Mystery Pattern Giveaway

The day has come. I can finally say these magical words – I wrote a pattern. I am writing these words, but I can’t believe them myself. I always wanted to put my ideas to words and numbers and to help others to recreate them, but I didn’t know where to start and to be honest I was afraid to start. But this July when so many changes were happening in my life, I thought why not now? What is the worst thing that can happen? And just like that I set my foot on the learning path of writing knitting patterns.

The general idea of the design was clear in my head, but it took me almost a month of swatching to find the perfect “ingredients” (aka stitch patterns) to mix together. Weeks of studying the “official” knitting pattern language, determining the size range and working out the structure of the pattern… Oh, how many times I wanted to give up… I was looking at yarn and needles and my hands knew exactly what to do, all the increase and decrease intervals, shaping and finishing details – so easy on my needles, but oh so hard on the paper. How to put this image that I have in my head in simple and clear words that will be familiar and easy to understand for everybody?

Books, websites, consultations with experienced and highly professional tech editors, other knitting patterns – I used everything that I had available. I imagined a knitter, who prints her/his pattern, gets a cozy blanket, chooses yarn and needles, sits down and starts to knit… This image pushed me to look for the best ways to explain, to describe and to show using the simple universal knitting language. And little by little the pattern started to take shape not only on my needles, but also on the paper. My amazing technical editor helped me to put the final touches and my wonderful and very talented test knitters perfected the final draft. My heart was racing when I saw the pictures of the finished cardigans. Literally, one of my dreams came true – somebody somewhere recreated my design…

Cable Cardigan Pattern


All of this wouldn’t even happen if not for you, my dear readers! Your every comment and word of support, your encouragement and kindness, your emails and your messages put me on this road. You were the first who believed in me so I could believe in myself! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

I am planning to officially publish the pattern this weekend, but I really wanted to give you a sneak peek and give you the opportunity to get your copy of the pattern on the day of its release. I am not going to reveal all the details yet, but I’ll give you the overview so you can decide if you want to enter the giveaway or not. This pattern is for a classic standard fitting open cardigan with the cable panel.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

The cardigan is knit in one piece and almost seamless (there are just two little shoulder seams). The instructions for the cable panel are charted and written out. The cardigan is graded for 8 sizes – from XS to 4XL.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

If you want to get the copy of the pattern in your pattern library this weekend, leave me a comment with your Ravelry ID. Or you can leave Ravelry ID of your friend who you know would love to knit a cable cardi. It’s a gift season after all 🙂 I’ll randomly choose the winner and send the copy of the pattern on the day of the official publication! You can find me on Ravelry to keep up with all the updates!

Thank you again for your support and constant encouragement! I really appreciate it!

See you this weekend!

Joining Yarn Along to see what other crafters are up to.

The giveaway is closed! Thank you so much for participating!

The winner is Angela (Ravelry ID – harknessangels).


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  1. What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! It sounds like a lovely cardi. And I love the gray in your pictures 🙂

  2. Congrats!! This is big news and I can’t wait to see the pattern! I am mlittlefield on Rav

  3. So exciting! I’m so glad you pressed on to make this dream come true! I’m so anxious to see your finished cardi. The sneak peeks are beautiful. Open front cardigans are the most versatile knit, too.
    I can imagine how much work went into designing your first pattern! I test knit and helped tech edit for some patterns, and still find myself thinking of things I could have done better or things I left out. I’m sure your next designs will flow more quickly into finished patterns, now that you’ve found your design “language.” Btw, I’m mamatronic on ravelry

  4. Wow, congratulations! I can imagine how excited you must be to see others knit your pattern and to see the different ways it turns out. From the glimpses here I can say that I love the cables and the structure of the border or the bottom, I can’t wait to see it in its whole glory.

  5. Congrats on realizing such a huge goal! I’m sure the sweater is peachy perfect! I’d love to win a copy! “bobanda” on Ravelry.

  6. Congratulations on your first pattern. The sneak peak is very enticing, I find anything with cables a dream to look at and perfect for cold weather 🙂 I am Marigoldsloft on Rav.
    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.

  7. I would love to win and knit this for myself, but as you stated, it’s the season of giving, and I know a dear friend would love to knit this and I would like a chance to win the pattern for her…..Steph…Woolythyme1 on Ravelry.

  8. You designed a sweater for your first pattern? Dang girl! Ambitious. Well done.

  9. Congratulations! That’s great news!!!!! 😀
    I can only imagine the difficulties in such huge accomplishment! But you did it girl! Amazing!
    And a giveaway? So generous of you! Oh the sneak peeks made me feel ecstatic about those cables….!!
    zetta203 on rav

  10. How exciting! I cannot wait to see your creation.
    Btw, even though you will not see any projects on my ravelry, I am finally knitting again! My back on knitting track project is – Cradle from Rowan’s “Winter drift” book, and my rav account is yulia 🙂

  11. Congratulations on your first pattern! I’m very interested as i’ve been trying to decide on an open cardigan pattern. I can’t wait to see the whole thing! I’m Sara6 on Ravelry.

  12. I love cables and cardigans. On ravelry I am phyllisgl . I hope you pick me – if not I will just have to buy the pattern!

  13. Congratulations! The details look very pretty indeed. My ID on raverly is hodael

  14. Nancy Fischer

    Wow, beautiful and in my favorite color! I hope you have a lot of success with your new pattern.
    I’m knitswithdoxies on ravelry

  15. I always wanted to work on a cardigan for someone special. I am looking forward to work on your cardi if I win this giveaway and my rav is “br7394”.

  16. Oh!! Sounds like my favorite kind of sweater! I’m Jesinger on ravelry

  17. Congratulations! Love the cable details and the color!

    Rav ID: harknessangels

  18. You described the doubt and the nervousness about writing a pattern so well. And also the motivation -thinking about the knitter who will get joy out of creating something from your pattern. I would love to win your pattern – your work is always so exquisite! My ravelry id is alexishamann .

  19. I love Cardis & cables 🙂 I think I would really like this one 🙂

  20. I’m XenaBob on Ravelry.

  21. Bravo ! It looks great !

  22. I am so happy for you! You are such a gifted teacher that your pattern had to be a success. I’m momofachef on Ravelry.

  23. This is amazing – what an accomplishment, congratulations!!
    I can’t wait to see the whole sweater and patter. I’m carriefluter on Ravelry

  24. LadyWulf / Raverly

    what an awesome idea! and a great way to promote your new design!

  25. I love cable! Thanks for the chance to win.
    greyowl on Rav

  26. Congratulations! MrsMcD918 on Ravelry.

  27. Congratulations lovely Alina!!! So happy for you!!! Whether or not I win your giveaway I’m still going to get the pattern in support of you. <3

  28. p.s I’m Dnali on Ravelry. 😀

  29. That looks so beautiful. Congrats. I’m a cable addict and so I couldnt resist a giveaway.
    bhavanastephen on ravelry

  30. So exciting! Congratulations and im excited for the publish!

    Rav I’d: jrams21

  31. Alina, I loved reading this. I’m not a knitter (yet), but I enjoyed being inside the head and heart of a knitting designer as I read your post. You are such an encourager yourself, you know. While I won’t be entering your giveaway (because I don’t knit) I’m touched by your generosity and enthusiasm for sharing. What you show of the sweater is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see pictures of the full thing.

  32. Congratulations, what a great accomplishment! It looks beautiful. I would love to win a copy.
    Rav: hayleyarmstrong

  33. I love cables and cardigans ! I am sandrine06 on ravelry.

  34. Congratulations, Alina!!!))) I’m very happy for you))) So much work invested, but the result is beautiful!

  35. Congratulations you amazing person you! It sounds like a very proper beginning with research, tech editing and test knitting. You deserve the very best success.

  36. Elizabeth B.

    Congratulations, Alina! So wonderful to hear you went after your goal and have made it a reality. I love the sneak peeks you have shared – everyone needs a cabled cardi in their wardrobe 🙂
    Ravelry: Yarnchitect

  37. Oh! What fun! My ravelry ID is: Arabianknits
    I wish you much success!

  38. Congratulations, Alina!
    This sneak peek looks very promising! I wish I were a good enough knitter for intricate cables like these! Maybe one day! I’ll keep learning and might come back to it.

  39. Congrats! I am braeburnknitter on Rav. Can’t wait to see the release. I am soo into cables right now.

  40. Hi Alina!
    Congratulations to you on your first pattern! It looks pretty awesome from your pictures. I am excited for you and can’t wait to see it.

    Ravelry ID: gailg

  41. Congratulations on your pattern! From what I can see, it looks great!


  42. what a lovely pattern! and what a lovely gift!
    mamawitch666 on ravelry

  43. Looks most enticing! I hope it’s only the first of many! janmaus on Rav

  44. How amazing you are. A knitter a beautiful things, a writer of wonderful tutorials, a taker of lovely photos and now I find a designer of sumptuous knitwear too. It is incredibly generous of you to offer a free pattern, naturally I would love to win ;).

    I am sustainablemum on Ravelry.

  45. Judi (JGR on Ravelry)

    I’ve been stalking the pattern pages for cable cardigans for weeks now and can’t wait to see yours. My guess would have been what your experience demonstrates – that writing patterns is MUCH harder than it looks.

  46. Congrats on your new pattern, how exciting!!

  47. Oh wow, congrats! I remember that feeling when I first saw a garment knitted with my pattern – it’s amazing! That someone was really able to recreate my design with my instructions, it’s a moment you’ll remember for sure. I wish you all the success with your release!

  48. I am so proud of you💞

  49. ravelry name Kplumer
    Always a day late and a dollar short. Looks like the contest ended last evening. I love cables and cardigans!

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