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Summer Knitwear

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! As the temperatures are rising in my corner of the world, I decided to share with you three knits that I know I will wear this summer a lot. Hot weather never stopped me either from wearing knitwear or making one. I am actually very grateful for the change of seasons which gives us, knitters, the reason to try new fibers and take a break from wool.

Wool and The Gang got me covered with their fun pima cotton and ribbon yarn. If you remember, I finished Riviera skirt more than three years ago and it is still in perfect state. It was my very first collaboration with yarn company and I will always be thankful to WATG family for believing in me since the very beginning. I am pairing it with a simple t-shirt, a great easy look for a summer day off and farmer’s market grocery shopping.

Stone Washed ribbon yarn was turned into crop top last summer and I’ve been wearing it inside the house almost every day, it is just so easy to throw on. For a more conservative look to wear outside, I am pairing it with loose high waisted cotton/linen pants, super comfortable! You can find a FREE pattern for it here – How to Knit a Crop Top.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Rain has been my most worn sweater lately. Easy to pair with absolutely anything – office pants, jeans and shorts. Pima cotton by We Are Knitters is a pure delight next to the skin, feels so fresh and with a nice drape. I will wear it to death! But so far it is holding up very nicely.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am finishing one more sweater in Daisy that will hopefully share with you soon and I hope it will also become a great addition to my summer knits!

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

What are your relationships with summer and knitwear? Do you put your knits away until the weather cools down or take out your cotton and linen yarn out of your stash to play with?

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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By | 2018-04-29T07:43:49+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Knitting|5 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

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

The Gang Knits

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Happy Sunday! As this month is flying by, I wanted to share with you what is on my needles and (finally!) on my crochet hook (it’s been a long time since I started a crochet project!). My new old sweater project is the updated version of La Flor that I have been working on almost a year already, putting it aside when I wasn’t 100% happy about it. For some reason I always saw La Flor as the perfect sweater to experiment with fiber, and when Wool and the Gang sent me their new yarn – Take Care Mohair! – for the review, I knew that was it – the perfect match! It is easy to knit and the gauge can be adjusted to the new yarn weight. But with mohair it is a little bit different – it is definitely not the fiber that you can use for any stitch pattern, but for some reason I was sure that it would work with La Flor one way or another.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Just like I thought knitting the pattern as it is didn’t give me the effect I was looking for, so I decided to change some things and in a way simplify the pattern to make it more suitable for more types of yarn. After playing around with stitch placement, I finally found the fabric that I loved – and now new La Flor is growing on the needles pretty steadily. It is the softest and squishiest thing ever!!! I only hope you can feel it through the photos. Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang is extremely light, but because of the nature of the thread, it has some volume that allows you to knit it on pretty big needles – I am using 7 mm (which is around 10.5 US size). As soon as I finish the sweater, I will make sure to add these adjustments as the extra pattern material, so you can experiment and knit familiar La Flor, but in different fibers.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting


This summer my friends from Wool and the Gang sent me one more package to review one of their most popular yarn lines – Crazy Sexy Wool. Super bulky and extremely soft Peruvian wool. Out of 30+ shades, I chose the neutral Ivory White (I know, I am sooo predictable 🙂 ).

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

For being that thick – you get 2 sts per 1″ – the thread is light, because of the nature of its spun. This spun has its disadvantages though – I know that it will start pilling pretty soon, but I can live with that – I have my sweater brush to put my knits back in order 🙂

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

And great news is that these bulky yarn balls inspired my to pick up my crochet hook and I am extremely happy with my swatches – will show you more as soon it is going to take some more wearable shape!

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

Thank you, WATG, for making me a part of your fiber gang 🙂 We are also going to prepare some great giveaways for you soon, and that always makes me happy!

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:22:54+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments

How To Knit A Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Today I would like to share with you a free pattern that I put together for my California Crop TopIt’s a pretty straightforward knit that can become the perfect vacation project, as it doesn’t require much yarn, knits up fast and it’s very easy to make.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

In the simple knit piece as this one, yarn will play the main role. I love the ribbon yarn for this project, because the thread is wide, which is very fast to knit, but because of the nature of the thread, it is very light. Plus, it creates a textured surface, even when used with the simplest stitch patterns.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

As you can see in my previous post, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but if you feel like it you can definitely use it as a reversible top and wear it with any side facing up – so many designers use the visible seam as the decorative element now. And at the end of a day, it is a casual crop summer top, it doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

To see the fit of the top, check my modeled post here – The Gift Of Knitting – California Crop WATG Top.

How To Knit A Crop Top

SIZE:

32 (36, 40)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5) cm]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

Finished bust circumference: 34 (38, 42)” [86.5 (96.5, 106.5) cm].

Finished length from the armhole: approx 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm].

MATERIALS:

Yarn

3 (4, 4) skeins of Wool and the Gang, Stone Washed, 100% cotton. 1.8 oz. (50 g), 82 yds. (75 m).

Please, keep in mind that the yardage recommended is approximate. 

Needles. 5.5 mm (US 9)

GAUGE

4″ (10 cm) = 12 sts. The row gauge is not essential in this project.

 

BACK

  • CO 51 (57, 63) sts, using a long tail cast on method.
  • *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
  • Repeat the last row 4 more times.
  • Next Row (RS): Purl.
  • Next Row (WS): Knit.
  • Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm], finishing after WS row.
  • Next Row (RS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts purlwise; purl to end – 44 (48, 52) sts.
  • Next Row (WS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts knitwise; knit to end – 37 (39, 41) sts.
  • Next Row (RS): K1, purl to last st, k1.
  • Next Row (RS): K1, knit to last st, k1.
  • Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 1/2 (7 1/2, 7 3/4)” [19 (19, 19.5) cm], finishing after RS row.
  • Bind off all 37 (39, 41) sts knitwise.

FRONT

  • Make identical to the BACK.

FINISHING

  • Block the pieces.
  • Seam shoulders: Place the pieces flat, with bind off edges facing each other, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up. Using a horizontal seam, sew shoulders together (each shoulder is approximately 1 1/2 – 1 3/4″ wide).
  • Seam FRONT and BACK: Place the pieces flat, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up, side edges next to each other. Make sure to align the pieces, with armhole edges being on the same level. Using a mattress stitch, sew edges together on both sides.
  • Weave in the ends.

Note: As you can see, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but you can flip it over and stay with the classic stockinette stitch – just seam the pieces on reverse, with knit side facing up.

Note: This is a free pattern. It wasn’t test knitted or tech edited. I tried my best to avoid any mistakes, but if you find one, please, let me know in the comments below. 

I hope you will use this pattern this summer and create your own simple Crop Top. If you liked the pattern, please, share it on your Pinterest board, I would really appreciate it!.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-01-28T08:44:35+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Knitting, Pattern, Tutorial|11 Comments
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