The Gift of Knitting – Mineral Heather Sweater

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The Gift of Knitting – Mineral Heather Sweater

FO –Mineral Heather sweater

Wool Sweater

Happy Sunday, dear crafters! I am sorry for such a late post, it’s been a slow lazy Sunday morning… My another gift of knitting for myself. I am warning you – I am turning into a shameless selfish knitter. Though each piece of knitwear that I finish, no matter for whom I am making it, is always a gift for myself – I am so happy to be involved in the process of creating with fiber that the resulting FO is more like a pleasant side effect rather than my initial goal. I bet you know what I am talking about…

Wool Sweater

But Mineral Heather started from the other end, it was not all about the process, but also about the final product – my goal was to make a nice comfy and WARM sweater. I must admit, I know it’s embarrassing, but I am FREEZING here. The mountain climate is so confusing… Days are sunny and warm, but as soon as the sun goes down, I start shaking 🙂 Everybody is making fun of me: “You are from Russia. You are supposed to be adjusted to any cold”. No, I am not adjusted to cold. At all. I put layers of clothes, I drink gallons of hot tea and take burning hot showers.

Wool Sweater

Anyway, the sweater is worn everyday. I am very pleased with the fit – it’s not too clingy or too loose. I definitely become more aware of the ease and how to work with it. I also started to love mattress stitch, I always liked the result, but the process was so boring. And now I truly enjoy it – funny how the perspective changes everything. The side seam is almost invisible.

Wool Sweater Cozy warm long sleeves… My favorite part! If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw how comfy they are!! Definitely worth extra rows of knitting! One more thing that I absolutely loved about this project is yarn color. It looked pretty in the skeins, but it really opened up and bloomed only when the fabric started growing. The speckles of blue and purple are mesmerizing…

Wool Sweater

I made some mistakes in the neckline shaping and was too lazy to rip it off, but the proper finishing hides all the imperfections! I hope to find some time soon to put together a step by step tutorial on how I pick stitches for the neckline using slipped stitches. I managed to hide a huge hole and a miscalculated bind off on one side of the neckline. Please, tell me if you can see the “off” spot!

Wool Sweater

Well, one more knitting story is over… And as always I feel a little bit sad to let it go. But there are new exciting stories coming that I can’t wait to share with you! Thank you for being such encouraging readers! Oh, and does this plant look like the one from the heather family? 🙂

Wool Sweater

Full project review and details can be found here – Mineral Heather Sweater. FO Details.

I’ll see you on Wednesday! I have a small but exciting giveaway for you ready!

Have a great Sunday!


By | 2015-12-06T13:37:02+00:00 December 6th, 2015|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|33 Comments


  1. karen December 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    gorgeous sweater and so is the model 🙂 lovely knitting work!!

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen!

  2. Carmela Biscuit December 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    What a perfect sweater, I love the heather color of your yarn, it shows so nicely in the sun!

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! I know, the color really opens up and blooms!

  3. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    It looks great. Well done. Knitting a sweat is a big accomplishment, especially if you like how it turns out.

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I am definitely a garment knitter, so for me a sock is a huge accomplishment 🙂

  4. Zeta December 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    OMG! You did great job with that beautiful yarn. Your ease couldn’t be any better. And the long sleeves, gorgeous detail. I always seam using the mattress way. Feels easier to seam to have the right side facing you.
    I’m also intolerant to cold. My trick? Two pairs of socks worn together. If the feet are warm, the body follows.
    I can’t wait for your exciting news….

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! I wear socks and a pair of uggs 🙂 My feet are always cold! I can’t wait to share the news 🙂

  5. Carie December 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Oh how beautiful – it’s a gorgeous colour of yarn, there’s so much depth to it 🙂

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carie! I really think the yarn “makes” the whole project!

  6. Tracey December 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Well, I’ve told you before how much I love your sweater and I have to tell you again, I love it.
    And you beautiful lady, you are stunning and I am thrilled to see your smiling face.
    I am cold natured too, it goes along with my Graves Disease, so I always wear lots
    of layers in the winter, although my weather lately could be a colder, it is December
    after all. 🙂

    • Alina December 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for such sweet words, Tracey! Well, being always cold means only one thing – knit faster 🙂

  7. Tahnee December 7, 2015 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Lovely sweater and the sleeves look incredibly cosy indeed! The stitch definition is so perfect as well.. Super cute pics 🙂

  8. Adrienne December 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing all of these details, Alina! I am quite interested in machine knitting for the same reason–I want a wardrobe full of knits I custom-made for myself 🙂

    How much time do you think this sweater took you with the machine, and how long do you think it would have taken if it was all handknit?

    • Alina December 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Adrienne! I am glad you found it helpful! Let’s see, the swatch, blocking, measuring figuring out the stitch and row count took me about two days. The actual knitting it is hard to say, because I wasn’t doing it non-stop plus taking pictures for the tutorials, but if you have all your numbers ready, your yarn wound and given it’s a pattern that involves minimum shaping and knit in simple stockinette stitch, and if you already have some experience of machine knitting, you can knit all the parts in one day! And the seaming and finishing took me another couple of days. I did the interview with the experienced machine knitter several months ago and she makes up to 4-5 sweaters a day (I mean parts of the sweaters), she still seams in by hand. As for the hand knitting, knowing my hands I can definitely say that I would be able to knit this sweater in 8-10 evenings. So, as you can see knitting machine does speed up the process. I decided not to buy any knitwear in the store, so it’s a huge time saver! I hope it helped!

  9. Tien December 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I so enjoyed seeing your posts on this sweater and the finished garment is absolutely lovely! The color has an interesting depth to it and WOTA makes for a warm and cozy sweater (one of my go to yarns for sweaters!) The ease is perfect. Would looove a post on how you achieved that neat neckline edge because that is a definite weakness for me. I usually have to redo my necklines multiple times before being satisfied.

    • Alina December 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! I’ll try to make some time for the tutorial! I use this technique on almost all mu projects!

  10. Jenna K December 7, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Oh what a perfect sweater! I love it…I am imagining how cozy it would be here in our chilly weather! It was 45 degrees Fahrenheit today and I was wrapped up in some fuzzy alpaca 🙂 Excited for your next Yarn Story!

    • Alina December 8, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jenna! We are also in 40s and I am freezing 🙂

  11. mamasmercantile December 8, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

    A truly beautiful sweater, I love the yarn such a gorgeous colour. Looks wonderful.

  12. Ine December 8, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    The sweater is beautiful! It fits perfectly from what I can see. I don’t see a mistake in the neckline, so don’t worry about that 😉

    • Alina December 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Oh, great – finishing definitely helped!

  13. Zauberflink December 8, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Wow, this is so beautiful and suits you so very well – perfect fit and perfect colour! I cannot see any ”mistakes” around the neckline at all. What yarn did you use? I’m really into exploring different yarns, their process of spinning and dying and how they develope over time with use and washes… I’ll be back for more of your beautiful crafting!

    • Zauberflink December 8, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Oh, I just found all the details on ravelry 🙂

    • Alina December 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lena! Always a pleasure to have you here!

  14. Julie December 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, it looks fantastic on you!! And a classic shape and colour- you’ve knitted an instant wardrobe classic.

    • Alina December 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! It’s definitely the most worn thing in the house now!

  15. Evelyn December 9, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Gorgeous sweater, you’ve got a really nice fit with it and your seaming is invisible. Love the colour and the extra long cuffs, very cosy

  16. sustainablemum December 11, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    It looks even better on. Your seaming is perfect and only you can see the ‘mistakes’ I am sure. It sounds like it will be getting lots of use :). I love the colour too.

    • Alina December 11, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! Finishing saves so many imperfections!

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