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Sunday Loves

Happy Sunday! As much as I love sharing with you finished, blocked and all pretty knits, I think there is a certain beauty in a WIP’s mess with its uneven stitches, loose threads and open stitches. It shows behind the scenes progress that I personally cherish as much as the final result. My experiment with mixing Heritage and Wheat has moved to the sleeves stage and this is definitely my favorite part of the pattern. New summer knit in Daisy is waiting to be blocked and threads have to be fixed, this is my plan for today. I am looking forward to see how the yarn will open up after a nice bath – so far the fabric feels so smooth.

Another weekend plan is to continue my current fascinating read – The Diary of Anne Frank. I have no idea why I didn’t read it earlier though always had it on my must-read list. I decided to combine a good read and practicing my Spanish grammar, hence the Spanish translation. From my experience, this is the best way to learn the language, even if you don’t understand everything and it takes more time this way while you are looking for a certain word in the dictionary, with the time the language sort of sinks into you and before you know it, you speak it. I also downloaded Quizlet app – a great tool to learn new words and practice them, highly recommended!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-05-20T08:47:42+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Knitting|7 Comments

Daisy

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

Some time ago Jesse, the owner of Knit One Crochet Too, contacted me with the offer to try their brand new yarn and create a summer pattern for it. As soon as I read the fiber content, I knew I would love it even before touching it – linen, silk and hemp blend. I have a weak spot for plant fibers, especially when they are mixed in one skein – it makes it even more enticing. I also had a chance to chat with Jesse and talked about the company in general and Daisy. I am happy to share this mini interview with you here.

The company exists since 1996, it is more than 20 years old, how do you think it has changed over the years?

The company has been around for over 20 years and is now on it’s 3rd owner, me! Susan Levin and Gloria Tracy were the first owners, they had started the company in California by developing their own knitting products and patterns. Then in 1999 they brought yarn into the company, they had a very successful run but realized they wanted to stick to developing products instead of yarn. In 2004 Helene Rush purchased the company and moved it to Windham Maine. There she was able to grow the yarn collection  and show off her amazing pattern writing skills.  When Helene was ready to retire ( she was designing about 50-60 designs a year on top of running the company) she reached out to me and I was more than excited to step up and bring it into a new era. I am hoping to inspire knitters with our yarns, designs and passion for the art.

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

You’ve taken up the company from a different owner – was it hard? How did you keep the balance of keeping the essence of the company and still add your own personal touch to it?

Yes, it was no easy task taking over this company. Mostly because I didn’t work for Knit One Crochet Too before, and I wanted the transition to be smooth for shops and slowly change the company into what I want it to be. Honestly,  I was still deciding which way I wanted to take the company when I bought it. But over the first couple months I was able to really dive in and figure out where I wanted to take it.  I feel that I have been doing a pretty good job keeping the identity of the yarns strong and just adding a new look to the designs. Helene Rush ( the previous owner) is such an amazing designer that most of her designs are timeless. This has helped me when I was too over whelmed at times to come up with a new design for a season, I could just rephotograph one of her gorgeous garment and give it new life. This Spring/Summer  it has all come together, The Copenhagen Collection, really shows where we want to take the company. With fresh looking designs in inspiring locations.
Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.
 
Would you tell us a little bit about Daisy – your new summer yarn. How did you come up with this blend of fibers?
When I was thinking about what I wanted for my first spring/summer yarn as the new owner I knew I wanted it to be a hemp/linen yarn. I love the feeling of linen knits once they have been washed and blocked and being based in Florida that was a blend we would be able wear all year round. After, talking with our Mill in Italy we were able to create this gorgeous yarn that combines the typical feel of linen/hemp with the soft feel of silk. Daisy is a 3 ply blend yarn (38% Linen, 32% Silk, 30% Hemp) where each ply is one of the fiber contents, when the fiber is dyed each content takes the dye differently. This create a lovely depth to the yarn. Since we were planning on doing our photoshoot in Copenhagen we decided a cute name for the yarn would be Daisy, it is Denmark’s national flower. Also, because  when I met my husband the first present he ever got me was a Georg Jensen Daisy necklace ( it is a cute enameled daisy, that I never take off).

I have been swatching a lot with Daisy these past weeks. It is slowly being turned into a light sweater that I hope I will share with you this spring. The yarn really got the best qualities from all fibers – the thread is strong, durable and creates great stitch definition. The fabric created is lightweight and drapes beautifully with a delicate sheen. Made from plant fibers the sweater won’t pill and will be great to wear next to the skin on a hot day – linen/silk/hem are breathable and have a very good absorbency. And the great thing is when the temperatures cool down, you will still enjoy wearing it – this blend will also help to lock in the warmth of your body! Blocking is essential, hemp just has to be washed to bloom – the fabric will soften with each bath, without any fiber degradation. This is the beauty of the good quality plant fibers!

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you enjoyed this little yarn photostory and inspired to pick up your summer WIPs!


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By | 2018-03-28T07:42:54+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|4 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

The Edge Sweater. FO Details.

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

It’s been a busy time here on the blog – I am finally finishing all the projects I have been working on at the end of 2017 and happy to present them to you. Today I am sharing my new sweater design which will be released this Sunday – The Edge Sweater.

 

The journey of this sweater started one year ago. I was swatching for one of my new designs and desperately wanted to include extra cozy voluminous cables that would really pop out against the stockinette stitch background, but nothing quiet worked the way I imagined it should. But after browsing through endless cable variations, I’ve found a very interesting interpretation of the classic cable – created with extra rows of fabric inside the cable, it produced the extra volume effect I was looking for. For that particular design I was working on at that time, it didn’t quiet work, but I made a note for myself to come back to it as soon as the “right” yarn comes along. The moment I touched The Petite Wool – I knew that was it!!!

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

The original stitch wasn’t 100% satisfactory for me, so I played with it for several weeks until I modified it the way that suited the yarn, the design and the general look of the sweater that I had in my head. And the rest is history – after months and months of planning I finally cast on and… finished the sweater in 7 afternoons!!! This is my personal record! But I just couldn’t put it down and all the planning definitely payed off – I didn’t have to rip off any part!

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

One of the main points of interest of this design are 3D cables – slightly different from the traditional cable technique, this method produces extra volume that really stands up against the stockinette stitch background. That was really important for me – I wanted to keep the rest of the sweater simple and plain, and the classic cables do not pop up that much when placed next to the stockinette stitch fabric.

Halfway through the sweater I had another idea – what if I add elbow patches on the sleeves that will mirror the center textured stitch?! Well, here they are and I am in love with them!!! It adds a slightly vintage feel to the sweater…

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

The seamless construction, modified drop off shoulder sleeve, texture and extremely soft and cozy wool – I can sincerely say that I am extremely happy with this new edition to The Gift Of Knitting Designs family 🙂 And I hope it will sparkle the inspiration in you to pick up your needles!

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

On Sunday I am going to tell you about the sweater in more details and host The Petite Wool giveaway from We Are Knitters!! You will have a chance to win a bag of these cozy skeins for your Edge Sweater!

But meanwhile, I am giving away 5 copies of this design today!!! If you leave your Ravelry ID in your comment, you are automatically in the giveaway!!

Thank you for being here!


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By | 2018-02-22T09:34:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|28 Comments

Mohair Flor. Textured Sweater Pattern

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

When you love knitwear to the moon and back and your dear friend loves to play with camera and light, magic happens. We chased the sunset light to catch the halo of mohair and the texture of La Flor. The result is a collection of soft mellow photos that I hope will be able to show you the beauty of the fiber and stitches.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is the update for my La Flor sweater published almost two years ago. Inspired by the beautiful mohair from South Africa – Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang – the sweater features loose fit, simple finishing and engaging easy to knit textured stitch pattern.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Light as a feature, this sweater is incredibly warm and has a slight drape to it. Knit on US 10 1/2 needles, it is almost instantly gratifying project – it will fly off your needles! The repeated every 4th row “textured flowers” will keep you interested and in between rounds of good old stockinette will be perfect for relaxing knitting time.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

In Mohair Flor version I simplified the sleeves shaping – there are less decreases in order to have a slightly wider sleeve cuff and I omitted all the edge trimming – leaving the raw bind off edges for a more casual and cozy look.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

I love this sweater in the neutral – Dusty Grey – color, but you can also play around and some bright colors. Wool and the Gang has 7 shades to choose from – I would make my second version in Lovely Lilac

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Mohair Flor is shaped the same way as the original one – seamless bottom up sweater with the modified drop shoulder sleeves knit in the round top down. Because of the nature of the pattern, you can easily modify the length of both the body and the sleeves of the sweater.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

One of the modification made to the original pattern is the neckline – in Mohair Flor I left it more open with the minimum shaping to create a wide boatneck, which, if desired can be also worn off the shoulder.

Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift of Knitting for Wool and the Gang

Genreral Pattern Information

B O D Y  S I Z E S:

XS 30-32″ (75 – 81.3 cm)

S-M 35-37″ (89 – 94 cm)

L-XL 43-46″ (109 – 117 cm)

2XL 50″ (127 cm)

3XL-4XL 56-58″ (142-147 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: 35 ¾ (42 ¾, 49 ¾, 56 ¾, 63 ¾)” (91 (108.5, 126, 144, 162) cm).

G A U G E

11.5 sts x 14 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Textured Flowers stitch after blocking.

1 rep of the Textured Flowers st (10 sts) = 3 ½” (9 cm)

Y A R N

6 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of Wool and The Gang “Take Care Mohair” (109 yds [100 m] in 1.75 oz [50 g]; 78% kid mohair, 13% wool, 9% polyamide) in Dusty Grey.

The textured flower pattern is charted, has written step by step instructions and photo tutorial.

Big THANK YOU to my dear friend Elena for helping me with these amazing photos! I would also love to thank Wool and the Gang team for inspiration, beautiful yarn and offering such a great giveaway to my readers!! I really appreciate it!

Giveaway Winners

Randomly picked pattern giveaway winners are Zeta, Chris and Abelo!!! Thank you so much for taking part in the giveaway – you will receive your copies today!

Please, check my Instagram page later today to see Wool and the Gang yarn giveaway!

La Flor pattern (2 versions) is available for $7.

If you’ve already bought the original La Flor, please, wait for the update today – it is completely free!

Both pattern files are included in one pattern, which means you get 2-in-1 deal to have more freedom to experiment with your yarn and the look of the sweater.

Thank you for your support!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:04:53+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|14 Comments
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