Knitting A Striped Sweater Preview: July 2, 2022

Model wearing knitted striped sweater smiling in front of gardens

Knitting A Striped Sweater: How To

Difficulty: Intermediate

We have a lovely striped sweater for you this week.

knitting a striped sweater close up knitting pattern, pink purple and yellow stripes

Photography by Ally Stuart.

Our sweater features a self-striping yarn. That means no colour changes; the yarn, Rico Design Creative Cotton Stripes DK does it all for you.

The yarn is 100 % cotton and we have chosen the shade Candy (007) but there is a good selection to choose from if you would prefer another colourway.

Sizes range from 81 cm (32 ins) to 117 cm (46 ins). Actual size is around 10 cm (4 ins) bigger giving a comfortable fit and we would recommend working your usual size.

Most of the top is worked in stocking-stitch (knit one row, purl one row), with lace patterning across the yoke. This is worked over an 11-stitch pattern repeat and 8 rows and you will need to use a cable needle.

For this reason, we have graded the top as Intermediate. On the plus side, there is very little shaping to do.

Whether you plan to wear this top for smart or casual wear (or both!), it will make a great addition to your wardrobe. We love it and hope you do, too.

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Find the full instructions for knitting a striped sweater in our July 2, 2022 issue of “The People’s Friend”. On sale this Wednesday!

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!