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Rain Sweater. WAK Pima Cotton. FO Details

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! If you remember this summer I published one more visual yarn story with Pima cotton yarn by We Are Knitters. At that time I was so busy with my day job, life in general and finishing the patterns for Vintage collection that I was craving for some unplanned, unpredictable and easy going knit. I “blindly” cast on and dived into this experiment on-the-go.A couple of months later this sweater came off my needles.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Project Details

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Pattern[/box]

Not that much planning was involved in this sweater. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to use elongated slip stitches – I just loved the smooth stockinette stitch fabric created by Pima cotton yarn and I felt like the slip stitches will create these “drops” of texture that will stand out, but not interrupt the simple background stitch. And as I was a couple of rounds in the neckline, I had another idea – what if to turn the dropped stitches into travelling across the sweater pattern. As soon as I tried it, I loved it and the rest is history 🙂

The name for the sweater – Rain – came in the middle of the project. In my eyes the diagonal lines of the elongated dropped stitches looked like drops of rain running along the window on a gloomy day.

 

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Yarn[/box]

Pima cotton by We Are Knitters. When WAK asked me to review one of their summer yarns, I knew pima cotton will be the perfect choice! This definitely my favorite type of cotton to work with – it;s amazing how soft and smooth it is and what beautiful fabric it creates – light, with crisp stitch definition and great drape! The other thing I wanted to point out is that the yardage for this yarn balls is so so so generous – I used just 3 (!!!) skeins for the whole sweater! I definitely have more that enough left for at least one more project!

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Design Details [/box]

As this sweater was planned as a zen knitting project, I kept things very simple.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Minimal neckline shaping that looks something between round neck or boat neckline, top down raglan construction with longer armholes for a relaxed fit, minimal shaping in the body and classic i-cord finishing.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

My favorite detail of this sweater is sleeves – the elongated travelling drop stitch pattern used for the central panel in the main body mirrored in on the sleeves, running from the elbow all the way down to the cuff. I think it not only creates an interesting design detail, but also makes it so much more fun to knit the sleeves – you will be addicted to see how the “rain drops” are being painted by your needles.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Thank you, We Are Knitters, for this fun collaboration! I really hope I’ve managed to show the beauty of this fiber in this sweater.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Test Knitting[/box]

If you like the sweater, please, let me know if you’d like to see it turned into the pattern and if you are interested in test knitting it. I will use my notes that I’ve made along the way and will finish the first draft of the pattern for Monday, October 2nd. Test knitting basically involves knitting the piece, sending me your notes/suggestions along the way and taking photos of the progress and the final piece and creating the Ravelry project page with all the notes and photos. You can also post about it on your Instagram account and the blog, if you have one. The deadline for finishing the sweater (including your photos of the finished piece and your notes) will be for Monday, November 13th (6 weeks from October 2nd). If you think, you can make it, please, send me an email at alina@giftofknitting.com or Ravelry message. Thank you so much!

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2017-09-24T06:58:20+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Finished Objects, Knitting, Pattern|9 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting – California Crop WATG Top

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

Happy Sunday! This weekend I finally had a chance to take photos of my California crop top I made with ribbon cotton yarn Stone Washed by Wool and the Gang. Summer crop top was on my must-knit list for ages, but for some reason I kept postponing it, maybe because my stash yarn didn’t sparkle the imagination – nothing felt as the perfect match for this kind of project. But when you find the right yarn, you have to go for it!

Ribbon yarn creates a very interesting fabric that has some structure to it, without losing its drape. It worked perfectly for the loose cropped shape of the top – it keeps its form, without being too stiff.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

I improvised the pattern, but kept my notes. I will post the instructions for it and all the FO details next week, so if you feel like it, you can repeat it for yourself or your dear ones. It is a very quick and relaxing project to work on, I’m sure you will like it! I used only three skeins of Stone Washed for it. This is a great project to take with you on your summer vacation – you don’t need to pack lots of yarn, the process is pretty simple and straightforward and as it’s short and sleeveless, you’ll be able to finish it in several afternoons.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

California crop top is for hot summer days; for unplanned road trips with dear friends; for signing along Pink Floyd way too loud in the car; for messy hair and sun burned skin…

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

Have a wonderful Sunday with your dear ones!


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By | 2017-07-23T08:35:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Finished Objects, Knitting|12 Comments

Pom Pom Socklets. FO Details.

Pom Pom Socklets

FO – Pom Pom

Well, I guess I am a sock knitter now 🙂 Finished my first pair and though they aren’t perfectly perfect, I love these socks – super soft, playful, made of cotton, ideal for summer. Thank you, my fellow knitters, for converting me :).

Project Details

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Pom Pom Socklets by Purl Soho is one of the cutest socks patterns I have ever seen. Perfect for beginners with very clear instructions and photos for the visual help. Though it was my first sock project, I didn’t have any trouble following the instructions once. Definitely recommend it!

Pom Pom Socklets

[box style=”rounded”]Yarn[/box]

SilverSpun by Feel Good Yarn Company from December KnitCrate surprise box is a blend of combed cotton, nylon, spandex and silver. It is very soft, sleek and stretchy – I loved working every single stitch with it. The only thing that I wasn’t happy about is how the red color left spots on the white background – you can see a few smudges. I am always careful when washing the pieces made in more than one color, because you never know how it will behave. Though I put the socks in the cold water and left them for literally 30 seconds, red still washed slightly out and left the spots.

Pom Pom Socklets

[box style=”rounded”]Modifications[/box]

The initial idea was to knit the socks in silver color and add the contrasting pom pom. But, as I mentioned in my WIP post, I decided to rip out the sock when I noticed that there might be not enough silver yarn. I read through the pattern a couple of times, carefully looked through the photos to get the idea of the construction, because you can’t really make modifications to the pattern if you have no idea about the logic behind it; it seemed pretty straightforward so I just switched to the red color as soon as I started the heel. As I reached the toe, I put one sock aside and started the second one and knit it to the same spot to find out if I have enough yarn for both toes. I didn’t, so I switched to red color again for the toe. That’s a great way to save you from all the consequences of yarn chicken game and trouble of ripping out.

Another modification I’ve made is the number of stitches picked for the gusset. Just like I mentioned in my Raglan Armhole tutorial, sometimes the recommended amount of stitches isn’t enough to close all the holes. I picked 2 extra stitches on each corner and decreased them on the very next round coming to the recommended number, but avoiding all the trouble of closing the holes.

Pom Pom Socklets

[box style=”rounded”]Design Details[/box]

The main detail that attracted me to this pattern is the pom pom. Super adorable and playful. I’ve made them with the simple fork, but I am definitely putting the real pom pom maker on my must buy list. I loved the Pom Pom Maker review by Julie from Knitted Bliss and I know that I need it in my life 🙂

Pom Pom Socklets

[box style=”rounded”]Helpful Notes[/box]

So, to sum everything up, here are some notes that you might find helpful:

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  • If you are an absolute beginner and have no idea how to manage double pointed needles, especially if the set-up rounds seem way too tricky to you, check this tutorial Casting On With Double Pointed Needles. It’s definitely worth to try and learn a new skill.
  • Be careful with knitting two colored socks, make sure to check how the colors work on the swatch to avoid any disappointments later.
  • If you don’t have a pom pom maker, check this very helpful video tutorial how to make pom poms using just a regular fork! It took me a couple of attempts, but at the end they turned out fine. Just make sure to use very sharp scissors!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

I have to work tomorrow, but it promises to be something exciting, so I am actually looking forward to it!


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By | 2017-04-07T06:53:19+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Finished Objects, Knitting|7 Comments

YOTH Cardigan

Textured Cardigan

This week one more cardigan flew off my needles – the project for YOTH yarns that I started this Fall is over and I am a little bit sad to let it go… It was a pure joy to work with Father in Hazelnut, this yarn has such an amazing stitch definition and it knits like butter!

YOTH cardigan is a top down cardigan with the yoke shaped as a compound raglan to ensure the perfect fit. It’s “framed” with a classic 1×1 rib neckband with a collar shaped with the help of short rows. The border is finished with an i-cord bind off.

Textured Cardigan

It has a very “clean” and refined look, just like YOTH yarns company whose aesthetics I tried to reflect in this knitwear piece. And, of course, I couldn’t not add some texture to it. I played around with the stitch that has been one my “to-knit” list forever, changed it a little bit and was very happy with the result. It reminds me, for some reason, of the palm leaf…

Textured Cardigan

I also love the wrong side of the cardigan – it has a completely different look, but also creates a very interesting texture effect! What I am also really pleased with is that this stitch is very stretchy, which will ensure that the body of the cardigan fits you perfectly even if your gauge was a little bit off.

Textured Cardigan

Father is very quick to knit with! I would definitely recommend it to beginners as it’s very easy to create neat and crisp stitches in this yarn.

Textured Cardigan

One more little detail that I love so much is a slightly curved edges of the border that create beautiful smooth lines.

Textured Cardigan

Textured Cardigan

The cardigan will fly to YOTH yarns soon, and though I am a little bit sad to let it go, I am really excited to see how YOTH team will style it – so looking forward to their photoshoot! I am sure they will do a great job, I really love how they present their yarns and knitwear. The pattern will be available through YOTH Ravelry store in winter 2017. You can follow YOTH yarns on Instagram @yarnonthehouse to keep up with all the updates.

Textured Cardigan

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

See you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-04-07T07:00:04+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Finished Objects, Knitting, Pattern|33 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting – Wall Sweater

Machine Knitting Sweater

Wall sweater is probably the most relaxed and shapeless knit piece I have ever made. It is so effortless to wear and it can be styled numerous ways – wide boat neck or slightly lower back neck or off the shoulder sweater. I’ve made the front piece 6 rows shorter than the back to lift it up a little bit.

Machine Knitting Sweater

I’ve always been afraid of raw edges, usually I prefer everything perfectly trimmed, which keeps the whole construction together, but this time I got out of my comfort zone and loosened up a little bit 🙂 At the end of the day, experimenting is my favorite part of the whole process. Plus, I can always trim the edges later if I feel like it doesn’t really work for me or if I feel that the trims are essential to keep the sweater in shape. So far I enjoy the “soft” edges.

Machine Knitting Sweater

I was very pleased with the texture created – it actually looks like a garter stitch, though it’s just a reverse stockinette. The garter is one of the most time consuming stitches to make on the LK-150 knitting machine. You have to manually reform each stitch every single row! I think it would take me more time to do that than knitting it by hand. But the pretty loose stitch dial (8) and the slight stiffness of the cotton thread created garter-like ridges. I like how there are countless ways to play around with one stitch and get absolutely different results.

Machine Knitting Sweater

Though this project is the most colorful sweater I’ve made during a long long period of time, I still feel very comfortable and “me” in it. The colors are rich, but still pretty subtle and subdued. And I love how two threads mixed together on their own in a natural looking patches of color. It reminds me of the artist’s used palette…

Machine Knitting Sweater

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying your cozy knits!


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By | 2017-01-11T08:04:29+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|22 Comments

Wall Sweater. FO Details.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

The Wall sweater was inspired by the colorful wall I found in the downtown. Though I very rarely work with color, this building ignited something in me and I mixed deep royal blue mercerized cotton with rich green shade of combed cotton. The swatch “told” me I shouldn’t overcomplicate it and make something simple and effortless. Drop shoulder sweater with raw edges knit in a pretty loose gauge to create a nice drape seemed perfect. The sweater is basically shapeless – there is no structure whatsoever, except for the seams, that hold the whole piece together. It is also a great first-sweater project for your knitting machine!

Project Notes

Yarn.

Mercerized cotton mixed with the combed cotton. I got both of these yarns in Mexico City, but there is a 2-year difference between them! Sometimes it feels like certain yarns wait for its perfect companion before being put in use. This cotton was one of the first fibers I tried and I always come back to it once in a while. It is not that soft, but it is very durable, the colors are always rich and it has a nice sheen.

Color.

My initial plan of colorful aquamarine/green combo didn’t work out due to the mysterious disappearance of a whole package of yarn (I still didn’t figure it out 🙂 ), but I guess everything happens for  reason as the dark blue/dark forest green combo worked amazing – I really love the result! And probably I wouldn’t even think of putting these colors together if not for the lost yarn.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Fit.

Made of four basic rectangles, the sweater is loose, drapey, effortless and comfortable. I set my stitch dial on the machine to 8, which is pretty big for this yarn thickness, but there are no rules in knitting and each experiment will give you certain results, not all of them will be successful, but in this case the loose gauge created a very flexible fabric. The front is slightly shorter than the back; I used “e-wrap” cast on (video tutorial) and left the edges raw.

Neckline.

Super wide boat neckline gives you the space to play around with it and model in various ways – slightly lower on the back, or classic boat-neck or a little bit off the shoulder.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Sleeves.

Will I ever get tired of the folded cuffs?! Probably not 🙂 It is such an easy way to add volume and texture contrast!

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

I have so much to catch on in the blogosphere – these days I didn’t even have time to open my computer! So, if you are waiting for an email from me, please, forgive my absence!!!

I hope you are having amazing Sunday!


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By | 2017-03-04T07:56:36+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|22 Comments
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