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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|17 Comments

Mohair Flor Sweater and Giveaway

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Today I can finally share with you the sweater I have been working on for quiet awhile. When I first got Take Care Mohair skeins in my hands, I was overwhelmed with ideas and made countless swatches, trying to show off this beautiful fiber at its best. But they never “clicked” enough for me to turn them into a sweater, so I put them away for some time. Once I was wearing my La Flor sweater for a walk in town and this idea came to me – what this stitch pattern would look like in mohair? As I said before, I consider La Flor as one of my most versatile designs – you can play around with ease and many kinds of fiber to get a completely unique look. My first swatch made me really happy – I knew immediate that this is what I was looking for! I imagined a super cozy oversize mohair sweater covered in textured “flowers”.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

But I knew I wanted to change some things in the existing design to fit new yarn. Mohair is fuzzy and it takes away the crisp stitch definition, which means it won’t work for every stitch pattern out there. So, I slightly changed the main stitch pattern of La Flor to fit new gauge and also opted for a more simple 1×1 rib for the hem, instead of a more “texture heavy” moss rib used in the original sweater.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

This way the pattern just bloomed – I love how the texture is slightly “blurred” by mohair, but it is still there and creates beautiful visual effect.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

One of the biggest changes made was the gauge obviously. The original La Flor was knit on much smaller needles and textured “flowers” look tiny compared to this version. Though I was knitting it on 7 mm needles, which is probably the highest number I went with for the sweater, the nature of this yarn doesn’t make it look bulky at all. In fact, it is probably the lightest sweater I own – you don’t feel the weight of it on your body at all. It is more like a big soft fluffy cloud surrounding your skin – amazing feeling! And with all that, it is very warm!

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Among new details, you will also notice an added side split on the hem, raw sleeve edges and simple boat neck that is wide enough to wear off the shoulder. The modified drop shoulder sleeve is constructed in the same manner as the original one, the only thing that changed is the stitch count, obviously. Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor update will be published this Sunday!

GIVEAWAY

Yarn Kit

Wool and the Gang team is offering you a bag full of the delicious Take Care Mohair skeins to make your own version of Mohair Flor. And the best part – you can choose your color! Take Care Mohair comes in 7 beautiful shades – you can stick to the original neutral grey or go bright! My advice – don’t choose too dark colors, so you don’t lose the texture effect of the stitch pattern. The winner will also receive the pattern copy! The yarn giveaway is open worldwide, except for Russia.

For yarn and one pattern copy giveaway, please, check my Instagram page today!

Wool And The Gang. Take Care Mohair | The Gift Of Knitting

Pattern

And here I would love to giveaway 3 copies of the pattern, either for you or for your dear knitting friends. Just leave a comment under this post with your (or your friend’s) Ravelry ID and I will randomly choose the winner this Sunday!

Good luck and thank you for being with me!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:00:00+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Knitting, Pattern, Yarn|38 Comments

Holiday Spirit Knits

Textured Sweater

Happy Monday! I hope you are having a great start of the new week. Among all this pre-holiday frenzy there are my knits which keep me grounded – it is always so nice to come back to my WIPs after a long day. For these days I always need something mindless and familiar, in beautiful fiber that I will enjoy holding in my hands throughout the whole project. If you remember, I gifted my original Wheat pullover to my dear friend – it was just perfect for her.

Textured Sweater

But then I remembered that I have this luxurious baby alpaca from Magliamania in my stash, a gift from a dear friend. I couldn’t resist – I cast it on! I wish you could feel it through the screen… And this forest green is just right for the holiday spirit, right?

Textured Sweater

And one more WIP, oh so close to finishing, is my La Flor in Take Care Mohair – I am just so curious to see how my patterns change with different fibers. This light, soft and airy yarn reminds me of snow that I haven’t seen in so many years… It brings memories of the snowflakes on my face and of the sight of my parent’s backyard where my dog is playing with the snow.

Textured Sweater

Textured Sweater

I am determined to finish it before the clocks strike 2018.

Textured Sweater

I hope you are having a magical December filled with dear to your heart people, good food and inspiring knits.

Textured Sweater


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By | 2018-01-20T15:21:34+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Knitting|7 Comments

Giveaway Winners!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

It’s been a busy week here, at The Gift of Knitting!!! Thank you so much for your support, I just want to hug you all! I am happy to be able to give back to you in some way with the amazing giveaways sponsored by We Are Knitters, BARRON’S and Search Press!

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton Yarn Giveaway

So, the winner of the Pima cotton giveaway – Minako (Ravelry ID very-berry)! Congratulations! You will receive yarn from We Are Knitters to make your Rain sweater, in any color you choose! Can’t wait to see your Rain!

Rain. Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern.

Thank you for participating in the giveaway! I will remind you that you will be able to enjoy 15% discount on We Are Knitters yarns until the end of January! Discount code – 15_giftofknitting

Add One Stitch Knitting. US edition.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

The randomly chosen winner of Add One Stitch Knitting, US edition, is Anne – I will contact you today!

Add One Stitch Knitting. UK edition.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

The randomly chosen winner of Add One Stitch Knitting, UK edition, is Anna Apelqvist – I will contact you today!

Congratulations!!!

Thank you for being with me! Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:22:08+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Knitting|0 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 (36¾, 40, 44, 47¼, 49½, 52¾)” [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

If you can’t wait to get your hands and needles on WAK skeins, I have a special 15% discount code for you that is valid until the end of January – 15_giftofknitting. Just apply the code at the checkout. Please, keep in mind, that this code cannot be combined with any other promotions run on WAK website.


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By | 2018-01-20T15:22:38+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|6 Comments

Ivy Sweater. Photo Album.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Today I am sharing the last “photo album” that I created for Vintage collection. Ivy with its turtleneck, cables and folded cuffs is my interpretation of a perfect cozy warm sweater that is engaging to knit and easy to wear. Ivy is knit using Elena yarn, holding two threads together. When I offered this option to Ioana, she loved the idea – hopefully this project will show how versatile Elena is.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Obviously holding two threads together significantly speeds up the process, plus it creates very warm sweater that will protect you from any harsh winds. Being a very sturdy yarn, Elena is perfect for cables – it creates a great stitch definition with very nicely defined texture, but it is also “lofty” enough for keeping the shape without stretching. One great thing is that I don’t notice any pilling on my Journey and The Choice sweaters, though they are more than one year old and have been worn quiet a lot.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

I love how this sweater is made of little details – cozy turtleneck, simple cable panel, compound raglan that follows your shoulder line, folded cuffs, side slits, slip stitch faux side seam…

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

One of my favorite details is how the cables are “flowing” into 2×2 ribbing. This little design touch makes such a huge difference to me and makes the sweater “complete” in some way.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy sweater is a part of MY Make Along 2017, so, please, make sure to join Moeke Ravelry group if you are thinking of casting it on or already working on it.

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern

Ivy Cable Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support and I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:52:26+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|14 Comments
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