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The Violet Gift. Wearing.

Ever since I learned how to knit and relearned how to crochet, I wanted to give. Giving in the form of handmade is the most fulfilling thing  for me. I remember always breaking my head over what to give for birthdays/weddings/anniversaries to my friends and relatives. Right now it’s out of question. I interweave my time, my skills, my knowledge, my love for fiber and for the process of creating into a final piece.  For me it is the most sincere and heartfelt “thank you”.

The Violet Gift is a huge Thank You for my dear friend, Elena, for her support, love and encouragement. Thank you for being with me!

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I always feel a little bit nervous when making the garments for others. When I knit or crochet something for myself, I can always stop, try it on, fix it her, fix it there and keep going. Creating a garment for another person is a different story, slightly nerve-racking for me 🙂 Basically I am half blindfolded. I don’t know if the fit/color/fiber combination is going to work on another person. So, I just trust my instincts and experiment, but always try to keep it simple.

I was really happy to make this dress for Elena. I think she looks absolutely amazing in it!

Machine Knitting DressThe Violet Gift will hold memories of the post-hurricane months, excitement to welcome an old friend into my new life and countless hours spent cleaning the knitting machine 🙂

All the details about the yarn, machine and techniques used can be seen here – The Violet Gift Dress. Details. 




By | 2016-04-10T08:53:07+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|14 Comments

The Violet Gift Dress. Details.

FO – The Violet Gift dress. Machine knitting.

Machine Knitting Dress

It was a long-playing project… I started it back in November, so it took me more than 4 months to finish! Mostly it was due to the fact that the Violet Gift was the first project on my post-hurricane knitting machine. I cleaned and oiled it before using, but as it turned out not good enough. After 50 or so rows I noticed oily spots on the fabric and had to take it off the machine. I did a thorough research and as it turned out I overoiled my machine and had to take the sponge bar and every single needle (150!!!) out, wash it with soup, dry it and put it back one by one. This YouTube video helped tremendously! And Ravelry Machine knitting group, of course. Guys, you are the best!!!

I think it took me two full Woolful podcasts just to put each needle back into machine! But it was such a great experience, now I take a proper care of my machine and I am more aware how it works and where to look if something goes wrong. One more proof of not to be discouraged by mistakes and failures – they help you move forward.

Anyway, the dress is off the machine, blocked and ready to be put on. Violet Gift, as you can guess, is a gift. For my dear friend Elena. We made some pictures of her wearing the dress and as soon as they are ready I am going to post about it. For now, I’ll walk you through the details.

Project Notes

Ravelry page. The Violet Gift Dress

Pattern. Mine

Knitting machine. The dress was knit on Silver Reed LK150, stitch dial for the hem – 3.5, stitch dial for the main body – 4.

Yarn. Everything started with these beautiful skeins. Can you guess the fiber? Of course, it’s cotton 🙂 Armonia – local, 100%, mercerized. I can never get enough of it! I use the same yarn for my machine knitting that I use for hand knitting. Love this color!


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Fit. It’s a classic double-tapered silhouette. It’s basically a modification of my Marine Dress that I made for myself several months ago.

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Design details.

Hem. I knit 20 rows, then turned the edge and put the cast on stitches with current stitches on the machine needles and knit them together. It gives you a very neat edge that doesn’t roll up.

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Waist is accentuated by simple crochet ties. Just chain as many stitches as you need to get the proper length and single crochet one row. I used the contrasting ivory color.

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…is trimmed with beautiful reverse single crochet stitch. It’s funny, in Russian it’s called a “crayfish step stitch”, because you go backwards with your hook. 🙂 This YouTube video very clearly explains how to crochet it.

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Armholes are trimmed with basic single crochet.

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I was so happy to finish this dress and now my mind is already full of ideas what to make next!

I hope you had a lovely week! Happy Sunday!


By | 2015-05-22T21:10:28+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|16 Comments

Knitted Striped Marine Dress

Good morning!

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Dresses… Knitted or crochet, I just love making and wearing them.

machine knitting dress

Usually I come up with the ideas only after making several swatches, figuring out what I can do with the yarn. But this dress has been in my mind for ages. I knew I wanted a simple striped dress of classic silhouette.

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This dress has been in WIPs for 4 months. I didn’t want to hurry, I wanted to do everything properly. I took my time preparing a swatch, doing all the numbers and choosing colors.

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I just can’t tell you how comfortable it is. The cotton is so cozy and incredibly soft. A delight to wear.

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The dress was knit on Silver Reed LK 150 knitting machine. Stitch dial – 4.

The dress features a basic reverse stockinette stitch. I love how white is mixing in with grey.

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Straight below the knee skirt

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The neckline is trimmed with double crochet.

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The armhole openings are trimmed with single crochet.

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The hem facing.

Machine Knitting DressThese pictures were taken by my very talented friend, Elena Letitskaya, at one of the most beautiful places here – a local marina. I just love this place, which is so peaceful and quiet in the morning…

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It was such a beautiful morning. The air was fresh, even chilly. Knitwear weather.

Feeling grateful…

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Happy Sunday!

By | 2015-11-25T10:08:21+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|12 Comments

Simple White Sweater

Basic white sweater that can be effortlessly thrown on with jeans was on my must-knit list for ages, since I learned how to cast on. But I was always distracted and tempted  by complicated and challenging patterns. But finally I got to it on my knitting machine.

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This sweater has been in WIPs for a long time. I started it in summer and finished it in October. It’s a paradox, but my machine knitting projects take me more time to finish than hand knitting. Maybe because I always do my own numbers for machine knitting, so a preparation takes much more time. Plus I don’t do machine knitting as much as hand knitting.

The sweater is a standard drop shoulder boatneck pullover with a slightly shaped waist and rolled up sleeves.



Reverse stockinette stitch.



The ribbing for the hem and sleeves was done by hand and then put on a knitting machine. The rib pattern is called “seed knit rib“. I’ve seen it in Nicky Epstein’s book “Knitting on the Edge” a long time ago. It’s a perfect ribbing if you don’t want your sweater to be pulled too much at the hem and sleeve cuffs.  




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Pieces were put together by crochet slip stitch.

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The sweater is made of soft 100% cotton yarn. I love the feel of it on my skin – so soft, cozy and light, but warm enough for cool mornings and nights.





I am so happy that I actually made it after planning it for 4 years!

By | 2015-07-27T09:48:04+00:00 November 12th, 2014|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|4 Comments

Musings Of a Handknitter on Machine Knitting

Odile-recovery is still going on here… Yesterday I finally got to my knitting machine, which was wrapped up in blankets and hidden in a closet during the hurricane. It survived, but needs some oiling. As it’s almost impossible to buy anything in half destroyed shops right now, I should probably wait for another couple of weeks before using it again.

I started to think about buying a knitting machine a couple of years ago. For multiply reasons.

Reason #1. I LOVE knitwear. I can’t get enough of it. I love basic stockinette stitch garments, but as a handknitter I prefer complicated and challenging patterns over which I can break my head. I have tons of projects planned, I think a lifetime is not enough. I know there is always hope, but also there are times when you have to face a dreadful reality – it’s impossible to knit twenty garments a month. So, at some point I thought if I really want to get to my basic knits, knitting machine is a good way to go.

Reason #2. Experiment. Knitting machine gives me more freedom in bringing my ideas to life. I can experiment with colors and different forms of shaping before trying it in handknitting. It is my white canvas.

Reason #3. My stash. All these colorful squashy balls of yarn deserve to be put in action.

Knitting machine Yarn

Having thought everything through, I decided to buy my very first knitting machine one year ago. After reading dozens of reviews, I chose Silver Reed LK150, one of the most basic and simple models.

Knitting machine Yarn

To be honest I imagined that the instruction for the knitting machine would look something like that:

  1. Choose the yarn you like
  2. Choose the style of the garment you would love to make
  3. Press a button
  4. Come back in 30-60 minutes to pick up the garment

Ha! So far from the truth…

I must say it was not love at first sight. Honestly, I was a little bit intimidated by it. It looked so unfamiliar, so not knitting.  But after a while I understood that I’d found a new “yarny” hobby – challenging and truly enjoyable.

Machine knitting takes time to master, just like handknitting. There is a variety of techniques and little secrets that make this craft fascinating.

To my surprise, it’s so much closer to handknitting than I thought. I wouldn’t label the garment made on the knitting machine as handknit, but handmade for sure. The time put into it and the amount of work that you actually do with your hands are definitely not comparable with the mass production knitwear.

So for me, a passionate handknitter and crocheter, machine knitting is a completely different and challenging experience.

I always wonder how other handknitters see machine knitting. Let me know!

By | 2015-06-01T15:45:22+00:00 November 11th, 2014|Knitting, Machine Knitting|9 Comments
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