvang yarns are working with a group of local alpaca producers in the region Marcapata in the Peruvian Andes mountains. Instead of selling the raw wool to the companies, these alpaca breeders take part in every step of the yarn production process – carding, dying and handspinning. This way they are able to support themselves on much better terms.

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Right now Frisenvang yarns managed to give a better life to 265 people that are able to support themselves with their craft and create a unique high quality product that supports not only people, but also environment with its eco-friendly production process. Marianne and her partners aspire to bring in more people into the cooperative by educating them each step of the yarn production process and providing as many job places as possible.

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

To make it happen it is important that more people find out about Frisenvang yarns project. Marianne and her partners are planning to make a documentary about the community, alpacas and life in the high Andes. The documentary is scheduled to go live in 2019 and the main goal is to give a raw and honest look at the lives of people and animals in this picturesque scenery. I personally think it is a wonderful project, as we know so little about the yarn production process at the very root of it and people who make it happen.

You can read more about the project and support it here – “Documentary – Unique sustainable yarn and a better world”

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns


Veter Magazine

The second project I wanted to tell you about is one very special magazine that is being published in Russia. I have been following its founder and editor in chief, Vera Pochueva, for years now and when I booked my trip to Russia, I knew I wanted to visit Veter’s office. “Veter” means “wind” in Russian and as the cover says – Wind is a symbol of changes and power, bringing new ides, inspiration, freedom and passion. 

Veter Magazine

The magazine tells about small businesses started by all kinds of people driven by inspiration and infinite love for what they do. Each story is inspiring and I love how it touches upon not only the creative side of each project, but also the practical one – how much money was invested, how sustainable the project is, how much time and effort it took to see the first results. It is a very raw conversation of how dreams are being brought to life, not always bright and shiny, but with everyday mundane tasks performed consistently, with diligence and faith in yourself and your work.

Veter supports a charitable fund that I also donate to, “Enjoyable Aging”, the fund provides nurses, supplies and takes care of the old half destroyed nursing homes where lonely old people live.

Veter Magazine

I hope you enjoyed reading about these projects that touched my heart. It is amazing how much we can do together and bring the wind of changes…

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-09-05T07:05:07+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|7 Comments

Moscow. City’s Diary.

The Gift Of Knitting Blog

Happy Monday! I am glad to say I safely made it home after a very long trip to visit my family. Lots of happened during this time and it seems like I am starting a completely new life, which is scary, but I guess this is what I need right now to keep going. I would love to share with you my last three days in Moscow, I didn’t have any particular plan what I am going to do, just randomly walked around the city and captured its details with my phone. Lately I feel like this is the best way to travel for me, I enjoy the place, savouring each moment, rather than trying to do as much sightseeing as possible. I hope you will enjoy this visual walk with me today.

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I hope I managed to show you Moscow through my eyes. Though I have been pretty silent about my projects here, I have been knitting during my trip and have some fun things to share with you soon. It feels good to be back..

I hope you are going to have a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-09-03T04:53:13+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Travel|2 Comments

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|5 Comments
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