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Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Today I would love to share with you one more visual story I created with beautiful skeins by Wool and the Gang. Their limited edition Stone Washed yarn, released in collaboration with Rowan, is a soft and light tape 100% cotton yarn in beautiful “washed” color that adds depth to the shades.

Stone Washed Yarn

The yarn thread is flat and wide, which makes it very fast to knit – I am using 6 mm needle; but because of the nature of the spun, it stays very light. This feature makes it perfect for light spring/summer garments that are very easy to knit. Simple basic stitches are the best choice for this kind of yarn – the texture is created by the thread itself.

Stone Washed Yarn

I promise myself to make a cropped summer top for the last three summers, but never get it done. But this yarn is so inspiring that it’d be a crime to keep it in the stash! Plus I know it will be a very fast knit that I’ll really enjoy!

Stone Washed Yarn

I hope you enjoyed one more chapter in my “yarn stories” and will cast on something light and summery!

Have a wonderful week!


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Happy weekend! Taking more than a week long break from blogging always seems like an eternity to me – I am so used to this place. Happy to be back! Hope you had a great productive week!

My day job right now is something completely different from what I used to do – I am creating the content for the website of one of the local boutiques that carries the most amazing pieces that I’ve ever seen in real life. I am very grateful for this opportunity – I’m learning so much about designers from all over the world – Mexico, USA, Australia, Europe; and I am surrounded by beautiful fabrics, textures and colors every day at work!

As soon as I started working there, I fell in love with few knitwear pieces. As you know I love researching about knitwear designers, read their brands’ behind-the-scenes stories and get inspired by unusual knitwear pieces. I was thrilled to discover an amazing designer, previously unknown to me and not just admire her work through the screen of the computer, but actually touch the pieces and see every single little detail. I’m happy to share it with you here today!

Tabula Rasa is a New York fashion brand created by Emily Diamandis in 2013. Emily’s main passion is textiles and each piece created by her brand starts with the yarn and the stitch. “Every knit has a story, every knit has a history” – I couldn’t agree more!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.
Photo: tabularasa-ny.com

The brand celebrates both contemporary and traditional craftsmanship; knits exude textural complexity through the layering of advanced techniques, and intricate stitches reference century-old fabrics sourced from around the globe. Each distinct garment is designed in a 2-step process whereby a textile is artfully created by hand from novelty yarns and tapes before it is constructed into a final silhouette.

FINO boutique carries the brand’s beautiful knitwear and I would like to share with you some of the pieces. For me it was important to catch the details and you can see the whole piece on the brand’s website.

Anat Jacket is a hand made wonder, created using macrame techniques.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Made with Italian cotton, the piece features beautiful interwoven patterns and colorwork.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The new collection brought fun summer pieces made in linen and cotton yarns. Haze Play top is one of my most favorite items with its cropped shape, beautiful open lace knit back and asymmetric diagonal lines, which remind me of my own Heritage sweater.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Just look at the mix of textures and stitch patterns!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The most unusual piece in the new collection is Loon Wide-Leg Pant. I’ve never made a knit pant, so for me it is really intriguing to see the construction of the piece and all its beautiful open knit pattern. The most striking detail is the hand crocheted bird applique that makes the piece unique.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

And, as you know, I have a soft spot for knit dresses. Simple open knit ladder stitch fabric was turned into a very unusual summer dress – Haze Wrap. Gorgeous texture…

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

I hope you enjoyed this little “details tour” and are inspired to pick up your yarn this weekend!

I have some fun staff coming during next couple of weeks, so I’ll see you soon!!!


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On the Needles and In the Stash

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Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and ready to welcome the weekend to have some more yarn time! As for me I want to focus on two projects – new sweater in Moeke’s Elena and a simple shawl from March’s Knitcrate surprise yarn box.
Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

I gasped when I opened my box this time – the color palette selected by Knitcrate team is so perfect, even the packaging is too beautiful to throw away. March brought two squishy Crock-O-Dye (adore this name!) skeins (wool/nylon/silk blend) in rich deep colors from Knit One Crochet Too, two shawl patterns (I am thinking to cast on Windswept – will be perfect for my friend) and the cutest stitch markers set from Gloria Patre Spin N’ Knit.

If you ever decide to subscribe to Knitcrate monthly yarn box, don’t forget to use my special 20% discount code GOK20.

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Cute sheep are already in use – aren’t they adorable?

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

This time Ioana and I decided it would be great to have at least one pattern for two strands of yarn. I got to know Elena pretty well while designing Journey and The Choice; but double strand feels like a brand new yarn, even a simple stockinette stitch looks slightly different. It obviously knits up much faster, but still has this beautiful drape to it. I can only imagine how beautifully it will flourish after blocking!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Have a wonderful creative weekend!


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Happy Monday! This Saturday was my first real day off in a very very long time and I allowed myself to stop running for a while, look around and accept all the gifts of life that surround me. I would love to share with you these little gifts that I “collected” during the last weeks that have been inspiring me and making me happy.

Textures of nature. I can look at the rock patterns forever – mesmerizing details!

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Life is humbly trying to get through…

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Favorite photographer of a month is definitely Dylan Furst (@fursty) – his images wake something inside of me and inspire me in so many ways!

Images by @fursty

Music. My find of the month is magical Julien Baker and her “Sprained Ankle” album – it feels like her voice is reaching inside of you and taking out the best. Very deep and moving!

Knitting. I’ve just finished a very big project and happy to move forward with my Moeke 2017 collection. New cozy sweater is on the needles! It it took me two dozen swatches to come up with the idea that I love, so right now I am really enjoying the actual knitting process. I don’t know how I will wait until August to share it with you, but the good news is that I have some fun summer projects planned.

I hope you enjoyed my little gifts of life and maybe will borrow some of them, just to make life brighter 🙂

Have a wonderful week!


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Heritage Sweater Pattern. Desert Mood.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Happy Friday, dear friends! Today I am excited to share with you the latest pattern for my beloved Moeke Yarns. I would love to thank each of you for an amazing support here and on Instagram, thank you for all your sweet comments and reposts, you’ve definitely made my week!

The idea for these photos came to me while I was still working on the sweater – I’ve noticed how much it changed its look depending on the light! If in the Preview post you can see how the yarn basically absorbs the sunset light, turning into warm honey-like shade. And today I would love to demonstrate how it completely changes under desert dawn’s light, taking on cool neutral shades. Isn’t it amazing?! Such an alive fiber!

Textured Sweater Pattern

Heritage is a top-down sweater with the yoke shaped as the compound raglan, which creates a natural line running along the shoulder. I love this construction  – it always creates such a great shape, something between the classic raglan and set-in sleeve! For your convenience the yoke shaping is written out individually for each size in a concise manner that is easy to follow, in my opinion.

Textured Sweater Pattern

The main eye catching detail is a subtle texture contrast created by combining basic stitches – stockinette, slip stitches, 1×1 ribbing and basic travelling cable. This mix results in a simple casual knit with an interesting twist to keep you interested.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Heritage is a part of Moeke 2017 knitwear collection that will be released this Fall. And my mission in this collection is to create basic city pieces that can become a wardrobe’s staple. I hope Heritage with its clean geometric lines will become your very wearable sweater 🙂

Textured Sweater Pattern

To me Heritage sweater looks “architectural” in some way with its simple shape, construction and very basic finishing. I used my favorite neckline trim + applied I-cord for the neckline; i-cord bind-off for the hem and left the sleeve edges raw, allowing the natural curl of stockinette stitch.

Textured Sweater Pattern

It’s been a challenge and a pleasure to write this pattern and I hope to see it on your needles this spring – Heritage is light as a feather and would be perfect for cool summer nights.

Textured Sweater Pattern

General Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS 29 – 30″ (73.5 – 76 cm)
  • S 32″ (81 cm)
  • M 35″ (89 cm)
  • L 38″ (96.5 cm)
  • XL 41″ (104.0 cm)
  • XXL 43″ (109 cm)
  • 3XL 49″  (124.5 cm)

Shown in size Small with 2″ of ease.

F I N I S H E D   M E A S U R E M E N T S:

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 40 ¼ (41 ¼, 43 ¾, 45 ½, 49, 53 ½, 56 ¾)” [102 (104.7, 111, 115.5, 124.5, 136, 144) cm].

Length From The Underarm: 12 1/2 (13 1/4, 13 1/2, 14 1/2, 15 1/2, 15 1/2, 17 1/2)” 32 (33.5, 34.5, 37, 39.5, 39.5, 44.5) cm

GAUGE:

20 sts x 30 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in St stitch after blocking.

YARN

250 (250, 300, 300, 300, 350, 350) g of Moeke Yarns “Heritage”, 350 m/100 g sport weight yarn.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

 NEEDLES

  • US size 2 ½ [3 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle.
  • Optional – US size 2 ½ [3 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 2 ½ [3 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Spare circular needle.

OTHER

  • Stitch markers of different colors
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Optional – crochet hook in size 2.5 mm

List of techniques used:

  • Slip stitches
  • Basic travelling cable
  • I-cord edge (link to a photo tutorial provided)

Thank you so much for entering giveaway and for your comments – I’ve read every single one of them! The randomly chosen winners of the pattern giveaway are Sarah Desatoff (Ravelry ID: sari27), Lindsay (Ravelry ID: knittinglindsay) and Mary (Ravelry ID: Mary8084). Congratulations! You will receive the copy of the pattern today! So looking forward to seeing it knit by you!!

Heritage Sweater Pattern is available for $7.00

Thank you so much for your support! It means a lot!


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Textured Sweater Pattern

I am happy to say that Heritage sweater pattern will be published this Friday and I can finally share some preview shots with you. I hope you will enjoy them. Yarn was definitely my main inspiration – when I was swatching with Heritage skeins, I knew right away that I didn’t want to overcomplicate things, but knit something light, simple and with a nice drape.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern

But as usual I couldn’t not indulge in a little bit of texture and mixed basic classic stitches – 1×1 ribbing is gradually growing from the sides towards the center of the sweater, divided from the main stockinette stitch body with basic travelling cable.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern

The finishing is simple and straightforward – raw edges of the sleeves and more tailored hem and neckline.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern

My favorite details are the compound raglan shaping, that creates a natural line, and the central subtle chain that “divides” the sweater in half.

Textured Sweater Pattern

And as always me and Ioana would love to organize a giveaway for you. Thank you so much for all your support!

Heritage Sweater Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Tuesday, 25th of April to Friday, 28th of April.

WHERE: Here, The Gift Of Knitting blog.

TO ENTER Leave a comment under this post with your Ravelry ID or with the Ravelry ID of a friend to whom you would love to gift the copy of the pattern.

Three winners will be chosen randomly and announced here, on my blog on Friday, 28th of April.

Moeke Yarn Kit + Heritage Sweater Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Tuesday, 25th of April to Friday, 28th of April.

Moeke Yarns are offering you the chance to win Heritage yarn kit to make your Heritage sweater!

The yarn kit will include skeins of organic pure wool to make a sweater for your size and the pattern.

WHERE@giftofknitting Instagram.

TO ENTER If you follow me on Instagram (@giftofknitting), today you will see a post on my account with all the information how to enter the giveaway! Don’t miss it!!

The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, 28th of April.

You can enter both giveaways! If it happens so that you win both of them, you will receive the yarn kit and you can gift an extra copy of the pattern to your friend!

Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck!


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