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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

MY Make Along 2017 Countdown

Moeke Yarns Knitting Pattern

Happy Sunday! It’s been awhile since my last blog post, but there was so much going on behind the scenes, I didn’t have time to slow down and write all about it.

The most exciting news is that the countdown for Moeke 2017 knitwear collection has started! On 15th of September Ioana will present you a beautiful lookbook with 7 patterns in Moeke yarns, designed by crazy talented Junko Okamoto and me. I am really looking forward to it and I hope you will join us in Moeke Yarns Ravelry group where you can share your progress, ask questions and win amazing prizes from the sponsors! I am sure it will be a fun place to be at with your projects!

Apart from Heritage sweater, you will see two more new designs from me – Ivy in Elena yarn and Wheat in Romanian merino. These sweaters are so different from each other and, I believe, will make great wardrobe staples. I will tell more about them on 15th of September with beautiful photos from the lookbook and all the technical info you will need! Also I am going to prepare a special collection pattern bundle. We are all very excited and a little bit nervous about this small collection and really hoping to see it on your needles this fall!!!

To keep up with all the updates make sure to check Moeke Yarns blog and Instagram. You can also read more about the make along here – http://moeke-yarns.com/index.php/my-make-along-2017-sheet

And I am off to finishing the last editing details of the patterns!!!

Thank you for your support!!


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By | 2017-09-10T15:42:28+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Knitting|3 Comments

Heritage Sweater Pattern. Desert Mood.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Happy Friday, dear friends! Today I am excited to share with you the latest pattern for my beloved Moeke Yarns. I would love to thank each of you for an amazing support here and on Instagram, thank you for all your sweet comments and reposts, you’ve definitely made my week!

The idea for these photos came to me while I was still working on the sweater – I’ve noticed how much it changed its look depending on the light! If in the Preview post you can see how the yarn basically absorbs the sunset light, turning into warm honey-like shade. And today I would love to demonstrate how it completely changes under desert dawn’s light, taking on cool neutral shades. Isn’t it amazing?! Such an alive fiber!

Textured Sweater Pattern

Heritage is a top-down sweater with the yoke shaped as the compound raglan, which creates a natural line running along the shoulder. I love this construction  – it always creates such a great shape, something between the classic raglan and set-in sleeve! For your convenience the yoke shaping is written out individually for each size in a concise manner that is easy to follow, in my opinion.

Textured Sweater Pattern

The main eye catching detail is a subtle texture contrast created by combining basic stitches – stockinette, slip stitches, 1×1 ribbing and basic travelling cable. This mix results in a simple casual knit with an interesting twist to keep you interested.

Textured Sweater Pattern

Heritage is a part of Moeke 2017 knitwear collection that will be released this Fall. And my mission in this collection is to create basic city pieces that can become a wardrobe’s staple. I hope Heritage with its clean geometric lines will become your very wearable sweater 🙂

Textured Sweater Pattern

To me Heritage sweater looks “architectural” in some way with its simple shape, construction and very basic finishing. I used my favorite neckline trim + applied I-cord for the neckline; i-cord bind-off for the hem and left the sleeve edges raw, allowing the natural curl of stockinette stitch.

Textured Sweater Pattern

It’s been a challenge and a pleasure to write this pattern and I hope to see it on your needles this spring – Heritage is light as a feather and would be perfect for cool summer nights.

Textured Sweater Pattern

General Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

  • XS 29 – 30″ (73.5 – 76 cm)
  • S 32″ (81 cm)
  • M 35″ (89 cm)
  • L 38″ (96.5 cm)
  • XL 41″ (104.0 cm)
  • XXL 43″ (109 cm)
  • 3XL 49″  (124.5 cm)

Shown in size Small with 2″ of ease.

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

Chest/Bust at Underarm: 40 ¼ (41 ¼, 43 ¾, 45 ½, 49, 53 ½, 56 ¾)” [102 (104.7, 111, 115.5, 124.5, 136, 144) cm].

Length From The Underarm: 12 1/2 (13 1/4, 13 1/2, 14 1/2, 15 1/2, 15 1/2, 17 1/2)” 32 (33.5, 34.5, 37, 39.5, 39.5, 44.5) cm

GAUGE:

20 sts x 30 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in St stitch after blocking.

YARN

250 (250, 300, 300, 300, 350, 350) g of Moeke Yarns “Heritage”, 350 m/100 g sport weight yarn.

Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

 NEEDLES

  • US size 2 ½ [3 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle.
  • Optional – US size 2 ½ [3 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 2 ½ [3 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
  • Optional – crochet hook in size 2.5 mm

List of techniques used:

  • Slip stitches
  • Basic travelling cable
  • I-cord edge (link to a photo tutorial provided)

Thank you so much for entering giveaway and for your comments – I’ve read every single one of them! The randomly chosen winners of the pattern giveaway are Sarah Desatoff (Ravelry ID: sari27), Lindsay (Ravelry ID: knittinglindsay) and Mary (Ravelry ID: Mary8084). Congratulations! You will receive the copy of the pattern today! So looking forward to seeing it knit by you!!

Heritage Sweater Pattern is available for $7.00

Thank you so much for your support! It means a lot!


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By | 2017-04-30T10:58:27+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|9 Comments

Moeke Journey and Knitting Library

Last week Ioana, the founder and owner of Moeke yarns, officially announced the company’s plans for autumn 2016. I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of this fiber journey that I am sure is only starting!

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I am working on the first pattern and I can’t express how much I love it. Usually I spend weeks and weeks on swatching until it feels right. But Elena yarn spoke to me almost instantly – after just a week of swatching I came up with the stitch combination that I am absolutely in love with. Usually I love to share every single step of the process when working on a project, but if it comes to design, I prefer to keep it to myself as long as possible. Maybe because I change so many things along the way or maybe because I love this quiet “me” time with the project before the official release..

For now all I can say is that I am working with a lot of texture. Texture is what initially attracted me in knitting in the first place and this is what I am usually drawn to in knitwear. Elena yarn is absolutely perfect for it!

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The project is growing pretty fast and I hope to be done with it in a couple of weeks. Then the most time consuming part of the pattern writing will begin – grading, writing the “official” pattern from my notes, tech editing and test knitting. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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On the other news, it was a happy mail day this week – my knitting library enhancement has arrived. I absolutely love having books on different types of construction! The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters has been on my to-buy list for a long time. Though I am familiar with all types of sweater construction in this book, it is still nice to have this reference. It is a great addition to Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden, the book that you can always find on my desk.

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I am joining Yarn Along to see what others crafters are up to. I hope you are having a great week!

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By | 2016-04-13T05:36:48+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|32 Comments

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Today I am going to share with you the pattern that I wrote to make my crochet blanket. The stitch pattern was found on MyPicot – Crochet Textured Wave Stitch. I put together the numbers, wrote the instructions for making the blanket and put a step by step photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to get you through the first three rows. This blanket was very easy and interesting to make. The combination of basic stitches creates a very beautiful textured fabric (see my FO post). This is a perfect project for stash busting, as it allows you to work in multiple colors. I always love to have one simple project in progress that I don’t have to think about too much and can pick up any time during the day when I have a free minute. It is a perfect companion to watch a good movie 🙂

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket

MATERIALS

Yarn. 100% cotton fingering weight yarn holding three strands together. 3 desired colors (A, B, C) The estimated yardage is approximately 1800-2000.

Notes:

  • I was using fingering weight yarn holding three strands together because it was a stash busting project. Three strands of fingering weight yarn approximately equal to one strand of light worsted weight yarn. The exact yarn weight is not essential in this project as long as you like the fabric that it creates.
  • I used 100% cotton yarn, but you can experiment with different fibers – wool and wool blends, different cotton or acrylic blends.
  • I was using three colors, but you can experiment with what your imagination and stash allows 🙂 The blanket has a very rich texture which makes it perfect for working in solid color. You can choose to change colors every row, every other row or any color sequence you like.  
  • See the end of the pattern for the step by step photo tutorial

Crochet hook. 8mm (US – L)

Note: Make sure that you adjust your hook size if needed to achieve the gauge or the fabric that you like.

GAUGE

The exact gauge is not essential in this project. If you like the fabric in you swatch, but the pattern repeat doesn’t exactly match the gauge, you can either add or subtract one-two repeats depending on what size you want your blanket.

I would recommend making a swatch of 37 stitches (multiple of 16 + 5) and crochet 6-8 rows. This way your swatch will have two pattern repeats and you will get an idea of how it works.

1 pattern repeat (16 sts) – 5¼” (13.5cm)

1 pattern repeat (2 rows) -1¼” (3 cm)

SIZE

Finished Dimensions: 44.5″ (113 cm) wide x 49.5″ (126 cm) long

Note: These are dimensions of my blanket. You can easily adjust the size of the blanket adding/subtracting rows or stitch repeats.

ABBREVIATIONS/STITCHES

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

FP sc – Front Post single crochet. Here is the YouTube video with the tutorial – How To Crochet a Front Post Single Crochet Stitch  or go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

2dc decreasework 1 incomplete dc in each of next 3 sts: yo, place hook in the indicated st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on the hook); yo, pull yarn through all 4 loops for a completed decrease. Go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

4dc decrease – work 1 incomplete dc in each of next 5 sts: yo, place hook in the indicated st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops (5 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops (6 loops on the hook); yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops for a completed decrease. Go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

COLOR SEQUENCE

Work 6 rows in A, *work 6 rows in B, work 2 rows in A, work 6 rows in C, work 2 rows in A; rep from * 3 times more; work 6 rows in B, work 6 rows in A.

Note: To change color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops to complete st.

INSTRUCTIONS 

Foundation chain: With A ch 133 (multiple of 16 + 5) = 8 pattern repeats

Row 1 (foundation row): Starting with fourth chain from hook (you skip 3 chains) make 2dc decrease, * 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch, 1dc in each of next 5ch, 4dc dec.; rep from* 6 times more; 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch, 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc dec., 1dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 (WS):  2ch, 1 FP sc over decrease st, *1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc below, 2ch, 1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc, 1 FP sc over decrease st; rep from* 7 times more, 1 sc in 3rd ch, turn.

Row 3 (RS): 3ch, 2dc dec. , * 1dc in each of next 5 FP sc, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 4dc dec.; rep from* 6 times more, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 2dc dec., 1dc in 2nd ch, turn.

Repeat Row two and Row three 39 times more or until the desired length.

Work Row 2 one more time.

FINISHING

Top Border: With A 2ch, 8sc, *sc in space of 2ch of row below, 15sc; rep from * 6 times more, sc in space of 2ch of row below, 9sc.

Do NOT turn to the other side.

Continue working sc around the side border: 3sc for each 2 rows.

Lower border: work sc in each st across

Continue working sc around the other side border: 3sc for each 2 rows.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Though MyPicot photo tutorial is great, I felt like a lot of steps were left out. You can choose following MyPicot tutorial or the one that I made. In my tutorial I am working you through the first three rows. Believe me, as soon as you get the idea of these first three rows, the rest will be super easy 🙂 The stitch pattern only looks complicated, but in reality it is just a combination of basic “classic” stitches! In this tutorial I am using two contrasting colors for the demonstration purposes. If you want to see the bigger picture, just open it in the new tab. I tried to be as detailed as possible, if you still have some doubts left leave me a comment and I will explain it.

Photo Tutorial

Row 1 (foundation row): Starting with fourth chain from hook (you skip 3 chains) make 2dc decrease.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

2dc decrease

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

As you can see, you make incomplete dc in each of three chains until you have 4 loops on your hook (see the step by step stitch explanation in the Abbreviations/Stitches section of the pattern)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Pull yarn through all 4 loops

1dc in each of next 5ch

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

 

2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

1dc in each of next 5ch, 4dc dec

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

You make incomplete dc in each of five chains until you have 6 loops on your hook (see the step by step stitch explanation in the Abbreviations/Stitches section of the pattern)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Pull yarn through all 6 loops

Follow the pattern until the end of Row 1. This is what you get at the end. You can see that the zig zag started to form.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Row 2 (WS):  2ch, 1 FP sc over decrease st

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

See the Abbreviations/Stitches section for the link to YouTube video for Front Post single crochet (FP sc) explanation

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 1

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 2

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 3

1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc below

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Work following the pattern. You will get again to FP sc over decrease st. This time it will be a 4dc decrease of the previous row. Work it the same way as the first one

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

This is how it looks like from the opposite (right) row – each stitch is wrapped up with FP sc

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Work Row 2 until the end.

Work Row 3 following the pattern. You will get to the following instructions: 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

As you work Row 3, you will get to 2 chain spaces – one is of Row 1 (green one), other is of Row 2 (beige one). Make sure that you work 2dc + 2ch + 2 dc in the space of Row 1 (the green one)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Here how it will look like after you work 2 dc in the space of Row 1

Continue following the pattern

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Here you can see how the ridge is being formed

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

This is how it looks like from the back

I really hope you will enjoy this pattern as much as I did.

Happy crocheting!


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By | 2017-08-01T08:02:52+00:00 September 6th, 2015|Crochet, Free Patterns and Tutorials, Pattern, Tutorial|20 Comments