Maker's Tunic - Test Call

Plaid skirts. Linen dresses. A-line tunics and a stray needle pinning up your hair:

 

we're makers, and it shows.

This a-line tunic is designed to layer with the pieces you reach for daily. The one that makes you feel like yourself. Relaxed wear, an impeccable fit, and the kind of bespoke details that pull an outfit together.

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CONSTRUCTION

Maker's Tunic is worked in pieces from the bottom up and seamed using dropped set-in sleeve construction. Stitches are picked up for the collar, cuffs and hems, which feature an enclosed edge and a sewn tubular bind-off. There is a-line shaping from the hem to the bust.

OPTIONAL BUST SHAPING

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

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CHOOSE A SIZE

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

Choose the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement. Upper chest is measured above the full bust, at an angle close to diagonal beneath the underarms, and straight across the back. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.

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

Maker’s Tunic is designed to fit with approximately 4 inches / 10 cm of positive ease at the fullest part of your bust.

Finished full bust: 31.75 (36.5, 39.75, 44, 48.25) [52, 55.75, 59.75] (63.75, 68, 71.75, 76) inches / 79.5 (91.5, 99.5, 110.5, 121) [130.5, 139.5, 149] (159.5, 170.5, 179.5, 190.5) cm

Finished hip: 38 (41, 43.75, 49.5, 52.25) [58, 60.75, 63.5] (69.25, 74.75, 74.75, 80.5) inches / 95.5 (102.5, 109.5, 123.5, 130.5) [144.5, 152, 159] (173, 187, 187, 201) cm

 

Pullover is 0 (1, 0.5, 1, 1.25) [1.5, 1.25, 2.5] (2.75, 2.5, 3.25, 3.75) inch(es) / 0 (2.5, 1, 2.5, 3.5) [3.5, 4, 5.5] (7, 5.5, 8, 9.5) cm wider in the front than the back.

Finished upper arm (measured at the seam): 12.25 (13, 14, 15, 16) [17.25, 18.75, 20.25] (22, 22.5, 23.5, 24.5) inches / 30.5 (33, 35, 37.5, 40) [43.5, 47, 50.5] (55, 56.5, 58.5, 61) cm

Finished bicep circumference: 12.25 (13, 14, 15, 16) [17.25, 18.75, 20.25] (22, 22.5, 23.5, 24.5) inches / 30.5 (33, 35, 37.5, 40) [43.5, 47, 50.5] (55, 56.5, 58.5, 61) cm


To assess your bicep fit, measure around your arm where the seam will be. The seam is 2.5 (2.75, 3, 3.25, 3.5) [4, 4.25, 4.5] (4.5, 4.75, 5, 5.25) inches / 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) [10, 10.5, 11] (11.5, 12, 12.5, 13) cm over the point of your shoulder bone.
 

Sample is shown in size 5, Cup 1, with 3.5 inches / 9 cm positive ease at the full bust and 2.5” / 6.5 cm of positive ease at the shoulder seam. My upper chest is 41 inches.
 

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.

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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 (optional)

  • Sewing a tubular Bind-off

  • Knitting in the round

Knitters will be most comfortable working this pattern if they can read their knitting.

MATERIALS

  • Removable stitch markers, one unique stitch marker.

  • Tapestry needle 

GAUGE

17 sts and 24 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Quilt Stitch with size A needles


17 sts and 27 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette st.

YARN

Depth, dimension, detail - all the pleasures of a quilt jacket in a timeless knit.

 

Ritual Dyes Elder

 

MAIN COLOR

 

100% Rambouillet wool; 190 yds / 270 m per 100 g skein. This is a squishy, bouncy worsted weight wool with fantastic stitch definition and a slightly thick and thin quality. It knits warm, low-drape fabric with moderate density.

 

915 (990, 1090, 1175, 1250) [1345, 1425, 1510] (1595, 1715, 1765, 1855) yds / 835 (905, 1000, 1075, 1145) [1230, 1305, 1380] (1460, 1570, 1615, 1695) m; 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) [7, 7, 8] (8, 9, 9, 9) skeins.

 

For Cup 1, add 20 (25, 25, 30, 30) [35, 35, 40] (40, 45, 45, 50) yds / 20 (25, 25, 25, 30) [30, 35, 35] (35, 40, 40, 45) m.

 

For Cup 2, add 45 (50, 55, 60, 65) [70, 70, 75] (80, 85, 90, 95) yds / 40 (45, 50, 55, 60) [60, 65, 70] (75, 80, 85, 90) m.

 

Shown in colorway Chestnut.

 

CONTRASTING COLOR

 

For the optional running stitch embellishment, you will need 11 yds / 10 m fingering weight yarn in a contrasting color. Sample shown in Ritual Dyes Maven in colorway Dune. This is a slubby, 2 ply 100% Rambouillet 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 October 3rd. The test will conclude January 3rd.

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

 

I am seeking 2 testers per size and will be choosing testers so that a multiple cup sizes 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 2 business days, 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 both 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 Maker's Tunic. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Maker's Tunic to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Kristina McGrath

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

Photos taken:

Testers: 

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