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Alina Cardigan

Textured Cardigan. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH Yarns.

Some projects take a little bit more time to come to life than usual. The journey of this cardigan started in Fall, 2016 – I received amazing Father, 100% Domestic Rambouillet yarn, from YOTH yarns to experiment with. The cardigan flew to Texas in several months and then we had to wait for the yarn restock and all these little things that come along, but finally the test knitting is getting to the end and you will be able to cast on this design very soon.

Textured Cardigan. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH Yarns.

Veronika, the owner of YOTH, named the design after me and I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing yarn company in some way! Also I am amazed by beautiful test knitters’ projects that you can check right now, following #alinacardigan hashtag on Instagram. The release date is very close and you will be able to get the yarn kits and the pattern directly from YOTH yarns.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-04-15T08:03:53+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|15 Comments

Spring Knitting

Spring Knitting

Happy Sunday! As spring is heading towards us with the speed of light and deadlines are growing and getting closer, I am trying to fit 10 minutes of selfish mindless knitting into my days, just because it feels good. This lush forest green baby alpaca is like the massage for the hands – feels incredible soft and silky. When I saw Wheat sweater in green color on @galt_houseofyarn account, I just wanted to recreate it in this color so badly. If you remember, I gave the original sweater to my friend, so this one is going to hug me 🙂

Spring Knitting

I also thought that it would be great to take some design details from the Heritage sweater and make something slightly different – so the shaping, sleeve cable and the body shaping are from Wheat and the central slip stitch chain and slip stitch raglan lines are from Heritage. So, basically I have two my designs on the needles 🙂 It is perfect for this yarn – lots of stockinette stitch knitting to enjoy these delicious skeins.

Spring Knitting

Apart from this project, I am playing with swatches in hand dyed sunny merino silk and brand new yarn by Knit One Crochet TooDaisy – a very interesting linen, silk and hemp blend, as soon as I get to know it better, I will tell you more about it.

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and will have time today to pick up your needles! Thank you for being behind the screen!!

P.S. I am sorry I didn’t have a chance to write the post during the week and announce the winner for Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. The random number generator picked Gigi! Congratulations, Gigi, you will receive your copy soon – I will contact you shortly for more information!


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By | 2018-03-04T09:10:31+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|5 Comments

The Edge. Cable Sweater Pattern.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is devoted to The Edge sweater, a textured knit with an unusual 3D cables, running along the body edges.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Whenever I start the pattern, I imagine how you are going to knit it and what you will get from it. The Edge was created with the knitter in mind who is looking for a wearable piece of knitwear which is engaging to knit, but the one that won’t require your 100% concentration all the time.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Design Details

3D cables. This is the main design detail around which the whole sweater was created. The traditional cabling technique is slightly changed in this design, adding a little twist (pun not intended 🙂 ) to the cables which results in more volume and texture contrast against the stockinette stitch background. It was really important for me to place the cable right next to the plain fabric – so you can enjoy the mindless knitting time between crossing the stitches. If you place a traditional cable next to the stockinette stitch without adding any additional texture contrast, the cable would look somewhat flattened and with this technique I managed to avoid it and create the volume – it seems like the cable is growing out of the fabric. It also blocks beautifully and is not stiff at all. The great thing about these cables is that you get lots of in-between stockinette stitch knitting time. For me it seemed super fun and engaging – to look forward to the next cross of stitches.

The cabling is very easy, but for more visual help I added a step-by-step photo tutorial where I show you all the 3D crosses.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Chevron Seed Stitch. Why not to throw in the traditional knit/purl texture in the sweater design? Adds a great contrast to the cables, vertical placement visually lengthens the body, the chevron adds the geometric feel to the design and seed stitch “bumps” always look great!

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Elbow Patches. Some vintage touch to the modern design – I sprinkled the chevron seed on the elbows, mirroring the central texture panel. Again, something to look forward to while working on a simple stockinette stitch sleeve.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Finishing. The Edge is framed with classic 1×1 ribbing on the hem, sleeve cuffs and the neckline.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Construction. The sweater is a seamless modified drop shoulder knit. The body is worked bottom up and then the sleeve stitches are picked up from the armholes for a top down knit. This allows you to modify the length of the body and sleeves.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

Yarn. The Petite wool is something between heavy worsted and aran weight, but the nature of the spin allows a nice drape without bulking up. It knits up easily and creates a great stitch definition.

Textured Cable Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting for We Are Knitters.

General Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 32″ (81.5 cm)

S 34″ (86.5 cm)

M 38″ (96.5 cm)

L 40″ (101.5 cm)

XL 43″ (109 cm)

XXL 46″ (117 cm)

3XL 50″ (127 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: 39 (41, 45, 47, 50, 53, 57)” (99, 104, 114, 127, 134.5, 144.5) cm.

G A U G E

14 sts x 16 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch after blocking.

M A T E R I A L S

Y A R N

6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins of We Are Knitters “Petite Wool” (153 yds [140 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 100% Peruvian wool) in Spotted Pink.

List of techniques used:

  • 3D cable – the step-by-step photo tutorial, written instructions and chart are provided.
  • Basic knit/purl texture – written instructions and chart are provided

I would love to thank my wonderful test knitters – Michelle, Uiko, Quynh and Ginta! Please, check their amazing projects in the pattern gallery!

Big thank you to my friend Elena for helping me with the photos for this post – you are the best!!

And, of course, We Are Knitters – thank you so much for giving me 100% creative freedom and for the opportunity to make one knitter happy. Yes, it is yarn giveaway time! Please, check my Instagram @giftofknitting today to enter The Petite Wool giveaway! The winner will get enough yarn to make The Edge sweater and choose the color! The pattern is NOT included in the giveaway.

And speaking of giveaways – I am happy to send the pattern copy to the randomly chosen winners -Alix, Margaret, Kate G, Magoo and Pixiewear, you will get your copy today! Thank you for being here and for commenting!

The Edge sweater is available for $7.

I am running an introductory 15% discount on the pattern!

No code needed! Just add the pattern to the cart and it will be automatically discounted.

Thank you for your support! Happy knitting!


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By | 2018-02-25T09:40:07+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|7 Comments

Rain. Textured Sweater Pattern

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.After several months of work, Rain pattern is finally here! When I published finished sweater details back in September, I received so many wonderful words from you that inspired me to sit down and put my knitting notes/scribbles into order. Thank you for all the encouragement!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

For me every single project starts with the yarn and it is important to me to showcase the aesthetics and the vision of the yarn company I am working with. I love We Are Knitters for their relaxed, fun and modern approach to knitwear. When I got my hands on the gorgeous Pima cotton skeins in Denim shade (you can read the full yarn review here – We Are Knitters. Pima Cotton.), I saw a simple sweater with just a tiny bit of texture that you can throw on on a lazy Sunday morning and stay in it all day long.

Rain is just so easy to wear with its clean lines, subtle texture and beautiful drape, created by slightly loose fabric knit with deliciously soft Pima cotton.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain is a seamless top-down compound raglan with the lines following your natural shoulder curve.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Minimal neckline shaping that looks something between round neck or boat neckline and longer armholes for a relaxed fit. Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

The elongated slip stitch pattern both on the main body and the sleeves adds the graphic element to the sweater basic stockinette stitch fabric.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Minimal shaping in the body will get you into relaxing zen knitting rhythm and the slip stitch pattern will keep you interesting throughout the project – is so satisfying to watch how these “stitch drops” are growing on your needles…

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

I would love to say huge “Thank you” to my wonderful test knitters for helping me to make the patter better and easier to follow! Can’t wait to see all their versions!

@cloudsandyarn and @ahappymelody

General Pattern Information

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

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: 33½ (36Âľ, 40, 44, 47ÂĽ, 49½, 52Âľ)” [85 (93.5, 101.5, 112, 120, 125.5, 134) cm]

Upper Arm circumference: 11 1/4 (12, 12 3/4, 13 1/2, 14 3/4, 16 1/2, 18)” [28.5 (30.5, 32.5, 34.25, 37.5, 42, 45.75) cm]

GAUGE:

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

YARN

4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins of We Are Knitters “Pima Cotton” (232 yds [212 m] in 3.5 oz [100 g]; 100% Peruvian pima cotton) in Denim.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

 NEEDLES

  • US size 6 [4 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 6 [4 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 6 [4 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Spare circular needle.

OTHER

  • Stitch markers of different colors
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle

List of techniques used:

  • Elongated slip stitches (written explanation, charts and instructions are provided)
  • I-cord bind off and neckline trim (the links to the tutorials provided)

 

Rain Sweater Pattern is available for $7.00


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By | 2018-04-08T11:26:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|11 Comments

Book Yarns

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Happy Sunday, dear friends! First of all, I would like to thank you for your wonderful comments and messages and emails sent my way – I read every single one of them and I cannot express how grateful I am for all your support. Before Add One Stitch Knitting is officially released, I will tell you a little bit about the making process. As I mentioned in my previous post, this book is the result of work of many people and each of them made it possible to happen.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Today I would like to express my gratitude to yarn companies that were so kind and generous to provide me with the materials.

DROPS Yarns, Cascade Yarns, Debbie Bliss – Thank you so much for your support!

You know how much I love the process of getting to know the yarn before starting a projects with it. Though the deadlines were pretty tight, I still made a commitment to create my favorite, as I call them, yarn photo stories to share with you later.

When I got the confirmation from the editor that the publisher gave us a green light for the book, I asked two things – first, that the fibers we use are natural animal and plant fibers and second, that I would love to stay true to myself and choose neutral soft color palette. Thankfully, I got the full freedom in that and I started preparing the list of yarns and colors.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Cascade. Lana Grande. 100% wool.

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful fiber collection I was so lucky to work with! I mentioned earlier that the diversity of fibers and textures and colors is one of the most fascinating things for me in knitting and the fact that I received a box full of completely different fibers made me ecstatic!

Absolutely gorgeous silky 100% pima cotton and bulky deliciously soft 100% Peruvian wool by Cascade Yarns. This pima cotton creates a great drape and has a beautiful sheen to it. It is pretty slippery, so if you are novice it will be challenging to keep the stitches perfectly even in simple stockinette, but this problem is solved by the use of textured stitch for the summer top pattern provided in Add One Stitch Knitting. As for Peruvian wool, I published a full yarn review of Magnum yarn, so you can appreciate all its gorgeousness!!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

100% cotton by DROPS – creates great texture and the choice of colors is endless! The thread is spin very loosely, so the fabric created won’t be stiff at all.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Merino wool by Cascade Yarns and Nepal by Drops. Merino would make a great yarn for baby knits – it is extremely soft and not itchy at all. The spin of the thread gives amazing stitch definition. Nepal, wool and alpaca blend, became one of my favorite yarns to work with! It is just so pretty, soft and easy to knit with – would definitely use it for garment knitting!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Paloma by Debbie Bliss – magical yarn!!!! I have a big review about it that I published earlier and I also used the leftovers for my Simple Baby Hat free pattern.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

One of the most popular Debbie Bliss yarns – Cashmerino. A great budget way to add the touch of cashmere in your handknits!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Now to my favorite one. It is so so hard to choose that I liked the best – all the yarns are unique and interesting in their own way, but there is something about DROPS Andes that made me gasp – the way the thread is spin, the thickness of it, the amazing color palette, the texture it creates – everything appealed to me.

Wool Yarn

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Looking back, I cannot believe that it’s been already a year since I started working on this project and though it was probably the toughest year workwise, I know it was so so worth it! Every single project and yarn is very special to me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Just to remind you that the book giveaway is still open and Add One Stitch Knitting is available for pre-order!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

I hope you will have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:23:16+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Today I can finally share with you a very special project that I have been working on for a very long time. One year ago I opened my emails and… couldn’t believe my eyes – I was offered to write a book for beginners, introducing them to knitting textures. The idea of the book was to show to a novice that knitting is basically made of two simple stitches – knit and purl – and mastering these two stitches will open a realm of new combinations and textures. As soon as I read about the concept of the book, I knew I could do it – this was exactly how I started my knitting journey and the idea of basically endless possibilities created by just two simple stitches was the reason of my immediate fascination with knitting as a craft. And, after one year of work of so many wonderful people, this project has come to life!!!

I am trilled to present you Add One Stitch Knitting, a book for beginners, filled with simple, but eye catching knit textures and beautiful projects you can use to practice your skills!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I was at work when the courier brought me the first copies, I opened the package and cried… I couldn’t believe that it is finally here! It was such an emotional moment for me! I cannot express how grateful I feel for the opportunity to share something that I love with all my heart in such a beautiful way.

I knew I wanted to present the book to you in a special and meaningful to me way. So, I took my family on a morning hike, up my favorite mountain, wearing my beloved Heritage sweater that was protecting me from cool morning wind… I hope these photos filled with early morning sunshine, stunning views, majestic nature and my messy hair will be able to transmit how happy I am to be able to share this project with you here!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

As you can see, there are two editions for the book – US and UK, as the knitting terminology is a little bit different in two countries.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

US edition published by BARRON’S

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

UK edition published by Search Press

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

One of my favorite details about this book is the color palette. When we started working with my editor, Charlotte Frost, I told her that I see the book in subtle, soft neutral colors. This is more “me” and this is how I “see” knitting. I am really happy that the publishers agreed and I had the chance to bring my vision to life. I was also pleased to see that my Instagram photo inspired the design of the cover – I think it makes it so much more personal!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting consists of 15 Lessons, each of them includes the detailed instructions how to knit a stitch and a simple and stylish project for your home or wardrobe to practice your new skills. The patterns were designed for the beginners, but even if you are an experienced knitter, I am sure you will enjoy making these projects! One of my favorite patterns from the book is Hurdle Rib stitch bed throw made in chunky Peruvian wool. It is a great project to work on during cool winter nights – the blanket is so warm and it is quiet addicting to see this texture growing out of your needles!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I will tell more about the book in a more structured way next week, this post is too emotional and is getting too big already 🙂 But before I finish I would like to copy here my Acknowledgements section that is very special to me:

Add One Stitch Knitting

To my dear Granny Eugenia and Granny Lidia. Thank you for your unconditional love.

I would like to express my gratitude to a wonderful knitting community for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you for knitting my designs, your beautiful letters and kind comments. This book would never have happened without you!

I would like to thank my editor Charlotte Frost for guiding me through the whole process, offering comments, expertise and encouragement.

Last but not least I would love to thank my husband for believing in me.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Love, Alina.


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By | 2018-03-16T11:19:16+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Knitting|94 Comments
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