I was curious about having some leg warmers for added warmth this coming winter season, so I knit up a pair of Jane Richmond’s Leg Warmers. One could easily whip up a pair of these in a day or two, depending on their spare time. While I don’t “love” them, I’m sure I’ll use them with boots, or even hidden under some wider leg jeans!
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.
I had determined to cut back on my volunteering to do test knits. It had become a sort of addiction, hunting and beating other potential knitters at getting in on the typically short list of testers requested. Once I saw this though, I was on it like mud to a yellow rubber boot. Three testers were requested and I was number two!! The designer, Julie, was bombarded with immediate excited feedback, so I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time.
Pattern: Haworth Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Yarn: MacAusland’s Woolen Mills, Aran, (less than 1 skein)
Needles: US 7 / 4.5mm, US 8 / 5 mm
I’ll say right out that I’m not thrilled with my yarn choice on this sweet project, because something much softer (like Cascade 220 or Berroco Vintage) would have been better than the rough and scruffy wool I used. Still, despite that, this pattern was a joy to work up. The design and execution is flawless. Everything worked as it should, so I’d say I scored on getting in on the testing.
It was my first time knitting from a chart, and I gotta say I’m hooked! I can check “conquer my fear of knitting charts” off my list of things to accomplish.
This would make a great gift for next Christmas, or as part of a care package for a cold fighting friend.
Here’s the link for the Julie’s project page on Ravelry. The pattern is still in the testing phase but will be released shortly.
Yes, spring is beginning to rear it’s lovely head here on the east coast, but I’m knitting up a fine collection for fall/winter 2012. Blame it on some great test knits too tempting to resist!
Pattern: Comfort Cowl
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Aspen (2 skeins)
Needles: US 8 / 5 mm
Meet Comfort Cowl, the newly released pattern from Madeleine, aka Yarn Madness on Ravelry. Here in Canada, you can’t have too many warm and cozy accessories for your neck.
This is essentially an infinity scarf and I love how it wraps around you twice to give you that much needed cozy warm feeling. It’s definitely named well!
I’ve worn it a few times already and I can attest to it’s comfort! Would make a great gift for someone next Christmas.
Simple and sweet is how I’d describe this hat design. I test knit it for Jessica, who has a really sweet blog, you should check it out! I enjoyed knitting this hat so much that I made two. It was also my first time cabling without a needle because you only deal with 2 stitches at a time. Combining that plus lace makes for a perfect hat for future autumns.
Pattern: Zest Hat (unpublished)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, River Rock (0.4 skeins)
Needles: US 8 / 5 mm
This version below is knit from New Zealand wool that I bought off ebay years ago for making my felted bags. It’s very scratchy, but it’s in one of my favourites colours. I soaked the hat in wool wash with added hair conditioner, but alas, it didn’t improve it’s feel. Oh well.
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 hat is so vintagey, and was a pleasure to knit. It’s knit flat and then seamed. I was too lazy to figure out how to knit it in the round, though I know others have done so on Ravelry.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, Breezeway 5194
Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm
It was my first time using Berroco Vintage. It’s so soft! If I were to make this hat again (and I definitely might do just that), I’d probably go down a needle size since the hat grew quite a bit with wear.