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Gesture Sweater. Alpaca Heaven.

Happy Sunday!

If you remember several months ago I had a chance to work with 100% baby alpaca skein, when I did a yarn swap with a dear knitting friend Pat. I mixed it with merino/silk blend to add a gradient effect to my Chunky Seed Stitch cowl. Since then I dreamed of knitting a big cozy sweater with baby alpaca that I would live in! This fiber is just heaven to work with and hold. This little wish unexpectedly came true when a couple of weeks ago We Are Knitters wrote to me and wondered if I would be interested in reviewing one of their kits. I am in love with their blog and Instagram feed (so much inspiration there!!!), so I said yes immediately! I got to choose the kit and, as you know me, a garment knitter, I got straight to Sweaters Kits and disappeared there for a couple of hours. First of all I love how they style their knitwear photoshoots – so fresh, modern and casual! All the sweaters have a relaxed casual fit and are pretty easy to knit. Most of them are suitable for absolute beginners who just want to venture on the sweater knitting journey. Warning: it is extremely addictive, you don’t go back 🙂

As for me, Gesture Sweater won my heart immediately. It has everything I love so much in knitwear. Knit in 100% Baby Alpaca, textured with big cables that I am quiet obsessed with right now, long cozy sleeves and relaxed fit. I couldn’t ask for more. Color choice didn’t take long – beige baby alpaca, you can never go wrong with cables and neutrals. The kit arrived this week and it felt like Christmas. Aren’t the yarn mail days the best?!

We Are Knitters. Baby Alpaca.

It is so exciting to get everything ready for the project in one package! It’s been awhile since I knit something following a pattern step-by-step and it feels so nice to just open a bag that has every piece prepared for you. I love all the details. The packaging is very eco-friendly and minimal. The kit includes yarn, pattern booklet, tapestry needle, wooden needles and the cutest thing I have ever seen – your own personal clothes tag to sew at the end as the final step!

We Are Knitters. Baby Alpaca.

Back to the yarn though. This is the most exciting part, right? Baby alpaca is so unbelievably soft that even holding these balls in hands is an amazing tactile experience. It is so silky and woolly at the same time! Wooden needles are definitely the best to knit with, I tried my ADDI clicks and it was way too slippery.

We Are Knitters. Baby Alpaca.

The sweater will have a relaxed oversize look, so the fabric is pretty loose – 16 sts in 10 cm. The sweater is knit in pieces and is to be sewn later. It’s been awhile since I knit something flat, except my machine knitting projects. Gesture sweater is marked as an Advanced Kit, but in my opinion an advanced beginner/intermediate knitter who had one-two sweaters knit can absolutely handle this pattern. The cables are super basic, so even if you are new to cabling, you can master them if you watch one YouTube tutorial, for example. The cable instructions are written out, I am very visual and prefer the charts, so I just drew them myself on a piece of paper.

We Are Knitters. Baby Alpaca.

I am so excited to start this project and share the process with you. We Are Knitters were also amazing to prepare a big giveaway for you!!! Let’s just say there is a whole bag of big chunky yarn waiting for you at the end of this knitting story! So, I will hurry up 🙂

Have a great Sunday!

We Are Knitters. Baby Alpaca.

P.S. The kit was sent to me by We Are Knitters for a review. All the opinions and thoughts expressed are entirely my own.


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By | 2017-03-05T09:27:12+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. steph June 5, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    what a great choice…..and how right you are; those neutrals will stay in your wardrobe f-o-r-e-v-e-r!! Lovely styling….i know you are going to enjoy the knitting journey with this yummy yarn!

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

      I think it will be such a relaxing project! Can’t wait to snuggle today with a big mug of cocoa, War and Peace movie and just knit away!

  2. Monica June 5, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

    What a treat! Even the swatch is gorgeous. Look forward to seeing more about this sweater. Happy Sunday.

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thank you, Monica! This swatch is actually huge – I just could stop and kept knitting 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful Sunday too!

  3. Zeta June 5, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

    What a treat!
    We are knitters are truly amazing, as are their kits also!
    Gesture Sweater is so you 🙂
    It will be a great addition to your wardrobe.
    And the little label to sew to the finished sweater?
    How cool is that?

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      I know! This label is a genius idea, such a simple last touch to a project, but makes a huge difference!

  4. Tracey June 5, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    You picked a gorgeous sweater to knit!
    I love alpaca yarn, I have a bag full that my daughter sent me from
    Germany, I am saving it for something special.

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Some yarns just need to wait for its perfect project, don’t they?!

  5. pat June 5, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to see the finished garment! I haven’t knitted from a kit yet, but it is on my list to try one. I absolutely agree with you that cables and neutrals go together.

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Kits are so much fun! You receive a bag and one by one take out all these fun little things!!

  6. Tina June 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, now that is gorgeous yarn and how wonderful you get to check it out!! I can’t wait to see your finished sweater 🙂

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tina! It is a wonderful yarn! I washed the swatch and it is in perfect condition.

  7. karen June 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    how exciting!! I can’t wait to see that beautiful yarn knit up! Lucky you 🙂

    • Alina June 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      So so exciting!!! I feel very grateful for this opportunity!

  8. Julie June 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    ooh, amazing!! I love WAK, and that kit you picked is awesome!! It’s going to be beautiful on you.

    • Alina June 6, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Julie! I am looking forward to seeing your FO!!!

  9. Sierra June 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    That alpaca yarn sounds heavenly! A sweater in it would be amazing! Don’t you just love a classic piece in a classic color

    • Alina June 7, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

      Absolutely! I love working not only “knitwise” interesting projects, but also those who will be worn for years!

  10. Becki June 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to see your Gesture Sweater all knitted up, Alina! It looks like a fun sweater to knit AND wear!

    • Alina June 7, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

      Thank you, Becki! I can’t wait myself! I wish I had more time for it these days!

  11. sustainablemum June 7, 2016 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Ooh a sweater with alpaca yarn that is going to be amazing! Ther are often alpacas at our local farmers market and they sell yarn which I always go and squish and look longingly at!

    • Alina June 7, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      It is so unbelievably soft! You should definitely treat yourself one day!

  12. Ravenna June 7, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Gorgeous fiber! I can’t wait to see the finish.

    • Alina June 8, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

      It is! So delicious to look at and touch!

  13. Carie June 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Oh that does look very squishable yarn – and what a lovely colour too!

    • Alina June 8, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Squishable is the best word to describe it!

  14. Tahnee June 7, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    This is going to be a seriously gorgeous sweater, really one of those timeless pieces I think!

    • Alina June 8, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Oh, I also think so – such a gorgeous design!

  15. Lisa June 8, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Your photos make it look so tempting! I am already in love. I cannot wait to follow your progress on this sweater. Good luck 🙂

    • Alina June 8, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much, dear Lisa! I owe an email by the way 🙂

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