Seeking Test Knitters for New Design

I just finished a new shawl design, created especially for an upcoming color collection from AHR. The design encourages each knitter to play with color and create a “mixed drink” that pleases them. Here’s the prototype:

The pattern includes two versions of the top lace and the edging, and stripe type and frequency is totally in the hands of the knitter. I really want to have a bunch of different versions to inspire knitters!

To that end, I’m running a test knit, with the goal of trying out a lot of different combinations of color, stripe patterns, and both top/edge lace patterns.

Sound like fun? Come on over to AHR forum on Ravelry for more information and to sign up as a test knitter!


Sample Knitters Needed

Hello! I am in cahoots with Kate from A Hundred Ravens Yarn — indie dyer of the gorgeous pink-and-black yarn I used to make Capriole.

We want to make some of my patterns in Iachos and Llyr, so we can take pictures and sell patterns AND yarn at fairs. Most of the patterns are one-skein shawlettes, plus one pair of socks.

There’s never enough time to knit, so we’re hoping some intrepid sample knitters will help us out. In exchange for your knitting prowess, you get a free copy of the pattern in question, and an extra skein of yarn in the color of your choice.

Interested? For more details, please go to my sample-knitting thread in Kate’s forum — that’s where we’ll be handling all this.

Test Knitters Needed: Marilla’s Very Practical Shawl

I just finished the sample for a pattern for Knit Picks IDP worked in their GORGEOUS Swish Tonal (Blue Violet colorway).  I need a few intrepid test knitters to help me ferret out any errors or confusing bits.  If you’re up for the task, send me a message!

Marilla’s Very Practical Shawl

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Design details: The shawl begins with the bottom edging, worked from right tip to left tip, with a short-row corner halfway through.  Stitches are picked up along this bottom edge, leaving 8 repeats at both tips to form the ties.  The body is worked from the bottom edge, with decreases to form the spine and top edge. After the body is completed, the neck edging is worked from right tip to left tip and joined to the body as you go.

Craft(s): knitting
Number of Testers: 2 for charts, 2 for written directions
Approximate Hours to Complete: 30
Deadline: August 26th, 2011
Tools needed: #8 needles, tapestry needle
Material needed: 1100 yards of worsted-weight yarn
Pattern Difficulty: middling — skills needed include basic lace work, picking up stitches, short rows, and joining a lace edging to the body as you go
Formats Available: PDF
Pattern Style: full written directions, charts for some portions

Testing needs: Error checking for charts and written pattern; clarity of directions for construction; confirmation of yardage requirements.

Test Knitters Needed: Clewe Cowl

Last week I sent off the sample knit for my very first sweater design.  It won’t be out for several months (at least), so I can’t share photos … but let’s just say I’m VERY happy with how it turned out, and I have high hopes that knitters everywhere will love it to pieces.

This week I’m working on two smaller projects: möbius cowls.  The first pattern is done and ready for testing.  Dear reader, do you have 4-5 hours to spare in the next two weeks, and a deep desire for your very own möbius cowl?  Then this project is for you! I’ll email you a test version of the pattern, you supply the yarn and mad knitting skillz.  You get to keep your finished object, and earn my undying gratitude ;).

Clewe: A Mobius Cowl

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Design details: This cowl is knit from a true möbius cast-on. The two-sided staggered rib pattern is comprised simple knit and purl stitches. Made with chunky yarn on large needles, this is a fast and easy knit, once the cast-on has been conquered.

The pattern was designed to resemble the Minotaur’s Labyrinth. Like the hero Theseus, knitters follow their own “clew” (ball of yarn) to escape the Labyrinth. This cowl was designed especially for the Granite State Knit-In XX at Loon Mountain.

Craft: knitting
Number of Testers: 3-4
Sizes: one size fits most; appx 20” around and 4.5” wide
Approximate Hours to Complete: 4-5 hours
Deadline: Tues, May 10th (some flexibility)
Tools needed: size #10 circs (32”)
Gauge: 14 sts/28 rows = 4” in Labyrinth pattern
Material needed: about 70 yards of bulky yarn (prototype took just over half of the 100-g skein)
Pattern Difficulty: intermediate; skills needed include knit, purl, mobius cast-on, knitting on circs
Formats Available: PDF
Pattern Style: charted pattern with full written instructions

Testing needs: Check pattern for ease of understanding; error check Labyrinth Pattern (both chart and written version)

Test Knitters Needed: Drop Everything and Kudzu

I’m working on two projects for Classic Elite.  Both will eventually be FREE! to the world via CEY’s daily web-letter. Right now I’m working on the samples, and they are looking good.  I also need a few intrepid test knitters to help me eliminate any errors and clarifying confusing bits.

Dear reader, this is where you come in! One of the projects is quick-and-easy; the other is more involved-and-complex.  If you have time over the next 2-3 weeks to test knit a pattern, please let me know.  I’ll email you a test version of the pattern, you supply the yarn and mad knitting skillz.  You get to keep your finished object, and earn my undying gratitude ;).

Drop Everything Scarf

Quick and fun drop-stitch scarf, using ribbon-style bulky yarn.

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Ribbon yarns shine in drop-stitch projects. Katydid’s exceptional softness and drape make this straight-forward drop-stitch scarf something special, and just the thing to accessorize in springtime.

The pattern alternates between large sections of horizontal drop stitches between rows of garter stitch and vertical drop stitches between columns of stockinette.

The easy pattern repeat and big needles means it works up quickly. This project should appeal to experienced knitters and beginners alike.

Sizes: 6″ wide, 5 feet long
Approximate Hours to Complete: 6
Deadline: March 15
Tools needed: US#10 needles (6.0 mm)
Material needed: appx 250 yards of aran yarn, ideally a ribbon-style yarn
Pattern Difficulty: Easy
Pattern Style: written
Testing needs: Check for errors, test for ease of understanding drop-stitch directions

Kudzu Shawlette

This is a leafy lace shawlette, with a pattern that flows from one motif to the next. Intermediate-to-advanced level lace: stitch count varies row to row, and knitter must understand & execute sk2p vs. s2kp correctly.

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1373 Kudzu swatch

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In the southern US Kudzu flows over the land like waves caught in time. I tried to capture the impression of motion in this shawlette. The twisted rib grows leaves that expand to cover a lattice.

This lacy shawlette can be worn over the shoulders with a fancy accent button or shawl pin to hold it in place. It can also be wrapped twice around the neck for a more casual look.

Directions are be provided in both chart and written format.

Sizes: appx 10″ deep and 50″ long
Approximate Hours to Complete: 25-30
Deadline: March 22
Tools needed: US#6 needles (4.0 mm)
Material needed: appx 750 yards of sport or DK yarn, button (if desired)
Pattern Difficulty: Experienced
Pattern Style: fully charted and written
Testing needs: Check for errors, especially in the written directions.