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Happy 31 to me and the Biggest Birthday Sell of the Year

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Dear friends, I am flying into 31 today! You know, I used to think that birthdays are not worth celebrating and just a quiet day would be fine with me. But the older I get, the more special it feels to me, time flies so fast, it is important to celebrate milestones, birthdays and simple little things. I am so grateful to be here, not all people have this privilege, so I AM celebrating! I am making this day special purposefully – having a delicious breakfast, going to the gym (I know it sounds weird, but actually this is my relax space haha), grabbing fresh juice, booking a spa, because my body and mind deserve that, meeting with dear people, calling my parents and grandparents to tell them that I am OK and all is well. I would like to thank you again for being a part of this little journal of mine that will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything, life, you treat me well and I do not take it for granted!

I will continue our small tradition and run the BIGGEST SALE of the year in my Ravelry storeMy knitting will always be a huge part of my life and I feel so honored having the opportunity to share it with you.

To welcome my 31 I am offering:

2 for 8 promotion – 2 any patterns of your choice for $8!!! Just add any two patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 2FOR8.

3 for 9 promotion – 3 any patterns of your choice for $9!!! Just add any three patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 3FOR9.

10 for 20 promotion – 10 any patterns of your choice for $20!!! Just add any ten patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 10FOR20.

It is up to you which promotion you would like to choose (or use combination of them!)

The promotion is valid until Jan 19th, 4 pm, mountain time.

Thank you SO much for your support, it means a lot to me!

By |2020-01-19T14:56:06-07:00January 17th, 2020|Knitting, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Broken. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Textured sweater knitting pattern

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

textured sweater knitting pattern

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

Gold and Chocolate

Knit dress

Lately I was thinking how my attitude to knitting has evolved. When I just picked up the needles in my early twenties, I envisioned all these crazy designs in my head that I would cast on almost instantly. The result – so many disasters and unfinished projects. Now I “brew” my ideas, yes, I do cast on swatches and make the notes, but I do not rush into a project anymore, it takes time, a lot of time, maybe making me one of the least productive knitwear pattern writers out there, but I embraced my way of working and do not push it to make something just for the sake of making/publishing it. As a result I stopped “killing” my ideas, like literally nothing that I cast on lately has been frogged. Yes, I rip back and start all over again, I twitch things here and there, but the core idea doesn’t change.

I am working on a sweater right now that I swatched for back in April, all this time I was coming back to the swatch, looking at it, imagining it in a finished knitwear form; it definitely passed the test – I love how it is coming along, especially in this dark chocolate shade.

I also finished setting up my knitting machine and swatching right now with this “golden” cotton. It is not as easy as I thought it would be – my machine is getting old and it’s been stored away for so much time that its parts are starting failing on me. I hope I can recover it with oiling it, but maybe I would have to face a fact that it is time to let it go… Anyway, not giving up on it yet!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Knit dress

Knit dress

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2019-07-31T05:42:06-07:00July 31st, 2019|Knitting, Machine Knitting|2 Comments

Coloring

Color Yoke Knitting

Happy Tuesday! I started this sweater randomly, as a no-brainer project to work on after the day in the office. Though monochrome knitting is usually much more appealing to me, these earthy colors are making me think of a cozy autumn – cozy sweater, casual jeans, rainboots and walk in the park. Stripes are wide, so no endless end weaving at the end. As always looking forward to sharing it with you!

Hope you are enjoying your current projects!

Color Yoke Knitting

Color Yoke Knitting

Color Yoke Knitting

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2019-06-18T06:24:29-07:00June 18th, 2019|Knitting|0 Comments

Eugenia Sweater Project for Moeke Yarns

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

When Ioana from Moeke Yarns contacted me back in Fall if I would be willing to be a part of a new knitwear collection for Edingburgh Yarn Festival 2019, I said yes immediately – you know how much I love this yarn company and am proud to be a part of their story since 2016. We discussed the concept of the sweater with Ioana – she had in mind a texture rich knitwear piece with the vintage feel and with the variety of stitches to show off the beauty of Elena yarn. Texture and mix of stitches? I am always in!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I started with creating the moodboards in Pinterest and with swatching. Though my goal was to really get out of the standard logic of the pattern, I still wanted the knitters to enjoy an easy, not overly complicated knit. Something that will look like a puzzle, but where each piece of the puzzle is easy to put together.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

So I had the idea to cover the lower part of the sweater in cables with the use of the short rows to create an asymmetric cut and then throw in a mix of ribbing stitches. The sweater is broken down in half with the cable bind off.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Ioana organized an amazing photoshoot for the collection. Check Moeke Yarns IG to see the amazing work by Josh and Valentina – it is an honor to be a part of such an incredible team! Also make sure to enter the giveaway on Moeke Yarns instagram page – it is open until Monday!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I hope you will pick up your yarn kits at EYF next week and I will see Eugenia on many needles! The sweater pattern will be available online March, 21st.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By |2019-03-17T08:07:00-07:00March 17th, 2019|Knitting, Pattern|1 Comment
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