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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

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

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings sweater is live on Ravelry! This project started with Jesse’s email (from Knit One Crochet Too) – they have just launched their brand new yarn line – Daisy -and wanted me to try it out and create a design with it. In 80% cases I design from the yarn – the ideas start to form in my head when I have this tactile and visual experience with a skein in my hands.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Daisy didn’t disappoint. After the first swatch, I knew the sweater had to be simple, casual, but also true to my passion – knit texture. Seemingly simple design took several months to take shape in a wearable garment and instructions on the paper. I was looking for that perfect balance of the textured section and the stockinette – in my head it had to flow naturally along the yoke, the textured part couldn’t be too wide or too narrow, otherwise it broke the sweater into unattractive blocks that didn’t look coherent.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Many swatches and ripping off later, I think I managed to catch this balance of the gradient twisted rip pattern flowing along the raglan line that follows your shoulder and then pours into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

As you can see the rest of the sweater is a simple stockinette stitch. In my version I made the sleeves slightly longer – they fall all the way to my fingers, but this is just the way I love to wear my sweaters – you can stop at any point you want, the top down construction allows to adjust it without any problem. I also love roll the sleeves up for a more casual and relaxed look.

I also want to emphasize the importance of blocking – you just have to give Daisy fabric a quick batch, believe me, it is worth all the effort – the fabric smooths out and opens up in such a beautiful way.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

One thing that I want to mention is the instructions for the yoke. I can assure you won’t find scary “at the same time” phrase, I love to break things down in details – the yoke instructions are written individually for each size, round by round with the notes on the twisted rib transition and stitch counts. You will have all the information in one place, all you have to do is trust the pattern and follow along. As a knitter, I find this very convenient and I hope you will too.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Test Knitting.

When I sent this photo to Oriana and Theresa with the request to test Wings, I received such a kind response and they were absolutely amazing – sending me little notes and recommendations, so we could all, including my amazing tech editor, make sure that knitters will have a smooth ride knitting from this pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

The way Theresa sees the knitwear makes my heart sing! Theresa made her Wings in Daisy’s Silver shade – just look how airy and magical it looks… And again, the drape – just perfect!

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Oriana’s Instagram is one of my favorite places to visit – her knitting and travel diaries are mesmerizing. Knit in Royal Blue, Oriana’s Wings feature slightly cropped shape and 3/4 sleeves – the top down construction will allow you to make the length adjustments to your taste.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

 

General Pattern Information

Construction.

The sweater is a seamless top down compound raglan. The yoke shaping is written out individually for each size.

Design Details

Twisted Rib “Wings”

The gradual transition from twisted rib to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam create the “wings” effect.

Textured Side Seam Column

The twisted rib flows from the yoke into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Twisted Rib Hem

Twisted rib pattern is mirrored at the hem for a simple finish.

Sleeves

Extra long sleeves are knit in stockinette stitch and the simple stretchy bind off allows the natural curling of the fabric.

Neckline

The sweater’s neckline is framed with classic i-cord.

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: 34 ½ (37 ½, 40 ¼, 44, , 47, 50 ½,  53 ½ )” [87.5 (95.5, 102, 112, 119.5, 128.5, 136) cm.

G A U G E

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

Y A R N

4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of “DaisyKnit One Crochet Too (272 yds [248 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 38% linen, 32% silk, 30% hemp) in Patina.

List of techniques used:

Twisted Rib – written instructions are provided.

The pattern has been tested and edited by a professional technical editor.

The winners of the giveaway are Alix (Ravelry ID agbens), Melanie (Ravelry ID melshel) and Tamara (Ravelry ID tlgrover1). You will receive your copy of Wings today! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

Wings sweater pattern is available for $7.00

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By | 2018-07-22T13:25:09+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|4 Comments

Wings Sweater. Preview and Giveaway.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Today I can finally share with you some details of the sweater I have been working on since spring. The moment I had Daisy yarn in my hands, I knew the future piece has to be simple, feminine and with just a touch of texture. Linen, silk and hemp blend has a double action – crisp stitch definition and amazing drape.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wanted to keep the details simple, but interesting enough to work on. I always wanted to incorporate twisted stitches in one of my designs, I think they create such a great visual effect, standing out against the stockinette stitch background. But I wanted to use this pretty simple stitch in a little bit unconventional way – this is how the idea of the staircase pattern occurred to me – I just love this gradual transition to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam. And this detail gave the name to the sweater – Wings.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The rest of the sweater is very simple – good old stockinette with some Twisted rib on the side to keep you interested and engaged. After blocking Daisy opened up in such a beautiful way – the fabric floats around your body with a slight silk sheen. The sweater looks great with simple pair of jeans or white pants, casual and effortless. I’ve made my sleeves slightly longer, just the way I like it – they fall all the way down to my fingers, but as it is a top down construction, you can stop at any point you want. I also love rolling them up for a more casual look.

 

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The finishing is very simple – i-cord around the neckline and raw edge sleeve cuffs to allow the natural curling of the stockinette stitch fabric.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will enjoy making this sweater. The pattern will be published on 18th of July – exactly in a week! Meanwhile, me and Jesse (from Knit One Crochet Too) want to give you a chance to win a yarn kit and pattern copies of Wings sweater.


Wings Sweater Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

WHERE: The Gift Of Knitting blog.

TO ENTER Leave a comment under this post with your Ravelry ID or with the Ravelry ID of a friend to whom you would love to gift the copy of the pattern.

Three winners will be chosen randomly and announced here, on my blog on Wednesday, 18th of July .

Knit One Crochet Too Yarn Kit + Wings Sweater Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

Knit One Crochet Too is offering you the chance to win all the yarn you need to make your Wings Sweater!

WHERE@giftofknitting Instagram.

TO ENTER If you follow me on Instagram (@giftofknitting), today you will see a post on my account with all the information how to enter the giveaway!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on my Instagram (@giftofknitting) on Wednesday, 18th of July.

You can enter both giveaways! Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck!


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By | 2018-07-11T07:20:39+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|62 Comments

Alina Cardigan Pattern

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

Alina cardigan designed for YOTH yarns is live! I would like to thank you for all amazing words you’ve sent, I am so touched by your support and happy you like the pattern. I would also love to thank YOTH yarns for this collaboration. It was a true joy to knit with Father, this yarn is so easy to work with and it gives this perfect crisp stitch definition that makes the cables really stand out. I am also quiet in love with how YOTH team styled the cardigan for this beautiful photoshoot that I am happy to share with you here.

Alina is a top down seamless cardigan featuring the compound raglan shaping for a better fit around the shoulders. The beginning of a cardigan is just a breeze – good old stockinette stitch in worsted weight yarn – you’ll be done with yoke pretty fast. And then the fun part begins – cable sections placed in staircase order gradually meet in the center of the back. The same sequence in featured in the front.

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

The cable is mirrored on the sleeves, starting slightly lower than the elbow level and finishing with the i-cord trim for a clean look.

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

After you are done with the body, the stitches are picked up for a simple 1×1 rib shawl collar shaped with short rows to create generous volume around the neck. The hem and the side bands meet in slightly rounded corners. The edge is also trimmed with the i-cord.

Top down construction allows you to control the length completely to your taste – the pattern gives tips on how you can adjust the length without losing the pattern flow.


Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

 

A big THANK YOU to all our amazing test knitters and technical editor who helped to bring this project to life! You can find Alina Cardigan in YOTH’s Ravelry store and also enter yarn giveaway they are running on their Instagram page. You can win a bag of Father to make your cardigan!

Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for your support!


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By | 2018-05-27T07:53:26+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|21 Comments

Alina Cardigan

Textured Cardigan. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH Yarns.

Some projects take a little bit more time to come to life than usual. The journey of this cardigan started in Fall, 2016 – I received amazing Father, 100% Domestic Rambouillet yarn, from YOTH yarns to experiment with. The cardigan flew to Texas in several months and then we had to wait for the yarn restock and all these little things that come along, but finally the test knitting is getting to the end and you will be able to cast on this design very soon.

Textured Cardigan. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH Yarns.

Veronika, the owner of YOTH, named the design after me and I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing yarn company in some way! Also I am amazed by beautiful test knitters’ projects that you can check right now, following #alinacardigan hashtag on Instagram. The release date is very close and you will be able to get the yarn kits and the pattern directly from YOTH yarns.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-04-15T08:03:53+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|15 Comments
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