I have been sewing SO MUCH this year, but in October I chose a knitting project. I was browsing Ravelry (as one does) and came across the Babouchka Shawl by Les Casperides. It was love at first sight. I had to have that shawl! The designer was looking for test knitters, so I immediately signed up and raided my stash. Instead of going with a white background like the designer, I chose a mottled navy blue.
The tassels, or bubblons as they are called in the pattern, are so whimsical and are great for using up small amounts of yarn leftovers that otherwise accumulate in the stash. I chose 4 accent colours for my shawl, but another tester did them all in the same colour and it’s lovely!
The shawl is a standard triangle shape, and 95% of your time will be spent knitting stockinette. The other 5% of the time you will be adding your pops of colour. The tassels are fiddly, I won’t lie, but they’re a nice counterpoint to the otherwise simple shawl construction.
I am so excited to add this shawl to my wardrobe, especially since my last few shawls have been more pink and frothy. Winter is dark and somber enough. I say, let there be tassels!
As a designer I always have too many ideas and not enough time to knit them. This also applies to all the patterns that are already written – I want to knit them all, but I have limited time and yarn money. About a month ago as I was scrolling through Instagram I saw the most beautiful cowl. Annie Lupton of Boho Chic Fiber Co. was looking for test knitters for her new pattern, the Vintage Damask cowl. I immediately emailed her and felt so lucky to be chosen as a test knitter.
My original colour combination didn’t work as well as I hoped it would. Medium grey and burgundy just looked like a sad rainy day, and this pattern deserved better than that (Pro tip: swatching is not just to check your gauge – it’s also a chance to make sure your colours/yarns work well together). I rummaged around in the stash a little more and unearthed this beautiful skein of hand-dyed yarn that looks like the sea. Perfection.
I happily began knitting, making sure I left my floats loose so the cowl wouldn’t be too bunchy (this is only my 2nd time knitting colourwork). Halfway through the pattern I realized my gauge was off. Instead of going up a needle size from my swatch I had gone down. The cowl fit over my head, but it was not the intended 24″ that the pattern stated. I frantically emailed the designer to see if it was ok for my cowl to be a bit smaller (when you are test knitting a design it’s important to follow the directions to a T and not make alterations). Annie was so nice and said that as long as I was happy with the fit, there was no need to change it. Whew! I happily finished the cowl and was so glad that when I blocked it the cowl grew a little.
All in all, the Vintage Damask cowl was a lovely knit. I can’t wait until it’s cold enough to wear it!
I have a friend who knits (well, I have a lot of friends who knit, but this story is about a particular friend). Pam is a lovely person and a great knitter. At the beginning of November she surprised me with the loveliest skein of yarn. A gift of yarn from a dear friend is too precious to be unceremoniously dumped into the stash, so I immediately cast on for a hat. I wanted this hat to be in cozy garter stitch, I didn’t want to sew anything, and I didn’t want that jog you get when knitting garter stitch in the round. So I added a cable. I knit and purled, round and round, and pretty soon I had a pretty perfect hat!
The pattern has been tech edited, and I am looking for testers to knit it up (it would make a great Christmas gift!). If you’re interested, please read the requirements here and reply in the thread.
I can’t wait to see all the different versions of this hat!
J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius. He worked on the Oxford English Dictionary, he wrote books for which he created a complete history/mythology, and he also created multiple languages for his books. The Angerthas is the alphabet he made for the Dwarves. Each rune is formed with all straight lines: perfect for carving in stone and for knitting.
Last week I finished knitting the Angerthas Mitts, and now I’m looking for pattern testers, especially knitters with large or small hands. If you are interested in test knitting please read through the requirements here and reply to the conversation thread. I’m getting everything ready for when the pattern is released (for free) on December 31 in Knotions Magazine.
P.S. If you haven’t been over to Knotions yet, check out my most recent design, the Call Box Hat!
A few weeks ago I finished knitting a cowl of my own design. I’ve been pretty quiet about it since then because I’ve been writing up the pattern, making charts, and getting everything edited and pretty. The pattern has been fully tech edited and is now ready to be test knit. I’m looking for 6 testers: 2 each to knit the cowl in Mawata Silk Hankies, mohair, and fingering weight yarn. The pattern was written for silk hankies and includes a photo tutorial on how to work with them. The mohair and fingering weight versions should take between 200-300 yds of yarn.
If you are interested in testing please let me know here and message me your email address on Ravelry (username DramaticLyric) so I can email you the PDF (I won’t use your email for anything else, cross my heart).