The Gift of Knitting – Sand Sweater

Sand Sweater

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Yesterday we went for a short walk in town and took photos of Sand sweater which, I believe, will become the most wearable machine knit piece in my wardrobe from now on. I washed it with hair conditioner and the fabric softened so much. I was afraid it was going to be too stiff knit with such textured stitch and in mercerized cotton, but a good bath solved this problem. I am officially in “knit-love”!

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.
Happy, happy, happy!!

The seams are flat and don’t pucker – yay!! Knit experiments are always slightly nerve wrecking. When you are knitting from the pattern, you know exactly what you get in the end, and “blind” knitting can definitely turn against you with bad surprises! I am glad I avoided it this time.

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.

The sweater is knit in my favorite color; I started to wear bright colors only after our move 4 years ago. My usual daily color palette used to be black, beige, white, grey and brown. I feel very “me” in this sweater!

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.

One more time I am convinced that finishing “makes” the sweater in the end. I just can’t get over all the cute details that only a knitter will notice (so happy I have you guys to gush about them! πŸ™‚ ) Faux I-cord hem…

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Crochet slip stitch + I-cord neckline… I know that finishing process can become tedious at some point, but it surely feels great wearing a handmade piece of knitwear and know that all the ends are securely hidden, all the edges are trimmed and the sweater had its well-deserved blocking time.

Textured Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Wish you a wonderful Sunday!


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  1. absolute perfection!!! any chance you would consider writing a similar pattern for a handknit version? I’m first in line to buy it!!!!

    • Thank you, Steph! Oh, I would love to make something similar in hand knit version! I am not sure when though, I am slightly overwhelmed right now. I hope to get some free time while on vacation in my hometown, maybe I’ll work on it! Thank you for your support!

  2. Jaw dropping gorgeous! Great job Alina!
    It’s definitely so you! The color, the texture, the fit, all perfect! Surely this sweater will be worn a lot!
    PS: Your manicure rocks! πŸ˜‰

  3. Alina this sweater is gorgeous! Well done!

  4. You are GIFTED! This is a beautiful sweater. I esp love the fit/draping.

  5. Another gorgeous sweater, well done! It fits you so well and looks so professionally made, comfortable and classy!

  6. The little details really do make the difference in a hand made garment. It’s a beautiful sweater.

  7. Gorgeous sweater, and fits you perfectly! A lot of love went into that sweater πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, the Sand Sweater is beautiful, Alina – and what a great name for it. I love the texture. And, as a crocheter, I totally appreciate the finishing you did on the edges. And how perfectly you did it. πŸ™‚

  9. Such a beautiful garment, and it suits you so well. πŸ™‚

  10. Ooh, I have serious sweater envy! That is the exact kind of sweater I love (although I gravitate naturally toward brighter colors). It looks marvelous on you too.

    On a different note, I was wondering if you might write about how some of your knitting projects hold up over years (and maybe some steps you take to maintain them). I have been noticing some pilling, and some ends coming out of my finishing on some knits of mine that are a couple years old. I know you focus so much on the subtle differences between different fibers and different finishing techniques, and think it would be interesting to hear how these things make a difference over the long term.

    • Thank you, dear Alexis! This is a great question, I’ve been thinking about this kind of post for a long time now! I hope I get it ready it in July!

  11. I was hoping you would model it and you did!! You are a mind reader πŸ™‚ Lovely sweater!!

  12. So lovely! That texture stitch looks amazing , especially knitted up in the beige color. The gorgeous finishing details make the sweater even more special.

  13. It looks every bit as lovely modelled as I thought it would. Of course you are happy with it as it is utterly stunning.

  14. This looks soooo good on you, as of course it would! I love the finishing details, it looks so professionally done. I absolutely love it!

  15. This is an amazing sweater! Don’t you love when everything comes together just the way you want it to? You look absolutely wonderful in your new summer sweater. Hopefully all your experiments look this great!

    • Thank you so much, Sierra!! Practice is the best teacher in everything, I feel like I am becoming more and more confident with my knitting machine after each finished project.

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