Lily Kate has just launched her latest design, the 'Piping Hot Sweater', and we want to make sure you have all the information you need if you're planning to knit it for the upcoming colder months. This sweater is sure to keep you warm and cosy;).
Piping Hot is a top-down sweater with a relaxed fit, designed with meticulous attention to detail by Lily. The saddle shoulders of the sweater are knitted in stocking stitch, with a central piping detail in a contrasting colour, which extends down each sleeve and is repeated on the front and back of the sweater.
What Knitting Skills Do I Need?
To knit this top-down sweater, you should have knowledge of knitting in the round and short rows, which are crucial to shaping the neckline and creating the sleeves caps. Additionally, you must be confident in picking up stitches as it is used repeatedly in this project.
Although most of this design is knit in the round, some sewing is involved. You will use mattress stitch and whipstitch to finish the neckline and saddle shoulders.
Lily recommends using a tubular cast-off for a more polished and professional appearance. There are links to video tutorials to guide you through techniques you might not be familiar with.
Needles, Notions and Gauge
Gauge is crucial to ensuring the success of any knitting project, so make sure you knit a swatch in your chosen yarn using the knitting needles you plan to use. The gauge for this project is 22 sts and 32 rows knit in stocking stitch. If you need more help knitting a gauge swatch, check out this blog post.
Needle: 3.75 mm and 4 mm circular knitting needles in 60 cm and 80 cm. You will also need both needle sizes in double point needles or short circulars for knitting the sleeves in the round.
Notions: a tapestry needle for seams, four yarn bobbins to use with the contrast colour, stitch markers always come in handy for making the start of your round, and finally, you'll need two stitch holders and scrap yarn for setting your saddle shoulders on hold.
How Much Yarn Will I Need?
Lily used Di Gilpin Lalland DK in Flame and Sea Thrift for her sweater. She is wearing size 2, with 9" of positive ease.
NOTE - All values given in the table are for Lalland DK only!
We have had so much fun coming up with colour ideas for you and can't wait to see which is your favourite, so leave a comment below, letting us know which colour combo you plan to knit.