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Grey Edge Sweater

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting! 4 years ago, on 16th of August I published my first post here and I am so happy I did! I probably will never express well enough how much this place means to me and how much I love being here. It pushes me in so many ways and makes me grow in many aspects of my life. Thank you for being here and for following this knit journal, it means a lot to me!

And now back to knitting. 3D cable Grey Edge, neutral lighter interpretation of my original The Edge, is my new wardrobe staple. I am visiting my family right now, and the weather is so unpredictable here – real summer days change to gloomy rainy afternoons that feel like Fall. The sweater is perfect to throw on – it is warm, but very light and goes with everything.

For this photo story me and my friend found a beautiful spot – just 15 minutes away from the city, there is a beautiful forest that looked like the perfect location for the 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.

I am not linking the yarn, because it was discontinued long time ago, it had been in my stash for more than three years before it found its life in this sweater. It is a worsted weight alpaca/Peruvian wool blend.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

As the yarn is lighter than the original, I was knitting XL size to get the intended ease. One modification I did was to shorten the length, it is not cropped, but this version sits higher on the hips – the pattern indicates where you can make this adjustment.

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.

Compared to the original version, Grey Edge has less structure and more drape and movement to it – this is what alpaca does. If you want to add extra softness and flow to your knits, choose yarns with alpaca in its content. But also remember that it will pill more over the time. But so far, after quiet a few uses I don’t notice any pilling, I think Peruvian wool balances alpaca in this blend perfectly.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

 

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift of Knitting.

The favorite thing about this project is 3D cables, they were one of the reasons why I came back to it. So addicting! It is this feeling when you catch “just one more row” knitting fever and can’t put down the project.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for being here!

Here is to hopefully many more years for The Gift Of Knitting!


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By | 2018-08-17T11:06:09+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Finished Objects, Knitting|5 Comments

Wings Sweater. Preview and Giveaway.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Today I can finally share with you some details of the sweater I have been working on since spring. The moment I had Daisy yarn in my hands, I knew the future piece has to be simple, feminine and with just a touch of texture. Linen, silk and hemp blend has a double action – crisp stitch definition and amazing drape.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wanted to keep the details simple, but interesting enough to work on. I always wanted to incorporate twisted stitches in one of my designs, I think they create such a great visual effect, standing out against the stockinette stitch background. But I wanted to use this pretty simple stitch in a little bit unconventional way – this is how the idea of the staircase pattern occurred to me – I just love this gradual transition to the stockinette stitch and the way the stitch columns are “growing” from the raglan seam. And this detail gave the name to the sweater – Wings.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The rest of the sweater is very simple – good old stockinette with some Twisted rib on the side to keep you interested and engaged. After blocking Daisy opened up in such a beautiful way – the fabric floats around your body with a slight silk sheen. The sweater looks great with simple pair of jeans or white pants, casual and effortless. I’ve made my sleeves slightly longer, just the way I like it – they fall all the way down to my fingers, but as it is a top down construction, you can stop at any point you want. I also love rolling them up for a more casual look.

 

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

The finishing is very simple – i-cord around the neckline and raw edge sleeve cuffs to allow the natural curling of the stockinette stitch fabric.

Wings. Textured Sweater Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will enjoy making this sweater. The pattern will be published on 18th of July – exactly in a week! Meanwhile, me and Jesse (from Knit One Crochet Too) want to give you a chance to win a yarn kit and pattern copies of Wings sweater.


Wings Sweater Pattern 3 copies Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

WHERE: The Gift Of Knitting blog.

TO ENTER Leave a comment under this post with your Ravelry ID or with the Ravelry ID of a friend to whom you would love to gift the copy of the pattern.

Three winners will be chosen randomly and announced here, on my blog on Wednesday, 18th of July .

Knit One Crochet Too Yarn Kit + Wings Sweater Pattern Giveaway

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, 11th of July to Wednesday, 18th of July.

Knit One Crochet Too is offering you the chance to win all the yarn you need to make your Wings Sweater!

WHERE@giftofknitting Instagram.

TO ENTER If you follow me on Instagram (@giftofknitting), today you will see a post on my account with all the information how to enter the giveaway!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on my Instagram (@giftofknitting) on Wednesday, 18th of July.

You can enter both giveaways! Both giveaways are open worldwide! Good luck!


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By | 2018-07-11T07:20:39+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Knitting, Pattern|62 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting. Alpaca Wheat.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to take some photos of this mix of Heritage and Wheat patterns with my dear friend. She is always up for photography experiments and I cannot get enough of the knitwear images. And when you find the perfect textured wall that makes the perfect contrast for the sweater, then the rest is easy. I hope you are going to enjoy this knitwear photostory.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am so glad I finally have the sweater in this perfect green shade that is deep, vibrant, but not too bright. It is a great staple wardrobe piece that I know I am going to wear a lot. Baby alpaca is so cozy that it feels like I am wearing a cloud around my body.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Love this marriage of Heritage and Wheat patterns so much, both of them were a joy to work on and to have them combined in one piece makes this project really special to me. The sweater is pretty fitting in the sleeves to stretch the cable section so the texture really pops out and the body is loose, casual and has a nice drape to it.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love how this very easy beginner friendly cable crosses create such a mesmerizing visual effect!

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-07-01T07:35:53+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

Grey Edge

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! My trip is just one month away and though I have three more projects planned, I was crazy enough to cast on The Edge. It is really interesting how my knitter’s brain works – as soon as I finish a design, I already have ideas what forms and colors it could take. It happened with almost all of my patterns, it is like I cannot get enough of them the first time around and crave to come back to play a little bit more with the design and sometimes this results in additional pattern files I add to the original version:

Reindeer was knit in merino/silk and then recreated in cotton, because I was craving to see the stitch definition the cotton creates.

La Flor took a completely different shape when knit in gorgeous mohair, which resulted in additional pattern file.

The Choice also gives you two options to choose (pun intended 🙂 ) from – cable or simple textured back.

Heritage and Wheat sweaters found their new life in the pattern “cocktail” when both sweaters merged in one.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

And now The Edge. I love my dusty pink aran weight sweater that I was wearing all winter, but when planning my trip home, I knew I needed some neutral cozy loose sweater that I’ll throw on with my black joggers and get on this 30+ hour journey. Well, The Edge fit perfectly – I was so craving to come back to these 3D cables that I love knitting so much!

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

So, of course, I am adding some mods to it, seems like I can never knit something as it is without modifications. The sweater will be lighter, as the yarn is thinner compared to the original one and I am thinking of making it crop length… Well, hopefully it will be ready just in time and keep me cozy during the flight, because I always get so cold in the planes.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you have some nice projects to work on this Sunday!


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By | 2018-06-24T07:54:18+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Knitting|6 Comments

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

Travel Knitting

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Thursday! I have some exciting news – this weekend I booked my flight to Russia! Can’t believe it’s been two years already since I last visited my family and I cannot wait to see everybody in 3 months! I will also be happy to take you along my favorite places and maybe some yarn shopping.

And of course I immediately started thinking about travel knitting. Though I am flying in summer, you can never trust Russian weather, so knitwear is a must! I am thinking of making a light loose sweater to travel in – I definitely need a touch of coziness for over 30 hours of travel. If you remember I finished a Gallery Sweater a couple of years ago, where I mixed Knit Picks baby alpaca/silk and merino to get enough yardage to make the sweater. I have more of these skeins in different shades and thought why not to repeat the experiment, changing the shaping a little bit. It will also give me excuse to clean the dust off my poor abandoned knitting machine – I wish I had more time to work on it regularly!!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Another project I am thinking to take with me is my The Edge sweater, but in classic grey shade! As I told you before, after finishing this design, I knew someday I will cast in on in grey too, I am just so curious to see how it will turn out in this neutral shade! Plus, I am so craving to come back to its squishy 3D cabling!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wish I could take the needles in my carry on, but with all these new flight rules, I wouldn’t risk my favorite ADDI clicks. What about you? Do you associate travelling and knitting in some way?


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By | 2018-04-19T08:33:57+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments
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