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The Edge. Cable Sweater Pattern.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is devoted to The Edge sweater, a textured knit with an unusual 3D cables, running along the body edges.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Whenever I start the pattern, I imagine how you are going to knit it and what you will get from it. The Edge was created with the knitter in mind who is looking for a wearable piece of knitwear which is engaging to knit, but the one that won’t require your 100% concentration all the time.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Design Details

3D cables. This is the main design detail around which the whole sweater was created. The traditional cabling technique is slightly changed in this design, adding a little twist (pun not intended ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to the cables which results in more volume and texture contrast against the stockinette stitch background. It was really important for me to place the cable right next to the plain fabric – so you can enjoy the mindless knitting time between crossing the stitches. If you place a traditional cable next to the stockinette stitch without adding any additional texture contrast, the cable would look somewhat flattened and with this technique I managed to avoid it and create the volume – it seems like the cable is growing out of the fabric. It also blocks beautifully and is not stiff at all. The great thing about these cables is that you get lots of in-between stockinette stitch knitting time. For me it seemed super fun and engaging – to look forward to the next cross of stitches.

The cabling is very easy, but for more visual help I added a step-by-step photo tutorial where I show you all the 3D crosses.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Chevron Seed Stitch. Why not to throw in the traditional knit/purl texture in the sweater design? Adds a great contrast to the cables, vertical placement visually lengthens the body, the chevron adds the geometric feel to the design and seed stitch “bumps” always look great!

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Elbow Patches. Some vintage touch to the modern design – I sprinkled the chevron seed on the elbows, mirroring the central texture panel. Again, something to look forward to while working on a simple stockinette stitch sleeve.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Finishing. The Edge is framed with classic 1×1 ribbing on the hem, sleeve cuffs and the neckline.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Construction. The sweater is a seamless modified drop shoulder knit. The body is worked bottom up and then the sleeve stitches are picked up from the armholes for a top down knit. This allows you to modify the length of the body and sleeves.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Yarn. The Petite wool is something between heavy worsted and aran weight, but the nature of the spin allows a nice drape without bulking up. It knits up easily and creates a great stitch definition.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

General Pattern Information

B O D Yย  S I Z E S:

XS 32″ (81.5 cm)

S 34″ (86.5 cm)

M 38″ (96.5 cm)

L 40″ (101.5 cm)

XL 43″ (109 cm)

XXL 46″ (117 cm)

3XL 50″ (127 cm)

F I N I S H E Dย ย  M E A S U R E M E N T S:

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 39 (41, 45, 47, 50, 53, 57)” (99, 104, 114, 127, 134.5, 144.5) cm.

G A U G E

14 sts x 16 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

M A T E R I A L S

Y A R N

6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins of We Are Knitters “Petite Wool” (153 yds [140 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 100% Peruvian wool) in Spotted Pink.

List of techniques used:

  • 3D cable – the step-by-step photo tutorial, written instructions and chart are provided.
  • Basic knit/purl texture – written instructions and chart are provided

I would love to thank my wonderful test knitters – Michelle, Uiko, Quynh and Ginta! Please, check their amazing projects in the pattern gallery!

Big thank you to my friend Elena for helping me with the photos for this post – you are the best!!

And, of course, We Are Knitters – thank you so much for giving me 100% creative freedom and for the opportunity to make one knitter happy. Yes, it is yarn giveaway time! Please, check my Instagram @giftofknitting today to enter The Petite Wool giveaway! The winner will get enough yarn to make The Edge sweater and choose the color! The pattern is NOT included in the giveaway.

And speaking of giveaways – I am happy to send the pattern copy to the randomly chosen winners -Alix, Margaret, Kate G, Magoo and Pixiewear, you will get your copy today! Thank you for being here and for commenting!

The Edge sweater is available for $7.

I am running an introductory 15% discount on the pattern!

No code needed! Just add the pattern to the cart and it will be automatically discounted.

Thank you for your support! Happy knitting!


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By | 2018-02-25T09:40:07+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|7 Comments

The Edge Sweater. FO Details.

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

It’s been a busy time here on the blog – I am finally finishing all the projects I have been working on at the end of 2017 and happy to present them to you. Today I am sharing my new sweater design which will be released this Sunday – The Edge Sweater.

 

The journey of this sweater started one year ago. I was swatching for one of my new designs and desperately wanted to include extra cozy voluminous cables that would really pop out against the stockinette stitch background, but nothing quiet worked the way I imagined it should. But after browsing through endless cable variations, I’ve found a very interesting interpretation of the classic cable – created with extra rows of fabric inside the cable, it produced the extra volume effect I was looking for. For that particular design I was working on at that time, it didn’t quiet work, but I made a note for myself to come back to it as soon as the “right” yarn comes along. The moment I touched The Petite Wool – I knew that was it!!!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

The original stitch wasn’t 100% satisfactory for me, so I played with it for several weeks until I modified it the way that suited the yarn, the design and the general look of the sweater that I had in my head. And the rest is history – after months and months of planning I finally cast on and… finished the sweater in 7 afternoons!!! This is my personal record! But I just couldn’t put it down and all the planning definitely payed off – I didn’t have to rip off any part!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

One of the main points of interest of this design are 3D cables – slightly different from the traditional cable technique, this method produces extra volume that really stands up against the stockinette stitch background. That was really important for me – I wanted to keep the rest of the sweater simple and plain, and the classic cables do not pop up that much when placed next to the stockinette stitch fabric.

Halfway through the sweater I had another idea – what if I add elbow patches on the sleeves that will mirror the center textured stitch?! Well, here they are and I am in love with them!!! It adds a slightly vintage feel to the sweater…

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

The seamless construction, modified drop off shoulder sleeve, texture and extremely soft and cozy wool – I can sincerely say that I am extremely happy with this new edition to The Gift Of Knitting Designs family ๐Ÿ™‚ And I hope it will sparkle the inspiration in you to pick up your needles!

Cable Textured Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters

On Sunday I am going to tell you about the sweater in more details and host The Petite Wool giveaway from We Are Knitters!! You will have a chance to win a bag of these cozy skeins for your Edge Sweater!

But meanwhile, I am giving away 5 copies of this designย today!!! If you leave your Ravelry ID in your comment, you are automatically in the giveaway!!

Thank you for being here!


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By | 2018-02-22T09:34:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|28 Comments

Vogue Knitting. Review and Giveaway.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I got my first Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. more than three years ago, it was a beautiful edition in golden tones and one of my first big knitting reference books. I loved it dearly until a huge hurricane hit the town and half of my library was sinking in water. When I was contacted with the offer to write the review for the brand new edition of this great book, I immediately said yes, because I knew it would be amazing and something that you will also like!

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

300+ pages of completely revised and updated information on all kinds of aspects of knitting – starting from supplies and introduction to basic stitches to designing your own projects. It is jam packed with information in a very easy and comprehensive format both in written and visual forms. And apart from its practical use, it is just a great coffee table book – absolutely in love with the new cover design and its sleek pages with beautiful photos and illustrations.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I love how universal Vogue Knitting is – both complete beginners and advanced knitters will find it useful. One of the new sections for more advanced crafters are the chapters on hat, glove, sock and shawl design and construction – 100+ pages on knitwear design! This section reveals the logic behind the design, breaks it down for you in a very easy to grasp visual form and walks you through the whole process. So, if you have been dreaming of putting your ideas into shape, but were lost where to start, you will find your answers here.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

The book formatting is very user friendly – each section has its own specific color which makes it very easy to navigate. All the information is in the right place in the right time – photos, illustrations, step-by-step written instructions, schematics, charts – the editors used all the tools possible to present you each concept in the best way.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I really love this quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman at the end of the book… Yes, we, knitters, are very fortunate.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

GIVEAWAY

And of course, I cannot leave you without a chance to win a copy! Please, leave a comment under this post to enter the giveaway. The giveaway is open to US, Canada and Mexico until 25th of February! Good luck!!

The giveaway is closed! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 28th of February!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-02-25T09:08:58+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Books, Knitting|63 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting. Structure.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

As Add One Stitch Knitting is already available for sale, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about the structure of the book and how you can use it.

The book is aimed at beginners. The main goal is to introduce you to the knit textures in a detailed and simple way and to show how learning just knit and purl stitches can open you the realm of diverse kinds of textured fabric. The book starts with techniques that are presented in both written and visual form – you will need them in your further projects.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

The next section is The Lessons. Each lesson consists of an explanation of a stitch you are about to learn, that is to say the nature of the stitch, how it will behave in different kinds of yarn and for what projects it is more suitable. Then you will find a very detailed, step by step guide of how to knit the stitch. After you get the idea, you can make the practice piece/swatch. And as you get more confident, you can move on to the actual project to put your new skills to action!

There are 15 simple and quick to make patterns for the scarf, pillow cover, hats, leg warmers, headband, cowls, blankets, phone case, pot holders, mitts, a bag and a summer top.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

You can work through the book either step-by-step, lesson by lesson, which means learning the techniques, then getting to know a new stitch, practicing it and finally making a project, using it. Or you can first find the project that appeals to you the most, something you can’t wait to make and start learning techniques just for this particular project – each pattern includes the list of techniques used with the number of a page indicated, so you can easily find them. And you can move from there – learn the technique that you will need just for this particular project that you want to make, practice the stitch used in the pattern and start the project itself!

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Though the book has been written for the absolute beginners in mind, those who have been knitting for awhile can also use it for those times when you are craving for some simple, one-page pattern that you can work on while binge watching your favorite show ๐Ÿ™‚

I really hope Add One Stitch Knitting will make you fall in love with knit textures over and over again!


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By | 2018-02-07T10:44:14+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Mohair Flor. Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

When you love knitwear to the moon and back and your dear friend loves to play with camera and light, magic happens. We chased the sunset light to catch the halo of mohair and the texture of La Flor. The result is a collection of soft mellow photos that I hope will be able to show you the beauty of the fiber and stitches.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is the update for my La Flor sweater published almost two years ago. Inspired by the beautiful mohair from South Africa – Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gangย – the sweater features loose fit, simple finishing and engaging easy to knit textured stitch pattern.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Light as a feature, this sweater is incredibly warm and has a slight drape to it. Knit on US 10 1/2 needles, it is almost instantly gratifying project – it will fly off your needles! The repeated every 4th row “textured flowers” will keep you interested and in between rounds of good old stockinette will be perfect for relaxing knitting time.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

In Mohair Flor version I simplified the sleeves shaping – there are less decreases in order to have a slightly wider sleeve cuff and I omitted all the edge trimming – leaving the raw bind off edges for a more casual and cozy look.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

I love this sweater in the neutral – Dusty Grey – color, but you can also play around and some bright colors. Wool and the Gangย has 7 shades to choose from – I would make my second version in Lovely Lilac

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is shaped the same way as the original one – seamless bottom up sweater with the modified drop shoulder sleeves knit in the round top down. Because of the nature of the pattern, you can easily modify the length of both the body and the sleeves of the sweater.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

One of the modification made to the original pattern is the neckline – in Mohair Flor I left it more open with the minimum shaping to create a wide boatneck, which, if desired can be also worn off the shoulder.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Genreral Pattern Information

B O D Yย  S I Z E S:

XS 30-32″ (75 – 81.3 cm)

S-M 35-37″ (89 – 94 cm)

L-XL 43-46″ (109 – 117 cm)

2XL 50″ (127 cm)

3XL-4XL 56-58″ (142-147 cm)

F I N I S H E Dย ย  M E A S U R E M E N T S:

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 35 ยพ (42 ยพ, 49 ยพ, 56 ยพ, 63 ยพ)” (91 (108.5, 126, 144, 162) cm).

G A U G E

11.5 sts x 14 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Textured Flowers stitch after blocking.

1 rep of the Textured Flowers st (10 sts) = 3 ยฝ” (9 cm)

Y A R N

6 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of Wool and The Gang “Take Care Mohair” (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

The textured flower pattern is charted, has written step by step instructions and photo tutorial.

Big THANK YOU to my dear friend Elena for helping me with these amazing photos! I would also love to thank Wool and the Gangย team for inspiration, beautiful yarn and offering such a great giveaway to my readers!! I really appreciate it!

Giveaway Winners

Randomly picked pattern giveaway winners are Zeta, Chris and Abelo!!! Thank you so much for taking part in the giveaway – you will receive your copies today!

Please, check my Instagram page later today to see Wool and the Gang yarn giveaway!

La Flor pattern (2 versions) is available for $7.

If you’ve already bought the original La Flor, please, wait for the update today – it is completely free!

Both pattern files are included in one pattern, which means you get 2-in-1 deal to have more freedom to experiment with your yarn and the look of the sweater.

Thank you for your support!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:04:53+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|14 Comments

Mohair Flor Sweater and Giveaway

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Today I can finally share with you the sweater I have been working on for quiet awhile. When I first got Take Care Mohair skeins in my hands, I was overwhelmed with ideas and made countless swatches, trying to show off this beautiful fiber at its best. But they never “clicked” enough for me to turn them into a sweater, so I put them away for some time. Once I was wearing my La Flor sweater for a walk in town and this idea came to me – what this stitch pattern would look like in mohair? As I said before, I consider La Flor as one of my most versatile designs – you can play around with ease and many kinds of fiber to get a completely unique look. My first swatch made me really happy – I knew immediate that this is what I was looking for! I imagined a super cozy oversize mohair sweater covered in textured “flowers”.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

But I knew I wanted to change some things in the existing design to fit new yarn. Mohair is fuzzy and it takes away the crisp stitch definition, which means it won’t work for every stitch pattern out there. So, I slightly changed the main stitch pattern of La Flor to fit new gauge and also opted for a more simple 1×1 rib for the hem, instead of a more “texture heavy” moss rib used in the original sweater.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

This way the pattern just bloomed – I love how the texture is slightly “blurred” by mohair, but it is still there and creates beautiful visual effect.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

One of the biggest changes made was the gauge obviously. The original La Flor was knit on much smaller needles and textured “flowers” look tiny compared to this version. Though I was knitting it on 7 mm needles, which is probably the highest number I went with for the sweater, the nature of this yarn doesn’t make it look bulky at all. In fact, it is probably the lightest sweater I own – you don’t feel the weight of it on your body at all. It is more like a big soft fluffy cloud surrounding your skin – amazing feeling! And with all that, it is very warm!

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Among new details, you will also notice an added side split on the hem, raw sleeve edges and simple boat neck that is wide enough to wear off the shoulder. The modified drop shoulder sleeve is constructed in the same manner as the original one, the only thing that changed is the stitch count, obviously.ย Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor update will be published this Sunday!

GIVEAWAY

Yarn Kit

Wool and the Gangย team is offering you a bag full of the delicious Take Care Mohair skeins to make your own version of Mohair Flor. And the best part – you can choose your color! Take Care Mohair comes in 7 beautiful shades – you can stick to the original neutral grey or go bright! My advice – don’t choose too dark colors, so you don’t lose the texture effect of the stitch pattern. The winner will also receive the pattern copy! The yarn giveaway is open worldwide, except for Russia.

For yarn and one pattern copy giveaway, please, check my Instagram page today!

Wool And The Gang. Take Care Mohair | The Gift Of Knitting

Pattern

And here I would love to giveaway 3 copies of the pattern, either for you or for your dear knitting friends. Just leave a comment under this post with your (or your friend’s) Ravelry ID and I will randomly choose the winner this Sunday!

Good luck and thank you for being with me!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:00:00+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Knitting, Pattern, Yarn|38 Comments
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