test knit

Finished Object: Māia Tee

I wanted to give myself a challenge and step outside of my comfort zone for my next design, mostly focusing on unusual garment construction techniques. Well I certainly got it on this piece! Surprisingly though, I think the greatest challenge came not from the diagonal body but from the mesh section since I was stumped for a good long while on firstly, what pattern would go well with the diagonal stripes and then secondly, what kind of sleeves I wanted. Did I want drop sleeves or something sleeveless? And from that I had to figure out how to write the pattern so that knitters could come to the similar results. This pattern is more formulaic than a strict "knit x rows until you have y sts on your needle".

This is also my first time working with madelinetosh yarn. I used one skein of madelinetosh tosh merino light in the color ways Heartbeat and Dandelion. Such beautiful and vivid colors! They did bleed a lot when I was soaking them, but thankfully only the water turned a bright red and the yarn colors remained unaffected.

I have a call for test knitters in my Ravelry forum here.

Huatau Cardigan and Hat Test Knits

Yes, I have two new test knits ready to go on my Ravelry forum! I've already got the Whakemārie well under way so I'll be managing three test knits all together. July is going to be ridiculous filled with new designs.

Huatau Hat

I had two goals in mind for this design: one, use one skein and two, work the decreases so that the lace pattern stays intact right until the last few rows. If you look at it from the crown down, the decreases converge to make a star shape! Nice and neat. I used one skein of Quince & Co's Chickadee yarn (181 yards) and it is absolutely lovely. If you are interested in this test knit, sign up here.

Huatau Cardigan

Oh boy, this one. This is my first garment design (and second garment I've ever knit? Yes, I believe so!). This is a dolman sleeve, crop-top, open front cardigan with a lace and cable pattern on the back. It is very airy but when the front is left open (second image), the back doesn't leave for much shaping as it hangs away from the body, instead of clinging to it. Nonetheless, it is a very graceful and cute cardigan, great for throwing over your shoulders on the slightly chilly days. Accompany this piece with a clasp or your favorite shawl pin! If you are interested in this test knit, sign up here.

Call for Test Knitters: Whakemārie

Whakamārie is a drop sleeve top with a center panel comprising of lace and cables on the front side. Waist shaping adds a flattering silhouette. The bottom portion of the top, depending on your measurements, may have negative to no ease, but the bust area allows for 4” of positive ease. Stitches are picking up for the arm bands for I-cord finishing and at the bottom of the garment, for the ribbing. Light and airy, this makes for a lovely summer top.

Yarn: Berroco Maya, Worsted weight 
Needles Used: US size 9 and 8. 
Notions: Cable needle, Stitch markers, stitch holders, row counter, tapestry needle, extra needle for three needle bind-off. 
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows per 4 inches 
Sizes: xss,m,l,xl,xxl - If possible, I would like to get a test knitter for each size! 
Finished measurements (in inches): 3236, 40, 44, 48, 52. Sample shown on model has 4” of positive ease.

I’m still figuring out the yardage, but I used 5 skeins for the s size.

Knitting techniques you need to know: Three needle bind-off, mattress stitch, picking up stitches, I-cord edging, cable, lace, lifted increases on both knit and purl sides, and decreases on both knit and purl sides.

Knitting level for this test: Advanced Intermediate.

Test Deadline: July 10th

Sign up for the test knit here or view the project page (and more images) here!