Florence - Test Call

ABOUT

So - you're in love with all those gorgeous skeins of breed-specific yarns - and curious about how they'll knit up. Fresh and structural, Florence is ideal for fibers with deep stitch definition, lots of bounce, and some grip.

In sport-weight yarn, this cap keeps its shape and keeps you warm - but not so warm that you can't wear it while you're running errands. Tuck it under your hoodie while you zip around the city, or channel Florence's cloche-like energy and pair it with a tailored wool overcoat.

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TEST FORMAT​

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

This test will begin 11/21 and run through 12/21.

 

This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.

SIZES

Florence is designed to be worn with 1 - 2 inches / 2.5 -5 cm of negative ease. I'm seeking 2 testers for each of the following sizes:

A (B, C, D, E, F)

 

Finished circumference: 11.5 (13.5, 15.5, 17.75, 19.75, 21.75) inches / 28.5 (33.5, 39, 44, 49.5, 54.5) cm

Cap is shown in size E with 1" / 2.5 cm of negative ease. 

YARN

I'm so thrilled to be partnering with Wool & Palette on this project. Emily hand-dyes her yarn with natural dyes she creates from her dye garden, supplemented with other materials she meticulously sources. Her yarn is all non-superwash, RWS certified, and grown and milled in the US.

I've used her colorway Nectar, an earthy tangerine-blush. This yarn has a micron count of 20-21, which means most wearers will be very comfortable wearing it next to the skin. If you'd like to learn more about non-superwash yarns and micron counts, check out the recording of the talk we did this fall - Choosing, Knitting and Wearing Nonsuperwash Yarns.

Emily is making a discount code available for testers - 15% off yarn for this project. Check out her shop here, and her Instagram here!

TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional decreases 

  • Working a tubular cast-on (optional) 

  • Reading your knitting (recognizing a knit and a purl on the needle)

YARN

Wool & Palette 3-ply Sport

100% non-superwash Merino/Rambouillet; 312 yards per 100g skein

This is a true sport-weight yarn with a very subtle tonality that lends depth to the stitch texture. The yarn is dense and bouncy with crisp, deep stitch definition.

95 (135, 175, 230, 270, 320) yds / 90 (120, 160, 210, 250, 295) m; 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins

GAUGE

27 sts and 42 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Grid Stitch with size A needles, worked in the round and steam-blocked.

MATERIALS

Notions

  • 6 Stitch markers, plus one unique marker for the beginning of the round.

  • Tapestry needle 

  • Smooth waste yarn in contrasting color for the tubular cast-on (optional)

Needles

Size A: US size 3 / 3.25 mm or as needed to obtain gauge, circular needle 9 (9, 12, 12, 12, 16) inches / 23 (23, 30, 30, 30, 40) cm and four double-pointed needles.


Size B: US size 2 / 2.75 mm or as needed to obtain gauge, circular needle 9 (9, 12, 12, 12, 16) inches / 23 (23, 30, 30, 30, 40) cm.
 

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.

  • 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 (I am usually much faster!). Note, I will be moving house during this period and may be unavailable periodically.

  • I will post any adjustments/errata that are surfaced during the test, if I make a big change or correction, I will post a revised file and notify testers.

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

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

  • 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 share photos without permission.

  • Testers agree to create and block a swatch for the stitch pattern.

  • 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.

  • 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 modifying the length of the body or creating a short-sleeved sweater) please check in with me first.

  • 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.

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

CREDITS

Yarn: Wool & Palette

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography:

Model: