Local Meadow - Test Call
Local Meadow is a bottom-up, seamed sweater with a shallow set-in sleeve with a dropped fit. This is a hybrid set-in/drop sleeve construction so that the sizes have a very consistent look across the size range while also preserving consistent ease in the upper sleeve, the full bust, and the armscye depth.
The sweater features a half twisted rib, repeating columns of cables with garter stitch detail, and a mix of stockinette and bouncy grid stitch textures. Stitches are picked up and knit in the round for the neckline, which has an optional sewn tubular bind-off.
This test will be run on Slack. Slack is free to join and offers chat rooms by topic. Pattern files and errata will be published there, and chat will take place in a private channel there. Testers will be the first ones invited into this Slack community, and will be joined shortly after by anyone joining the sweater knitalong. 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 10/1, and will run for 16 weeks. This sweater will be eligible for the sweater KAL that starts on the same date!
This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.
I understand some knitters will choose to work the body and sleeves seamlessly to the underarm, and am open to having a few testers who would like to make that modification to the pattern. The pattern will include general notes on how to do this.
The sweater is written for 6 - 10” 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 / 73.5 (81.5, 89.5, 98) [106, 114, 122] (130.5, 138.5, 146.5) cm
Finished full bust measurement: 35.75 (39.75, 43.75, 47.75) [52.25, 56.25, 60.25] (64.25, 68.25, 72.25) inches / 89.5 (99.5, 109.5, 119.5) [131, 141, 151] (161, 171, 181) cm
Finished upper sleeve circumference: 11.25 (12.5, 13.25, 14.5) [15.25, 16.75, 18.25] (19.5, 21, 21.75) inches / 28 (31, 33, 36) [38, 42, 45.5] (49, 52.5, 54.5) 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!
Working directional increases and decreases in pattern
Working a sewn bind-off
Picking up and working stitches
Knitting Niqabi Natural Hand Dyed Organic Yarn - Fingering Weight
100% Non-superwash Merino; 437 yards per 100g skein
This is a very smooth, very soft 4-ply yarn. It has medium body, medium drape, and is suitable for next-to-the-skin wear.
1840 (2020, 2210, 2370) [2560, 2760, 2960] (3170, 3360, 3560) yds / 1680 (1850, 2020, 2160) [2340, 2520, 2710] (2900, 3070, 3250) m; 4 (5, 5, 5) [6, 6, 7] (7, 8, 8) skeins
Knitting Niqabi will be offering a 20% discount to test knitters! My sample is knit in colorway Golden Ticket. To review additional colorways, visit the Knitting Niqabi Instagram page and review her story highlight 'colorways.' If you plan to order yarn from Knitting Niqabi you will need to order no later than 9/14 to receive your yarn before the test start date.
28 sts and 36 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles.
28 sts and 46 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in grid stitch with size A needles
Both gauges should be measured after wet-blocking and allowing to dry completely
Stich markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn for holding stitches, cable needle.
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 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 Local Meadow. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Local Meadow to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.