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Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017/18.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Sweater and cardigan by Laura Biagiotti

Designers at Milan fashion week didn’t disappoint – I’ve found 100+ knitwear pieces! All of them different and interesting in their own way. It was hard to choose the pieces for this review, I tried to group them and filter out the tendencies that seem to prevail.

Cropped sweaters. Cropped shapes with bell sleeves and very tight ribbing at the waist appeared in many collections in different interpretations – classic and elaborate stitches, bright and neutral colors, textured and plain fabric. They look quiet dramatic and remind me of 80’s  in some way.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Aquilano Rimondi, Les Copains, Fay

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Philosophy di Lorenzo and Elisabetta Franchi

Back to Black. Though knitting with black yarn isn’t that fun, the result is definitely worth it – it will probably become the most versatile and wearable sweater in your wardrobe. Seems like oversize sweaters are still ruling the knitwear world and it is easy to understand – they are so comfy and cozy to snuggle in!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Krizia

Color was presented in all forms and shapes – stripes, intarsia, graphics, patchwork…

Missoni, known for its amazing work with color (just remember their famous chevron colorful patterns!), presented a knitwear collection that is bursting with color! There are dozens of knitwear pieces – sweaters, skirts, dresses, pants. If you are interested to see all of them, you can find the photo report here.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Missoni

Stripes never get old. I absolutely loved how Les Copains added contrasting color blocks to classic navy/white stripes. Alberta Ferretti makes the stripes gradually grow wider that creates unusual visual effect.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Alberta Ferretti

Graphics. Rhombus shapes by Versace are achieved by intarsia and sparkly embellishment over the finished sweater. Philosophy di Lorenzo created a beautiful blue/black contrasting piece – I never thought that I would like such a sharp color contrast in knit garment, but this one looks pretty harmonious.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Versace and Philosophy di Lorenzo

Intarsia. Designers are “drawing” with knit stitches all kinds of shapes and pictures! One angle intarsia looks so beautiful, but will be so hard to achieve – the body and the sleeve have to be perfectly aligned.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Krizia and Tods

Next three intarsia pieces are absolutely exquisite! The first grey sweater with the beautiful motifs on the folded collar is just stunning! The beach scene intarsia is a a piece of art to me – it is so hard to “translate” a picture into knit stitches. I would wear the last sweater every single day – I loved how fuzzy yarn created the blurred affect, looks like  beautiful oil painting…

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Stella Jean, N21 and Alberta Ferretti

Messy Intarsia. When you don’t feel like weaving in ends… 🙂

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Cristiano Burani and Laura Biagiotti

Embellishments. More and more designers mix embroidery with different materials on the knit fabric to add extra texture and sparkle.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti and Prada

Neutral Basics. My favorite trend 🙂 Classic, cozy, timeless pieces – knitwear at its best!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti

Basics with the twist. Traditional stitches, neutral conservative colors and unusual cut. The poncho-sweater is such a great alternative to a heavy coat.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Jil Sander and Les Copains

That’s it for Milan’s knitwear review. So far it’s been my favorite collection of knits, we’ll see what Paris has to show next week.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.it


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By | 2017-09-28T08:32:26+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|15 Comments

2016, Thank You!


Reindeer From The Woods cardigan; La Flor sweater pattern; Gallery sweater; Ocean dress; Green Snowflakes cowl; Bamboo Drape sweater; Sand sweater; Gesture sweater; Journey sweater pattern; The Choice cardigan pattern; Wall sweater; YOTH cardigan pattern.

2016… A year of challenge and hard work; great fears and doubts; endless hope, love and gratitude. My cozy little blog that I love so much is like a notebook filled with memories… I look at each finished project and can distinctively remember how and why I started it, what inspired me; I remember the joy of wearing the finished knit piece for the first time and excitement of sharing it with you; I remember the movies watched, songs played, road trips taken while working on each of them! Definitely better than a photo album!

Crafty Score of 2016 – 14 FOs (10 sweaters, 2 cowls, 1 dress, 1 shawl); 7 photo tutorials; 3 patterns.

I guess I could make more, but it’s not about numbers, right? 🙂 I wanted to thank you for your support this year. It means so much to me – this place got me through some rough days and I am beyond grateful for it. I also hope that you’ve found something useful and inspiring here!

I have way too many plans for 2017 and I hope I’ll have enough time to bring them to life and to share with you. One of the first things I’ll do in the new year is to update the website. I want to start 2017 new and fresh!

I wish you happy and peaceful holidays! Sending you and your families lots of love!

I’ll see you in 2017! ♥

Joining the last Yarn Along of the year! It’s been amazing to see so many wonderful projects throughout the year!


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By | 2017-01-01T20:42:25+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Knitting|24 Comments

YOTH Cardigan

Textured Cardigan

This week one more cardigan flew off my needles – the project for YOTH yarns that I started this Fall is over and I am a little bit sad to let it go… It was a pure joy to work with Father in Hazelnut, this yarn has such an amazing stitch definition and it knits like butter!

YOTH cardigan is a top down cardigan with the yoke shaped as a compound raglan to ensure the perfect fit. It’s “framed” with a classic 1×1 rib neckband with a collar shaped with the help of short rows. The border is finished with an i-cord bind off.

Textured Cardigan

It has a very “clean” and refined look, just like YOTH yarns company whose aesthetics I tried to reflect in this knitwear piece. And, of course, I couldn’t not add some texture to it. I played around with the stitch that has been one my “to-knit” list forever, changed it a little bit and was very happy with the result. It reminds me, for some reason, of the palm leaf…

Textured Cardigan

I also love the wrong side of the cardigan – it has a completely different look, but also creates a very interesting texture effect! What I am also really pleased with is that this stitch is very stretchy, which will ensure that the body of the cardigan fits you perfectly even if your gauge was a little bit off.

Textured Cardigan

Father is very quick to knit with! I would definitely recommend it to beginners as it’s very easy to create neat and crisp stitches in this yarn.

Textured Cardigan

One more little detail that I love so much is a slightly curved edges of the border that create beautiful smooth lines.

Textured Cardigan

Textured Cardigan

The cardigan will fly to YOTH yarns soon, and though I am a little bit sad to let it go, I am really excited to see how YOTH team will style it – so looking forward to their photoshoot! I am sure they will do a great job, I really love how they present their yarns and knitwear. The pattern will be available through YOTH Ravelry store in winter 2017. You can follow YOTH yarns on Instagram @yarnonthehouse to keep up with all the updates.

Textured Cardigan

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

See you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-04-07T07:00:04+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Finished Objects, Knitting, Pattern|33 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting Designs Anniversary + Sale Coupon Code

Happy Wednesday, dear friends! I wasn’t feeling 100% the last days, hence the blog silence… But I have something amazing to celebrate this week – it’s been one year since I published my first pattern! I can hardly believe it. Reindeer went live December, 13th, and it will always be a special day for me. A pattern for me is more than just a set of instructions, but a way to communicate my great love for the craft and for the fiber community that has been nothing but supporting, friendly and inspiring for so many years.

Today I would love to thank you from all my heart for your constant support and encouragement, without it I’d be afraid to put my ideas and stitches into words. Seeing your projects, reading your comments and emails makes me really really grateful.

Each of the sweaters I designed throughout the year has a special place in my heart. They are all so different, but each of them, hopefully, shows the beauty of a knit stitch, its infinite possibilities, the texture and drape of the knit fabric and the coziness of knitwear.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

Reindeer. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

Reindeer was born in my head in summer 2015. I always loved experimenting and rarely took notes of my knitting adventures. But for some reason this time I stopped and took careful notes of every single thing that was happening on my needles. It wasn’t as fun as just knitting, but seeing a piece of knitwear taking shape not only on the needles, but also on the piece of paper made me so happy!

Reindeer is a simple cardigan with beautiful cable panel running on the back and textured bands framing the whole piece.

La Flor. Textured Sweater Pattern.

I must say it is one of the most wearable pieces in my wardrobe. I always wanted to have a very basic sweater covered in speckles of texture.

I wanted to write a pattern that would be perfect for TV knitting, but will still keep you interested. It’s very simple to knit and to wear. I want to make another version for myself, in a different fiber. Maybe baby alpaca, that would create such a beautiful drape!

Textured Sweater Pattern

 

Cable Sweater Pattern

Journey. Cable Sweater Pattern.

My dear Journey… I can’t express how grateful I am for “meeting” Ioana from Moeke Yarns one day and starting this little adventure together.

I love this sweater. Its texture, the shape, the color,the yarn – everything about it! I am also incredibly happy and grateful watching your projects flying off your needles in such a short time!

The Choice. 2-in-1 Cardigan Pattern.

The Choice was a labor of love! It was the most challenging pattern to write, but at the end it turned out the most detailed and thorough set of instructions I have ever written. I really wanted to basically take your hand and walk you through every single step of the process in and show you that any knitwear piece can be recreated without any difficulty when following a step-by-step very detailed pattern.

The Choice is so much fun to knit and it’s amazing to wear. I am really happy with the way it fits, drapes and holds its structure. So looking forward to your versions!

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

And to celebrate one year anniversary I am running 20% sale on all the patterns in my Ravelry store until Friday, December, 16th, the end of the day, with the coupon code REINDEER. Please, enjoy!

Thank you for your support! It means a lot!


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By | 2016-12-14T08:51:11+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|8 Comments

The Choice. Cable Textured Cardigan Pattern.

T H E  C H O I C E for M O E K E  Y A R N S

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

The Choice cardigan is live! Knit in Moeke Elena yarn, the cardigan is a fun mix of traditional and modern knitting worlds. Raw organic wool spun on a hundred year old mill turned into a cozy and versatile knitwear piece for a 21st century knitter.

The Choice is a 2-in-1 pattern that provides two complete patterns with very detailed instructions how to knit the cable back version and the plain textured back. This little modification not only drastically changes the look of the cardigan, but also its fabric – cables create more structure on the back, whether a simple textured stitch creates a beautiful fabric with nice drape. You can knit one version and come back to the second one months (maybe years?) later and try it in different color or fiber! This way you are already familiar with the construction and the rhythm of the pattern, but you are still making something different that will keep things fresh and interesting!

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.I am absolutely in love with the simple textured cardigan’s “background” stitch. First of all it is so easy and fast to knit! I don’t mind purling at all, but I know that some knitters prefer to avoid it as much as possible. Well, this stitch has less purls in it than a stockinette stitch! Its small stitch repeat makes it super easy to incorporate the increased stitches and keep the pattern flowing. And these little “nubs” create a fabric with character. Elena yarn‘s slightly uneven thread adds another dimension to the texture, which I absolutely adore! The fabric looks and feels alive!

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.The Choice is pretty fitting on the back, but has a very generous ease in the front. You can wear the neckbands folded up with the wrong side showing (this will create an additional texture contrast) or you can wrap yourself in its cozy texture to have some protection from chilly winds.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

The Choice is a top-down seamless cardigan with the neckband knit simultaneously with the main body of the garment with the use of short rows to avoid pulling of the fabric, which means when you bind off – you are done! I experimented quiet a lot with the yoke shaping, at the end I used the compound raglan, which created a natural line that runs from the neck to the base of the armhole.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

The cardigan is graded for 7 sizes and it is definitely not easy to put the instructions for all the sizes in a clear and understandable format (I admit, I wanted to give up at one point!), so I decided to write yoke instructions for each size individually in a separate PDF file. It took a lot of time, but I think it was so worth it – now you can just print the instructions for your size and follow row by row, without getting lost in numbers and different sizes!

There is one more unusual thing that I tried in this pattern – so called Yoke Tables for each size. Basically it is a table which gives you a general picture of what is going on in the yoke shaping and helps you to keep track of all the increases, neckband short rows, cable crosses and stitch counts. You will also find it in your copy of the pattern. I found it extremely helpful when knitting and writing a pattern and my wonderful test knitters, Eva and Timea, also strongly supported the idea of the tables. When I got used to the rhythm of the pattern, I used only the Yoke Tables as a reference, without even looking at step-by-step instructions. It also comes in handy when you leave your WIP for awhile and come back to it later – believe me, you won’t be lost, Yoke Tables help you to know exactly where you left off. But it’s up to you, of course, you can use just the traditional step-by-step row by row yoke instructions.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

The pattern provides a very detailed step-by-step photo tutorial how to start your cardigan. So, if you’ve never knit this kind of construction before (top-down compound raglan + simultaneous seamless neckband), you will still be able to do it without any problem with the help of written + visual instructions. You will also find links to video/photo tutorials for all the techniques used in the pattern.

The Choice is a cocktail of textures – brioche, cables, knit/purl stitch pattern – so you definitely won’t be bored! All of the textures are “framed” by i-cord that is knit simultaneously with the main body and then “meets” with the i-cord bind off at the hem. I-cord finishing is also mirrored on the sleeves.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

Sleeves have a folded cuff, that creates not only a cozy volume around your wrist, but also a beautiful contrast of textures. But if you are not into folded cuffs, you can stop at your wrist level (the pattern lets you know that) and start i-cord bind off right away.

The Choice. Cable Cardigan Pattern.

General Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS (33 – 34″/ 84 – 86.5 cm)
  • S (35 – 36″/ 89 – 91.5 cm)
  • M (38 – 39″/ 96.5 – 99 cm)
  • L (40 – 41″/ 101.5 – 104 cm)
  • XL (43 – 44″/ 109 – 112 cm)
  • XXL (48 – 49″/ 122 – 124.5 cm)
  • 3XL (50 – 51″/ 127 – 129.5 cm)

Shown in size Small with 6″ 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].

Finished Length: 28 ¾ (28 ¾, 29, 29, 29 ½, 29 ½, 30, 30)” [73 (73, 73.5, 75, 75, 76, 76) cm].

GAUGE:

18.5 sts x 31 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Moss Rib stitch on larger needles after blocking.

YARN

510 (550, 600, 640, 680, 720, 770) g of Moeke Yarns “Elena”, worsted weight yarn.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

 NEEDLES

  • US size 2 ½ [3 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle.
  • US size 4 [3.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 4 [3.5 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 4 [3.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Spare circular needle.

OTHER

  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cable needle
  • Optional – crochet hook in size 3.5 mm

List of techniques used:

  • Brioche (link to a video tutorial provided)
  • I-cord bind off (step-by-step photo tutorial is provided)
  • I-cord edge (link to a photo tutorial provided)
  • Short rows (link to a video tutorial provided)
  • Cables (charts + step-by-step written instructions are provided)

After the purchase you will receive 18 PDF files. Don’t be scared that there are so many 🙂 You won’t use all of them. Each pattern has 9 files – the main pattern file, 7 separate yoke shaping instructions written out for each size individually and a Yoke Table file.

The randomly chosen winners of the pattern giveaway are Ali (Ravelry ID: MrsMcD918), Jane (Ravelry ID: Celticprincess) and Eleni (Ravelry ID: Eleni Mal). Congratulations! You will receive the copy of the pattern today! So looking forward to seeing it knit by you!!

The Choice Cable Cardigan (both versions) is available for $7.00


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By | 2017-03-05T09:24:34+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|22 Comments

Make The Choice! Giveaway

UPDATE: The pattern will be published on Wednesday, November 9th 🙂 Sorry about the delay, life can get into the way of things sometimes:) Thank you so much for understanding!

Cable Cardigan Pattern

The Choice cable cardigan pattern is ready to be published this Sunday!!! I am so happy about it – I’ve been working on the pattern for 5 months now and it feels so good to put the final touches to it.

Looking at this photo, you probably understand why I called this project The Choice. Basically this is a 2-in-1 pattern that gives you the option to choose to knit either a simple textured back version for a more drapey relaxed look or add some delicious cables for more texture and structure. Fronts are absolutely identical with a squishy simple cable running along a textured neckband. I’ll show you much more photos on the day of publication!

You know how I love modifications and I always wonder how the knit garment would look like if to change this or that. When I was knitting the cable version, I wondered how it would look like without the cables on the back, I put the knitting aside for a couple of days, trying to decide what I really want in the end and then it struck me – why should I choose if I could do both and give a knitter a chance to decide! So, this is how the second version was born.

The Choice is a top-down completely seamless cardigan with the neckband knit simultaneously with the main body, which means – when you are done, you are done!! The pattern is graded for 7 sizes (XS – 3XL), with very detailed step-by-step instructions and lots of photo tutorials. I will post much more details about it on the day of publication, for now let’s get to the exciting part – giveaway!!! Do you remember how much fun we had during our Journey sweater giveaway? So, let’s do it again! By the way, if you would love to knit both of the patterns from my Moeke 2016 collection (Journey and The Choice), it is a good time to get your copy of Journey sweater, as everybody who bought Journey before 6th of November, will get a special introductory discount on The Choice cardigan!

The Choice Cardigan Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 2nd of November to Sunday, 6th of November.

WHERE: 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 Sunday, 6th of November.

Moeke Yarn Kit + The Choice Cardigan Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 2nd of November to Sunday, 6th of November.

Moeke Yarns are offering you the chance to win a whole bag of Elena yarn to make your The Choice Cardigan!

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 and announced on my Instagram on Sunday, 6th of November.

You can enter both giveaways!

Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck! Thank you for your support!

I’ll see you at Yarn Along today!


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By | 2016-11-06T11:00:03+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Knitting, Pattern|56 Comments
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