The Choice Cardigan

Cable Cardigan Pattern

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a wonderful week and are enjoying your weekend and your craft projects! As for me, I am working hard on writing the pattern for The Choice cardigan. It’s definitely not the easiest pattern to put into words, but I am trying my best to make it clear and simple.

The testing for the cardigan will start very soon and you will be able to see some photos of the progress. This is really a fun and addictive knit and I am so happy with how it turned out! I am especially pleased with the fit, the yoke grading is taking so much time, but it is so worth it! The Choice is a cocktail of textures, which won’t let you get bored while knitting it, but also simple enough for a relaxing TV knitting.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

As The Choice is the second pattern in Moeke collection, I wanted it to have some kind of connection to Journey – folded sleeves that I love so much in sweaters. In the cardigan they are finished with a simple i-cord that mirrors the hem.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

I can’t wait to share this pattern with you soon! I also have so many ideas for future just-for-fun projects, new tutorials, machine knitting and crochet projects that I would love to share with you here!! I definitely need more than 24 hours a day! 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Cable Cardigan Pattern


By | 2017-04-07T07:00:14+00:00 September 18th, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|21 Comments

Grateful Shawl. Asymmetric Triangular Shawl Free Pattern.

Grateful Shawl

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

My Granny is 70 years old today and I am celebrating here, too far away from her with the free pattern for you! A very simple, but special for me project – Grateful Shawl, made for my Granny back in Russia. I didn’t knit much during my trip, as I felt like I wanted to be 100% with my family and friends, but this simple garter stitch shawl was the perfect companion for long car/train rides, quiet evenings with my family and sleep overs with my girlfriends. I didn’t even notice how I finished it! It stayed with my Granny back in Russia and will remind her of the time we spent together. She recently had a surgery and now is recovering successfully, thus the name of the shawl – Grateful. I am grateful that everything went pretty smoothly, I am grateful for the time we spent together and I am infinitely grateful for her love. She is my true angel.

Project Details


The shawl is of classic asymmetric triangular shape. I wrote a quick pattern for it, you are welcome to use it!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksI am not really into variegated yarn, being more drawn to solid colors, but once in awhile I crave for fun shades and these skeins were perfect for it! The colors are really nice and two shades complimented each other beautifully; the yarn is light and springy. Having said that, I must admit that I doubt that I will ever knit with this yarn again. Don’t get me wrong – each skein was perfect, but the yarn felt too synthetic to me, maybe it’s 20% of polyamide in the content or the feeling of the superwash wool itself, or maybe I am just too spoiled with all the gorgeous natural fibers I got to work with during the last months, but I didn’t enjoy it running through my fingers. Other than that, it was fun to work with.

Design Details


Asymmetric triangular shawl. I find this shape one of the most versatile ones and it works great with simple stitches and variegated yarns! Also it is very easy to remember the pattern and knit with “closed” eyes.


This yarn has a great stitch definition and is perfect for garter – the stitches are perfectly even and pop out.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

 Asymmetric Shawl Free Pattern

The shawl is knit sideways from the corner with the attached 3-stitch I-cord edge that is knit simultaneously with the main fabric to a create smooth and neat edge and avoid finishing later.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Yarn. 2 skeins of Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksThe estimated yardage is approximately 700 yds.

Note: What is great about this shawl is that you can use any yarn from your stash. You can also use less or more yarn for your project. I was basically knitting until both skeins were finished, leaving just enough yarn to bind off. I was alternating the skeins every two rows. You are free to knit in solid color or set up your own stripe sequence – stripes/color blocks, the opportunities are really endless!

Needles. 2.5 mm (US 1).

Note: Again the needle size is very flexible. Just go with the one that is the best fit for your yarn and the fabric you want to create.


20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in garter stitch.

Note: The exact gauge is not essential in this project, the most important thing is that you like the fabric in your swatch. 


Note: The shawl is knit from the corner, so you are in full control of its size and can easily adjust it and stop whenever you feel like it.


  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • LH – left hand
  • p – purl
  • RH – right hand
  • RS – right side
  • sl – slip
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • st (sts) – stitch (stitches)
  • WS – wrong side
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • yo – yarn over


I am going to walk you through the beginning of the shawl. To see a bigger photo, open it in the new tab.

The shawl starts with the provisional cast on. There are several ways to do that, you can check this video – Provisional Cast-Ons – and choose your preferred method. I am using Crochet Provisional Cast-On here.

Now you have 9 starting stitches. First and last three sts will create the I-cord edging (see the arrows), the central 3 sts are the starting point of your shawl main body.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Now the fun part starts!

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyib, sl 1 wyif, k1; yo, knit to last 3 sts; k1, sl 1 wyif, p1.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif; k2tog, k to last 3 sts, yo; sl 1 wyif, k1, p1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until the desired depth of the shawl.

When the shawl reaches the desired size, start I-Cord Bind off.

You will get to the point when you have 3 I-cord sts on your RH needle and 3 sts left on your LH needle. Graft these stitches together to “close” the I-cord edging.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Weave in all ends. Block the shawl.

Blocking is really essential in this project, don’t skip it! Your shawl will open up and bloom!

You are done!! Enjoy your shawl!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!!


Journey. Cable Sweater Pattern.

J O U R N E Y  for  M O E K E  Y A R N S

Cable Sweater Pattern

After months of work J O U R N E Y sweater is finally published today! Before I get to the description of the pattern I would love to thank people who made this project possible. First of all, Ioana, the founder of Moeke Yarns, and her family that has been working so hard to bring this amazing yarn to knitters. I am so grateful to Ioana for trusting me and giving me full creative freedom with the pattern, for her constant support and encouragement all these months. My test knitters, Josh and Saskia, helped tremendously in creating the final version of the pattern. I would never be able to do that on my own! And, of course, to YOU, my friends, for your support and love! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

I would also love to thank my husband who believes in me so much more than I believe in myself and every time I say “I can’t” is always there to support me. He surprised me with an amazing poem he wrote for J O U R N E Y  that  I really want to share with you here, I think it will resonate with so many people!


My path has taken me so far,
To places I’ve seen not before,
The journey, following my star,
This journey started in a blur.

My search was long, not easy too,
What I was looking for – knew not
And yet, I felt the need to follow through,
I felt the lesson I was being taught.

Yes, I have been so lost at times,
At others I have felt alone,
I did condemn myself of crimes
When I was facing the unknown.

Yet I pursued, I persevered,
I felt this journey had to be,
I’ve followed through, my view I’ve cleared,
It took much time to finally see:

This journey helped me to become
Who I am now so proud to be,
There was a time for it to come,
For it to make me finally free.

It built this person I am now,
It strengthened up my faith in me,
I’ve learned the lesson: I know how
The journey destined me to see.

Poem by Anatoliy Schneider.

Back to the pattern!

Cable Sweater Pattern

When Ioana contacted me and offered to create a small collection of patterns with Moeke, I got excited and scared at the same time. At that time I was in not a very creative stage in my life and I guess this collaboration was like a breath of fresh air that I needed to recharge and start over. The moment I took Elena skein in my arms, I fell in love. This yarn is so alive! And I immediate knew that it would be great for texture and cables that I love so much in knitwear.

The design of a sweater started to take shape in my head – it was a classic pullover, fitting at the shoulders and sleeves and slightly lose in the main body. Relaxed, modern and covered in texture. I always feel like cables are the best way to “know” and enjoy your yarn. All these stitch crossings allow you to really feel the yarn and appreciate it. And, believe me, Moeke is worth to spend time with! The yarn is rustic, sturdy and durable. It holds the shape perfectly and I know I will wear this sweater for many years to come.

Cable Sweater Pattern

Elena‘s natural undyed color is versatile and showcases the cables impeccably, making stitches stand out. The texture of the thread itself creates a very interesting effect on its own; and in combination with cables the unique textile piece is born.

Before I came up with the final combination of these stitch patterns, I made dozens of swatches, matching and combining them in different ways. I wanted to make a classic Aran sweater, but with the modern touch. I can’t say exactly why I combined these stitch patterns that came from completely different places, but it felt right. As soon as I put the swatches next to each other, I knew it – I found it!

Cable Sweater Pattern

I know that some knitters don’t block their knits, but, believe me, with Moeke you just can’t deprive your piece of knitwear of a nice bath, because after the blocking this yarn opens up incredibly beautiful! It has just enough drape that doesn’t make the fabric stiff, but still holds the shape perfectly!

I see you wearing J O U R N E Y during chilly fall and winter mornings in the house; bundled up in it during your walk in the city or in the woods… I really hope that both the process of creating and wearing it will be enjoyable for you, just like it was for me.

Cable Sweater Pattern

Sweater Details

J O U R N E Y is a modified drop shoulder pullover. The sweater body is knit bottom up. You join to knit in a round after creating side splits. This little detail gives you more room in the hip area and creates nice visual affect. The stitch pattern that “fills in” the space between cables took me more time to find than the cable stitches. I was looking for something that is slightly stretchy, textured, but easy and fast to knit; and at the same time something that would look harmonious with the cable stitches. I am happy to say that this variation of the classic rib stitch is perfect!

After you are done with the body, you will join the shoulders using the three-needle bind off method and then will start knitting sleeves in the round top down, creating the cable, mirroring the side cables on the main body. The sleeves are knit extra long to create a folded cuff. You can easily modify the length of a sleeve and adjust the length of a cuff by trying the garment on.

Cable Sweater Pattern

The neckline is classic and is knit holding two strands of yarn for a more sturdy and durable effect. You are also free to experiment and make the neckband more narrow for a more open neckline look.

Cable Sweater Pattern

The sample is knit with 4″-5″ of ease, but you can easily play around with it.

For a more tailored look choose the size with 2″ of ease; for a more relaxed look – 6-10″ of ease.

Cable Sweater Pattern

The pattern provides detailed measurements of the garment and charts for all stitch patterns with written instructions.

Thank you so much for entering the giveaway and for your lovely comments! I read every single comment! Randomly chosen winners are Maureen (Ravelry ID – acornknitster); Karen (Ravelry ID – swanski); Lauren Gilbert (Ravelry ID – mlcedg). Congratulations! You will receive the copy of J O U R N E Y Cable Sweater today!

As for Instagram giveaway the lucky winner of Moeke J O U R N E Y Yarn Kit is will be announced today on my account.

General Pattern Information

The pattern is graded for 7 sizes. The sample is shown in size S with 4″- 5″ ease.


  • XS (28-30″/ 71 – 76.2 cm)
  • S (32-34″/ 81 – 86 cm) 
  • M (36-38″/ 91.5 – 96.5 cm) 
  • L (40-42″/ 101.5 – 106.5 cm) 
  • XL (44-46″/ 111.7 – 117 cm) 
  • XXL (48-50″/ 122 – 127 cm)
  • 3XL (52-54″/ 132 – 137 cm)


Chest/Bust at Underarm: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” [86 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147) cm].

Finished Length: 24 ¼ (25 ¼, 26 ¼, 26 ¾, 27, 27 ½, 27 ¾)” [61.5 (64, 66.5, 68, 68.5, 70, 70.5) cm].


18.5 sts x 31 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Moss Rib stitch on larger needles after blocking.


510 (550, 600, 640, 680, 720, 770) g of Moeke Yarns “Elena”, worsted weight yarn.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.


  • US size 2 ½ [3 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle.
  • US size 4 [3.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 4 [3.5 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 4 [3.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Spare circular needle.


  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Optional – crochet hook in size 3.5 mm

J O U R N E Y Cable Sweater is available for $7.00

Happy knitting!


By | 2017-03-05T09:24:14+00:00 September 4th, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|26 Comments

Journey Cable Sweater Pattern Preview and Giveaway

Journey. Cable Sweater Pattern.

Cable sweater pattern

I have exciting news to share with you – this Sunday Journey Sweater will be published! My amazing test knitters, Saskia and Josh, are done with the project and we are putting the final touches to the pattern with my technical editor.

Journey is a seamless textured pullover, worked bottom up. The shaping is very simple and all the focus is on the beautiful cables that run on the front and back and are mirrored on the sleeves. Elena yarn by Moeke creates amazing texture and stitch definition! I love this sweater will all my heart and I hope you will enjoy making it too!

The sweater is graded for 7 sizes (XS-3XL). All the stitch patterns are charted and written out word by word. I will post more information about it this Sunday, 4th of August, the publication day.

Ioana (Moeke Yarns) and I prepared two giveaways for you during this week.

Journey Sweater Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 31st of August to Sunday, 4th of September.

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 Sunday, 4th of August.

Moeke Yarn Kit + Journey Sweater Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 31st of August to Sunday, 4th of September.

Moeke Yarns are offering you the chance to win a whole bag of Elena yarn to make your Journey sweater!

The yarn kit will include skeins of organic pure wool to make a sweater for your size and the pattern.

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! Don’t miss it!!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on my Instagram (@giftofknitting) on Sunday, 4th of August.

You can enter both giveaways! If it happens so that you win both of them (who knows, right?!), you will receive the yarn kit and you can gift an extra copy of the pattern to your friend!

Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck!

Off to see what you are up to at Yarn Along.



By | 2016-08-31T05:43:01+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|74 Comments

Moeke Yarns Cable Pullover Pattern Preview – “Journey”

Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

I am happy to say that the first sweater in our small collection with Moeke Yarns is off the needles. This design was such an indulgence for me – I always wanted to have a textured wool cable pullover in neutral shade in my wardrobe. When I was knitting it, the name – Journey – came to me all of a sudden and it seemed like a great fit. This yarn is so special to me and I was thinking what a long  journey it’s been through before turning into these cables… From Ioana’s Grandmother knitting in her small village to an idea of creating a wool company, from Romanian sheep to a beautiful skein, from Europe to Mexico, from a sketch to a finished sweater…

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

The pattern itself is in process, but test knitting part will start this week already! Two wonderful knitters, Saskia (@wolzoeerlijk) and Josh (@breiwerken) will start their Journeys this week. Both of them are great supporters of Moeke Yarns! Saskia has her own yarn shop where she carries sustainable yarns and craft materials –; and Josh is a vivid knitter and knitwear designer ( To follow Journey’s journey we created a special tag #Journeysweater; there you will see test knitting progress and stay tuned for the pattern release. Even if you don’t have an Instagram you can still follow it.

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

I will give you a short overview of a sweater. Journey is all about texture. I just saw it this way the moment I got Elena yarn in my hands.

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

One of my favorite details – super cozy double sleeve cuffs and simple 1*1 ribbing neckline that creates a nice contrast with the richness of the main fabric. I also love the neutral natural color that takes on a different shade, depending on the light.

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

Cable Pullover Pattern. Organic Wool Moeke Yarn

I am so looking forward to sharing this pattern with you!

I hope to see you at Yarn Along today!


By | 2016-05-11T08:34:32+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Finished Objects, Knitting, Pattern|32 Comments

La Flor. Textured Sweater Pattern.

I am happy to say that La Flor textured sweater pattern has been published today.

Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor started its journey in October. I had a blurred image of the future design in my head – a classic simple sweater, easy, but engaging to knit; something casual that you can throw on with jeans and relax. I saw it covered in textured stitch that would create an interesting fabric. But at the same time I didn’t want the sweater to look “heavy” and overloaded. After weeks and weeks of swatching, I came up with the variation of one textured stitch that I found in an old stitch dictionary. I changed it a little bit, “spreading” the texture elements further apart to create a fabric that looks like it has been “sprinkled” with tiny flowers. What I love about this stitch variation is that it is so easy and addicting to knit. You basically work in stockinette stitch most of the time until the textured row. I found myself “chasing” these little flowers – you just want to keep knitting to see them spring up on the fabric!

Textured Sweater Pattern

The ribbing pattern. I really love playing with decorative ribbing, it’s always so refreshing to update the classics. The rib pattern creates nice and firm fabric that really stands out against stockinette. I love how these two stitches came together.

Textured Sweater PatternMaybe I am the only one who sees it, but in my head the ribbing with its ridges and tiny bumps looks like the plowed land and the main fabric is the field covered in flowers… Is it way too romantic? 🙂 Maybe I am just craving for spring already! But this image definitely explains the name of the pattern – La Flor (“flower” in Spanish).

Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor is a modified drop shoulder pullover. The sweater is worked bottom up in the round to armholes. The pattern instructions give you the option to modify the length of the sweater if you feel like it. Then it is divided to work back and fronts separately. There are no seams and shoulders are joined with three-needle bind-off. Sleeves are picked up from armholes and worked in a round to a cuff. The sleeve length is also adjustable and the pattern indicates that. The cap shaping technique is very straightforward as long as you have your markers. It creates a very comfortable fit.

Textured Sweater Pattern

I love “structure” in sweaters and sometimes seamless construction can result in the lack of it in the sweater. That’s why I decided to add an imitation of side seams in the form of 2 stitch garter panel on each side. It really made a difference and created a much more structured look.

Textured Sweater Pattern

As I mentioned in the preview, this sweater is very versatile. I see it in so many variations! I would knit all of them if I had enough time! So let me give you some ideas how you can play around with the pattern.

First of all the fit. The beige sample is knit with 1″ of positive ease and it creates a very fitting and structured look. I really love how this stitch pattern lies flat on the body without creating the “bulk”, but at the same time the fabric looks alive, especially when the light plays with texture. But I also see this sweater with a more relaxed, slightly oversize look with drop shoulders. The green sample is knit with 5″ of positive ease. It turns into cozy and casual sweater, but still not sloppy thanks to the garter stitch side panels that hold it together.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Other thing you can play with is fiber. The beige sample is knit in 100% wool and the green sample – 100% cotton. Cotton emphasizes the texture and makes the “flowers” really stand out. If you choose knitting with cotton, I would recommend using needle one size smaller (than for the wool version) for the ribbing.

Textured Sweater Pattern

I can also see this sweater in soft alpaca or even angora, so the texture will be slightly “blurred”, imagine how cozy it would look like in cream alpaca with 6″ of ease! Oh my, I would never take it off!

One more thing you can play with in this pattern is color. I deliberately made the samples in neutral and bright shades, so you can have an idea what look you prefer. But don’t be afraid to experiment and take it further. Maybe you can add some slight gradient effect? Or what if you turn this project into fair isle experiment and knit the flowers in contrasting color? For example, knit the main body in grey and make white “flowers”. I would LOVE to see this option.

I would love to thank you for all your support and enthusiasm about this pattern! As promised, I am giving away 3 free copies of the pattern. Random number generator chose Ruby (Ravelry ID Roobee), Sarah (Ravelry ID sarahdempsen) and Jeanette (Ravelry ID Jeanettebr). Congratulations!!! You will receive the copy of “La Flor” today.

I also wanted to say a huge “Thank you” to my dear test knitters and my technical editor. Without their help, expertise and support this pattern wouldn’t happen. Thank you SO much!!!

General Pattern Information


S (32-34”/81.5-86.5 cm)
M (36-38”/91.5-96.5 cm)
L (40-42”/ 101.5-106.5 cm)
XL (44-47”/112-119 cm)
XXL (48-51”/122-129.5 cm)
3XL (52-55”/132-139 cm)

How to choose a size. For a close fitting look (as shown in beige sample), choose the size with 0.5″-1″ of positive ease. For a more relaxed slightly oversize look with drop shoulders (as shown in green sample), choose the size with 4″-6″ of ease. If you want to knit a relaxed slightly oversize look, but still want the ribbing fit tight, go down with the needle size for the ribbing.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate.


Chest/Bust at Underarm: 35 (39 ½, 43 ¾, 48, 52 ½, 56 ¾) ” [89 (100, 111, 122, 133, 144) cm].

Finished Length: 23 ½ (23 ¾, 24 ¼, 24 ½, 25, 25 ¼)” [59.7 (60.3, 61.5, 62, 63.5, 64) cm].


15 sts x 22 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Textured Flowers stitch on larger needles after blocking.

1 rep (8 sts) = approximately 2” [5.4 cm].



7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins of Knit Picks “Wool of the Andes”; worsted weight yarn (110yds or 100.5 m/50g; 10 ply, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool) colourway Mink Heather or any other yarn which gives you the proper gauge.

I recommend any worsted/aran weight yarn, 10-12 ply.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.


  • US size 7 [4.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle.
  • US size 9 [5.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 9 [5.5 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 9 [5.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.


  • 4 stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Schematics, abbreviations, detailed measurements of the garment are provided in the pattern. The Textured Flower pattern is charted and written out. Though it is very easy to knit, I still provided step-by-step photo tutorial for it.

La Flor Textured Sweater Pattern is available for $6.50

Textured Sweater Pattern

Thank you so much for your support! Happy knitting!



By | 2017-03-05T09:24:08+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|38 Comments
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