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 test knits

Aspis hat
Deadline: Sunday 28th October

Sizes: 1 (2, 3)Marina Skua Aspis Hat

Measurements
Finished circumference: 42 (46, 50) cm / 16.5 (18, 19.5)”
Height (excluding pom pom): 22 (23, 25) cm / 8.5 (9, 9.75)”

Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted or similar (112 metres / 123 yards per 50 g skein)
MC (shown in 1301 Storm Cloud): 30 (40, 50) g
CC (shown in 1311 Rusted Roof): 10 (10, 10) g (plus approx. 10 g for optional pom-pom)
Note: yarn requirements are approximate – you do not need to use the specified yarn, just one that has a similar spec.

Gauge: 21 sts and 24 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in colourwork pattern in the round on 4.5 mm needles, after blocking

Needles
4.5 mm / US 7 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
4.5 mm / US 7 double-pointed needles or longer circular needle for magic loop, if desired (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length

Notions: Scrap yarn, stitch markers, darning needle for sewing in ends. Optional: pom-pom maker or card to make pom-pom

Tildearth cowl
Deadline: Sunday 4th November

Tildearth Cowl

Measurements
Finished circumference: 66 cm / 26”
Height: 24 cm / 9.5”

Yarn: Blacker Yarns Blacker Breeds DK (110 metres / 119 yards per 50 g ball)
(Shown in Moorit): 125 g
Note: yarn requirements are approximate – you do not need to use the specified yarn, just one that has a similar spec.


Needles
5 mm / US 8 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length (or needle 2 sizes smaller to work ribbing neatly)

Gauge: 22 sts and 24 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in diagonal cabled pattern in the round on 5 mm needles, after blocking.

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

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