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Fitted Raglan Pullover. Details.

My off time is over. I am really grateful for these 18 days that I spent mostly reading, walking, meeting with friends, exercising  and knitting/crocheting. I really needed this time off. Now, full of energy I am getting back to my working routine.

My favorite sweater of the vacation time was the Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables. It kept me warm during chilly mornings and nights.

Knitting cable sweater

Ravelry Project: Fitted Raglan Pullover

As I promised I am going to walk you through all the modifications that have been done, just in case if you need it someday.

It was my first raglan shaped pullover! I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. Usually I prefer set-in-sleeve or drop-shoulder sweaters.

Knitting Cable Sweater

First of all, I chose the simple stockinette stitch background instead of the rib pattern. I loved the cable panel so much that I wanted it to stand out as much as possible, and the stockinette seems less busy to me.

Knitting Cable SweaterEdges. I just don’t like when cables start growing out of nowhere. The rib pattern was too complicated to introduce so it would naturally flow into the cables, so I took the easy road and made a folded hem knit on needles, size 3mm (the body itself was knit on 4 mm). I cast on with Backwards Loop (aka e-loop) method. It’s important to use this method, as it allows you to pick up the cast on stitches later when you fold the hem. Then I knitted 13 rows and on the 14th row I picked up the cast-on stitches and knit them together with the ones on the needle.  I think it gives the sweater a neat finished look.

Knitting Cable Sweater

The wrong side

Knitting Cable Sweater

 The same was done on the sleeves.

Knitting Cable SweaterCable panel. I decided not to repeat the cable panel on the back as the pattern suggested. On the one hand it surely saves your time and yarn, on the other hand you need to spend some extra time doing math to calculate the proper number of stitches for simple stockinette stitch back instead of cable panel.

Knitting Cable SweaterNeckline. I preferred the 1*1 rib pattern to 2*2.  I picked up stitches with 4 mm needle, knit two rows with 3.5 mm needle and finished with 3 mm needle. This way the neckline flows along your neck and doesn’t pucker.

Knitting Cable Sweater

As it was my first raglan sweater, I did a bind off on the front part similar to the set-in-sleeve pullover.

Knitting Cable Sweater

So I had to hide the extra fabric at the neckline in the ribbing.

Knitting Cable Sweater

I crocheted the chain along the neckline and picked the stitches from that chain. I think it helped to hide all the flaws.

Knitting Cable Sweater

I hope it helped if you are considering this pattern. I really enjoyed making it.

By | 2016-04-10T09:02:55+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|8 Comments

A late Adiós to 2014

Here we are, in 2015.

Knitting Blog Monthly

My dear readers, Happy New Year! My site crashed on New Year’s Eve. I am sorry for all the inconveniences. Thank you for visiting and your support, from the bottom of my heart. I hope you had wonderful holidays!

As it has become a tradition, I celebrated the end of the month/year with a long walk with my guy.

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Soft early morning light…

Knitting Blog Monthly

Looking back at 2014 I see that I have taken a lot of roads that I had never stepped on before. I feel grateful for every single one of them. I’ve learned a lot.

Knitting Blog Monthly

I wish you magnificent roads in 2015 that will bring you peace, love and true happiness.

Knitting Blog Monthly

 2014 was a great year. Challenging and inspiring.

My greatest moments of 2014

1. My trip to Russia. I had such a great time with my family and friends, ate tons of Russian food, visited the old towns and spent two blissful weeks in the countryside of my childhood.

Knitting Blog Monthly2. I finally started my blog in August. I planned it and planned it for years. Then I understood that the perfect time will never come and just started it. So far it’s been an amazing journey. Thank you so much for coming here. It really means a lot.

3. Odile hurricane 2014. Definitely something to remember. Grateful for all the lessons it gave me.

Knitting blog Odile

Projects of 2014

1.Scarf for my dear Grandma Lidia

Knitting Cable Scarf

I loved its texture. It will keep my Granny warm during long, cold Russian winters.

2. Shawl for my dear Grandma Eugenia

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The first shawl in my life. I am a sweater/dress knitter.

3. Back to Basics sweater


Was born and gone in 2014.

4. Textured Jacket from Vogue Knitting

Knitting Cable Cardigan

Was born in post-hurricane weeks. So many memories.

5. Simple White Sweater. Machine Knitting.

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I wear it almost every day.

6. Marine Striped Dress. Machine Knitting.

Machine Knitting Dress

Such a comfortable dress!

7. Wildflower Crochet Dress

Crochet Dress

Such a dear project to me.

8. Crochet Motif

Crochet Motif Tutorial

Quick and simple project.

9. Crochet Tunic Japanese Lace

Crochet Dress

A gift for my friend.

10. Fitted Raglan Pullover

Knitting cable sweater

The last project of 2014.

It was a beautiful  year full of crafting, emotions, new knowledge and experience. 2014, thank you for everything!

2015, welcome!

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By | 2015-12-30T08:28:53+00:00 January 4th, 2015|Adiós|12 Comments

The Last Project of 2014

Photography Elena Letitskaya

I finished my Fitted Raglan Pullover, just in time before New Year Eve.

Knitting cable sweater

As you can see it’s slightly different from the original pattern. If you don’t mind I’ll walk you through all the modifications that have been done to it in 2015. Meanwhile you can join me for a walk in Mexico.

Knitting cable sweater

As soon as I finished the last seam, I put the sweater on and headed for a long walk with my dear friend and dogs.

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater



At the moment me and my husband are taking care of our friend’s two dogs, so our house is quite noisy and messy, but so much fun. Our guy is a little bit jealous, so he’s really trying to get all the attention he can 🙂

Knitting cable sweater

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For me the weather is calling for this sweater which is made with 100% Mexican cotton yarn. So comfortable, soft, squashy and perfect for windy evenings and mornings.

Knitting cable sweater


Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater


Knitting cable sweater

I think this is the most beautiful cable panel I’ve ever made. I am in love with it. Neutral color allows the light to play its game. Different shades come out from different light angles.

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater I am looking forward to 2015, new horizons and new projects!

Knitting cable sweater

By | 2015-08-29T12:09:53+00:00 December 29th, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting|3 Comments

Creative Cables Raglan Pullover. Finishing.

This weekend I have been finishing my Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables by Melissa Leapman for Debbie Bliss. This project has quite a history and it was important to me to put the final touches to it before the clocks would count the last minutes of 2014. If you remember, this was my second attempt to make this sweater after the original one had been destroyed by Odile. This project truly belongs to 2014 and has to be finished in 2014. So I am determined to put it on before 2015.

Sweater pieces ready to be put together.


Knitting Cable Sweater

Seaming. Putting the “puzzle” together.

Knitting Cable Sweater

Knitting Cable Sweater

It’s interesting to notice how my attitude towards the finishing process has changed. When I started knitting, the idea of finishing always seemed so boring and time consuming to me. It was the reason for dozens unfinished projects at the back of the closet. But now I really enjoy the process, doing one thing at a time and not rushing. And I can say that the quality of my finished pieces has really improved.

 What is your favorite part of the project – casting on, knitting, binding off, finishing?

By | 2014-12-28T08:37:56+00:00 December 28th, 2014|Knitting, Work in Progress|0 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Red Valentino Knit Dress.

This dress from Spring 2014 collection by RED Valentino is just precious.

Knit dress

RED Valentino Spring 2014

I love everything about it: the silhouette, the neutral color, the stitch pattern. These lovely cables are so tempting to knit. And the wheat ear cables… A knitter’s dream. I love how they are gently tied together with a knitted I-cord.

If you ever fancy to make this dress, here is the link to the YouTube tutorial How To Knit The Wheat Ear Cable Stitch.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:03:16+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|1 Comment
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