Help Me Test My First Pattern!

Flatlay of all the yarn, supplies, and random things like a knitted mouse stuffie that ended up in my knitting bag during the sample knitting process

Update 7/19:

I am still looking for testers! I have moved my test over to Yarn Pond: click here to see details, available sizes, and apply to test! Right now almost all sizes are available but the 30″ (boxy and fitted styles), 50″ fitted, 54″ boxy, 58″ (boxy and fitted styles), and 62″ (boxy and fitted styles) are particularly needed. Please check the Yarn Pond link for most current size availability!

It’s been really quiet over here on the blog for lots of reasons. One of the biggest is that I have just turned in my first official design for tech editing!

I say official design because I have always designed. When I learned to knit I didn’t have internet and didn’t know how to read patterns, so I just made them up for myself. Miniature blankets, pillow cases, a sweater, and probably my best success, a dress for my Meg March doll. The fit was spot on and both sleeves were the same length, which is more than I can say for that sweater 😅

But now I have designed a pattern for real live grownups using best design practices and graded it to nine sizes! I am so proud of myself, because on my best days I can only sort of math but I made a whopping big spreadsheet and checked my numbers and I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.

Coming up next is sending this pattern out to you, dear knitters, for testing and feedback. And by you I mean YOU! You can test knit my design! And I would be eternally grateful!

If you would like to take part, or think maybe you would but you need some more info, here is a brief summary of what’s entailed. If I keep getting more questions I will add answers below!

The garment in question is a sleeveless garment with a cap sleeve fit. It is knit flat from the bottom up in fingering weight yarn, is suitable for advanced beginners, and includes basic colorwork.

This project is knit in Less Traveled Yarn Paloma which is soft and slinky and delicious–and also ideal for summer wear! If selected to test knit, four testers will receive yarn support. The remainder of the test knitters will receive a coupon code for a discount on their order of Less Traveled Yarn. Want to use yarn from your stash? That’s fine, as long as you get gauge!

There is a six week testing period that will begin as soon as the patterns come back from the tech editor in approximately two-three weeks. Test knitters must follow the pattern as written and provide feedback on the pattern. This includes providing the measurements, yardage, and a photo of their finished piece.

Last, and potentially most difficult, testers must help keep this project a secret during the testing phase!

Intrigued but need some more questions answered? Please email me at antiquotidianblog@gmail.com!

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