My current plans, which are subject to change, include:
- Offering sizes 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64
- Providing two shaping options, straight and a-line. My personal version of the vest relies extensively on custom shaping, but no one except my doppelganger would benefit from the instructions, so I'm going to simplify things and skip the complicated waist shaping.
- Giving a tutorial on how to sew a zipper to a cardigan.
I'm looking for three or four people who would like to test knit this design at the first of the year. The test knitting requirements include:
- You understand that this is my first wearable design and therefore you must be patient with the pattern. I'm doing the very best I can to ensure that the pattern is perfect, but don't be surprised if there is a hiccup or two.
- You can use the yarn of your choosing, but for test knitting purposes, it must be a true bulky weight. Heavy Aran won't work, so yarns like Cascade Eco+ are out. The gauge is 3.25 stitches per inch.
- I'd like you to stick to the pattern for the most part. If you need to make a mod for a better fit, that's fine, but I'd prefer you not radically change the pattern because this is a test knit.
- You provide the yarn and I'll provide the pattern for free. After test knitting, I'll be selling the pattern on Ravelry.
- You have some knitting experience; if you've never made anything but a scarf before, this test-knitting project isn't for you, but we'll have a KAL after the pattern goes live so don't worry! You can make it then.
- You have time to work on this project and can start around January 1.
- You agree to post photos of your project on Ravelry. I'd prefer that you model your garment yourself so others can benefit from your experience and can see how this garment fits a larger figure. Don't we all long to see patterns modeled by women who are remotely shaped like we are?