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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 🙂

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 Gang – 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 Gang 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 Y  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 D   M E A S U R E M E N T S:

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 35 ¾ (42 ¾, 49 ¾, 56 ¾, 63 ¾)” (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 ½” (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 Gang 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. Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor update will be published this Sunday!

GIVEAWAY

Yarn Kit

Wool and the Gang 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

Holiday Spirit Knits

Textured Sweater

Happy Monday! I hope you are having a great start of the new week. Among all this pre-holiday frenzy there are my knits which keep me grounded – it is always so nice to come back to my WIPs after a long day. For these days I always need something mindless and familiar, in beautiful fiber that I will enjoy holding in my hands throughout the whole project. If you remember, I gifted my original Wheat pullover to my dear friend – it was just perfect for her.

Textured Sweater

But then I remembered that I have this luxurious baby alpaca from Magliamania in my stash, a gift from a dear friend. I couldn’t resist – I cast it on! I wish you could feel it through the screen… And this forest green is just right for the holiday spirit, right?

Textured Sweater

And one more WIP, oh so close to finishing, is my La Flor in Take Care Mohair – I am just so curious to see how my patterns change with different fibers. This light, soft and airy yarn reminds me of snow that I haven’t seen in so many years… It brings memories of the snowflakes on my face and of the sight of my parent’s backyard where my dog is playing with the snow.

Textured Sweater

Textured Sweater

I am determined to finish it before the clocks strike 2018.

Textured Sweater

I hope you are having a magical December filled with dear to your heart people, good food and inspiring knits.

Textured Sweater


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By | 2018-01-20T15:21:34+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Knitting|7 Comments

Giveaway Winners!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

It’s been a busy week here, at The Gift of Knitting!!! Thank you so much for your support, I just want to hug you all! I am happy to be able to give back to you in some way with the amazing giveaways sponsored by We Are Knitters, BARRON’S and Search Press!

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton Yarn Giveaway

So, the winner of the Pima cotton giveaway – Minako (Ravelry ID very-berry)! Congratulations! You will receive yarn from We Are Knitters to make your Rain sweater, in any color you choose! Can’t wait to see your Rain!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Thank you for participating in the giveaway! I will remind you that you will be able to enjoy 15% discount on We Are Knitters yarns until the end of January! Discount code – 15_giftofknitting

Add One Stitch Knitting. US edition.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

The randomly chosen winner of Add One Stitch Knitting, US edition, is Anne – I will contact you today!

Add One Stitch Knitting. UK edition.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

The randomly chosen winner of Add One Stitch Knitting, UK edition, is Anna Apelqvist – I will contact you today!

Congratulations!!!

Thank you for being with me! Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:22:08+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Knitting|0 Comments

Rain. Textured Sweater Pattern

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.After several months of work, Rain pattern is finally here! When I published finished sweater details back in September, I received so many wonderful words from you that inspired me to sit down and put my knitting notes/scribbles into order. Thank you for all the encouragement!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

For me every single project starts with the yarn and it is important to me to showcase the aesthetics and the vision of the yarn company I am working with. I love We Are Knitters for their relaxed, fun and modern approach to knitwear. When I got my hands on the gorgeous Pima cotton skeins in Denim shade (you can read the full yarn review here – We Are Knitters. Pima Cotton.), I saw a simple sweater with just a tiny bit of texture that you can throw on on a lazy Sunday morning and stay in it all day long.

Rain is just so easy to wear with its clean lines, subtle texture and beautiful drape, created by slightly loose fabric knit with deliciously soft Pima cotton.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain is a seamless top-down compound raglan with the lines following your natural shoulder curve.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Minimal neckline shaping that looks something between round neck or boat neckline and longer armholes for a relaxed fit. Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

The elongated slip stitch pattern both on the main body and the sleeves adds the graphic element to the sweater basic stockinette stitch fabric.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Minimal shaping in the body will get you into relaxing zen knitting rhythm and the slip stitch pattern will keep you interesting throughout the project – is so satisfying to watch how these “stitch drops” are growing on your needles…

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

I would love to say huge “Thank you” to my wonderful test knitters for helping me to make the patter better and easier to follow! Can’t wait to see all their versions!

@cloudsandyarn and @ahappymelody

General Pattern Information

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS 29 – 30″ [73.5 – 76 cm]
  • S 33″ [83.8 cm]
  • M 36″ [91.5 cm]
  • L 40″ [101.5 cm]
  • XL 43″ [109 cm]
  • XXL 46″ [116 cm]
  • 3XL 49″  [124.5 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: 33½ (36¾, 40, 44, 47¼, 49½, 52¾)” [85 (93.5, 101.5, 112, 120, 125.5, 134) cm]

Upper Arm circumference: 11 1/4 (12, 12 3/4, 13 1/2, 14 3/4, 16 1/2, 18)” [28.5 (30.5, 32.5, 34.25, 37.5, 42, 45.75) cm]

GAUGE:

20 sts x 27 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

YARN

4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins of We Are Knitters “Pima Cotton” (232 yds [212 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 100% Peruvian pima cotton) in Denim.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

 NEEDLES

  • US size 6 [4 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 6 [4 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 6 [4 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Spare circular needle.

OTHER

  • Stitch markers of different colors
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle

List of techniques used:

  • Elongated slip stitches (written explanation, charts and instructions are provided)
  • I-cord bind off and neckline trim (the links to the tutorials provided)

 

Rain Sweater Pattern is available for $7.00


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By | 2018-04-08T11:26:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|11 Comments
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