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Polar Bear. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Polar Bear is live today! First of all I wanted to thank you for writing such beautiful comments and emails to me about Polar Bear sweater, I really appreciate, it makes me really happy that you like this new knitwear design!

When I hit the “publish” button, I always look back at the moment when the idea just sparkled in my head and find it quiet surreal to see it in physical form – both in my hands and on paper, and what is even more amazing, on your needles in the future. I remember that day when my bed (which I often use as my studio “”table”, because it is big enough) was covered in swatches and skeins of mohair and wool, and I remember how excited I was about starting this sweater.

As I mentioned before, I was saving Crazy Sexy Wool skeins to create a project that will also be easy for beginners. And I am sure this sweater can easily become your first garment project, even if all you knit before were just some accessories. This wool is perfect for it, as it is fast to knit and each stitch is standing out.

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 construction allows you to easily adjust the sweater to your taste, the pattern always indicate where and how to do that. For example, the neckline is designed as a wide boat neck that can be slipped off one shoulder if you wish to or wear it the traditional way, but if you are more into closed necklines, the pattern will let you know how to do that. The same is with the length, both of the body and sleeves – you can adjust it to your own taste, following simple tips.

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 hope you will have fun knitting Polar Bear and experiment with fibers and color combinations!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

General Pattern Information

CONSTRUCTION

Polar Bear is knit bottom up in the round to the underarm, then divided for front and back to be worked flat. The sleeves are picked up and knit in the round top down. Very basic shaping, suitable for beginners.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

The texture effect is created with the use of simple mix of knit and purl stitches in a stripe sequence.

Fiber Contrast

The sweater is knit in two very different fibers – chunky Peruvian wool and light airy mohair. This contrast creates a dramatic visual effect and makes the whole knitting experience more engaging.

But you are free to experiment and change this suggested design feature. You can make the sweater using just one kind of yarn and you will still get the textured look. Or you can use yarns of the same weight for the stripe sequence.

Sleeves

Sleeves are knit in the round top down, in a simple stripe sequence. The length is adjustable.

Neckline

Wide boat neck can be worn as a classic neckline or slipped off one shoulder. The pattern gives instructions how to make the neckline opening narrower, if you wish to.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 8 sizes with 6-6 ½” of ease. The sample is shown in size Small with 6″of ease.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 31″ [78.5 cm]

S 34″ [86.5 cm]

M 37″ [94 cm]

L 41″ [104 cm]

XL 44″ [111.5 cm]

XXL 47″ [119 cm]

3XL 50″  [127 cm]

4XL 54″ [137 cm]

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

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 37 ¾ (40, 43 ½, 46 ¾, 50 ¼, 53 ¾, 56, 59 ½)” [95.5 (101.5, 110, 119, 127.5, 136.5, 142, 151) cm]

G A U G E

7 sts x 10 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking in yarn A.

Take time to check your gauge!

Y A R N

Yarn A – 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Crazy Sexy Wool” Wool and The Gang (87 yds [80 m] in 7 oz [200 g]; 100% Peruvian wool) in Ivory White.

Yarn B – 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of “Take Care Mohair” Wool and The Gang (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

Please, keep in mind that the yardage is an estimate.

The pattern has been edited by a professional technical editor.

Random number generator picked 3 winners of the giveaway – Christina (Ravelry ID christinapurls), Diane (Ravelry ID DMarieLynn) and Marne (Ravelry ID milesofyarn). You will receive your copy of Polar Bear today! Thank you for all your kind words about this design!

Polar Bear Sweater is available for $7.00

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By | 2018-09-19T20:39:34+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|6 Comments

Wool Gatherings

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a wonderful start of the week and had some time to devote to your projects. I have been working on projects with YOTH yarns for more than a month now, you should have seen my table – it was piled with countless swatches of all kinds. Finally I’ve put together a pattern that I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out, so far everything is still at the messy WIP stage. Daughter yarn is so lovely to work with, the mix of merino and rambouillet make the thread alive.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

While my sweater in Daughter is taking shape, I am already swatching with Father. This is what I understood about myself – to boost the creativity and ideas flow, I need to switch between the fibers, something about the variety of tactile experience inspires me so much. I’ve got to know Father in Alina cardigan, so for me it is easy to predict right now how it will behave in a new project.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

There are different ways I work on a sweater (because it is almost always a sweater 🙂 ) – for grading, swatching, any math I need a quiet space, with no background music nor other distractions. Then when I start the project, it takes me some time to “trust” the direction where it is going and if it feels right and not too many notes has to be taken along the way, I can relax a little bit and watch something along the way. I rarely take my projects out and about and wish I had a chance to do that more.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

And speaking of taking your projects out and about, several weeks ago I got an email from Samantha Brunson, the founder and designer of Sosa Knitwear. If you read me for a long time, you might remember the interview I did with Samantha where she shared the story behind her knitwear brand and her beloved New York City – World Crafters. Samantha. New York, USA. Samantha is starting a very interesting project in New York – *Bobble* Club House, a knitting social club. Each month knitters will gather to work on their projects, binge watch favorite TV shows and movies, chat about yarn and try new fun products from the sponsors!

Samantha about the club: “It feels like coming home. You don’t have to explain yourself or come up with awkward small talk. You instantly have a connection. That’s the kind of experience that I want to create with *Bobble*. A home away from home”.

Sounds like a knitter paradise to me 🙂 The next gathering is 26th of September – you can get all the information about the tickets at bobbleclubhouse.wixsite.com. I can only imagine how amazing it would feel – a cozy room, noisy city behind the windows, a movie and clicking of needles of your fellow knitters. We need more places like that in this world! Anyway, if you are in New York area, you should definitely attend, I am sure it will be a great evening!

I hope you are going to have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-09-12T07:32:46+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Knitting|4 Comments

Grey Edge Sweater

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting! 4 years ago, on 16th of August I published my first post here and I am so happy I did! I probably will never express well enough how much this place means to me and how much I love being here. It pushes me in so many ways and makes me grow in many aspects of my life. Thank you for being here and for following this knit journal, it means a lot to me!

And now back to knitting. 3D cable Grey Edge, neutral lighter interpretation of my original The Edge, is my new wardrobe staple. I am visiting my family right now, and the weather is so unpredictable here – real summer days change to gloomy rainy afternoons that feel like Fall. The sweater is perfect to throw on – it is warm, but very light and goes with everything.

For this photo story me and my friend found a beautiful spot – just 15 minutes away from the city, there is a beautiful forest that looked like the perfect location for the sweater.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

I am not linking the yarn, because it was discontinued long time ago, it had been in my stash for more than three years before it found its life in this sweater. It is a worsted weight alpaca/Peruvian wool blend.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

As the yarn is lighter than the original, I was knitting XL size to get the intended ease. One modification I did was to shorten the length, it is not cropped, but this version sits higher on the hips – the pattern indicates where you can make this adjustment.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

 

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Compared to the original version, Grey Edge has less structure and more drape and movement to it – this is what alpaca does. If you want to add extra softness and flow to your knits, choose yarns with alpaca in its content. But also remember that it will pill more over the time. But so far, after quiet a few uses I don’t notice any pilling, I think Peruvian wool balances alpaca in this blend perfectly.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

 

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

The favorite thing about this project is 3D cables, they were one of the reasons why I came back to it. So addicting! It is this feeling when you catch “just one more row” knitting fever and can’t put down the project.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for being here!

Here is to hopefully many more years for The Gift Of Knitting!


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By | 2018-08-17T11:06:09+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Finished Objects, Knitting|5 Comments

Grey Edge. Textured Sweater.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Grey Edge sweater was supposed to accompany me on my plane ride across the ocean, but way too many things got into the way and on the day of my big trip, it was still missing one sleeve. Good thing I am not short on neutral knits and Mohair Flor kept me warm during my multiple flights this time.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for the Edge, I have finished it here, while sitting in the armchair in my Granny’s apartment where I grew up. It was such a weird and at the same time beautiful feeling to come back to this old place and all the memories.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I took Grey Edge‘s photos on a gloomy windy morning in my Dad’s garden and I love how well this sweater fits the surroundings and how this piece was knit on two different continents, both equally important and dear to me.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I mentioned before, Grey Edge is my slightly modified version of the original pattern, because apparently I can never have enough of a sweater design first time around and always crave a little bit more. The main modifications are the neutral color, finer yarn and shorter body length. Though the mods are not significant they make the sweater pretty different from the original and it is always great to have some diversity in the knitwear wardrobe.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-07-29T06:56:39+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Sea Salt

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! First of all I would love to thank you for all your support of Wings sweater and also for your kind wishes on my trip. Just 3 planes, 30+ hours on the road and I am with my family! Everything is still pretty hectic and it is hard to get back into my routine, but I am enjoying every single moment with special people and that is the most important thing right now.I am also happy to say that my knits and yarn traveled with me! I know that each piece I knit here will be filled with dear memories.

Today I would love to share with you the photo story of yarn that you have already seen on my blog – Father by YOTH Yarns. I loved our collaboration with Veronika and her amazing team so much, that I decided to devote my Fall projects to fibers from this amazing company.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

This time I’ve chosen Father in Sea Salt shade – lovely silver grey shade that I adore. I am experimenting with the needle sizes trying to achieve the gauge that will fit perfectly my idea of the future garment.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I told you before Father knits like a butter, the stitches seem to form on their own, easily sliding on needles. True knitting therapy for hands and mind!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am looking forward to sharing with you the progress of this project and, of course, the final result! I hope you are having a great week!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-25T06:32:48+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings sweater is live on Ravelry! This project started with Jesse’s email (from Knit One Crochet Too) – they have just launched their brand new yarn line – Daisy -and wanted me to try it out and create a design with it. In 80% cases I design from the yarn – the ideas start to form in my head when I have this tactile and visual experience with a skein in my hands.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Daisy didn’t disappoint. After the first swatch, I knew the sweater had to be simple, casual, but also true to my passion – knit texture. Seemingly simple design took several months to take shape in a wearable garment and instructions on the paper. I was looking for that perfect balance of the textured section and the stockinette – in my head it had to flow naturally along the yoke, the textured part couldn’t be too wide or too narrow, otherwise it broke the sweater into unattractive blocks that didn’t look coherent.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Many swatches and ripping off later, I think I managed to catch this balance of the gradient twisted rip pattern flowing along the raglan line that follows your shoulder and then pours into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

As you can see the rest of the sweater is a simple stockinette stitch. In my version I made the sleeves slightly longer – they fall all the way to my fingers, but this is just the way I love to wear my sweaters – you can stop at any point you want, the top down construction allows to adjust it without any problem. I also love roll the sleeves up for a more casual and relaxed look.

I also want to emphasize the importance of blocking – you just have to give Daisy fabric a quick batch, believe me, it is worth all the effort – the fabric smooths out and opens up in such a beautiful way.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

One thing that I want to mention is the instructions for the yoke. I can assure you won’t find scary “at the same time” phrase, I love to break things down in details – the yoke instructions are written individually for each size, round by round with the notes on the twisted rib transition and stitch counts. You will have all the information in one place, all you have to do is trust the pattern and follow along. As a knitter, I find this very convenient and I hope you will too.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Test Knitting.

When I sent this photo to Oriana and Theresa with the request to test Wings, I received such a kind response and they were absolutely amazing – sending me little notes and recommendations, so we could all, including my amazing tech editor, make sure that knitters will have a smooth ride knitting from this pattern.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

The way Theresa sees the knitwear makes my heart sing! Theresa made her Wings in Daisy’s Silver shade – just look how airy and magical it looks… And again, the drape – just perfect!

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

Oriana’s Instagram is one of my favorite places to visit – her knitting and travel diaries are mesmerizing. Knit in Royal Blue, Oriana’s Wings feature slightly cropped shape and 3/4 sleeves – the top down construction will allow you to make the length adjustments to your taste.

Wings Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting

 

General Pattern Information

Construction.

The sweater is a seamless top down compound raglan. The yoke shaping is written out individually for each size.

Design Details

Twisted Rib “Wings”

The gradual transition from twisted rib to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam create the “wings” effect.

Textured Side Seam Column

The twisted rib flows from the yoke into the side seam gradually disappearing as you approach the hem.

Twisted Rib Hem

Twisted rib pattern is mirrored at the hem for a simple finish.

Sleeves

Extra long sleeves are knit in stockinette stitch and the simple stretchy bind off allows the natural curling of the fabric.

Neckline

The sweater’s neckline is framed with classic i-cord.

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS 29 – 30″ [73.5 – 76 cm]
  • S 33″ [83.8 cm]
  • M 36″ [91.5 cm]
  • L 40″ [101.5 cm]
  • XL 43″ [109 cm]
  • XXL 46″ [116 cm]
  • 3XL 49″  [124.5 cm]

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

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 34 ½ (37 ½, 40 ¼, 44, , 47, 50 ½,  53 ½ )” [87.5 (95.5, 102, 112, 119.5, 128.5, 136) cm.

G A U G E

22 sts x 27 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

Y A R N

4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of “DaisyKnit One Crochet Too (272 yds [248 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 38% linen, 32% silk, 30% hemp) in Patina.

List of techniques used:

Twisted Rib – written instructions are provided.

The pattern has been tested and edited by a professional technical editor.

The winners of the giveaway are Alix (Ravelry ID agbens), Melanie (Ravelry ID melshel) and Tamara (Ravelry ID tlgrover1). You will receive your copy of Wings today! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

Wings sweater pattern is available for $7.00

Thank you for your support and for being here!


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By | 2018-07-22T13:25:09+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|4 Comments
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