The Gang Knits

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 πŸ™‚ ).

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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!


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


  1. Carmela Biscuit October 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    The texture of your mohair La Flor looks absolutely divine!!! I can imagine how luxurious the softness and squishiness of this sweater would feel against the skin.

    • Alina October 30, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

      I am glad you like it, Carmela!!! Yes, it does feel crazy soft and squishy – can’t wait to finish it!!!

  2. Melissa October 30, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Your La Flor is going to be beautiful, Alina! Amazing halo on that yarn. Wow!

    • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Melissa! Yes, the yarn makes such a huge difference – the familiar sweater is turning into completely new one!

  3. Zeta October 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to see La Flor made of a cloud…!

    • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Me too, dear Zeta!!! Will try to finish it this weekend when i have more time on my hands!!

  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Aw man, can you knit me pjs in that stuff?!? So cozy.

    Zeta’s comment made me think of something Reed said yesterday on the way to school. We were looking at the clouds because they had this golden glow on the edge as the sun rose up behind them. He said to me: mom, I wonder what it’s like to walk on a cloud. Deep thoughts from a four year old.

    • Zeta November 1, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Reed and I have the same thoughts!!!!

      • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        That is really sweet πŸ™‚

    • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Reed is just so precious! Always enjoy seeing him on your blog and IG!!!

  5. karen November 1, 2017 at 5:01 am - Reply

    what a chunky yarn! I rarely knit anything over a size eight needles…my hands get sad with larger ones. I love your knit with all the halo and soft fluffiness πŸ™‚

    • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      I adore the looks of chunky yarns! With the crochet it is easier, as there is only one stitch on the hook, so you don’t stress your wrists.

  6. Julie November 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I love the La Flor, it is is looking so soft and cozy! And that thick WATG yarn looks so fun!

    • Alina November 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Julie! Love WATG lines – all so different and fun to work with!

  7. Soj Aronson October 28, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    I am so happy you are back! Seeing your email in my mailbox was like a kindred soul stooping by for a coffee. You probably have no idea how much you are appreciated by other yarn devotees. Your descriptions of yarns and patterns almost makes me weep with joy.

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