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Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more sweater is finished and just some scraps of yarns, swatches and ripped off beginnings are left. I love this feeling so much of holding a finished piece in my hands, but at the same time I miss the process of creating it. The good thing I can “re-live” all of it while putting each step of the process on the paper… Looking forward to sharing with you this cozy, texture rich pullover that I enjoyed working on so much!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wish you a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-09-30T08:26:52+00:00 September 30th, 2018|Knitting|1 Comment

Cables and Chocolate

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

My hands were devoted to YOTH yarns for the past several weeks. I will be happy to share with you soon what I have been up to in the knitting department 🙂 Meanwhile I would love to introduce you to Daughter yarn in Chocolate shade. As you can see, the skeins are much smaller that the Natural Vanilla one that I shared with you in July. I love how YOTH offers you the choice – you can get either the standard generous 330 yds size or go with mini, which is 165 yds, depending on what you need for your project.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love this shade so much and it turned out even better in real life than in photos – those tiny white speckles add more “life” to the fabric and make the whole knitting process much more engaging. It is perfect for simple stockinette stitch knits with minimum texture.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more thing that makes my knitter’s heart sing is this amazing book that I have just ordered – Knitted Cable Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan. Being obsessed with cables, I can’t believe I didn’t get it before!! I actually saw its copy for the first time during my trip to St Petersburg, but the idea of adding so much weight to my luggage didn’t really appeal to me, so I waited until I came back home and ordered it right away. I was not disappointed!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

Apart from amazing cable stitch source, this book is a treat to the eye! Neutral colors, luxurious textures, beautiful layout – it is the perfect coffee table book if you need some inspiration.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

In Knitted Cable Sourcebook the cables instructions are both charted and written row by row. Each photo of the swatch just makes you want to grab your needles as soon as possible! Apart from the stitches collection, the book breaks down the basics of cable knitting – from how to read the charts to fixing mistakes in your knitting. It also includes 15 projects that you can use to practice your cable knitting skills!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! I don’t have any major plans this weekend, just working, walking and dinner with friends.


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By | 2018-09-28T07:02:39+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Books, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Sweater Diary

Textured sweater knitting pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Lately I’ve been thinking that I would love to share more of the process of creating my knitwear pieces, because at the end of the day knitting is not just a pretty finished object, but all this beautiful WIP mess in between that we love so much. I do share of course some parts of it here, but not enough and for those I usually grab my Canon and try to take beautiful photos, but recently I started just grabbing my phone, which is easy and snap one or two photos of the process, without trying too hard – the swatching mess, first cast on, ripping off, starting all over again…

So I thought I would love to keep those memories here and create Sweater Diaries that I can come back to and look at and remember those moments of inspiration that ended up as a wearable piece and a PDF file that walks you through each step of the way. I hope you will also find them inspiring in some way.

My first sweater diary is for Polar Bear – here you will see those moments when I first got the idea to mix very different fibers in one project; first cast on, that I believe was ripped off later and started all over again; ripping off old ideas that didn’t end up as knitwear, but came in handy for this project…

Textured sweater knitting pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

I hope you are going to have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-12-05T07:49:14+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Knitting, Sweater Diary|2 Comments

Polar Bear. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Polar Bear is live today! First of all I wanted to thank you for writing such beautiful comments and emails to me about Polar Bear sweater, I really appreciate, it makes me really happy that you like this new knitwear design!

When I hit the “publish” button, I always look back at the moment when the idea just sparkled in my head and find it quiet surreal to see it in physical form – both in my hands and on paper, and what is even more amazing, on your needles in the future. I remember that day when my bed (which I often use as my studio “”table”, because it is big enough) was covered in swatches and skeins of mohair and wool, and I remember how excited I was about starting this sweater.

As I mentioned before, I was saving Crazy Sexy Wool skeins to create a project that will also be easy for beginners. And I am sure this sweater can easily become your first garment project, even if all you knit before were just some accessories. This wool is perfect for it, as it is fast to knit and each stitch is standing out.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The construction allows you to easily adjust the sweater to your taste, the pattern always indicate where and how to do that. For example, the neckline is designed as a wide boat neck that can be slipped off one shoulder if you wish to or wear it the traditional way, but if you are more into closed necklines, the pattern will let you know how to do that. The same is with the length, both of the body and sleeves – you can adjust it to your own taste, following simple tips.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have fun knitting Polar Bear and experiment with fibers and color combinations!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

General Pattern Information

CONSTRUCTION

Polar Bear is knit bottom up in the round to the underarm, then divided for front and back to be worked flat. The sleeves are picked up and knit in the round top down. Very basic shaping, suitable for beginners.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

The texture effect is created with the use of simple mix of knit and purl stitches in a stripe sequence.

Fiber Contrast

The sweater is knit in two very different fibers – chunky Peruvian wool and light airy mohair. This contrast creates a dramatic visual effect and makes the whole knitting experience more engaging.

But you are free to experiment and change this suggested design feature. You can make the sweater using just one kind of yarn and you will still get the textured look. Or you can use yarns of the same weight for the stripe sequence.

Sleeves

Sleeves are knit in the round top down, in a simple stripe sequence. The length is adjustable.

Neckline

Wide boat neck can be worn as a classic neckline or slipped off one shoulder. The pattern gives instructions how to make the neckline opening narrower, if you wish to.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 8 sizes with 6-6 ½” of ease. The sample is shown in size Small with 6″of ease.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 31″ [78.5 cm]

S 34″ [86.5 cm]

M 37″ [94 cm]

L 41″ [104 cm]

XL 44″ [111.5 cm]

XXL 47″ [119 cm]

3XL 50″  [127 cm]

4XL 54″ [137 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 ¾ (40, 43 ½, 46 ¾, 50 ¼, 53 ¾, 56, 59 ½)” [95.5 (101.5, 110, 119, 127.5, 136.5, 142, 151) cm]

G A U G E

7 sts x 10 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking in yarn A.

Take time to check your gauge!

Y A R N

Yarn A – 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Crazy Sexy Wool” Wool and The Gang (87 yds [80 m] in 7 oz [200 g]; 100% Peruvian wool) in Ivory White.

Yarn B – 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of “Take Care Mohair” Wool and The Gang (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

Please, keep in mind that the yardage is an estimate.

The pattern has been edited by a professional technical editor.

Random number generator picked 3 winners of the giveaway – Christina (Ravelry ID christinapurls), Diane (Ravelry ID DMarieLynn) and Marne (Ravelry ID milesofyarn). You will receive your copy of Polar Bear today! Thank you for all your kind words about this design!

Polar Bear Sweater is available for $7.00

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By | 2018-09-19T20:39:34+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|6 Comments

Wool Gatherings

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a wonderful start of the week and had some time to devote to your projects. I have been working on projects with YOTH yarns for more than a month now, you should have seen my table – it was piled with countless swatches of all kinds. Finally I’ve put together a pattern that I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out, so far everything is still at the messy WIP stage. Daughter yarn is so lovely to work with, the mix of merino and rambouillet make the thread alive.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

While my sweater in Daughter is taking shape, I am already swatching with Father. This is what I understood about myself – to boost the creativity and ideas flow, I need to switch between the fibers, something about the variety of tactile experience inspires me so much. I’ve got to know Father in Alina cardigan, so for me it is easy to predict right now how it will behave in a new project.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

There are different ways I work on a sweater (because it is almost always a sweater 🙂 ) – for grading, swatching, any math I need a quiet space, with no background music nor other distractions. Then when I start the project, it takes me some time to “trust” the direction where it is going and if it feels right and not too many notes has to be taken along the way, I can relax a little bit and watch something along the way. I rarely take my projects out and about and wish I had a chance to do that more.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

And speaking of taking your projects out and about, several weeks ago I got an email from Samantha Brunson, the founder and designer of Sosa Knitwear. If you read me for a long time, you might remember the interview I did with Samantha where she shared the story behind her knitwear brand and her beloved New York City – World Crafters. Samantha. New York, USA. Samantha is starting a very interesting project in New York – *Bobble* Club House, a knitting social club. Each month knitters will gather to work on their projects, binge watch favorite TV shows and movies, chat about yarn and try new fun products from the sponsors!

Samantha about the club: “It feels like coming home. You don’t have to explain yourself or come up with awkward small talk. You instantly have a connection. That’s the kind of experience that I want to create with *Bobble*. A home away from home”.

Sounds like a knitter paradise to me 🙂 The next gathering is 26th of September – you can get all the information about the tickets at bobbleclubhouse.wixsite.com. I can only imagine how amazing it would feel – a cozy room, noisy city behind the windows, a movie and clicking of needles of your fellow knitters. We need more places like that in this world! Anyway, if you are in New York area, you should definitely attend, I am sure it will be a great evening!

I hope you are going to have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-09-12T07:32:46+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Knitting|4 Comments

Polar Bear Sweater

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Some projects just happen, seemingly without much supervision from my part 🙂 Crazy Sexy Wool skeins by Wool and The Gang have been in my stash for quiet some time and I had completely different plans for them, when on one Saturday morning I opened my closet, saw these chunky cozy balls of wool and got the idea –  why not to mix them with something airy, light and weightless in one project? The initial plan for Crazy Sexy Wool was to make a basic accessory to demonstrate simple knitting techniques for beginners, but it seems like I am always drifting to sweater knitting no matter what. And then I remembered that I still had Take Care Mohair! leftovers from my Mohair Flor sweater and that was it – I immediately got this rush of excitement I feel only when I find something that I know for sure I want to knit and wear. I love this feeling and sometimes I need to swatch for weeks to get this feeling from the project, but I always recognize it and only then allow myself to put my idea in the pattern, otherwise it is just not worth it, I have to love it to make it!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I knew that I wanted that sweater to be beginner friendly with basic shaping, simple stitches and very straightforward construction. I think beginners projects should be fun and just as exciting as more advanced ones when you gain more skills, so I think this combination of chunky wool with thin mohair is a nice spice-up touch to the basic sweater. It took me a couple of days of swatching to put together the stripe sequence that has some slight texture to it and is very easy to memorize.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The sweater is so fast to knit, first of all because of the big gauge Crazy Sexy Wool creates and secondly it was just addicting to watch the change of fiber and stripes and texture as you knit, so you just don’t want to stop. I might as well suggest that you can make the entire sweater in 3-4 afternoons, it is that easy and fast to knit.

The moment I’ve made first couple of rows, I knew the name for it – Polar Bear Sweater. Because it is so deliciously chunky, soft and reminds me of ice and snow. It is something you will reach for in the cool foggy morning or cold evening when you just want to wrap yourself in warmth and coziness.

I also love that it is pretty versatile – though I am in love with the combination of wool and mohair, I know that some of you might want just solid color/yarn option – you can easily do that, just omitting the change of fiber, but because of the stripe sequence you will still get the texture.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am going to publish the sweater most probably in a week, but for now I would love to give opportunity to you to win a copy of a pattern. All you have to do is to leave a comment under this post and with your Ravelry ID if you have one (if you don’t I can use your email to send you the pattern). I am going to choose randomly three winners. The giveaway is open until the publication post.

I hope you liked Polar Bear just as much as I do and it will find its home on your needles soon 🙂

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-09-09T07:30:27+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|42 Comments
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