Forest Finds - Test Call
Forest Finds is a cardigan for slowing down. Crisp stitches and structural details recall the littlest details of a woodland treasure hunt. The diagonals and long lines evoke all the branches, leaves and lamella of a harmonious autumn ramble. In sportweight, lofty Roan, this sweater offers layering versatility and cozy comfort.
Forest Finds is worked with a unique construction. Front centers, back center, and side panels are worked from the bottom up. Front side centers include pockets knit in-line. Side panels are joined to the front and back centers using a 3-needle bind-off. Body and sleeves are seamed from the hems to the underarm, and a 3-needle bind-off is used to join the sleeves to the body. Stitches are picked up and knit for the hem, collar, and placket. The zipper is sewn in by hand.
Overall - this sweater is a lot of construction, but it's a very fun thing to put together.
Note - I've used a zipper. I'd planned to do a button band, but as it hung on my dress form it was clear that it wanted to be zipped - buttons would be a distraction. HOWEVER, I will be accepting a handful of testers who would like to extend the placket and modify them to add buttons, because I know some knitters will want to do that too. Accordingly, I have designed the placket so that it will be easy to modify - simply knit a few more rows and pop in some buttonholes on one side.
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 inches / 10 cm at the full bust. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.
Forest Finds is wider in the front than the back and includes instructions for knitting short rows to accommodate breasts. Short rows add length to the front only of the garment, so that the hem does not rise in the front. Four cup sizes are included, as are instructions for omitting the short rows entirely.
Sample shown in Size 5, cup 2, with approximately 2.75 inches / 7 cm of ease at the full bust. My upper chest measures 41.5 inches / 104 cm.
Working directional increases and decreases
Working a sloped bind-off (optional)
Picking up and working stitches
Working German Short Rows
Hand sewing needle
Thread in coordinating color
Iron or steamer, for steam blocking
22 sts and 33 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles (US size 5, or as needed to obtain gauge).
75% Targhee 20% Cormo 5% colored Merino; 295 yds (270 m) per 100 g skein.
Shown in colorway Olive You.
This is a springy, soft yarn with a slightly thick-and-thin quality. It knits into a lofty, lightweight, low-drape, fabric.
No bust shaping: 1195 (1300, 1415, 1540, 1650) [1785, 1925, 2040] (2210, 2305, 2435, 2565) yds / 1095 (1185, 1290, 1410, 1510) [1630, 1760, 1865] (2020, 2110, 2225, 2345) m
Cup 1: 1235 (1340, 1460, 1595, 1705) [1840, 1990, 2105] (2280, 2380, 2515, 2650) yds / 1130 (1225, 1335, 1455, 1560) [1685, 1820, 1925] (2085, 2180, 2300, 2425) m
Cup 2: 1250 (1360, 1480, 1610, 1730) [1865, 2015, 2130] (2310, 2410, 2545, 2680) yds / 1145 (1240, 1350, 1475, 1580) [1705, 1840, 1950] (2110, 2205, 2325, 2450) m
Cup 3: 1265 (1375, 1495, 1630, 1750) [1885, 2040, 2160] (2335, 2440, 2575, 2710) yds / 1155 (1255, 1370, 1490, 1600) [1725, 1865, 1975] (2135, 2230, 2355, 2480) m
Cup 4: - (1390, 1515, 1650, 1770) [1910, 2060, 2185] (2365, 2465, 2605, 2745) yds / - (1270, 1385, 1510, 1620) [1745, 1885, 1995] (2160, 2255, 2380, 2510) m
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.
The test officially starts on July 1st, and will run for 12 weeks, concluding on September 23rd.
This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.
I am seeking 2-3 testers per size and will be choosing testers so that a range of cup sizes are represented. Testers with yarn at all budget points are encouraged to apply.
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!).
I will post any adjustments/errata that surface during the test, if I make a big change or correction, I will post a revised file..
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 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!
Testers agree to create and block a swatch for both stitch patterns.
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 knitting a different lace pattern) 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 Forest Finds. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Forest Finds to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.