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Book Yarns

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Happy Sunday, dear friends! First of all, I would like to thank you for your wonderful comments and messages and emails sent my way – I read every single one of them and I cannot express how grateful I am for all your support. Before Add One Stitch Knitting is officially released, I will tell you a little bit about the making process. As I mentioned in my previous post, this book is the result of work of many people and each of them made it possible to happen.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Today I would like to express my gratitude to yarn companies that were so kind and generous to provide me with the materials.

DROPS Yarns, Cascade Yarns, Debbie Bliss – Thank you so much for your support!

You know how much I love the process of getting to know the yarn before starting a projects with it. Though the deadlines were pretty tight, I still made a commitment to create my favorite, as I call them, yarn photo stories to share with you later.

When I got the confirmation from the editor that the publisher gave us a green light for the book, I asked two things – first, that the fibers we use are natural animal and plant fibers and second, that I would love to stay true to myself and choose neutral soft color palette. Thankfully, I got the full freedom in that and I started preparing the list of yarns and colors.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Cascade. Lana Grande. 100% wool.

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful fiber collection I was so lucky to work with! I mentioned earlier that the diversity of fibers and textures and colors is one of the most fascinating things for me in knitting and the fact that I received a box full of completely different fibers made me ecstatic!

Absolutely gorgeous silky 100% pima cotton and bulky deliciously soft 100% Peruvian wool by Cascade Yarns. This pima cotton creates a great drape and has a beautiful sheen to it. It is pretty slippery, so if you are novice it will be challenging to keep the stitches perfectly even in simple stockinette, but this problem is solved by the use of textured stitch for the summer top pattern provided in Add One Stitch Knitting. As for Peruvian wool, I published a full yarn review of Magnum yarn, so you can appreciate all its gorgeousness!!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

100% cotton by DROPS – creates great texture and the choice of colors is endless! The thread is spin very loosely, so the fabric created won’t be stiff at all.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Merino wool by Cascade Yarns and Nepal by Drops. Merino would make a great yarn for baby knits – it is extremely soft and not itchy at all. The spin of the thread gives amazing stitch definition. Nepal, wool and alpaca blend, became one of my favorite yarns to work with! It is just so pretty, soft and easy to knit with – would definitely use it for garment knitting!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Paloma by Debbie Bliss – magical yarn!!!! I have a big review about it that I published earlier and I also used the leftovers for my Simple Baby Hat free pattern.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

One of the most popular Debbie Bliss yarns – Cashmerino. A great budget way to add the touch of cashmere in your handknits!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Now to my favorite one. It is so so hard to choose that I liked the best – all the yarns are unique and interesting in their own way, but there is something about DROPS Andes that made me gasp – the way the thread is spin, the thickness of it, the amazing color palette, the texture it creates – everything appealed to me.

Wool Yarn

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Looking back, I cannot believe that it’s been already a year since I started working on this project and though it was probably the toughest year workwise, I know it was so so worth it! Every single project and yarn is very special to me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Just to remind you that the book giveaway is still open and Add One Stitch Knitting is available for pre-order!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

I hope you will have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:23:16+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Today I can finally share with you a very special project that I have been working on for a very long time. One year ago I opened my emails and… couldn’t believe my eyes – I was offered to write a book for beginners, introducing them to knitting textures. The idea of the book was to show to a novice that knitting is basically made of two simple stitches – knit and purl – and mastering these two stitches will open a realm of new combinations and textures. As soon as I read about the concept of the book, I knew I could do it – this was exactly how I started my knitting journey and the idea of basically endless possibilities created by just two simple stitches was the reason of my immediate fascination with knitting as a craft. And, after one year of work of so many wonderful people, this project has come to life!!!

I am trilled to present you Add One Stitch Knitting, a book for beginners, filled with simple, but eye catching knit textures and beautiful projects you can use to practice your skills!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I was at work when the courier brought me the first copies, I opened the package and cried… I couldn’t believe that it is finally here! It was such an emotional moment for me! I cannot express how grateful I feel for the opportunity to share something that I love with all my heart in such a beautiful way.

I knew I wanted to present the book to you in a special and meaningful to me way. So, I took my family on a morning hike, up my favorite mountain, wearing my beloved Heritage sweater that was protecting me from cool morning wind… I hope these photos filled with early morning sunshine, stunning views, majestic nature and my messy hair will be able to transmit how happy I am to be able to share this project with you here!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

As you can see, there are two editions for the book – US and UK, as the knitting terminology is a little bit different in two countries.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

US edition published by BARRON’S

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

UK edition published by Search Press

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

One of my favorite details about this book is the color palette. When we started working with my editor, Charlotte Frost, I told her that I see the book in subtle, soft neutral colors. This is more “me” and this is how I “see” knitting. I am really happy that the publishers agreed and I had the chance to bring my vision to life. I was also pleased to see that my Instagram photo inspired the design of the cover – I think it makes it so much more personal!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting consists of 15 Lessons, each of them includes the detailed instructions how to knit a stitch and a simple and stylish project for your home or wardrobe to practice your new skills. The patterns were designed for the beginners, but even if you are an experienced knitter, I am sure you will enjoy making these projects! One of my favorite patterns from the book is Hurdle Rib stitch bed throw made in chunky Peruvian wool. It is a great project to work on during cool winter nights – the blanket is so warm and it is quiet addicting to see this texture growing out of your needles!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I will tell more about the book in a more structured way next week, this post is too emotional and is getting too big already 🙂 But before I finish I would like to copy here my Acknowledgements section that is very special to me:

Add One Stitch Knitting

To my dear Granny Eugenia and Granny Lidia. Thank you for your unconditional love.

I would like to express my gratitude to a wonderful knitting community for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you for knitting my designs, your beautiful letters and kind comments. This book would never have happened without you!

I would like to thank my editor Charlotte Frost for guiding me through the whole process, offering comments, expertise and encouragement.

Last but not least I would love to thank my husband for believing in me.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

And now GIVEAWAY!!! The official release of Add One Stitch Knitting is planned for the end of January/beginning of February, but it is already available for pre-order! But you can be one of the first to get the copy of the book! Search Press (UK edition) and BARRON’S (US addition) are offering a copy for one of my readers.

To win a copy of the book, just leave a comment under this post and let me know, please, which edition you would like to get (NOTE: UK addition cannot be shipped to US and US addition cannot be shipped to UK!). If you have some time, could you, please, share with me why you come to The Gift of Knitting and what posts you love to read?

The GIVEAWAY is open until 29th of November!

Thank you for your support and visiting! It means a lot!!!!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Love, Alina.


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By | 2018-02-02T20:53:33+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Knitting|93 Comments

The Gifts Of Life. Sunset Hike.

Knitting Blog

Happy Sunday! If you are watching my Instagram stories, then you already “hiked” with me yesterday and saw this breathtaking view from the hill… Today I would like to share with you the images lit with the sunset light. Hiking is one of my favorite activities, it’s been forever since my last one, but yesterday I made myself put away the to-do list, got my tennis shoes and went up the hill to say goodbye to the sun. I hope you will enjoy this little photo story today and have a wonderful Sunday!

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Have a great Sunday!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:51:38+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|12 Comments

Ivy Sweater. Photo Album.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Today I am sharing the last “photo album” that I created for Vintage collection. Ivy with its turtleneck, cables and folded cuffs is my interpretation of a perfect cozy warm sweater that is engaging to knit and easy to wear. Ivy is knit using Elena yarn, holding two threads together. When I offered this option to Ioana, she loved the idea – hopefully this project will show how versatile Elena is.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Obviously holding two threads together significantly speeds up the process, plus it creates very warm sweater that will protect you from any harsh winds. Being a very sturdy yarn, Elena is perfect for cables – it creates a great stitch definition with very nicely defined texture, but it is also “lofty” enough for keeping the shape without stretching. One great thing is that I don’t notice any pilling on my Journey and The Choice sweaters, though they are more than one year old and have been worn quiet a lot.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

I love how this sweater is made of little details – cozy turtleneck, simple cable panel, compound raglan that follows your shoulder line, folded cuffs, side slits, slip stitch faux side seam…

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

One of my favorite details is how the cables are “flowing” into 2×2 ribbing. This little design touch makes such a huge difference to me and makes the sweater “complete” in some way.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy sweater is a part of MY Make Along 2017, so, please, make sure to join Moeke Ravelry group if you are thinking of casting it on or already working on it.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Cable Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support and I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:52:26+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|14 Comments

Heritage Sweater. Spanish Version.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Several months ago Isabel from Oh! Lanas offered me her help to translate Heritage Sweater pattern into Spanish. I absolutely loved the idea, as I know knitting is very “it” in Spain; and to be able to work through the pattern in your native language is always nice. So, today I am updating the pattern page on Ravelry and from now on you will be able to download Heritage either in English or in Spanish. Huge huge “Thank you” to Isabel for this amazing work! Isabel is running online yarn shop – Oh! Lanas – where you can find beautiful yarns, including Moeke, of course, and since recently Isabel is offering Wheat sweater yarn kits in her store!

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Beautiful versions by Ioana (ivandeurzen), Uiko (ouicco), Michelle (mamatronic), Sandra (knitwit010), Maria (mariag) and Svetlana (mauerbluemchen)

Heritage Sweater Pattern is available for $7

I hope you will enjoy knitting it!

Espero que lo disfruten! 


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By | 2017-11-05T07:59:11+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|0 Comments

The Gang Knits

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Happy Sunday! As this month is flying by, I wanted to share with you what is on my needles and (finally!) on my crochet hook (it’s been a long time since I started a crochet project!). My new old sweater project is the updated version of La Flor that I have been working on almost a year already, putting it aside when I wasn’t 100% happy about it. For some reason I always saw La Flor as the perfect sweater to experiment with fiber, and when Wool and the Gang sent me their new yarn – Take Care Mohair! – for the review, I knew that was it – the perfect match! It is easy to knit and the gauge can be adjusted to the new yarn weight. But with mohair it is a little bit different – it is definitely not the fiber that you can use for any stitch pattern, but for some reason I was sure that it would work with La Flor one way or another.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Just like I thought knitting the pattern as it is didn’t give me the effect I was looking for, so I decided to change some things and in a way simplify the pattern to make it more suitable for more types of yarn. After playing around with stitch placement, I finally found the fabric that I loved – and now new La Flor is growing on the needles pretty steadily. It is the softest and squishiest thing ever!!! I only hope you can feel it through the photos. Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang is extremely light, but because of the nature of the thread, it has some volume that allows you to knit it on pretty big needles – I am using 7 mm (which is around 10.5 US size). As soon as I finish the sweater, I will make sure to add these adjustments as the extra pattern material, so you can experiment and knit familiar La Flor, but in different fibers.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting


This summer my friends from Wool and the Gang sent me one more package to review one of their most popular yarn lines – Crazy Sexy Wool. Super bulky and extremely soft Peruvian wool. Out of 30+ shades, I chose the neutral Ivory White (I know, I am sooo predictable 🙂 ).

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

For being that thick – you get 2 sts per 1″ – the thread is light, because of the nature of its spun. This spun has its disadvantages though – I know that it will start pilling pretty soon, but I can live with that – I have my sweater brush to put my knits back in order 🙂

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

And great news is that these bulky yarn balls inspired my to pick up my crochet hook and I am extremely happy with my swatches – will show you more as soon it is going to take some more wearable shape!

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

Thank you, WATG, for making me a part of your fiber gang 🙂 We are also going to prepare some great giveaways for you soon, and that always makes me happy!

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:22:54+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments
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