Gallery Sweater. FO Details.

Gallery Sweater. FO Details.

Happy Wednesday!

This week I visited a wonderful local art gallery of my friends. It was a small party where I met wonderful people and had the opportunity to share my passion for fiber “art” with them. The gallery can be found 5 minutes outside the town, in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by beautiful nature.

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Alfredo, a collage artist, and his lovely wife Montserrat organized this event in order to bring people from different corners of the world to meet, talk and just enjoy each others company.

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The gallery is surrounded by a wonderful garden. It’s very close to the city, but it doesn’t feel like it at all! Trees, fruits, fallen leaves make you believe you are in a wonderland.

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I was lucky to be invited and bring some of my knits to share with those who are interested in fiber work. I really wanted to make something special for the event. My Gallery Sweater took me a week to make on the knitting machine, I ripped it out a dozen of times to finally get the look that I had in my head. It’s a very simple and basic raglan sweater, which is all about the fiber.

Project Notes

Ravelry page. Gallery Sweater

Pattern. Mine. It’s not a structured “official” pattern, I had my notes, but changed a lot of things along the way.

Knitting machine. The sweater was knit on Silver Reed LK150 knitting machine, stitch dial – 3.5.

Yarn. I enjoyed mixing two types of yarn in one project so much – laceweight alpaca+silk+merino wool created airy fabric that feels like a spider web on your skin. This is probably the softest sweater that I’ve ever made! I was also very pleased with the color effect that was created by combining two types of yarn. Hand dyed Shimmer Lace Yarn (70% alpaca/30% silk) was so beautiful to work with! Such a shame it is discontinued!

Texture. I decided to stick with the reverse stockinette stitch and make a folded hem with the classic stockinette to create a slight texture contrast and prevent the hem from curling. It took me two attempts to figure out the necessary width that would be enough to keep the fabric flat, but not interfere with the whole picture. I really love this “ridge” right between the hem and the main body. Folded hem is also very handy to use for hiding yarn tails – I just thread them inside the hem and they will never “escape”!

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Neckline. The neckline took me so much time to figure out! I trimmed it 6 times and it was driving me crazy!!! Nothing seemed to work – I didn’t like the classic ribbing because it gets lost in variegated yarn, I tried single crochet – it curled, double crochet – it puckered. At the end I finally remembered about an attached I-cord! It took me three attempts to figure out  the right width of it, but at the end it seemed just “right”. I used this tutorial – Applied I-Cord Border Basics – to remind me the technique basics of the attached I-cord.

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Sleeves. One of my favorite details are the sleeves. I didn’t trim the sleeve cuffs to let them roll and then I folded them, so the curled edge is in reverse stockinette that is in contrast with the “wrong” side of the garment in classic stockinette. It creates a great textured effect! Remember, though, if you ever decide to make something like that – you should make the sleeves 2-4″ longer than usual!

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Overall it was an exciting and challenging project that I was so happy to share with somebody in “real” life 🙂 I usually don’t like to rush myself on the projects and knit with the deadline, but I guess it was a necessary push to get more productive! Gallery Sweater is my first FO for my Machine Knitting Challenge 2016! So January can be checked!

I am joining Yarn Along to connect with other crafters from all over the world!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2016-02-03T08:44:43+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting, Machine Knitting Challenge 2016|35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Debbie February 3, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    i am always so excited to talk “shop” with other peeps who get it and enjoy it like i do!! the food looks good….and the sweater is gorgeous, a beautiful color of yarn!!!!

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Debbie! Yes, it’s nice to have somebody around from time to time who can handle all this talk about fiber 🙂

  2. Julie February 3, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Your Gallery Sweater is beautiful!! I love applied i cord, I find it often gives a great edge. Good thinking! I bet this looks amazing on you. The gallery looks so interesting!

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Loved working with I-cord. Love the fit of the sweater hope to take some photos of it soon!

  3. Pat February 3, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Fantastic job on the sweater! What a wonderful event – friends, art and food. Perfect nourishment for life.

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! Food, friends and art – I really can’t ask for more 🙂

  4. Tracey February 3, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Alina, you have outdone yourself, the sweater, the photos, your words, all just perfect!
    I’m so happy you had a fun at the gallery and there were figs!, my favorite fruit! I
    won’t see fresh figs until July.

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much for your sweet words, Tracey! I love figs, but never thought of having them with cream cheese before – such a delicious combo!

      • Ranee @ Arabian Knits February 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

        In the summer and early fall I slice fresh figs in a fan and serve them over sweetened ricotta and drizzle it all with honey. So delicious.

        • Alina February 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

          That sounds sooo good! I should definitely give it a try!

  5. Ranee @ Arabian Knits February 3, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    What an amazing sweater – you did an excellent job! I can’t believe you finished it in such a short time!

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you! It was really challenging to finish it in a week, so happy it’s over 🙂

  6. Lisa February 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I have never used a machine, but your ability to is inspiring, especially with such a simple sweater! I love the way you paired those yarns. I hope you were able to enjoy your visit with the gallery 🙂

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I did enjoy! Machine knitting is a fascinating craft indeed!

  7. Zeta February 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! The gallery, the food, your sweater, the yarn! Everything look fantastic! The attached i-cord on the neckline was such a great idea. I must keep it in mind for a future sweater….
    Please, hurry up with the wearing photos 🙂

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! I will 🙂 I owe a game of pool to my hubby so he can take the photos 🙂

  8. Evelyn February 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    oh it looks lovely, very clever of you. I like the various edging details you’ve chosen like the icord neckline. They make it that extra bit special

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Evelyn! Yes, after experimenting with so many options, i-cord turned out the best choice!

  9. Rebecca February 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Congrats on a fast make and a great finish. It must have been so much fun being at the gallery.

    • Alina February 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! It was really fun!

  10. sustainablemum February 4, 2016 at 5:09 am - Reply

    That is a beautiful creation, one you should be justly proud of. How wonderful to finish it in a week, ripping out and all. I hope you have a great evening at the gallery, the food looks delicious.

    • Alina February 4, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! Oh, the food was sooo good 🙂

  11. Caroline February 4, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Wow! I saw it on IG, but seeing it here and you talking about the making of it? Incredible! You did a fabulous job making a beautiful garment that I’m sure you will get much use from 🙂

    • Alina February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Thank you, Caroline! I will definitely wear this sweater a lot!

  12. steph February 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    oh, Alina….everything you make has such classic style! This is gorgeous….elegant….perfect in every way. And what fun to meet more art-y people near your home!

    • Alina February 5, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Steph! This town is full of creative people – really inspiring!

  13. karen February 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    beautiful sweater and what fun to be with creative people and have some good food!!

  14. Alexis February 5, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Congrats again on sharing your fiber art in a gallery! It really deserves it. Also, will the Gallery Sweater be for you? I’d love to see it modeled!

    • Alina February 5, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Thank you, Alexis! Yes, I am selfish again 🙂 Love to wear it, hope to get some photos soon!

  15. Adrienne February 5, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    This looks so beautiful! It makes me want to visit your town. 🙂

    • Alina February 5, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Oh, you would love it!

  16. Becki February 5, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    So glad to read about the Art Exhibit, Alina! What a great thing to participate in. And your Gallery Sweater turned out wonderfully. The colors are beautiful and your description of how it feels sounds amazing. I love the sleeves, too. They look fun. I’d have a tough time not staring at them the whole time I was wearing such a lovely sweater. I look forward to seeing modeled pictures!

    • Alina February 6, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Becki! I’ll try to make some photos today!

  17. Elise February 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    It’s so pretty! I learned how to do an attached i-cord last year and I loved how it looked, I need another excuse to use it! 🙂

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