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Birthday Sell! Happy 5th Anniversary, The Gift Of Knitting!

Knitting Sweater Pattern

5 years ago, on August 14th, 2014, I published my first blog post – Thank you. And each year I come back to these words to thank my close ones who support me, myself for starting this space and giving myself one of the best gifts ever and you, for being here, reading it, commenting and knitting my patterns. The Gift Of Knitting has been with me through highs and lows, and no matter how hectic my life was, I’d always come back to it, sooner or later. It got me through some tough times, when I had a chance to just get lost in knitting, taking photos and writing.

I am running a traditional anniversary sale in my Ravelry store right now – all patterns are 5 usd (or 29% off), one for each year 🙂 No code needed – the price will go down to 5 usd automatically when you add the pattern to the cart.

As always, I will be happy to see my patterns on your needles!

Thank you for your support!

By | 2019-08-14T05:57:44+00:00 August 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Just a Sweater

Stripe Sweater Knitting

This new sweater that came off my needles last month was an absolute selfish project. I was burning out at work and wanted to just feel the stitches forming in my hands, without planning, without following any instructions, plain straightforward knitting. You know that I am not a big color knitter, but these earthly shades have been fascinating me since March 2017 – you can read the yarn review here – Earthly Shades. If you remember those are leftovers from projects for my book – Add One Stitch Knitting, and I knew I wanted to put them to use, they are just too good not to be turned into something wearable. Yarn was so easy and fast to work with, exactly what I needed.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The only plan I had before casting on is to create wide stripes, I love how they look, it is easier to switch between the stripes and there are not that many threads to be weaved in after you are done. Plus it gave me a better idea how much yarn each stripe was consuming, so I wouldn’t have to play the yarn chicken game at the end.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The sweater has an oversize fit, and is knit using a simple top down yoke construction. I absolutely love this green shade, so I moved it closer to my face, because I know this color works great with my eyes, the rest was just improvisation. The idea to throw in a blue shade was out of necessity as I realized I wouldn’t make it with the pink yarn. I LOVE how it turned out.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

My favorite detail that only knitters will notice is the contrasting chain running along the neckline that mirrors the color of the sleeves and the hem ribbing. I killed two birds here – trimmed the neckline and added a contrast. You can find a step-by-step tutorial of this technique here – How To Trim a Neckline In Sweaters. After trimming I finished it with a 2 st i-cord.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

That was a great therapy knitting project that reminded me how much I love what I do and how important it is to me to keep doing that no matter how busy my life gets. Amazing what “just a sweater” can do.

Have a wonderful day today! And keep doing what you love and love what you are doing!


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By | 2019-08-08T07:10:23+00:00 August 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Guadalajara. City’s Diary

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

For the last 6 months I have been working non-stop, 6 days a week, often with over hours. To say that it affected my creativity in knitting is to say nothing, at one point I did feel like I’ve lost it, but as soon as the workload got lighter, I felt this familiar urge of feeling stitches forming in my hands and woke up inspired and with new ideas. I am so grateful to you for keeping supporting me and knitting my patterns, I will never get tired of repeating it – it means so much to me, thank you!

I also had more time to get out of my routine and combine some short business trips with fun adventures. I had to go to Guadalajara for a day last month, but got some extra days off and spent quiet 3 days wandering in the city. Love this kind of short getaways – a nice fresh restart, not too long to get you out of your work routine, but enough to fill you up with energy and new emotions.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara left an impression of a green, diverse and way too tiring city – great for a 2 day escape, not so much for living, at least for me.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

The historical center boasts majestic buildings and amazing museums with very interesting art installations. Mexico is very welcoming to new, young and upcoming artists.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

After the crazy traffic and noisy streets I was craving for a peaceful place to walk around and clear the head. Bosque Los Colomos is a famous park in Guadalajara attracting thousands of visitors every day. I have a soft spot for city parks – there is just something about this oasis in the midst of the chaos. Save this location if you ever find yourself in this part of the world – definitely worth a ride there! I wish I had more time – this place is perfect for a small picnic with fresh berries (watch out for the squirrels!), a book, knitting and a blissful nap under a large tree, listening to birds.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

 

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Guadalajara. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

I hope you enjoyed this walk with me! Have a great start of the week!


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By | 2019-06-02T20:42:11+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Travel, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Eugenia. Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Eugenia sweater was published 8 a.m. London time – to celebrate the first day of Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2019. Eugenia sweater was created in collaboration with Moeke Yarns that will be hosted by Cross and Woods yarn store at EYF. If you are lucky enough to be in this part of the world, make sure to visit their stand, where you will find not only natural colors of Moeke, but also a batch of Elena yarn dyed with plants!

Cable Sweater Pattern

You will also be able to see the whole Moeke knitwear collection prepared for this event – Eugenia, Mariora and Aurica sweaters knit by our wonderful test knitters! We call them Romanian beauties – all the names we used for the sweaters are traditional Romanian names, but Eugenia has a very special meaning to me. This is the name of my dear Granny Eugenia, back in Russia. She is the one who taught me to knit and made me fell in love with this craft that has so much meaning in my life right now!

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

But before I came up with the name for the publication, this sweater draft was saved in my computer as “Puzzle”. I wanted to create the image made of pieces that are intertwined together, but also easy enough to knit. You start with the cables, creating the asymmetrical line with the use of short rows, “break down” the sweater in half with the use of icord cable bind off and then continue in the mix of different ribbing stitches – each element is easy to knit, but when put together create a visual effect of the complicated puzzle.

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

The sweater is knit with pretty generous ease – at least 10″, but Moeke creates such an amazing fabric drape that the sweater easily “flows” around the body without creating the bulky feeling.  Make sure to block the sweater after you are done – it will make a huge difference in the fabric!

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Details. This sweater is like a mini collection of different techniques that you are discovering as you are making your way up to the neckline. I had self doubts of how the final piece will look like and I am so happy that it turned out exactly as it is. It took me months to put it together, but it was definitely worth it adding it to The Gift Of Knitting designs collection.

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

Cable Sweater Pattern

General Pattern Information

Cable Sweater Pattern

CONSTRUCTION

Eugenia sweater is knit bottom up in the round, creating cable rich fabric with the asymmetric cut produced with the help of short rows. Then this part is bound off with the cable bind off, the stitches are picked up from the cable bind off and the sweater is divided for front and back to be worked flat in a new stitch pattern. The sleeves are knit in the round top down in a simple 1×1 ribbing.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

The sweater features numerous textures that create the effect of the puzzle pieces put together. The sweater starts with the fabric covered in simple cables, the cable bind off is added to visually break the sweater in two parts and then the mix of different ribbing stitches is added.

Sleeves

Sleeves are knit in the round top down. The length is adjustable.

Neckline

The neckline is a simple shaping free boatneck. The pattern gives the tips how to make it wider/narrower according to your taste.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 8 sizes with approximately 11” of ease. The sample is shown in size Small with 11″ of ease.

B O D Y S I Z E S:

XS 31¨ (78 cm)
S 34¨ (86 cm)
M 37¨ (94 cm)
L 40¨ (101.5 cm)
XL 43¨ (109 cm)
2XL 46¨ (117 cm)
3XL 50¨ (127 cm)
4XL 52¨ (132 cm)

G A U G E

1 rep = 5″ in Cable stitch after blocking.

Take time to check your gauge!

Y A R N

500 (530, 580, 620, 660, 700, 750, 780) g of Moeke Yarns “Elena”.

T E C H N I Q U E S 

  • Basic cables
  • Short rows
  • I-cord cable bind off
  • Twisted stitches

Eugenia sweater is available for $7 USD.

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Thank you for your support!!!


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By | 2019-04-11T06:01:12+00:00 March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

2018, Thank You!

This photo that I took on one of the gloomy days is the perfect presentation of my year – dark and beautiful at the same time with the darkness bordering with light. 2018 was the year when my life has changed drastically, I really feel like I am learning to live all over again. This was a year of great losses that were hard to live through but that helped me to become stronger and discover myself better. I lost dear to me people, both physically and emotionally, I lost the sense of a place for me in this world. But no matter what I am deeply grateful to 2018 for how kind and generous it was to me, for all the beauty I was lucky to see, for all the amazing people by my side, for the ability to work, for my health and strength, for this place here and for knitting, of course, that helped me to stay grounded through many things.

I have designed, knit and published some very special to me pieces:

La Flor sweater is the additional pattern to the original design that took a completely different shape in airy mohair.

The Edge sweater became one of my favorite pieces with 3D volume cables and rich texture.

I mixed Wheat and Heritage sweaters in one project knit in beautiful alpaca yarn in perfect green shade.

Wings sweater is a simple with a twist (literally!) project – the twisted ribbing creates the wings effect on your shoulders!

The interpretation of The Edge in lighter yarn in neutral color – was my perfect travel companion!

Polar Bear – one of the favorites of all time! Combining chunky wool with the light mohair was such a delicious tactile experience!

Amber Sweater – my newest pattern that features dramatic travelling cables against a rich textured background.

Alina Cardigan for YOTH yarns was finally published this year and I couldn’t be happier with it!

I wanted to thank you for this year of support, for being here and for always being my biggest inspiration behind this project!

Sending lots of love to you and your families! Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be magical!


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By | 2018-12-31T08:08:24+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

I am continuing my recently started Sweater Diaries, where I show you the snaps of the process from the very beginning when the idea was just forming into my head. I love coming back to these moments and I hope you will enjoy them as well!

Amber

Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-12-05T08:04:44+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Knitting, Sweater Diary, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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