The KAL Yarn Coupon
Once you purchase the KAL Ticket, you’ll be emailed a coupon which includes £70 to spend on the yarn and tools you want to use for the sweater PLUS the sweater pattern itself. We will also send you information on yarn quantities, so you know how much you’ll need to order. You’ll also get a link to subscribe to the iKnit7 Newsletter. If you’re not already subscribed, make sure you sign up to get all the when and where info on what’s happening.
Read on for more information on our recommended yarns and how things will work with the rest of the KAL..
The Sweater Pattern
When you go to spend your £70 coupon in the online shop, the pattern will automatically get added to your shopping basket. The pattern will come as a download code along with your yarn.
Private FaceBook KAL Group
Once you’re subscribed to the iKnit7 newsletter, you’ll get access to the FB Group where you can ask questions, check in with other knit-alongers, share your progress and see how other sweaters are taking shape.
Join our Cast-On and Cast-Off parties hosted on Zoom to celebrate the start and end of another KAL. You’ll get to meet the designer too!
FB Live Tutorials
Susanne will be hosting help sessions in the FB Group covering technique, so you can make sure you’re fully supported. (All the dates and times will be emailed to you, along with Zoom access codes.)
You will also need the following needles and other tools:
- Circular needles: 4mm – 4.5mm (US 6-7) or size needed to obtain gauge and optimal drape, 80-100cm (32-40″) long –
- Third needle of similar size for 3-needle bind-off
- Optional: DPNs in same size for sleeves (or just magic loop with your circulars) –
- Smaller short circular needles (and/or DPNs) in 3.5mm-4mm (US 4-6) for neckline and cuffs
- Tapestry Needle for your ends
- 4 stitch markers
- Waste yarn for holding sleeve stitches or stitch holder
- Optional: locking stitch marker
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The Wool Kitchen DK | 225m/£22/100g skein
This yarn has been specially dyed for the Side by Side Sweater by The Wool Kitchen in east London. She’s used a Bluefaced Leicester base giving softness, lustre and stitch definition. Her signature cosmic speckles are designed to play beautifully with Sosu’s travelling stitches.
Garthenor Beacons | 135m/£12/50g skein
This organic Romney, Hebridean Polwarth blend from Garthenor creates a characterful heathered fabric, subtle enough not to upstage the travelling stitches. The yarn is smooth with a little wooliness giving slightly muted definition.
Dlana Native Spanish Merino |125m/£6.50/50g ball
This single plyed super-soft beauty from Dlana fuzzes into place as soon as it’s blocked. The raised texture of the travelling stitch lines are clearly visible without marking individual stitches. This is very muted stitch definition without compromising on texture.
Dererum Natura Penelope | 135m/£8.50/50g ball
In the stitch definition stakes, Penelope wins! This delightful worsted spun yarn from Dererum is a complete departure from its more famous woolly siblings. The addition of silk just serves to emphasise its smooth round structure. The yarn celebrates each stitch separately with an incredible crispness
WYS Bluefaced Leicester DK | 225m/£12.95/100g skein
Characterful, soft, cosy and robust. This lightly heathered BFL emphasises the textured stitches with a smooth and lustrous handle. Woolly without the itch and with an extraordinary toothiness to the fabric.
Dererum Natura Gilliatt | 250m/£12.75/100g
Plumpest of all our selected yarns, the Gilliatt’s generous meterage never fails to surprise. Consequently our Gilliatt swatched the densest looking fabric. Travelling stitches will stand proud, and your sweater will hold its form beautifully. Soft, robust and a joy to knit with. Warning, if you choose the Gilliatt, you may never want to knit with anything else again!
Rosa Pomar Brusca | 125m/£6.00/50g ball
Bo Peep Pure | 112m/£6.50/50g ball
How Much Yarn
To calculate the amount of yarn you need to knit the sweater..
1. Pick a size that is about 10-15 cm / 4-6″ wider than your bust circumference (body measurement); less ease will result in a tighter-fitting sweater, more ease will result in a more over-sized sweater. As the sweater has a straight fit without any waist shaping, the circumference is the same at the bust and hips.
2. Pick a length down the centre back measured from the neck:
3. Find your size group in the table below and see how much corresponding DK weight yarn you’ll need.
|Size Group 1
||Size Group 2
||Size Group 3
||Size Group 4
||Size Group 5
||Size Group 6
||Size Group 7
||1B 1C 1D 2A 2B 2C 3A
||2D 3B 3C 4A 4B 5A 6A
||3D 4C 4D 5B 5C 6B 7A 8A
||5D 6C 6D 7B 7C 8B
|500g DK yarn
||600g DK yarn
||700g DK yarn
||800g DK yarn
||900g DK yarn
||1000g DK yarn
||1100g DK yarn
These are approximated quantities of yarn in weight that we have calculated based on more precise meterage information which is available in the pattern.