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Polar Bear Sweater

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Some projects just happen, seemingly without much supervision from my part 🙂 Crazy Sexy Wool skeins by Wool and The Gang have been in my stash for quiet some time and I had completely different plans for them, when on one Saturday morning I opened my closet, saw these chunky cozy balls of wool and got the idea –  why not to mix them with something airy, light and weightless in one project? The initial plan for Crazy Sexy Wool was to make a basic accessory to demonstrate simple knitting techniques for beginners, but it seems like I am always drifting to sweater knitting no matter what. And then I remembered that I still had Take Care Mohair! leftovers from my Mohair Flor sweater and that was it – I immediately got this rush of excitement I feel only when I find something that I know for sure I want to knit and wear. I love this feeling and sometimes I need to swatch for weeks to get this feeling from the project, but I always recognize it and only then allow myself to put my idea in the pattern, otherwise it is just not worth it, I have to love it to make it!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I knew that I wanted that sweater to be beginner friendly with basic shaping, simple stitches and very straightforward construction. I think beginners projects should be fun and just as exciting as more advanced ones when you gain more skills, so I think this combination of chunky wool with thin mohair is a nice spice-up touch to the basic sweater. It took me a couple of days of swatching to put together the stripe sequence that has some slight texture to it and is very easy to memorize.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.


Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.


Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The sweater is so fast to knit, first of all because of the big gauge Crazy Sexy Wool creates and secondly it was just addicting to watch the change of fiber and stripes and texture as you knit, so you just don’t want to stop. I might as well suggest that you can make the entire sweater in 3-4 afternoons, it is that easy and fast to knit.

The moment I’ve made first couple of rows, I knew the name for it – Polar Bear Sweater. Because it is so deliciously chunky, soft and reminds me of ice and snow. It is something you will reach for in the cool foggy morning or cold evening when you just want to wrap yourself in warmth and coziness.

I also love that it is pretty versatile – though I am in love with the combination of wool and mohair, I know that some of you might want just solid color/yarn option – you can easily do that, just omitting the change of fiber, but because of the stripe sequence you will still get the texture.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am going to publish the sweater most probably in a week, but for now I would love to give opportunity to you to win a copy of a pattern. All you have to do is to leave a comment under this post and with your Ravelry ID if you have one (if you don’t I can use your email to send you the pattern). I am going to choose randomly three winners. The giveaway is open until the publication post.

I hope you liked Polar Bear just as much as I do and it will find its home on your needles soon 🙂

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


By | 2018-09-09T07:30:27+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|42 Comments


  1. PizzaMimi September 9, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I would love to knit this! The colors and textures look incredible!

    Ravelry = PizzaMimi

  2. Stacy September 9, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Love the look of the to two weights of yarn together!

    Ravelry ID: jazylady007

  3. Christina Toppen September 9, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love mixing these yarns. Can’t wait for the pattern to be published 🙂

    Ravelry: christinapurls

  4. Elizabeth September 9, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Normally I am not a fan of mixing bases as drastically as this but with this sweater, I want to knit it NOW just as it is!! Another wonderful design, Alina!

    Ravelry – YarnChitect

  5. Katie September 9, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

    What a fun sweater! It looks perfectly warm and cozy. And I love a good (almost) instant gratification project.

    Ravelry – mayhemnmerriment

  6. Alix September 9, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Alina, you design the most wonderful, workable sweaters! I can’t wait for the Polar Bear Pattern, even though I’ve vowed not to buy another inch of yarn until I make a serious dent in my stash. As much as I’d love to win this pattern I’ve already been lucky enough to win before, so I’ll give someone else a chance and put my order in to buy this one.

  7. Janice September 9, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I would love to make this for my daughter.

    Ravelry – knittingalways

  8. Lee September 9, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    We have had a 30 degree drop in temperature—I could use this sweater right now. Sweater looks awesome in your pics. Tutuknits

  9. Magoo September 9, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I just love your sweaters, it would be awesome to win Polar Bear! RavID margvv

  10. Nicky September 9, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

    It’s lovely!!! The texture is amazing,

    Ravelry ID: Dnali

  11. Nancy September 9, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to see the full product. All of your design’s are so lovely! Thanks for mentioning that it can be quickly made in 3 to 4 afternoons. Ravelry ID nanina

  12. Lydia September 9, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Oh i know just who to knit this for. Thank you for this beauitful sweater. Id disneyknitter.

  13. Stephanie September 9, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    The photo’s are very ‘tempting’. The stitch is very clever. I look forward to seeing the whole style/pattern!

  14. Elisabeth September 9, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to knit this!

  15. Zeta September 9, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    My first thought? Sexy sweater! 😉
    Love it! Congrats once again!
    dearknitmates on rav

  16. Patricia Reyes September 9, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    It sweater looks like a piece of clothing I may never take off because it looks so comfortable.

    Ravelry- patisiri

  17. Linda September 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    All I know is I need this in my wardrobe! It’s a masterpiece! Rav = knitsisterknit

  18. Anna Pierce September 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I have sweater patterns in my cart and library on Ravelry; and, I have yet to attempt to tackle knitting a sweater. Your description above has me ready to take the plunge. Thank you for thinking of us who want to knit their first sweater; but, were too intimidated to try. And it looks lovely!

    Ravelry: ana955

  19. Yulia September 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Great idea!
    Making it is very tempting. Can’t wait to see full pictures
    Rav – yulia

  20. Ub September 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Looks great!
    Ravelry ub24

  21. Julie September 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    This sweater is SO cool!! I love the mix of textures, it looks incredible!

  22. Melissa September 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Oh it’s so fun to see this sweater after seeing the stitches on IG, Alina. What a lovely combo!

  23. AnneB September 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I love the mix of textures in this sweater, and I really love the ice and snow color palette too.

    Ravelry: JavaDressage

  24. Jessica Hougen September 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I love it, and I have yarn in my stash that would be perfect! Ravelry: jhougen

  25. Sara September 9, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I love this sweater! It would be so cozy on a foggy morning.

    Ravelry: SassyChicken

  26. Carmela Biscuit September 10, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

    What an ingenious idea! Can’t wait to see it modeled, this is so creative and original, yet simple! Good work, Alina!

  27. Kristie September 10, 2018 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Love this! Been looking for a big chunky knit!

    Ravelry ID: WHATKnots

  28. Maria September 10, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

    So lovely
    My id ravelry is gesuma05 (zero-five)

  29. Janis Nixon September 10, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I love the combination of Crazt Sexy Wool and Mohair! So much fun!
    Ravelry- nixonjanis6

  30. Marne September 10, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I love polar bears and this pattern captures them without injury! Can’t wait to make one!

    Rav ID: milesofyarn

  31. Betsy September 10, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Looks lovely. Is it top down in the round? I’m a newer knitter and I gravitate to top down patterns. Most of your are so hoping this one is too.

    ID BetsyinMD

  32. Michelle L. Collins September 10, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    It looks far more interesting and cute than many “beginner “ patterns. I’m advanced beginner or “intermediate lite”! But I’d love to make this!

    ID: Shelly15208

  33. Soj Aronson September 10, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

    This looks perfect for the bag of mohair I was”gifted”. I’d only need to buy the chunky yarn!
    I am anxious to see how many yards will be needed😳

  34. Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 10, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    So pretty. And such a lovely combo I never would have thought to try. Your creativity never fails to impress.

  35. Debbie Healy September 10, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Love the use of the mohair- I also have a stash of it and would love to use it here!! Also glad to know how quickly it knits up!

    Ravelry: dhealy3

  36. tina fischer September 10, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I love knitwear with interesting construction techniques that are in fact not complicated to produce – like Polar Bear! It’s gorgeous and yet simple, and I can tell it would be addictive to knit and fun to wear! So many color combos could work really well with this pattern – even just reversing the grey and ivory. Thank you so much for creating this! Can’t wait to knit it! mossknitsdesigns

  37. Paula September 10, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Looks amazingly original, love the idea of the different textures.
    something you don’t usually see. Can’t wait to try the
    pattern….roll on Winter!!

  38. Andrea September 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I have an old jumper ready to be unravelled and repurposed – plus mohair – this pattern would be the perfect knit for my daughter! She lives in a much colder place than I do, and I love to create WARMTH for her to wear!

  39. Louise Steenberg September 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    This sweater is really outstanding and in a class of its own…. how I would love to be the first South African to knit AND wear this!! This will warm my body, my heart and my SOUL!!! I love the colours, the textures and can just IMAGINE how that will feel against your skin… soft, snuggly… LOVED!!!

    Ravelry ID LouiseSteenberg

  40. Diane Maleski September 11, 2018 at 2:49 am - Reply

    I love the textures, as well as the colors you’ve used. I want to knit this for my beautiful granddaughter who is a student in college in Manhattan. The winters there can be fierce and she will love this cozy sweater.
    Ravelry: DMarieLynn

  41. Mara September 11, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

    This looks so cozy and I am a sucker for cozy! My rav name is cozyintlv

  42. Margaret September 13, 2018 at 4:58 am - Reply

    This looks so soft and warm, and fast! Love it! – as I do all your designs. Rav. ID: margaretsmiller

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