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Change of Perspective

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Sometimes to move on in life or knitting you need a change of perspective. I’ve made a rule for myself long time ago – when it gets overwhelming, just get busy, look around you and try to see things from a different point of view. In knitting changing things fuels creativity and the flow of new ideas for me. I love switching between fibers and textures, this diversity inspires me so much and I am grateful that we, knitters, are so lucky these days to enjoy this abundance of choice when it comes to yarn.

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After finishing Wings sweater (will share it with you in July!!) in gorgeous blend of plant fibers in sport weight yarn, I was craving for something woolly and chunky. My Crazy Sexy Wool skeins fit perfectly. If you remember, several months ago I was planning to make a crochet cowl with it, but somehow I kept postponing it and a week ago I was struck with another idea that is still in swatching stage, but I think it might be “it”! I can’t describe how much I love this feeling when you finally “know” what this skein of yarn should become. Sometimes it takes me months to catch this feeling, but I decided never make something just for the sake of making, but wait for that perfect match of the yarn and idea.

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I am sure that this idea was sparkled by Daisy yarn, so delicate and drapey that my next project HAD to be something chunky and super cozy for new Fall knitting season. My hands love this contrast of fibers, it is a great tactile experience to switch between such different yarns!

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Have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-06-27T08:13:35+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments

The Gang Knits

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Happy Sunday! As this month is flying by, I wanted to share with you what is on my needles and (finally!) on my crochet hook (it’s been a long time since I started a crochet project!). My new old sweater project is the updated version of La Flor that I have been working on almost a year already, putting it aside when I wasn’t 100% happy about it. For some reason I always saw La Flor as the perfect sweater to experiment with fiber, and when Wool and the Gang sent me their new yarn – Take Care Mohair! – for the review, I knew that was it – the perfect match! It is easy to knit and the gauge can be adjusted to the new yarn weight. But with mohair it is a little bit different – it is definitely not the fiber that you can use for any stitch pattern, but for some reason I was sure that it would work with La Flor one way or another.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Just like I thought knitting the pattern as it is didn’t give me the effect I was looking for, so I decided to change some things and in a way simplify the pattern to make it more suitable for more types of yarn. After playing around with stitch placement, I finally found the fabric that I loved – and now new La Flor is growing on the needles pretty steadily. It is the softest and squishiest thing ever!!! I only hope you can feel it through the photos. Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang is extremely light, but because of the nature of the thread, it has some volume that allows you to knit it on pretty big needles – I am using 7 mm (which is around 10.5 US size). As soon as I finish the sweater, I will make sure to add these adjustments as the extra pattern material, so you can experiment and knit familiar La Flor, but in different fibers.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting


This summer my friends from Wool and the Gang sent me one more package to review one of their most popular yarn lines – Crazy Sexy Wool. Super bulky and extremely soft Peruvian wool. Out of 30+ shades, I chose the neutral Ivory White (I know, I am sooo predictable 🙂 ).

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

For being that thick – you get 2 sts per 1″ – the thread is light, because of the nature of its spun. This spun has its disadvantages though – I know that it will start pilling pretty soon, but I can live with that – I have my sweater brush to put my knits back in order 🙂

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

And great news is that these bulky yarn balls inspired my to pick up my crochet hook and I am extremely happy with my swatches – will show you more as soon it is going to take some more wearable shape!

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

Thank you, WATG, for making me a part of your fiber gang 🙂 We are also going to prepare some great giveaways for you soon, and that always makes me happy!

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:22:54+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments

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

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
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