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Postscript - Test Call

Postscript invites you to write a love letter to a stranger and press it between the pages, paper-thin as dried violet petals, of the oldest work in your antique bookshop.

 

Soft, feminine, deliberate and just a little mysterious, Postscript is all about juxtaposition and contrast.

This elegant cardigan features a towering shawl collar, a graceful set-in sleeve, hip shaping, and optional bust shaping.

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CONSTRUCTION

Postscript is worked bottom-up in pieces and seamed with set-in sleeves. Stitches are picked up and knit for the shawl collar and button band. The hip is wider than the bust.

OPTIONAL BUST SHAPING

Optional instructions for adding short rows for bust shaping, in five 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, 36, 39.25, 42.5) [45.75, 49, 52.25] (55.5, 58.75, 62, 65.25) inches / 70 (80, 89.5, 98, 106) [114, 122, 130.5] (138.5, 146.5, 154.5, 163) cm

Postscript is designed to fit with approximately 3.5 inches / 9 cm of positive ease at the fullest part of your bust.

Finished bust circumference (buttoned): 31.75 (35.5, 39.75, 43.5, 47.75) [52, 55.75, 60] (63.75, 68, 71.25, 76) inches / 79 (88.5, 99, 108.5, 119) [129.5, 139, 149.5] (159, 169.5, 178, 189.5) cm

Finished hip circumference (buttoned): 33.25 (37.25, 41.25, 45.25, 49.25) [53.5, 57.25, 61.5] (65.25, 69.5, 73, 77.5) inches / 83.5 (93, 103.5, 113, 123.5) [134, 143.5, 154] (163.5, 174, 182.5, 194) cm

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: 12.5 (13.25, 14, 15, 16.25) [17.5, 18.75, 20] (22, 22.5, 23.75, 24.75) inches / 31 (33, 35.5, 37.5, 40.5) [43.5, 47, 50] (55.5, 56.5, 59.5, 61.5) cm


Sample is shown in size 5, Cup 1, with 3.5 inches / 9 cm positive ease at the full bust. My upper chest is 41 inches / 102.5 cm.
 

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 shaping

  • Working a sloped-bind off (optional)

  • Seaming

  • Working German Short Rows

  • Tubular Cast-on (optional)

  • Sewn Tubular Bind-off (optional)

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

MATERIALS

  • 4 Stitch markers

  • 1.25 inch / 3 cm buttons: 4 (if working bust shaping, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) for Cup 1 (2, 3, 4, 5))

  • Tapestry needle

GAUGE

19 sts and 30 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Granite St (page 3) with size A needles. 

YARN

MO Fibers Targhee Worsted

100% Targhee wool; 280 yds / 256 m per 115 g skein. This is a naturally-dyed, 3-ply, round squishy, bouncy worsted weight wool with fantastic, crisp stitch definition. It knits warm, low-drape fabric with moderate density.


Note: Variegated or striping yarn not suitable if you are working the bust darts.

 

1345 (1450, 1565, 1695, 1820) [1935, 2065, 2205] (2340, 2460, 2575, 2715) yds / 1230 (1325, 1430, 1550, 1665) [1770, 1885, 2020] (2140, 2250, 2355, 2480) m; 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) [7, 8, 8] (9, 9, 10, 10) skeins.

 

For optional bust darts, you will need an additional 5 - 60 yds / 5 - 55 m.

 

Shown in colorway Raw Ruby.

The dyer is providing a discount of 30% on yarn for this test. This is a really special yarn, botanically dyed and as gemstone rich as it looks in my snaps. The dyer has also provided a list of suitable yarns for substitution at different price points. So many thanks to Rin from MO Fibers for centering financial accessibility!

 

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 December 5. The test will conclude February 23rd.

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 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.

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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 Postscript. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Postscript to a friend if you prefer.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Becky Monahan

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

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Testers: 

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