This wonderfully cabled knit-in-progress is the Gesture Sweater kit, from We Are Knitters. I took a few skeins with me on a recent trip to England, and started chipping away at it at the beginning of August. I have been smitten with this kit ever since I first saw Alina’s stunning beige version last year, and was excited to try it out when We Are Knitters got in touch at the beginning of the summer.
For those that haven’t seen the We Are Knitters kits before, they sell yarn and knitting kits that come with almost everything you need to make the knit of your choosing. You customize the colour, and they send you everything in a bag:
Bamboo straight needles are included, as well as directions, a tapestry needle, a garment tag to sew in afterwards, and all the yarn you need in the colour you chose. I went with Bordeaux, a rich, plummy wine colour that I thought would be perfect for fall:
That is 100% baby alpaca up there, and it is so buttery soft!
Pros of Purchasing a Knitting Kit from We Are Knitters:
- Loved having everything in the handy package, and the heavy duty paper bag is perfect for storing the project-in-progress and the yarn while you knit.
- A knitting kit feels like the ultimate gift for a knitter, because you don’t have to scrounge around trying to match dye lots or find the right colour you want in a sweater quantity, and you don’t have to try to substitute yarn if you can’t find what the pattern is calling for.
- Luxurious. The yarn yarn feels wonderfully soft, there’s no knots, and the dye lots match perfectly.
- Beautiful patterns that you can’t find anywhere else.
- The patterns are written in a very different style than you might be used to, if you only really use patterns that you buy online and have 7 plus pages in them. These are the sparse style of directions you would find in Vogue Knitting, for example.
- The kit could really use a cable needle. That amazing central cable involves putting 9 stitches on a cable needle, and while I’m pretty good at cabling without a cable needle, I’m not 18-stitches-per-cable good.
- No charts for the cables. But – I found that it is surprisingly easy to memorize the cable repeats, so it’s been a much easier knit than I anticipated. I’m making good progress on my Gesture Sweater, too- I’ve already completed the front, and I’m almost finished the back:
You likely will notice that it is knit in pieces and seamed, which is an especially good idea for a big, cabled sweater – seams give structure to a garment, and the last thing I would want is to spend a lot of time knitting something beautiful only to have it get stretched out and baggy around the middle because the knit is too heavy. I don’t mind seaming, and one of the best part of knitting something in pieces is that it makes the project a lot more portable.
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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I’m so excited to start the sleeves soon! I think I’ll have this one finished just in time for the cooler weather, which will be perfect timing- I can already tell I’m going to absolutely love this sweater.
* This is part one 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.