Letters From the Open Road - Test Call

ABOUT

I fell in love with the yarn from Sprinkled Fibers, and we worked together over the summer on Mini Drama. Thing is, this yarn is sweater worthy, and I can't get enough, and I am SO PLEASED to be bringing this sweater to you in collaboration with Lindsay.

Letters From the Open Road is a bottom-up, seamed sweater with set-in sleeves, a funnel neck, and a zipper. With moto-jacket vibes, this sweater is ideal for vertical layering and is perfect for pairing with skirts and jeans alike.
 

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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.

The pattern will be available on 11/15, and the test will run for 12 weeks, through 2/14.

 

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

SIZES

The sweater is written for 2 - 3” of positive ease at the full bust, and I am looking for 2 testers for each of the following sizes:

A (B, C, D) [E, F, G] (H, I, J)

 

To fit actual upper chest measurement: 29.5 (32.75, 36, 39.25) [42.5, 45.75, 49] (52.25, 55.5, 58.75) inches / 29.25 (32.75, 36, 39.25, 42.5) (45.75, 49, 52.25, 55.5, 58.75) cm

 

Finished full bust measurement, zipped: 31 (35.5, 39.5, 43.5, 47.5) (51, 55, 59, 63, 66.5) inches / 77.5 (89, 99, 109, 119) (127.5, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5, 166) cm

Finished upper sleeve circumference: 11 (11.75, 13, 13.75, 15) (16.25, 17.5, 19, 20.75, 22.25) inches / 27.5 (29.5, 32.5, 34.5, 37.5) (40.5, 44, 47.5, 52, 55.5) cm

 

Note: This sweater is graded for bodies with breasts, and has more material in the front than the back. The difference between the back width and the front width at the full bust is 1 (1, 1.5, 2, 2.75) (1.5, 2, 2.75, 3.25, 4.5) inches / 2.5 (2.5, 4, 5.5, 6.5) (4, 5.5, 6.5, 8, 11) cm.

To choose a size to apply for, please choose the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement, and provide your actual upper chest measurement and actual full bust measurement. We will collaborate on your final size choice!

 

Sweater is shown in Length A, using a 20 inch / 50 cm zipper. Instructions and yardage are also provided if you would like to create a longer sweater, using a 24 inch / 60 cm zipper (length B) or a 28 inch / 70 cm zipper (length C). Length can be adjusted for other zipper lengths by working more or fewer rows between the cast on and the underarm.  

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional increases and decreases 

  • Working a sloped bind-off (optional) 

  • Working a tubular cast-on (optional) 

  • Picking up and working stitches 

  • Sewing a tubular bind-off (optional) 

  • Handsewing (for the zipper) 

  • Seaming 

YARN

Sprinkled Fibers 2 Ply Fingering

80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon; 463 yards per 100g skein

This is a lightweight yarn with a subtle speckle that lends the garment depth. The 2 ply yarn, held double, creates a very textural fabric. Main Color is held double for the Seersucker Stitch and held single for the welted Zipper Placket. Lengths A - C are for zippers 50, 60, and 70 cm.

Main Color

Length A: 2715 (2955, 3220, 3495, 3760) (3990, 4245, 4525, 4825, 5030)

 yds / 2715 (2955, 3220, 3495, 3760) (3990, 4245, 4525, 4825, 5030) m

6 (7, 7, 8, 9) (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) skeins

Length B: 3005 (3290, 3600, 3920, 4230) (4495, 4790, 5115, 5455, 5695) yds / 2750 (3005, 3295, 3585, 3865) (4110, 4380, 4675, 4990, 5210) m

7 (8, 8, 9, 10) (10, 11, 12, 12, 13) skeins

Length C: 3315 (3640, 4005, 4365, 4720) (5025, 5365, 5735, 6120, 6400) yds / 3030 (3330, 3660, 3995, 4315) (4595, 4905, 5245, 5595, 5850) m

8 (8, 9, 10, 11) (11, 12, 13, 14, 14) skeins

Contrasting color

Length A: 65 yds

Length B: 70 yds

Length C: 90 yds

Sprinkled Fibers will be offering a 10% discount to test knitters! Testers can choose any combination of main color and contrasting from the palette shown in the sample. Mini-skein sets are available for the contrasting colors.

GAUGE

28 sts and 40 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Seersucker Stitch with size A needles.

Both gauges should be measured after wet-blocking and allowing to dry completely

MATERIALS

  • Stitch markers (optional) 

  • Tapestry needle 

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

  • Spare DPN

  • Cable needle

  • Sewing needle and cotton thread

  • Straight pins 

  • Separating jacket zipper (instructions are given for 20, 24 and 28 inch / 50, 60 and 70 cm zippers) 

Zipper shown in sample sourced from Bolt Fabric Store, in Portland OR. 

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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 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 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 Letters From the Open Road. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Letters From the Open Road to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.

CREDITS

Yarn: Sprinkled Fibers

Tech edit:

Photography:

Model:

To check out the vibe of this sweater, visit the moodboard on Pinterest!