The Gift of Knitting – Gallery Sweater

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The Gift of Knitting – Gallery Sweater

Happy Sunday!

FO – Gallery Sweater

machine knitting sweater

Each handmade project is like a notebook for me where my memories, experiences, failures and successes are recorded. I can look at a piece and distinctly remember where I got the yarn, how the pattern and yarn were “married”, the place where it was made… Gallery Sweater will definitely stay with me for a long time and every time I look at its stitches, memories of sunny late afternoons filled with swatching, yarn blend experiments, with the sound of the carriage on the needle bed will come up…

The sweater is really simple, there are no fancy elaborate details. Just plain reverse stockinette with a basic classic shaping. The yarn plays the main role – the delicious blend of laceweight hand dyed alpaca/silk and merino wool asked for something simple and basic to bring the best out of fiber.

machine knitting sweater

I was thinking of adding some texture to it, but it wouldn’t make any visual difference – it would get lost in variegated colors. The only textural effect is the difference between stockinette hem and reverse stockinette body.

machine knitting sweater

The pieces were made separately on the knitting machine, wet blocked and then hand seamed together with the mattress stitch. I do find this kind of seaming tricky on the reverse stockinette – it is not always clear where you are supposed to insert a tapestry needle, but it has its own advantages – even if your pieces are not perfectly aligned (it happened to me on both sides), this “mismatch” is practically invisible!

machine knitting sweater

The neckline was hand trimmed with applied i-cord and I really love how simple and unobtrusive it is. I fiddled a little bit with grafting i-cord ends, I definitely need to practice it more!

machine knitting sweater

Sleeve cuffs didn’t have any trimming and the edge naturally curves creating a simple textured detail. This is teh only detail that stands out against a simple background.

machine knitting sweater

When you are knitting with two strands of yarn of different colors, you never know how the colors will behave. It’s a part of the fun and it makes each project unique. In this sweater it is obvious on the sleeves – in some places yarn created stripes and in others – patches of colors that create mosaic blurred effect.

machine knitting sweater

Finishing another knitting story and moving to next one!

Project FO details can be found here – Gallery Sweater. FO Details.

Have a great Sunday!


By | 2016-02-07T10:02:20+00:00 February 7th, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting, Machine Knitting Challenge 2016|44 Comments


  1. Melissa February 7, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    The sweater came together so well! Awesome work!!

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! I will never take it off – it is sooo soft!

  2. Jenna K February 7, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    What a beautiful sweater Alina! I love the way the colors played together throughout the sweater. I would have a hard time taking this off to wear anything else! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you can wear it to your heart’s content 🙂

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jenna! Yes, I want to wear it non stop!

  3. Tracey February 7, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    It’s a beautiful sweater Alina and I hope you have a chance to wear it often. I loved all the photos, you are one beautiful woman, inside and out!

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tracey!

  4. sustainable mum February 7, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Its absolutely beautiful. I love how the colours have come out. It is beautiful in all its simplicity.

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Sometimes less is more, isn’t it?

  5. Andi February 7, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Absolutely adore this sweater. It is beautiful and I think you are so right that the variegated offers enough texture. It is perfection!

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your sweet words, Andi!

  6. Alexis February 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Wow this is totally one of your favorite works for me! The way the colors shimmer. (They’re also great colors for you). Congratulations

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Alexis! I love these shades, so casual and simple to wear!

  7. Pat February 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I love the way the yarn behaved on the sleeves. The sweater is beautiful.

  8. Corinne February 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    What an amazing fit you got. I really love the simplicity of the sweater and I totally love the cuffs.

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! I wanted to have an oversize pullover first, but didn’t have enough yarn for it. But I am happy with how it turned out!

  9. karen February 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    the sweater is stunning and you are just the cutest thing!! love the photo shoot 🙂

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I dragged my hubby outside for the sake of knitwear photography 🙂

  10. Ady Grafovna February 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I just love your thoughts on the history and memories in a knitted object. I feel the same way. 😀

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Yes! So much is preserved in them!

  11. Nicky February 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! And the sweater’s gorgeous too. 😉

    • Alina February 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Nicky 🙂

  12. Andrea @ This Knitted Life February 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I find grafting icord ends a bit tricky also, to say the least. Definitely the only downside of the technique. The sweater looks AMAZING. Good work!

    • Alina February 8, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Yes, I am wondering if a simple seaming would be better with i-cords.

  13. Katherine February 8, 2016 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful knit – suits you so well! The extra detail on the cuffs is a complete winner for me. I too find things I make are filled with strong memories. If I have knitted something listening to a particular podcast or watching a television show, those memories get linked to the garment and come back unbidden when I wear it. And the memory of smells gets tied in too – good smells, that is! – like autumn leaves or bonfires. It’s part of the treasure bank that is a good knit.

    • Alina February 8, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thank you, Katherine! My knits definitely “speak” to me of everything they’ve been through!

  14. Zeta February 8, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I knew that it would look so absolutely great on you 😉
    The sweater is so beautiful on its simplicity. The details on the sleeves and the neckline are so delicate. A great project that it will accompany you along with its memories….

    • Alina February 8, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Zeta! Yes, I hope it will stay with me for a long time. I will take good care of it 🙂

  15. Tahnee February 8, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Once again you made a wonderful sweater, and the colour suits you so well!

    • Alina February 8, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tahnee!

  16. Lisa February 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Wow. What a beauty – you really know how to work that machine. I love these colors together and the little unexpected things that make it perfec.t

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! It took me quiet awhile to learn machine knitting, I am so happy you like it! I still have so much to master in this craft!

  17. Julie February 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    So beautiful!! I love how the yarns look held together, so dimensional. I’ve go tto remember to try something like that, I love how yours turned out!

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Mixing yarn can be so unpredictable!! It’s a part of fun though 🙂

  18. Becki February 10, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    So glad to see your gallery sweater Alina! It’s beautiful, and fits you perfectly. And I’m glad you mentioned the different looks of the yarn as they came together (and how you describe the different effects). That is fascinating and adds to its uniqueness.

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Becki! I really appreciate it!!

  19. Tien February 10, 2016 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    It’s beautiful! Your instincts to keep it simple and let the two yarns shine really paid off. It fits you perfectly too!

    • Alina February 11, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tien!

  20. Rebecca February 11, 2016 at 4:23 am - Reply

    You certainly made all the right choices with this sweater…you were so right to keep things simple and let the yarn do all the talking. This is very very beautiful, a golden afternoon in late summer.

    • Alina February 11, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I love how you compare it to golden afternoon – this is exactly what I had in mind when I was making it!

  21. Debbie February 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    gorgeous…you have the perfect style, beautiful and not over done!! i really like how the yarn choose the pattern!!!!

    • Alina February 14, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Debbie! Yarn definitely played the main role in this project!

  22. Carmela Biscuit February 13, 2016 at 1:51 am - Reply

    What a beautiful and easy to wear sweater! I love how you’ve styled it – simple and elegant lines. Excellent job!

    • Alina February 14, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carmela! I also love its simplicity, I give full credit to the yarn – it just spoke to me!

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