Classic Colorblock - Test Call

Classic, but fresh - and with options to make it your own - the Classic Colorblock is a mid-autumn sweater ideal for layering. It features a clean all-over lace pattern on the body, crisp stockinette sleeves, and deep twisted rib trim.

Cropped, wear this pullover with high-waisted jeans, layered over a cami, or over a linen dress. With the slim sleeves, this garment can be worn under jackets, and is ready made to style with knit shawlettes and scarves. A true knitter’s sweater!

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CONSTRUCTION

Classic Colorblock is worked in pieces from the bottom up and seamed using set-in sleeve construction. Stitches are picked up for the collar.

Hem and cuffs are worked in 1x1 twisted rib. The collar is worked in 1x1 rib and finished with a tubular bind-off.

PATTERN OPTIONS

Cropped or regular length

Classic Colorblock comes in two lengths - View A is cropped, View B is 6 inches longer than View A.


Two sleeves

Bicep circumference varies widely from person to person. The Full Fit Sleeve is approximately 2.25 inches / 6 cm wider around than the Trim Fit Sleeve.

Bust shaping

Optional instructions for adding short rows for bust shaping, in three sizes, give you your best fit.

About the sample

The sample is knit in size 4, View A (cropped), with Trim Fit sleeves and Cup 1 bust shaping. I have a 41 inch upper chest, have no ease at the full bust, and have .75" of positive ease in the upper arm.

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SIZES

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8] (9, 10, 11, 12)

To fit upper chest: 28 (32.75, 36, 39.25, 42.5) [45.75, 49, 52.25] (55.5, 58.75, 62, 65.25) inches / 70 (81.5, 89.5, 98, 106) [114, 122, 130.5] (138.5, 146.5, 154.5, 163) cm

Finished full bust: 31.5 (35.75, 40, 43.75, 47.75) [51.75, 55.5, 59.75] (63.75, 67.5, 71.5, 75.75) inches / 78.5 (89.5, 99.5, 109.5, 119.5) [129, 139, 149] (159, 169, 179, 189) cm
 

Finished hip: 34.75 (39, 42.75, 47.25, 51) [55, 59, 62.75] (67, 71, 74.75, 78.75) inches / 87 (97.5, 106.5, 117.5, 127.5) [137.5, 147, 157] (167, 177, 187, 197) cm

Finished bicep: 12.75 (13.5, 14.5, 15.75, 16.75) [17.75, 19.5, 20.5] (22.5, 23, 24, 25) inches / 32 (34, 36.5, 39, 41.5) [44.5, 48.5, 51.5] (56.5, 57.5, 60, 62.5) cm
 

YOUR BEST FIT

I recommend choosing the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement. Intended ease is approximately 4.5 inches / 12 cm at the full bust. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.

Sizes 6-12 are wider in the front than the back. If you need additional room for the bust, as I do, working the optional short row shaping will give you the best fit in the shoulders and armholes, while still making room for your chest. Short rows add length to the front only of the garment, so that the hem does not rise in the front. Three cup sizes are included, or omit the short rows.

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional increases and decreases 

  • Working a sloped bind-off (optional) 

  • Picking up and working stitches 

  • Seaming

  • Working German Short Rows

  • Knitting Lace

  • Sewing a tubular Bind-off

  • Knitting in the round

MATERIALS

  • Stitch markers

  • Tapestry needle 

GAUGE

23 sts and 36 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles


23 sts and 32 rows over 4 inches/ 10 cm in Lace Pattern


26 sts and 37 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in 1 x 1 Twisted Rib

YARN

La Bien Aimée x Mondim
100% Portuguese wool, non superwash; 421 yds (385 m) per 100 g skein.

 

This is a crisp, bouncy 3-ply fingering weight yarn with fantastic stitch definition. Because of the seamed nature of this garment, most fingering-weight yarns will work well.


Shown in Hegelia (MC) and Amege (CC)
 

For yardage requirements, please download the schematic. Depending on which options you choose (length & sleeve), you will use between 985 and 2750 yds / 900 and 2515 m of the main color yarn, and 250 - 505 yards of the contrasting color yarn.

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ABOUT THE TEST

This test will be run on Slack. Slack is free to join and offers chat rooms by topic. Pattern files, errata, and chat will be hosted in a private channel there. Testers are free to ask questions in the test Slack channel, or to DM me in Slack if that is more comfortable.

I expect to have patterns to testers by August 1st. The test will conclude October 24th.

This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test. In fact, I'll be hosting a KAL the same dates - testers can feel free to share their sweaters as part of the KAL!

 

I am seeking 2-4 testers per size and will be choosing testers so that a range of options (cup sizes, lengths, sleeves) are represented. Testers with yarn at all budget points are encouraged to apply. Note that I make testing calls available first to my Ko-fi subscribers, then to my newsletter group, so if your size is marked full those are the best ways to grab a spot in the future.

COLLABORATIVE TESTING

A fun, supportive, productive test knit depends on clear expectations between the designer and testers. Here's what you can expect from me and what I am counting on from you:

  • You will receive a fully tech-edited pattern.

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  • I make my best effort to respond to questions as quickly as possible and agree to respond to questions within 48 hours, absent an emergency or pre-communicated time away.

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  • I will post any adjustments/errata that surface during the test, if we make a big change or correction, I will post a revised file..

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  • You will receive a tester credit on my pattern webpage (first name and link of your choice, example here).

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  • I will moderate a space free from hate speech, expressly including but not limited to racist, ableist, fatphobic, homophobic or transphobic speech.

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  • It's important for me to see the fit of the sweater on a body. Testers agree to complete their sweaters and provide a modeled photo and feedback by the test deadline.  Modeled photos can be cropped to exclude the model's face.  I do not believe that providing me photos for marketing purposes is a key part of the testing agreement, so I will not share your photos without permission. Having said that - I do LOVE to share tester's projects, and I deeply value the contributions that testers make to this community, so if you are comfortable with me sharing your photos I am very grateful!

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  • Testers agree to create and block a swatch for all three stitch patterns.

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  • Testers agree to communicate throughout the test, including letting me know if something has come up that will prevent them from completing the test on time. Things happen, we are human, and I definitely understand! With a long testing period, I can sometimes fill a dropped spot with a replacement and I truly appreciate testers who are able to let me know when something does come up for them.

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  • You may make fit-based modifications to ensure your dream sweater - I encourage this! If you wish to make a design or non-fit preference (such as using an alternate technique or finish) please check in with me first.

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  • I rely on testers to provide feedback about the accuracy and clarity of the instructions, the fit of the final garment, and the amount of yarn used in yards or meters.  Tests will be considered finished once the feedback form is complete.

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Testers who complete the test will receive another of my self-published patterns for free, in addition to the finished version of Classic Colorblock. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Classic Colorblock to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

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