Test knit sign-ups

Become a test knitter! 

Test knitting is a vital stage in creating great knitting patterns. Test knitters try out the pattern before it's published to make sure that all the instructions are present and clear, and provide feedback on sizing and yarn usage for the project. 

It's really helpful to have a range of experience levels test patterns – you just need to be able to:

  • knit to the specified gauge
  • work from a pattern that's still being tweaked and may be edited when you're part-way through knitting
  • create a project on Ravelry including photos of your finished item
  • work to the given deadline for the test knit. Deadlines range from two weeks for small accessories to six weeks for larger garment

You get early access to the pattern before it's published, and, in return, you receive a free download of the finished pattern.

If you'd like to be considered for a current test knit, send an email to hello@marinaskua.com including your Ravelry and Instagram user name, and which pattern(s) you'd like to test. 

Current tests

Gaderian cowl

Deadline: 25th April 

Gaderian cowl

A simple, extra-quick knit in super chunky yarn (with a 25% discount available from Garthenor for testers!). Diagonal sections of seed stitch and ribbing are separated with a border of twisted stitches. Ideal for super chunky yarn – would work great for bulky hand-spun too! Includes charted and written instructions.

Finished circumference: 74 cm / 29”
Height: 19 cm / 7.5”

Yarn: Garthenor Number 6 (75 metres / 82 yards per 100 g skein)
(Shown in Silver Birch): 1 skein
Pattern is written to use up one full skein of the specified yarn – a 25% discount is available on this yarn for test knitters!

8 mm / US 11 circular needle (or size required to obtain correct gauge), 60 cm / 24” length

Gauge: 9 sts and 13.5 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in seed stitch in the round on 8 mm / US 11 needles, after blocking.

Notions: Stitch marker, cable needle, large darning needle for sewing in ends.

Rynel beanie

Deadline: Monday 15th April

Rynel beanie

The Rynel beanie is designed to be close-fitting and cosy, yet lightweight. It features intertwining, slightly unusual cables on a background of alternating colours. An ideal project if you've tried cables before and are ready to build on those skills! 

Test knitters are preferred to use the yarn specified, for which a discount is available (see below) – however, the beanie is also perfect for using up yarn leftovers. You can work a 4-colour version as shown in the photos, or simply adapt for a 2-colour version.

A discount of 30% off the specified yarn is available to testers who use it for their project, as a thank-you for your hard work!

You will also receive a copy of your choice of pattern published by Marina Skua on completion of the test knit, when your project is uploaded to Ravelry and linked to the pattern.

Circumference: 46 cm / 19.5”
Height: 19 cm / 7.5”

Yarn: Marina Skua Mendip 4-Ply (150 m / 164 yds per 50 g skein)
LC1 (shown in Leaf (Sunny)): 45 m / 50 yd (or 2 mini-skeins)
DC1 (shown in Leaf (Stormy)): 45 m / 50 yd (or 2 mini-skeins)
LC2 (shown in Sky (Sunny)): 25 m / 30 yd (or 1 mini-skein)
DC2 (shown in Sky (Stormy)): 25 m / 30 yd (or 1 mini-skein)

Note: yarn requirements are approximate.

Gauge: 28 sts and 35 rows = 10 cm / 4” in cable pattern, worked in the round on larger needles, after blocking

2.5 mm / US 1.5 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length
3 mm / US 2.5 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length (or size required to obtain correct gauge) and needles suitable for small circumferences (if desired)

Notions: Stitch marker, cable needle, darning needle for sewing in ends.

Rynel beanie


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