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Alpaca Wheat Sweater. Pattern Cocktail

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. Gift Of Knitting.

Vintage collection that I created almost a year ago for Moeke yarns will always be special to me. It is a combination of what I love in knitwear – nice drape, clean lines, textures and a mix of basic stitch patterns to create a unique fabric. As you might remember from my Wheat Photo Album post, I have gifted the original version to my dear friend, but after I received a gorgeous baby alpaca from my friend, I knew I wanted to recreate one version for myself to wear, because I love those cables so much! Plus I was in need of a knitting project where I don’t have to take notes every step of the way. So I started in Fall, knitting a couple of rounds here and there, and just like that, slowly but steadily, the sweater is off the needles almost 9 months later!

Instead of repeating the pattern as it is, I decided to play a little bit and make a pattern cocktail. Ingredients: baby alpaca by Magliamania, Wheat and Heritage sweater patterns.

– Shaping
– Raglan lines

– Elongated back
– Slip stitch center line

– Cables
– I-cord bind off at the hem

 

This baby alpaca is slightly thicker than the merino by Moeke, so I followed the instructions for size XS, instead of my usual S. It turned out just right – following my shoulder lines, but nice an loose in the body. Alpaca has such a nice drape and the fabric created is so soft, it is such a tactile pleasure to have it right next to bare skin. The whole experiment went pretty smoothly, I only had to rip once when I realized that the i-cord bind off is way too tight and pulling on the fabric. I  went up one needle size and redid it. Now it has the perfect flow around my hips.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. Gift Of Knitting.

Here you can see that the raglan line shaping is done, following the instructions for Wheat, but the slip stitch raglan lines are from Heritage.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. Gift Of Knitting.

Heritage and Alpaca Wheat

Wheat pattern, like all of my top down raglans, has a step-by-step yoke instructions, written individually for each size and to help you keep track of the cabling, it has a note after each yoke round what cable round you are supposed to work. Though I must admit writing this part of the pattern is pretty time consuming, in actual knitting it makes the whole process so much easier, especially if you are working on the project the way I did on this one – couple of inches in several days. So when you come back to your knitting, you have all the information that you need, without trying to figure out what cable round you are supposed to work on.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. Gift Of Knitting.

 

I love knitting sleeves, when they have some cabling – even better. I just love those basic stitch crosses that create such a beautiful texture.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. Gift Of Knitting.

Original Wheat and Alpaca Wheat

I hope you will experiment some day and mix design features of several projects in one. It is always nice to see different variations of one pattern!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-06-17T15:14:04+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Finished Projects, Knitting|5 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Alex Pengelly.

Knitwear Inspiration

The knitwear inspiration of the month is a designer Alex Pengelly, who got her Bachelor degree in textiles and knitwear design more than 8 years ago and since then evolved as the artist and a creator in many ways.

Alex was a Digital Textiles Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and worked as a freelance designer for several years.

Challenging preconceived notions of knitting, her fabrics are created by hand fusing the artisanal skill of contemporary craft with a directional edge.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

Mixing mohair, angora, silk and innovative steel yarns, the collection combines feminine textures with structural layering. Featuring hand embroidery and technical hand inlay techniques the interchangeable pieces infuse the everyday wardrobe with a sense of luxury.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

I have a passionate interest in designing innovative knitted materials for the body. I am fascinated by the structural possibilities offered by knitted materials and enjoy exploring new methods of design development and construction.” – Alex Pengelly

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

In October 2015 Alex joined Nike team as a knit designer.  It is amazing how much knit design actually goes into the process of creating the sportswear. I highly recommend reading the interview with Jessica Lomax, Nike’s senior tech knit designer and get the behind the scenes look at how the tech knit design team is working to create Nike collections, pretty fascinating!

Knitwear Inspiration

Photo: NIKE

I hope you enjoyed this little read and inspired to pick up your knitting! Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-06-13T08:19:46+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Alina Cardigan Pattern

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

Alina cardigan designed for YOTH yarns is live! I would like to thank you for all amazing words you’ve sent, I am so touched by your support and happy you like the pattern. I would also love to thank YOTH yarns for this collaboration. It was a true joy to knit with Father, this yarn is so easy to work with and it gives this perfect crisp stitch definition that makes the cables really stand out. I am also quiet in love with how YOTH team styled the cardigan for this beautiful photoshoot that I am happy to share with you here.

Alina is a top down seamless cardigan featuring the compound raglan shaping for a better fit around the shoulders. The beginning of a cardigan is just a breeze – good old stockinette stitch in worsted weight yarn – you’ll be done with yoke pretty fast. And then the fun part begins – cable sections placed in staircase order gradually meet in the center of the back. The same sequence in featured in the front.

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

The cable is mirrored on the sleeves, starting slightly lower than the elbow level and finishing with the i-cord trim for a clean look.

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

After you are done with the body, the stitches are picked up for a simple 1×1 rib shawl collar shaped with short rows to create generous volume around the neck. The hem and the side bands meet in slightly rounded corners. The edge is also trimmed with the i-cord.

Top down construction allows you to control the length completely to your taste – the pattern gives tips on how you can adjust the length without losing the pattern flow.


Textured cardigan pattern. The Gift Of Knitting for YOTH yarns

 

A big THANK YOU to all our amazing test knitters and technical editor who helped to bring this project to life! You can find Alina Cardigan in YOTH’s Ravelry store and also enter yarn giveaway they are running on their Instagram page. You can win a bag of Father to make your cardigan!

Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for your support!


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By | 2018-05-27T07:53:26+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|20 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Gillian Louise Murphy.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

My April’s knitwear inspiration is Gillian, a young knitwear designer, whose work with color and textile shapes is captivating. The designer works for one of the high-end British brands and doesn’t have her own label yet, but judging by her work, I am sure someday we will see collections of her own.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Gillian’s work looks like a puzzle of geometrical shapes with color playing a big role in creating the final pattern. Those little details – stitch patterns, stripes, layering, fiber contrast – at the end produces the perfect result, where everything is in harmony.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love how the designer takes machine knitting on a completely new level and creates one of a kind textiles. One more reminder that there are no rules or limits in knitting, and that is truly inspiring.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of www.gulianlouisemurphy.com


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By | 2018-05-03T08:39:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Inspiration, Knitting|1 Comment

Summer Knitwear

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! As the temperatures are rising in my corner of the world, I decided to share with you three knits that I know I will wear this summer a lot. Hot weather never stopped me either from wearing knitwear or making one. I am actually very grateful for the change of seasons which gives us, knitters, the reason to try new fibers and take a break from wool.

Wool and The Gang got me covered with their fun pima cotton and ribbon yarn. If you remember, I finished Riviera skirt more than three years ago and it is still in perfect state. It was my very first collaboration with yarn company and I will always be thankful to WATG family for believing in me since the very beginning. I am pairing it with a simple t-shirt, a great easy look for a summer day off and farmer’s market grocery shopping.

Stone Washed ribbon yarn was turned into crop top last summer and I’ve been wearing it inside the house almost every day, it is just so easy to throw on. For a more conservative look to wear outside, I am pairing it with loose high waisted cotton/linen pants, super comfortable! You can find a FREE pattern for it here – How to Knit a Crop Top.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Rain has been my most worn sweater lately. Easy to pair with absolutely anything – office pants, jeans and shorts. Pima cotton by We Are Knitters is a pure delight next to the skin, feels so fresh and with a nice drape. I will wear it to death! But so far it is holding up very nicely.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am finishing one more sweater in Daisy that will hopefully share with you soon and I hope it will also become a great addition to my summer knits!

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

What are your relationships with summer and knitwear? Do you put your knits away until the weather cools down or take out your cotton and linen yarn out of your stash to play with?

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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By | 2018-04-29T07:43:49+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Knitting|5 Comments

Knitwear Review. London/Milan FW, Fall 2018.

Knitwear Review. London/Milan Fashion Weeks, Fall 2018

Knit pullover with intarsia and sequins by Brunello Cucinelli

For the second knitwear review of Fall 2108 season I browsed Milan and London runway reports to filter the knit pieces that seem interesting enough to look closely at.

Neutrals. Love this trend – beige and off white seemed to be prevailing in knitwear in many designers’collections.

Love this presentation by Central Saint Martins (one of the most famous art and design education centers based in London). The white dress is my favorite – if you look closely you will see that it is entirely knit in simple stockinette stitch, but with the use of yarns of different weight and textures – starting at the neckline with fine gauge and finger weight yarn the dress gradually transitions to a more bulky gauge and thicker thread.

Total knitwear looks –  sweaters + knit skirts in stockinette, cables and seed stitch.

The tendency of combining casual knitwear and more elevated pieces started in New York continues in Milan – classic shapes, simple colorwork and some sparkling!

Colorwork. You will find it all – stripes, intarsia, fair isle..

Wrapped in knitwear in color and neutrals.

Extremely oversize sweaters.

Interesting shapes – from classic pullovers to puffed exaggerated shoulders and layering of knit fabric.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of vogue.com


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By | 2018-03-09T08:14:07+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|6 Comments
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