• Nicky

Test Knit Call

Updated: Oct 1, 2018

I'm so happy to announce that the lightweight cotton sweater I've been working on is finally ready for testing! 

I'll share more behind-the-scenes about why I say "finally" in an upcoming post - but here's what you need to know about the test knit: 

This pattern is written in ladies sizes XS-XL and professionally tech edited for clarity and to ensure it is error-free. I love the test-knitting process because it gives me a chance to share this pattern with a few volunteers and exchange feedback. You get a free, brand-new, never-before-seen pattern and direct support from the designer, and I get your valuable feedback on your knitting experience! 

I will be hosting this test knit on Slack so that all the participants will be able to collaborate and easily see each other's questions, answers, and progress notes. If you are interested in joining, please fill out my Test Knit Application here. 

Working Title: Stormy Skies Open-Back Sweater

Completion Date: September 5 (it might just be cool enough to wear by then!) 

Inspiration​: Spring is a time of transition, most notably in the weather. Where I live, in Canada, we emerge cautiously from hibernation as the first signs of spring start to appear. It doesn’t have to be sunny to be beautiful. The beginning of spring is often full of nourishing rain showers, drops glistening on the earliest fronds of green. The lace pattern worked down each sleeve of this sweater reminds me of one of the earliest blooms we see in this region, lily-of-the-valley, with its rows of delicate, drooping blossoms. A light, breathable cotton sweater is just what I reach for during this time of unpredictable weather. The lace motif, combined with an unusual open-back construction puts an interesting twist on this otherwise mellow project.

CYCA Difficulty Level​: Intermediate (some involved stitch patterns).

Sizes​: Women’s XS [S, M, L, XL]  - finished bust circumference: 32" [36", 40", 44", 48"]

Proposed Yarn​: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% pima cotton; 220yds [200m]/3.5oz [100g]). Swatch uses colour #3756 “Slate”. Sample uses approx. 4 skeins for size S.

Yarn notes​: The yarn used is double knitting weight, in pima cotton for its breathability, stitch definition, drape, and sheen. The cool grey, reminiscent of overcast skies, inspired me to design a “rainy day sweater”. Any muted grey, sage, blue-grey, or one with slight variegation such as a hand dyed would be beautiful. Needles​: US size 6/4mm 16”/40cm or longer circular needle; US size 6/4mm DPNs (or preferred needle for small-circumference knitting).

Notions​: 4 stitch markers; 2 stitch holders, 2 buttons, darning needle for finishing.

Techniques Used​: ● Knit & purl, bind off, lace increases and decreases ● Long tail cast on ● Working in the round on double pointed needles or Magic Loop ● Working from charts


Toronto, ON, Canada

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