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Knitwear Inspiration. Ryan Roche.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

This month I would like to share with you one knitting company which vision and aesthetic is so appealing to me. Ryan Roche is a knitwear designer based in Woodstock, New York. Ryan’s work is all about femininity, comfort and quality. Described as “modern minimal romance”, Ryan Roche brand is supporting the responsible manufacturing via sustainable low-impact production. The center piece of all her collections is cashmere – timeless fiber that she is using in dresses, comfy cardis, oversized soft sweaters…

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting. Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

The color palette is neutral, the lines are simple with just enough detail. Those pieces can be worn for many years, preserving their quality and style.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting. Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

For more inspiration, visit the brand’s website ryan-roche.com

Have a great day today!


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By | 2018-11-29T07:47:33+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Amber. Textured Sweater Pattern.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Amber sweater pattern is live on Ravelry! Thank you so much for your patience, I’ve been back and forth editing the pattern file, changing things, just to make sure that you will have everything you need to knit this sweater worry free.

Amber is knit on 6 mm (US 10) needle, so by the time you are done with the second cable repeat, you will be binding off the sweater body. It makes the whole process more engaging and keeps things fresh.

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.

Because of the nature of the cable, it looks different depending on the angle – whether it is a diamond shape formed on each side, or an hourglass on the front, or simple cable twists on the shoulder. That is my favorite detail of this 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.

The fabric created by Daughter is soft, holds the shape greatly and has a nice flow to it so even a heavily textured sweater won’t look bulky.

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.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

General Pattern Information

CONSTRUCTION

Amber sweater is knit bottom up in the round to the underarm, then divided for front and back to be worked flat. The modified drop sleeves are picked up and the cap is created with the help of short rows, eliminating all extra fabric for a better fit. The sleeves are knit in the round top down which allows to modify their length.

DESIGN DETAILS

Texture

Traveling voluminous cables are knit against a simple knit/purl textured background. The cable looks different depending on the angle – whether it is a diamond shape formed on each side, or an hourglass on the front, or simple cable twists on the shoulder. Rich in texture body creates a contrast with plain stockinette stitch sleeves.

Sleeves

Sleeves are knit in the round top down, starting with a cap shaped with simple short rows. The length is adjustable.

Neckline

A classic neckline is trimmed with 1×1 ribbing.

Sizing

The sweater is graded for 8 sizes with approximately 8″ of ease. The sample is shown in size Small with 8″ 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 40” [101.5 cm]

XL 43″ [109 cm]

XXL 46″ [116.5 cm]

3XL 50″  [127 cm]

4XL 52″ [132 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: 41 1/2 (43 1/4, 47, 49, 51 3/4, 55 1/2, 59 1/4, 61 1/4)” [105.5 (110, 119.5, 124.5, 131.5, 141, 150.5, 155.5) cm]

G A U G E

17 sts x 22 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Moss rib.

Y A R N

4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins of Daughter by YOTH (150g/330 yds) in Natural Vanilla.

List of techniques used:

Moss Rib – written instructions are provided.

Traveling cables – chart and row by row written instructions.

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

Amber sweater pattern is available for $7.

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Veronika, the owner of YOTH, was so kind to offer one of my readers an opportunity to win a bag of Daughter yarn to make Amber!

The worldwide Daughter yarn giveaway will be open today on my Instagram page, make sure to check it later for the opportunity to win this wonderful yarn!

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-11-25T08:46:44+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|5 Comments

Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

This summer I got an email from Megan with the offer to become one of the first designers to use an app that at that time was still a work in progress. We met in Skype, I was in Russia at that time and Megan is from Australia, it is pretty amazing how knitting brings people together from different parts of the world! We talked and she explained me the concept of this new way of working with your knitting patterns that to me seemed to be the future of knitting.

Making Things App is basically a Netflix for knitting, for the monthly subscription of $11.99 (which is basically less than 2 pattern package), you get the unlimited access to 1000+ knitting patterns. Moreover, the app is designed that way that allows you to use very handy tools that are always with you – no need to carry around the pattern printed pages, pencils/markers and all those little things that help you to navigate through the pattern. Highlighters help you to keep track of your progress, editable notes allow you to leave your your comments right in the pattern, counters will be handy for keeping track of rows, stitches, increase, decreases, etc; working with charts is also simplified – highlighter will help you to keep track of where you are in the chart. You will be able to enjoy a live pattern support along with video tutorials for basic techniques used in the patterns. So, basically you won’t have to look for extra information, but have everything in your app.

At the moment I have three of my patterns as a part of an app, little by little I am going to add more into my library, so you can easily interact with each pattern inside the app. Rain, The Edge and Wings patterns are already available in the app’s library.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

I am excited to be a part of such an amazing project and I hope you will also find it useful!


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By | 2018-11-04T14:32:47+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris FW, Spring/Summer 2019

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Jill Sander

Today I am sharing with you my last knitwear report for spring/summer 2019 season. Milan and Paris designers presented their collections during these past two weeks and I couldn’t resist hunting for knitwear pieces in each of the shows.

Les Copains played with neutral colors, stripes and contrasting materials – if you look closely you will see sparkling golden threads contrasting with white.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Tod’s “drew” geometrical patterns with intarsia, whether Jil Sander quiet literally drew on a piece of fabric and attached it to the sweater.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Skirt + sweater tendency started in New York/London shows was supported by Christian Dior, Chanel and Atlein in Paris.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Missoni created a fabulous knitwear collection – their traditional colorwork patterns are reinterpreted in intarsia, stripes and the use of speckle yarn.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Loose oversize long cardigans in neutral colors by Agnona and Les Copains.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Boho, sporty and casual – variety of dress styles from Etro, Erika Cavallini and Les Copains.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Cables in metallic yarn by Ermanno Scervino.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Oversize, exaggerated mohair sweaters by Loewe and Balmain.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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


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By | 2018-10-06T20:27:15+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|2 Comments

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

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
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