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Wheat Sweater. Photo Album.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing with you a visual story of a cozy merino sweater – Wheat from Vintage collection for Moeke Yarns. It was so amazing to see Nikki’s (@satellitejune) interpretation of it for the Doina lookbook photoshoot, but I couldn’t resist taking more knitwear photos as well. I love these photos, because they do have kind of vintage feel to it, just like the sweaters and yarn itself.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

It is a true joy to see your projects growing on the needles and your versions of Wheat – I will never be able to express thorough words how it makes me feel! Thank you so much for sharing your progress – it is one of my favorite parts of creating knitwear – seeing how your idea sparkled something in a knitter and inspired her to pick up the needles and a skein of yarn!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat, with its simple cable sleeves, slightly elongated back, shaped with short rows and loose gauge, that creates a nice drape and slightly oversize fit is perfect for everyday casual wear. It would be perfect for travelling when you need something cozy to wrap yourself into on the plane.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I am also very pleased to say that it fit perfectly one of my dearest women and I am more than happy to gift it to keep her warm and cozy! I know that she will cherish this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope to see more Wheats knit this season! Please, don’t forget that it is still not too late to join Moeke Yarns Ravelry group with your projects – there are amazing sponsors and great giveaways in the company of the most friendly and encouraging people!!!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope you enjoyed this little photo album and inspired to knit this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:54:46+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|11 Comments

Rain Sweater. WAK Pima Cotton. FO Details

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! If you remember this summer I published one more visual yarn story with Pima cotton yarn by We Are Knitters. At that time I was so busy with my day job, life in general and finishing the patterns for Vintage collection that I was craving for some unplanned, unpredictable and easy going knit. I “blindly” cast on and dived into this experiment on-the-go.A couple of months later this sweater came off my needles.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Project Details

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Pattern[/box]

Not that much planning was involved in this sweater. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to use elongated slip stitches – I just loved the smooth stockinette stitch fabric created by Pima cotton yarn and I felt like the slip stitches will create these “drops” of texture that will stand out, but not interrupt the simple background stitch. And as I was a couple of rounds in the neckline, I had another idea – what if to turn the dropped stitches into travelling across the sweater pattern. As soon as I tried it, I loved it and the rest is history 🙂

The name for the sweater – Rain – came in the middle of the project. In my eyes the diagonal lines of the elongated dropped stitches looked like drops of rain running along the window on a gloomy day.

 

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Yarn[/box]

Pima cotton by We Are Knitters. When WAK asked me to review one of their summer yarns, I knew pima cotton will be the perfect choice! This definitely my favorite type of cotton to work with – it;s amazing how soft and smooth it is and what beautiful fabric it creates – light, with crisp stitch definition and great drape! The other thing I wanted to point out is that the yardage for this yarn balls is so so so generous – I used just 3 (!!!) skeins for the whole sweater! I definitely have more that enough left for at least one more project!

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Design Details [/box]

As this sweater was planned as a zen knitting project, I kept things very simple.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Minimal neckline shaping that looks something between round neck or boat neckline, top down raglan construction with longer armholes for a relaxed fit, minimal shaping in the body and classic i-cord finishing.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

My favorite detail of this sweater is sleeves – the elongated travelling drop stitch pattern used for the central panel in the main body mirrored in on the sleeves, running from the elbow all the way down to the cuff. I think it not only creates an interesting design detail, but also makes it so much more fun to knit the sleeves – you will be addicted to see how the “rain drops” are being painted by your needles.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Thank you, We Are Knitters, for this fun collaboration! I really hope I’ve managed to show the beauty of this fiber in this sweater.

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

[box size=”large” style=”rounded”]Test Knitting[/box]

If you like the sweater, please, let me know if you’d like to see it turned into the pattern and if you are interested in test knitting it. I will use my notes that I’ve made along the way and will finish the first draft of the pattern for Monday, October 2nd. Test knitting basically involves knitting the piece, sending me your notes/suggestions along the way and taking photos of the progress and the final piece and creating the Ravelry project page with all the notes and photos. You can also post about it on your Instagram account and the blog, if you have one. The deadline for finishing the sweater (including your photos of the finished piece and your notes) will be for Monday, November 13th (6 weeks from October 2nd). If you think, you can make it, please, send me an email at alina@giftofknitting.com or Ravelry message. Thank you so much!

We Are Knitters Textured Sweater

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2017-09-24T06:58:20+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Finished Objects, Knitting, Pattern|9 Comments

Moeke Collection Preview

Moeke Yarns Sweater Pattern

Happy Wednesday! Today I decided to share with you a sneak peek into my small contribution to Moeke 2017 knitwear collection that is going to go live in September. It’s time to send the samples all the way across the ocean and before they go, I wanted to capture all three pieces together. Heritage you’ve already seen, but two that are coming are a surprise that I hope you will like 🙂

Moeke Yarns Sweater Pattern

Moeke Yarns Sweater Pattern

It was wonderful to work with Heritage, Elena and Merino. I loved how distinctive each of them felt – with its own character; subtle variations in shade, texture and softness made the whole experience so enjoyable. Though each of the yarns is unique, they all felt “so Moeke” with its slightly uneven thread, smell of wild fields and natural shades.

Moeke Yarns Sweater Pattern

I am looking forward to seeing them in Moeke 2017 lookbook! I hope you will like it and knit it, of course 🙂

Moeke Yarns Sweater Pattern

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2017-07-12T06:56:54+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Knitting|17 Comments

Sunday Treats

Knitting progress

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

To recharge before a long week I try to fill my day with simple rituals that make me feel like I am really using my time off for something that makes me and other people happy… I happen to love routine, making plans and to-do lists. The perfect weekend should include friends, music, sport, good food, reading, limited time in front of the computer, walking, mint tea with milk, calling my family, organizing the house and yarn in my hands…

Knitting progress

This weekend besides finishing some big projects, I am working on something very quick and mindless – a lovely baby hat for my friend’s nephew who is just a couple of month old! I’m using Baby’s Beanie Hat pattern from “Simple Knits For Cherished Babies” – a very basic and mindless knit that will make a perfect gift. The chainette Paloma yarn is perfect for it – the thread is thick, but very light and the softness of it is beyond words! Hope to finish it today! I would also love to mention that the book itself is so beautifully photographed – each page is inspiring!

Knitting progress

Another mindless and straightforward knit is the crop top with Stone Washed. I have just three skeins, so I think it will be really cropped 🙂 It’s also the first project that I am working on the straight needles – I actually miss it!

Knitting progress

I hope you will have time today for some special rituals that make your weekends relaxing!

Have a wonderful day!


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By | 2017-06-04T07:40:37+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|13 Comments

Heritage Sweater Pattern. Preview and Giveaway

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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By | 2017-05-23T05:37:47+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|164 Comments

How Sweaters Behave After Long-term Wear

Knitwear

Today I would like to come back to some of my old knits that I finished during the last 2-3 years. The reason for this little flashback is to talk about how these pieces of knitwear “behave” after a certain amount of time. Surely they all look fresh and crisp once fresh off the needles, but I think it is important to see them after they have been through lots of wear in “real” life. It will allow us to make some decisions about yarn/stitch pattern/shape for our next project. Sweaters are a big investment of time and money, so it is definitely worth analyzing the end result.

La Flor.

Yarn – Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland wool) by Knit Picks.

I can say that I’ve been wearing La Flor a lot – dog walks, road trips, running errands in town, cozying up in it during chilly mornings at home… It is been a year since I finished it, so it’s been enough time to see how it behaves.

The stitch pattern is still crisp and stands out against the stockinette stitch background; the shape hasn’t changed at all – it fits just the way it used to. Yarn started pilling a little bit on the hem and ribbing of the sleeves, but nothing drastic. Overall I am very happy with how it looks like after a year of wear.

Mineral Heather sweater.

Yarn – Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland wool) by Knit Picks.

I finished it in December, 2015 and have been wearing it a lot as well. The weird thing is that though the yarn is absolutely identical to the one I used for La Flor, pilling is so so much worse. Right now it is not so bad, but after the first month of wear the sweater was just covered in numerous tiny wool speckles. I had to use the razor every single time I wanted to wear it. Other than that the sweater is perfect after a long time of wear – holds its shape, the color didn’t fade at all, the ribbing is also in its place. So, I would definitely recommend Wool of the Andes, it is a great wool!

Gesture.

Yarn – The Baby Wool (100% Baby Alpaca) by We Are Knitters.

The yarn was so lush to work with – incredible soft and silky. The sweater also turned super soft and cozy. I’ve worn it a lot in the house, during walks and was basically living in it during my trip to Saint Petersburg. Finished in July, the sweater is 6 months old. Well, I can say for sure that there is a price to pay for its wonderful softness – it pills like crazy! If I wear it next to a back t-shirt, I have an alpaca t-shirt after that 🙂 Other than that it holds its shape and color  very well and I am still very happy to wear it, even with all the pilling.

Journey.

Yarn – Elena (100% organic wool) by Moeke Yarns.

Probably my most worn sweater since I finished it. I wear it on its own or under a jacket, over the past 6-7 months it’s been everywhere with me. I am super happy about how it looks and fits after all this time of use. The cables look exactly the same way – they didn’t stretch at all! And the yarn doesn’t pill at all – it literally looks like new! It is not the softest yarn in the world, that’s for sure, but what a sturdy and durable wool!

Reindeer.

Yarn – Gloss DK (70% wool and 30% silk) by Knit Picks.

My Reindeer cardigan is more than one year old and it holds its cables and shape beautifully, though the yarn starts to look a little bit fuzzy will pills, so I will have to take care of it. But overall it is in beautiful shape and makes a great wardrobe staple!

Now let’s take a look at some of the pieces I made from plant fibers and see how they hold up! Plant fibers usually don’t pill, so if you take a good care of them they will always look like new. They do have their own drawbacks though…

Wildflower dress.

Yarn – Eulali (100% cotton) by Omega.

One of my first projects and my favorite crochet dress. I wear it quiet a lot during the summer; it’s 2,5 years old and it is perfect! The shape is exactly the same as it was when I just finished it – didn’t stretch at all and the color is not fading. I do take a very good care of it though – I wash it by hand and let it dry flat in the shade, so the sun doesn’t destroy its color. The yarn is pretty stiff, but it softens up after a few washes. The fact that I used a very small crochet hook also helped to keep the dress structured and not lose its shape.

Bamboo drape sweater.

Yarn – 100% bamboo (I don’t remember the company name unfortunately).

My two favorite things about this project are the drape and the color, both of them are in perfect condition. The only thing that might be bothering me is that it is very easy to get the pull/run in this fabric. And it will be really visible as the fabric is so sleek and smooth.

Soho Dress. Yarn – Lino (cotton/linen blend) by BBB filati.

One of my favorite projects. I must admit though that I haven’t been wearing it a lot for some reason, but from a few wears the fabric didn’t change, except for a little stretch in the underarm area. But I left it raw and didn’t trim it at all, so that might be the reason. I will have to come back and do that so it doesn’t grow more. But overall a great look after 1,5 years. This yarn is definitely a great investment!

I hope this little overview helped you in some way and now you know what to expect more or less from the knitwear pieces you create from the similar yarns!

I hope you are having a great week!

See you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-02-01T09:22:21+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Crochet, Knitting|24 Comments
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