Yup, another test knit. I love doing test knits for other designers as it forces you to produce an FO (you have a deadline). It’s great for practicing the art of knitting. Finally, as an aspiring designer who has a few patterns under her belt, it gets you better aquainted with all the aspects of producing a pattern that will work well for other knitters. I never used test knitters for my 5 or so patterns, and thankfully I’ve never had any problems, but now I see it’s benefits!
Pattern: Brionay Scarf Yarn: Cascade Eco + Needles: US 7 / 4.5mm, US 10 1/2 / 6.5 mm
I feel ultra silly for blogging about a definite winter accessory, but it is what it is. I’ll appreciate it’s existence about 7 months from now!
The design is very simple and yet has a great effect. It’s done in a bulky weight yarn and I chose Cascade Eco+ because it’s a LOT of yardage in one skein. I didn’t have a lot of colours to choose from at my LYS, but seeing as I have a thing for green, and this was one of “my” greens, it was an easy choice.
This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger. The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future. There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.
It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!
Pattern: ZigZag Cowl* Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.
It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!
Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase. You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.
Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!
This is a pattern I’ve been working on for months. Not straight mind you, but as I could, and as my sanity permitted.
I’m releasing the first version which is specifically for using a very lovely Canadian wool in Briggs & Little Heritage. This is hands down my most favourite wool for making bags. And it’s incredibly affordable!
I do hope to get the Cascade 200 Wool version ready in the near future.