Shafts of sunlight breaking through the grey skies of winter come as a reminder that there are brighter days to come. Our new KAL celebrates the changes we’re gradually making as we’re able to begin travelling and exploring again. Together with Austrian knitwear designer, Susanne Sommer (AKA SoSu), we are delighted to bring you a beautiful new sweater design exclusively available to iKnit7 knit-alongers.
The Side By Side pattern follows a novel side-ways construction, taking you on an unexpectedly fun route to this flattering boxy shaped sweater. SoSu fans will recognise her signature graphic style in the central chevron motif created with a simple travelling stitch repeat. And just like all great journeys, the knitting is pitched just right to strike a balance between adventure and comfort. This is a sweater that you’ll love making just as much as wearing.
The geometrically textured fabric makes this a perfect choice for lovers of hand-dyed yarns and smooth definition-rich DKs. We’ve been busy swatching with a range of different fibres, spins and shades and can’t wait to see the way that yours turn out.
How Do I Join In?
The first step is to make sure you are signed up to the iKnit7 newsletter – all the essential KAL updates will be sent through this mailing list.
Next you’ll need to buy a KAL Coupon from the shop that has the yarn you’d like to use for your sweater. Look out for our series of Instagram Lives on 16 and 17 February, when each of us will be guiding you through the yarns that we’ve been swatching with. We can’t wait to show you our favourites for SoSu’s sweater. Make sure you place your KAL Coupon order in time for your yarn to arrive before our Cast On party at 8pm on Friday 25 March.
Your Coupon will cost £77/€77 and includes a download code for Susanne’s pattern, a £70/E70 voucher for yarn and needles from the shop you bought the coupon at, plus access to the cast-on/cast-off parties, technique zooms and Facebook Live tutorials with Susanne.
Knitting Together online
As soon as you order your KAL Coupon, you can register and join our special Side By Side KAL Facebook Group. Susanne and the rest of the iKnit7 team will all be there too, as well as all the other knitters in the KAL. You can share pictures of your progress, ask for advice and see how everyone else is getting on. We’ll all be on hand to answer your questions and help out whenever you need that.
As well all the usual KAL chat and support, Susanne will also be doing a Facebook Live video during the KAL to explain more about the travelling stitches and sweater construction.
Grand Finale Cast off Knit Night
As a registered Side By Side KAL-er, you’ll be invited to round off the KAL with a celebration of everyone’s sweaters at a virtual Knit-Night on Friday 6 May, complete with travel-themed drinks and stories.