In Progress: We Are Knitters Gesture Sweater

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.

Cons: 

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

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.

25 comments

  1. Tien   •  

    Ohhh, that central cable is gorgeous! I’ve been thinking of getting this exact kit after seeing Alina’s beautiful sweater, too. The yarn looks so soft & luxurious.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I so agree, that center cable is what completely sold me- and now that I’ve been working it, it’s deceptively easy. I love it when something looks really complex but is actually simple!

  2. Lisa   •  

    WOW. i have seen Alina’s posts about them as well and I have to say they do wonderful things. That sweater looks a bit heavy for Texas but the color and style are pure stunning for you. Good luck finishing it up! I can’t wait to see the results.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      Probably a 100% baby alpaca wool isn’t the best idea for Texas, you are right! They do have some great summery kits in cotton yarns as well. But it gets so cold here in Canad,a so I’m excited to snuggle up in the baby alpaca, for sure!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much Melissa! I’m really happy with the colour I chose, I think it’s going to be great for fall. I’m just starting the sleeves!

  3. Tanis   •  

    I’ve been wanting to try a We Are Knitters kit for ages and your promo code gave me just the nudge I needed. After much deliberation I ordered the Silver Monk Sweater in light salmon https://www.weareknitters.com/knitting-kit/silver-monk-sweater I thought that it was the sweater that you knit a few years ago but then I looked back at your blog post and realized that though it’s not, your icord mod makes it very similar, and you even mentioned loving light salmon in your post! I’m pumped!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Yay! So glad that you took advantage of the code, and I saw that you got your kit super fast, too! Who knew that the shipping would be so speedy?!

  4. miss agnes   •  

    Gorgeous color ! I have to try one of their kits, I have so much in my stash already. But this looks like the perfect fall sweater. Isn’t it great when they knit up quickly?

    • Julie   •     Author

      There is something magical about the kits, they never enter into my stash, and I always cast on for them right away- but then I usually get a kit just before I’m going on a trip and use it as my travel knitting, which helps a lot! I made good progress on this sweater while in the UK earlier this summer.

  5. Loulou   •  

    Oh my, what a beautiful colour. That is going to be one gorgeous sweater!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks my dear! I’m so excited to finish it – and wear it! No doubt you will see it in person! xo

  6. Jennifer   •  

    It’s beautiful! Love the color, and absolutely adore the cable needles. I don’t think I could knit cables without a chart, though. Those rows of written-out instructions stress me out 😀

    • Julie   •     Author

      You know, I didn’t think I could knit cables without a chart either, but it’s been much easier than I would have expected- particularly for memorizing the pattern. I actually wonder if I would have ended up memorizing it at all if I had a chart to reply on.

  7. Swissrose   •  

    It all looks lovely, what a gorgeous colour. I like that the instructions are basic, like European ones usually are! I wouldn’t need the extra stuff, though, my equipment stash is already overflowing. But perhaps an opportunity to start a new knitter off with some leftovers…!

    Much as I love alpaca, I would be a bit concerned about doing such a heavy sweater (in the sense of the cables) in it and that it would sag, so I would be interested in how you go with it longer term! I think I’d choose a blend to give it some memory and less sag.

    • Julie   •     Author

      The whole sweater is seamed, even the sleeves, so I’m thinking that the seams will help prevent any stretching with the alpaca yarn, as well as the thickness of the cable should lend support, as well. but those are good points- Once I have it done, seamed, and blocked and have worn it a couple times, I’ll have a full review!

    • Alina   •  

      Hello 🙂 I thought I would join discussion, as my sweater is more than 1 year old. It did grow after the blocking, but so much after the wear (I do keep it folded in the closet). One disadvantage of this lovely alpaca yarn is that it pills like crazy after awhile!, so you definitely need a good sweater brush, other than that I am really happy with it!

      • Alina   •  

        Oops – but NOT so much after the wear (I do keep it folded in the closet).

  8. Tahnee   •  

    Wow, this is going to be a fabulous cable sweater, the colour is so insanely gorgeous <3

    • Julie   •     Author

      I really hope so! I’m happy with the colour choice, I feel that it represents really well in ‘real life’ as well. 🙂

  9. Kessa   •  

    Ooooooh…. That plummy purple!! Can’t wait to see this finished.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Kessa! I’m so excited to finish it too- just starting the sleeves!

  10. Alina   •  

    Oh, I miss this knit! Was such a joy! So looking forward to your version – you will look amazing in this color!

  11. Stefanie   •  

    What a rich color you’ve chosen; it’s beautiful and will be a wonderful, striking contrast against your fair skin.

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