Finished Knit: Gesture Sweater by We Are Knitters

The Gesture Sweater kit from We Are Knitters in complete, and I’m utterly besotted with the results. A deliciously cozy burgundy sweater that is perfect with everything that is wonderful about fall.

The big star of the Gesture sweater is that stunning cable that travels down the center of the front, back, and sleeves. It is surprisingly easy to memorize the pattern, and considering the size of the sweater, I’d say this was a quick knit. It is knit in pieces, which lends a certain portability to the project – sleeves are basically like knitting socks. And with an fairly easy to memorize cable design, the sleeves were done in no time.

 As someone who is on the petite side, I eliminated one of the cable repeats to shorten the sweater overall by a couple of inches, and I’m glad I did that- the length is perfect for me with this slight adjustment. If only I had done the same for the sleeves! I forget that I have short t-rex arms, and should have eliminated about 3 of the cable repeats on them to accommodate that. But there is something casual and extra cozy about them being a bit long on me.

On cold days, it’s kind of nice to tuck my hands up into these cozy alpaca sleeves. Speaking of the alpaca yarn, I can’t say enough good things about the yarn that comes in this kit- the 100% baby alpaca is so ridiculously soft, and has held up nicely with wear. This pattern is seamed, which is absolutely crucial to keeping a 100% alpaca sweater from getting stretched out (long time readers know that I love seams for stability and increasing the lifespan of garments!). If you want to know a bit more of the pros and cons of getting a kit from We Are Knitters, I discussed it in more detail in my first post in this series, which you can find here.

I did make a slight modification to the pattern to widen the neckline into more of a boat neck. When seaming the shoulders, I stopped each seam 1 inch further away from the neckline on both sides than called for in the pattern. I love a slightly wider neckline, I think it adds balance to larger sweaters. But of course, you need to watch for stray bra straps.

The drop sleeve shoulder is a great detail on this design, and works when knitting something that is a bit oversized. I would absolutely knit this sweater again in a heartbeat- I enjoyed the whole process, and the result is so wearable and cozy, perfect for the cold weather.

With holiday season is approaching, a kit is a great idea for a knitter in your life (or if YOU want one for a gift, send the link to someone as a not-so-subtle hint!). If you are interested in getting this kit (or any of them, there are so many to choose from), I’ve got a special code for you for 15% off!!

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(there is an underscore between WAK and Knitbliss, so I recommend copying and pasting!)

And of course, there will be an outtakes post early next week- because when you do photo shoots with kids around, you know there are going to be photo bombs of cuteness. And of course, it was bloody freezing the whole time, so if you look closely, my nose is pink in every. single. photo.

* This is part two of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

32 comments

  1. miss agnes   •  

    Gorgeous color and pattern, perfect for fall and the long sleeves can work as mittens 😉
    It looks like the perfect sweater to lounge around with a nice pair of cosy socks and a hot cup of tea, knitting on your lap.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much, Agnes! It is super cozy, I really enjoy wearing it. 🙂

  2. Kat   •  

    This sweater looks so cozy! I can’t even imagine how snuggly it must be in alpace 🙂 I love long sleeves on my pullovers, there is nothing that ups a cozy factor like sweater paws!

    • Julie   •     Author

      It was a happy accident, those long sleeves! I can fold them back, and they look good too- I just forgot to get photos of that. Oh well!

  3. Alina   •  

    Julie!!!! You look magical, really! In love with this sweater and it suits you perfectly!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Alina! Yay for cozy fall sweaters!

  4. Mary Alyce   •  

    Awesome sweater, and the colour is great on you. Well done!

    (I wish WAK would sell the patterns alone.)

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the sweater love! I know what you mean, I wish I could buy just the patterns, too! But if someone is looking fora gift for you, point them towards a kit. I find any kind of knitting kit really does feel like a special treat, even though I have more yarn in my house than any sane person should.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Brooke   •  

    What a gorgeous sweater – cozy and perfect for fall!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much! I love this colour, and the alpaca yarn is so soft… now I want to knit more sweaters just like it!

  6. Chloe   •  

    It’s gorgeous, I really love that color on you, you are so beautiful in it !!!
    I’m actually doing it in “jean” color and this d yarn is a pleasure to work with 🙂

    I’m very surprised to read that you shortened the sweater by eliminating one cable repeats I was thinking it was the opposite. I guess the pattern isn’t exactly the same in french language, here I have only 17 repeats (144 rows) to do in the pattern for the front and back , and according to your pictures you have 19 repeats while you shortened it O__o
    I really prefer the shape of your sweater than some with shorter lenghts I saw on Instagram pictures , I hope the number of repeats are the only difference between our patterns and I’ll have the same aspect by adding few more repeats and enlarge the neckline 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Chloe,

      Oh, that IS interesting! I can’t find my hard copy of the pattern to check, but I feel like there were 157 rows? I wish I could find it, but I think I’ve used it as a bookmark somewhere. I wonder if they are different, or if I just made a (happy) mistake? Hmmm.

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Andrea! I knew when I picked out the kit that this was going to be a great fall sweater, and it turned out even better than I imagined!

  7. Tanis   •  

    You are the master of finding the perfect photoshoot location to highlight a knit. The fall colours with that gorgeous burgundy sweater… perfection! That front cable is the most lush thing I have ever seen. I bet you get a lot of hugs when you’re wearing it! I wouldn’t be able to resist. 😉

    Can’t wait for the outtakes. Looks at Lila sleuthing about in the background!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Tan! We were in High Park, and timed it for that magic hour light. 😉 The sweater is super squishy, you are right!

  8. Beverly J. Killick   •  

    Your sweater is lovely – I just started a boy’s size 8 sweater for Charity, shades of brown.

    Bev

    • Julie   •     Author

      Ooh, that is such a wonderful thing to do, and brown is a great fall colour- I think my next sweater might be a brown one, too. 🙂

  9. Anna   •  

    That colour is just beautiful! What a lovely finished knit! It looks beautiful!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much, Anna! I love burgundy, I think I need a LOT more of this colour in my wardrobe!

  10. Christine   •  

    So pretty Julie! It looks so lovely on you.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Christine! I’m really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

  11. Loulou   •  

    That is one beautiful sweater! It must be dreamy to wear. I really like the colour.

    These photos are wonderful — great scenery, and of course, a lovely model, inside and out.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks my darling, High Park in fall is such a great place for photos! xo

  12. Kelly J. R.   •  

    Your sweater turned out great and it looks so cozy! It’s the perfect color for you, too. I just hung all of my winter clothes in my closet and everything is dark green, dark grey, dark brown… I think you get the picture. I really should adds some pops of color to my wardrobe – especially in winter.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kelly,

      I’m so in love with burgundy now- after knitting this sweater, I want to really add a lot more of this colour to my wardrobe. I find red hard to wear, but burgundy is somehow super easy to wear!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  13. Wanda   •  

    That is a gorgeous sweater! And, as others have said, you found the perfect photo shoot location to highlight the beautiful autumn color and texture. Lovely!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’ve been waiting for some of the fall colours to really pop, it’s been a weird fall here- most of the trees only changed colour in the last couple of weeks!

  14. Stefanie   •  

    This jumper is phenomenal; it is gorgeous with that colorway and its cables. Of course you are the perfect model.

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