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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. What I need from testers:

  • knit to the specified gauge
  • work from a pattern in Google Docs that's still being tweaked and may be edited when you're part-way through knitting, and add comments for any queries you may have
  • create a project on Ravelry including photos of your finished item
  • work to the given deadline for the test knit.

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Test open: Woodbind Jumper

Deadline: 23rd January 2023

Woodbind jumper
Woodbind jumper close-up
Woodbind jumper shoulder
Woodbind jumper back

 

For this design I was inspired by the textures on the bark of old trees; the deep ridges and twisting of ivy vines are reflected in the ribbing and faux cable details. ‘Woodbind’ is an old rural name for wild vines that grow in hedgerows and up trees.

The body of the  jumper is worked from the bottom up in the round; there are panels of 2x2 rib at the sides, flanked by columns of faux cables. After separating at the underarms, the front is worked flat with neck shaping, then the back is also worked flat and the shoulders are joined with a three-needle cast-off. The neckline is picked up and worked in the round, then folded double and stitched down. The sleeves are picked up from round the armholes and worked in the round down to the cuff. 

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9] 

Measurements

Finished chest circumference: 84 (91.5, 103, 114.5, 122) [133.5, 145, 152.5, 164] cm / 33.5 (36.5, 41.25, 45.75, 48.75) [53.25, 58, 61, 65.5]”

Body length from underarm: 35 cm / 13.75”

Armhole depth: 15.5 (15.5, 16.5, 18, 18.5) [20, 21.5, 22, 23.5] cm / 6.25 (6.25, 6.75, 7.25, 7.5) [8, 8.5, 8.75, 9.25]”

Upper sleeve circumference: 33.5 (33.5, 35, 38, 39) [42, 45.5, 46.5, 49.5] cm / 13.25 (13.25, 14, 15.25, 15.5) [16.75, 18.25, 18.75, 19.75]”

Wrist circumference: 19 (21, 21, 23, 23) [23, 25, 26.5, 26.5] cm / 7.5 (8.5, 8.5, 9.25, 9.25) [9.25, 10, 10.75, 10.75]”

Sleeve length: 45.5 (45.5, 45, 44.5, 43) [42.5, 41, 41.5, 39] cm / 18 (18, 17.75, 17.5, 17) [16.75, 16, 16.25, 15.25]”

The sample shown is size 3 worn with 12 cm / 4.75” positive ease at widest point of chest. 

Yarn: Garthenor Organic Beacons (DK weight, 135 m/148 yd per 50 g skein)
290 (310, 340, 385, 400) [440, 485, 510, 545] g / 780 (835, 920, 1030, 1080) [1185, 1300, 1375, 1475] m 

The sample shown uses the shade Wild Olive. 

There is a 20% discount on the specified yarn from Garthenor available to test knitters.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stockinette on larger needle, worked in the round and flat, after blocking

Needles 

3 mm / US 2 circular needle (or needle 2 sizes smaller than main needle)
3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle (or size required to obtain correct gauge)

Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn or stitch holders, darning needle for sewing in ends, spare needle for three-needle bind-off. 

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