The Ruffle Addendum
Sure, you're going to want to wear this silk-blend top as sleepwear, indulging in long mornings with cool sheets and a favorite novel without ever getting out of bed. And you totally can.
Or, you can power up with your favorite tailored suit, take your coffee to go, and conquer the world. The choice is yours.
With signature fine finishing (that twisted rib hem! that sleek i-cord edging! look at that little baby-doll tie!) and a quick knitting silhouette, you're going to get to do some really fun stuff with this knit.
Make this one your own by leaving off the ruffle or omitting the tie. Maybe you've been thinking about getting around to learning how to add short rows? Optional short row shaping (in multiple sizes) will take your knitting fit game to the next level.
The Ruffle Addendum is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed, and has gentle A-line shaping. The front has optional short-row shaping (not pictured). Neckline and armholes are finished with a knit-on i-cord edging (which is extended for the optional ties). Stitches are picked up and worked flat for the knit-on lace edging, which is optional.
A (B, C, D) [E, F, G] (H, I, J)
To fit upper chest: 28 (32.75, 36, 39.25) [42.5, 45.75, 49] (52.25, 55.5, 58.75) inches / 70 (82, 90, 98) [106.5, 114.5, 122.5] (130.5, 139, 147) cm
Finished full bust: 29 (32.75, 37, 40.75) [45, 48.75, 53] (56.75, 61, 64.75) inches / 72.5 (82, 92.5, 102) [112.5, 122, 132.5] (142, 152.5, 162) cm
YOUR BEST FIT
I recommend choosing a size based on your upper chest measurement. Intended ease is approximately 1 inch / 2.5 cm at the full bust. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.
As shown in the sample, this piece has equal ease in the front and back. Knitters with breasts will find that this causes the front to tip up. Knitters who want their hem to stay parallel to the ground will want to knit short-row shaping, to create extra room for the breasts (measuring from our shoulders, a tape will have further to go to reach our waists in the front than it will the back, and short rows address this). The pattern includes fully-detailed instructions, in multiple sizes, to knit short rows.
Sample shown in Size D, with no short rows, with approximately 1 inch / 2.5 cm of ease at the full bust.
Working directional increases and decreases
Working a sloped bind-off (optional)
Picking up and working stitches
Knitting on an i-cord edging
Knitting an i-cord
Recognizing a knit and purl on the needle
Stitch markers (at least two removable)
30 sts and 40 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles.
Sweet Sparrow Hummingbird
50% superwash merino / 50% silk;
438 yds / 400 m per 100 g skein
Shown in colorway Clove
This 4-ply fingering weight yarn has a beautiful shine, ample drape, and is sleep-in-it-next-to-the-skin soft. It has a touch of a gentle halo, little loft, and is relatively slippery.
With the Ruffle
820 (915, 1020, 1120) [1220, 1320, 1435] (1545, 1660, 1775) yds / 750 (835, 930, 1020) [1115, 1210, 1310] (1410, 1520, 1625) m; 2 (3, 3, 3) [3, 4, 4] (4, 4, 5) skeins
Without the Ruffle
690 (785, 885, 985) [1080, 1180, 1290] (1400, 1515, 1625) yds / 635 (715, 810, 895) [985, 1080, 1180] (1275, 1385, 1485) m; 2 (2, 3, 3) [3, 3, 3] (4, 4, 4) skeins
Note: adding short rows will require modest amounts of additional yarn, not included in figures above.
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 April 8th, and will run for 8 weeks, concluding on June 3rd.
This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.
I am seeking three testers per size and will be choosing testers so that a range of the options are represented (ruffle/no ruffle, short-rows/no short-rows). Testers with yarn at all budget points are encouraged to apply. Sweet Sparrow knits is offering a 15% discount for testers.
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 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 the stitch pattern.
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 The Ruffle Addendum. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of The Ruffle Addendum to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.