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

BODY SIZES:

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.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

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].

GAUGE:

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].

MATERIALS:

YARN:

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.

NEEDLES:

  • 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.

OTHER:

  • 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!


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37 Comments

  1. It’s so lovely!!!!

  2. WOW! Just WOW! I love it! Well done girl! 😉
    That sweater is definitely a keeper!
    The detail on the side is gorgeous.
    I can’t decide which version I like more.

  3. Thank you so much for the pattern! I’m very excited and happy to have it. It’s so lovely.

  4. Awesome photos! You look great, the sweater looks great, the landscape looks great. So stunning. Whoo hooo!

  5. I have to buy it. It’s so lovely and very much my style. You did another well thought out, fantastic job!

  6. Hi Alina,
    Such a beautiful sweater pattern and gorgeous photos. I think I’ll have to work that pattern into my knitting plans.
    Thank you for visiting me:)
    Jeannine

  7. This is a great sweater, I like it both versions and your photos are exquisite !!!

  8. I love everything about this sweater … the way you thought out the details like the spacing and size of the textured stitches, the ribbing, and the faux side seams, and especially the ideas behind the design. Yes, “rows” in a field! Great design process. Congratulations. Diana

  9. This is what I love about knitting. The generosity of the community, the creativity and the fact that no two projects are the same even using the same pattern. It’s lovely in both the forms you have knitted it.

  10. Once again you have designed a beautiful knit. You really are quite talented and we are blessed that you share your talent with us.
    Much love

  11. Alina, this pattern is just so sweet. I totally agree with your romantic interpretation of the stitches…plowed land surrounding a field of flowers. How could you see anything else within the motif?! Congratulations on your newest creation.

  12. it looks fantastic on you, and I love the faux seams. Faux seams are the best!

    • Thank you so much, Julie! Yes, I love faux seams – easy to knit and a great way to add structure to the garment without spending extra time on finishing!

  13. La Flor is such a fitting name for this beautiful sweater. The textured stitch pattern is lovely. A fairisle version would be so cool to knit.

  14. Yay! Congrats on the pattern release! I loved hearing about the behind the scenes of your design story.

  15. It is absolutely gorgeous! How fun to have created this.

    I am quite tempted to try making one! I’ve never made a “big” knitting project. I mostly make dishcloths! I adore sweaters though, and this one is so pretty and it just looks fun to try! Pinning this post and tossing around ideas! 🙂

  16. I forgot to say that I love your description of the pattern and comparing it to the plowed land dotted with flowers.

  17. Beautiful, beautiful sweater, Alina. And I love all the ways you describe it. And those side “seams” or panels – they are beautiful too! Your interpretation of flowers and plowed fields is perfect. :^)

  18. OMG that’s so beautiful! I love the details of the ribbing — the bind-off looks to perfectly smooth.I’ve been wanting to make myself something that I can wear to the office and this looks perfect. Too bad my next few months are booked with men’s patterns but I’ll add this to my ravelry queue so I don’t forget about it.

    • Thank you so much, Sarah! After knitting a sweater for my husband, I promised myself never make anything for him 🙂 He was so picky and wanted to change so many things that I had to re-knit the sweater from the scratch! So, you are my hero – knitting for your men is not an easy task!

  19. This is a superb sweater, the texture just the right amount for keeping the sleek look. Great info on ease and showing us the different effects of ease. You certainly have been using your time productively! Congratulations Alina.

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