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Moments 52/19

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The moments of beauty I am lucky to witness and share here…

The last week of the year and the decade. All I can say is “thank you” that I am still here, that I keep growing more and more into me, thank you for the inspiration and ideas, thank you for people and everyday business and craziness of my life. Today I am sharing with you some golden hour moments I was blessed to catch on one afternoon. I hope this year has brought you many moments that you are thankful for.

Thank you for being here! I’ll see you soon with more knitting and projects!

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Have a wonderful weekend!


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By |2019-12-27T07:29:49-07:00December 27th, 2019|Moments|0 Comments

Broken. Textured Sweater Pattern.

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When I was in my early twenties, I thought that “perfect” exists. That there are people, places and lives that are just right and any deviation from this ideal is a failure. Of course life always shutters and tears down this kind of ideas at some point. You make mistakes that change the course of your life, but one day you wake up and realize that those mistakes were exactly what you needed to become who you are today and also to never repeat them again. It is just life that happens. YOUR life, in all its perfect imperfection.

When I was swatching for this sweater and the idea of creating a “broken” effect came to me, I felt so connected to it and I knew it would become one of my favorite projects if I can translate the meaning that it has for me through these stitches. It is my way to say to myself and maybe to one of you there – It is OK to be broken, it is OK to be imperfect, there is a beauty in it.

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Broken‘s texture is created by knitting the classic stockinette stitch next to reverse stockinette divided by a travelling elongated slip stitch. The slip stitch is “moving” in a seemingly random uneven line to create the effect of a broken piece. As I mentioned in my preview post, I designed the direction of the line on the needles, trying to catch this unstructured hectic look, and only when I was happy with it, I created the chart. You are welcome to use this chart of course for your project, but you can get adventurous and create your own broken line. The pattern will give you the structure and the limits, but inside these limits, you are free to “make your mistakes” aka draw your line.

The rest of the sweater is very basic – top down construction with elongated raglan line for a more casual look, basic body shaping and simple 2×2 ribbing to finish the sleeves and the hem. The sleeve knitting is very fun as it is rare when you are using different stitches for sleeves, it makes the process more diverse.

As for yarn, I suggest you getting out of your stash a skein that you have been craving to use for a long time. I feel like simple stitch patterns ask for your yarn favorites, when the yarn plays a main role in the pattern. I used Daughter yarn in Chocolate by YOTH yarns. So cozy and deliciously thick, I love how it is spun. The tiny speckles in a thread made the whole process even more fun. Make sure that the yarn you are choosing can create a nice stitch definition so you do not lose the broken effect.

I hope this holiday season you will be surrounded by people that you love and that love you for who you are, with all your perfectly made mistakes and broken pieces of your heart.

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

Textured sweater knitting pattern

 

General Pattern Information

CONSTRUCTION

Broken is a top-down seamless sweater knit using the compound raglan construction.

The piece is knit in simple stockinette/reverse stockinette stitch. The center travelling slip stitch breaks the pullover in two parts, creating the textured contrast between St st and Reverse St st fabric. The travelling st is moving in a seemingly random uneven line to create the effect of a broken piece.

The yoke is shaped as a compound raglan, which creates a natural line that runs from the neck to the base of the armhole. Yoke instructions are written step-by-step for each size individually.

Stitches for the sleeves are placed on hold at the end of the yoke, then the main body is continued to the hem.

Then sleeve stitched are picked up and worked top down in the round.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

The texture is created with the contrast between stockinette and reverse stockinette st and the elongated slip st.

Sleeves

Sleeves are worked in the round top down, finishing with the 2×2 rib cuff.

Neckline

The neckline is trimmed with a simple i-cord.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 9 sizes with approximately 7″ of ease. The sample is shown in size 2 with 7″ of ease.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

Size 1 30″ [76 cm]

Size 2  34″ [86.5 cm]

Size 3  38″ [96.5 cm]

Size 4  42” [106.5 cm]

Size 5 46″ [117 cm]

Size 6 50″ [127 cm]

Size 7 54″  [137 cm]

Size 8 58″ [147.5 cm]

Size 9 62″ [157.5 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: 37 (40 ¾, 45 ¼, 49, 52 ½) (57 ¼, 61, 65, 69)” [94 (103.5, 115, 124.5, 133.5) (145.5, 155, 165, 175) cm]

Upper arm circumference: 10 (11 ½, 12, 12 ¾, 14 ¼) (15 ½, 17, 17 ¾, 19 ¼)” [25.5 (29, 30.5, 32.5, 36) (39.5, 43, 45, 49) cm]

G A U G E

17.5 sts & 26 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

Y A R N

5 (6, 6, 7, 7) (7, 8, 8, 8) skeins of Daughter by YOTH Yarns, 100% Domestic Rambouillet and Merino wool. Worsted weight (165 yds/75g). Shown in color Chocolate.

List of techniques used:

I-cord edge – written instructions and link to the photo tutorial are provided.

Picking up sts – link to photo tutorial is provided

Elongated slip st – chart, written instructions and link to the video tutorial is provided

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

I am running 15% discount to celebrate Broken’s release. The discount is applied automatically once you add the pattern to the cart.

Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful start of the week!


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By |2019-12-23T08:03:55-07:00December 23rd, 2019|Knitting, Pattern|0 Comments

Broken Sweater. Details

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Happy Friday! Today I can finally reveal you the project I have been working on for several months now. Since the very first knit sweater I was fascinated by the combination of knit and purl stitches and how this slightly different manipulation of the thread in your hands can create such a beautiful contrast. The idea for this design came when I was casually swatching with Daughter yarn in chocolate shade by YOTH yarns. I knew that this yarn will bloom best in a simple pattern, but I still wanted to add this touch of texture that I love so much in knitwear.

textured sweater knitting pattern

That is how the idea to “break” the sweater in two parts came – stockinette and reverse stockinette fabric. But I also didn’t want to divide the sweater with a straight plain line, it just didn’t “click” for me. And then I thought – why not to make the division random and hectic that will create a visual effect of a broken piece.

textured sweater knitting pattern

From there the knit was a breeze, well, almost – I ripped out the whole yoke when I realized that I don’t quiet like the way the line runs along the sweater. I designed the travelling line on the needles, trying different combinations of stitch shifting. And only when I was happy with the visual effect, I put it in the chart.

textured sweater knitting pattern

The rest of the sweater is pretty classic – relaxed body with the minimal shaping, simple 2×2 ribbing for cuffs and the hem, i-cord trim for the neckline.

textured sweater knitting pattern

I am really excited about this pattern and I can’t wait to show you the projects of my wonderful test knitters. The publication is on Monday – I hope I will see it on your needles this holiday season!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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By |2019-12-20T08:49:32-07:00December 20th, 2019|Knitting, Pattern|2 Comments

Moments 50/19

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Happy December! I hope you are enjoying this cozy pre-holiday season with your friends and family. During these weeks of absence here, I did some knitting, thinking, planning and trying to see the beauty in details around me. It was not that easy for some reason, though I am always eternally grateful for all the wonderful things that surround me. I guess it is just me.

I am happy to find back this urge to share my Moments with you and keep creating this journal of memories. My new pattern that I love so much is coming out later this month. I am absolutely in love with the test knitters’ projects and photos, so excited to share it with you – I hope you will pick it up for your holiday knitting!

I will share the preview of the sweater this upcoming week, meanwhile let me show you the cutest coffee place I’ve found downtown – I just love when small businesses pay such attention to details. It shows how much they love what they are doing and I will always support that.

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By |2019-12-15T12:17:52-07:00December 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moments 44/19

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Happy Sunday, friends! This week was full of moments of light, work and routines. Always grateful for the days like that.

I am head and toes in “digital” knitting – that’s what I call when I put away the yarn and needles and sit down at my computer to put my notes in order and shape them in a proper pattern that you can follow. It is always a lot of back and forth, each pattern is unique and the challenge is always to explain something that is so easily done on the needles in words and numbers that would be clear and concise.

But finally test knitting has begun which always makes me happy and nervous at the same time.

I also had a chance to see some interesting interior design solutions this week that I am happy to share with you below – textures, light and craftwork always inspire me.

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I hope you had some wonderful moments to share this week as well!

Have a great day!


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By |2019-11-03T09:29:22-07:00November 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moments 41/19

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I have a new working week routine that is helping me to stay focused and feel like my days are full, meaningful and conscious. Doesn’t it happen to you sometimes that you feel like you are in the race, trying to keep up with all the responsibilities and just barely holding your head above the water? And at the end of the day you feel like the life was sucked out of you. I had a few months like this and realized that I need to do something about it.

Now I wake up long before dawn, have a light breakfast, knit, work on the website, go to the gym, train hard just concentrating on the movements and counting the reps – no music, no phone, no emails, just me time. There is something so much more beyond physical changes, there is something going on inside of me during these sessions that makes me stronger in all senses of this word; I end up these sessions with 30 min of moderate cardio listening to inspiring audiobooks. For months I have been feeling guilty of not reading as much as I used to just because there is physically no time during my days to sit down and just enjoy a few pages. I know it is the question of priority, there is always at least 10 minutes in the day to devote to things that really matter to you. But now I’ve found the perfect balance – it is really a form of meditation of getting my headphones on, moving slowly and listening to people’s thoughts that stir something bigger inside of me. And only then it is the office and the usual day routine time. So far I am very happy with these changes, it is so important to listen to yourself and find what makes you happy.

During my weekends I treat myself to good food, my favorite people and just life as it is. This weekend was full of inspiring conversations, that revived my dreams that I put on hold in the back of my mind because they seemed way too wild to become true one day. So grateful and inspired!

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As for knitting, I am working on the pattern draft for a sweater and have a new project on the needles that I will be able to share with you soon.

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I hope your week was amazing, enjoy your Sunday!


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