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Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

This summer I got an email from Megan with the offer to become one of the first designers to use an app that at that time was still a work in progress. We met in Skype, I was in Russia at that time and Megan is from Australia, it is pretty amazing how knitting brings people together from different parts of the world! We talked and she explained me the concept of this new way of working with your knitting patterns that to me seemed to be the future of knitting.

Making Things App is basically a Netflix for knitting, for the monthly subscription of $11.99 (which is basically less than 2 pattern package), you get the unlimited access to 1000+ knitting patterns. Moreover, the app is designed that way that allows you to use very handy tools that are always with you – no need to carry around the pattern printed pages, pencils/markers and all those little things that help you to navigate through the pattern. Highlighters help you to keep track of your progress, editable notes allow you to leave your your comments right in the pattern, counters will be handy for keeping track of rows, stitches, increase, decreases, etc; working with charts is also simplified – highlighter will help you to keep track of where you are in the chart. You will be able to enjoy a live pattern support along with video tutorials for basic techniques used in the patterns. So, basically you won’t have to look for extra information, but have everything in your app.

At the moment I have three of my patterns as a part of an app, little by little I am going to add more into my library, so you can easily interact with each pattern inside the app. Rain, The Edge and Wings patterns are already available in the app’s library.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

I am excited to be a part of such an amazing project and I hope you will also find it useful!


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By | 2018-11-04T14:32:47+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

Fog

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a wonderful week, thank you so much for stepping by and leaving such warm comments under my latest post. It was a wonderful “welcome back for me”. I am happy to say that I am back to knitting and taking photos of knitting of course. How good it feels to hold wool in my hands again!

I finished the math/construction draft for one design that I had an idea for several months. I love how I “knit” in my head weeks/months before I actually cast on and then see it come to life. This tactile experience is so precious to me. So far it is turning into a cozy and squishy piece of knitwear! I named it Fog for its grey color, softness and a slight halo the wool creates. Looking forward to seeing it grow on my needles and hopefully soon on yours…

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I have a working Sunday today, so my plan is to make some mint tea with almond milk, have a piece of chocolate, put on a nice music (obsessed with A Star is Born soundtrack right now!!!) and head to work. Life is good. Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-10-28T07:13:25+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|8 Comments

Amber

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
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