Thursday, December 22, 2011


As I work out all my mods for the upcoming Takoma Cardigan, I'm busy knitting away on my second Carnation Pink, this one entitled Carnation Aquamarine. I'm re-creating the vest to check the pattern; my intention is to have the design ready for test knitting right after Christmas.

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 also going to offer two cable options. Carnation Pink features a more complicated lattice and rope cable (my terms - I'm not sure what this cable is officially called) and the Carnation Aquamarine uses a classic braid design.

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?
If you're interested in knitting the Carnation, please email me at Moose is NOT interested in knitting a Carnation, but he does like sleeping under one!


  1. I don't think that I am experienced enough to be a test knitter, but I LOVE that you're going to have a KAL! I've never participated in one but have always wanted to. And I'm also psyched that you are offering two cable designs.

  2. I'd love to test knit a 56 bust a-line vest.
    I'm going to knit it regardless of being chosen as a tester.
    I think it will look stunning in a bulky red yarn with the cable and lattice pattern.
    It's a great pattern and I think the tutorial on installing the zipper will be a super addition to the pattern.

  3. I did a swatch in advance and am learning a lot about chunky vs bulky.
    I got gauge on a chunky yarn which is also called bulky in the listing.
    I was online shopping and then realized that many companies do not even have a chunky category, but all are under bulky ranging from 3-3.75 all from the same yarn!.
    For a project, one either stretches it with aran(worsted) or jumps to bulky or super bulky
    So I will be using my winter white acrylic/wool blend 'chunky' aka 'bulky' for the vest.

  4. Have you seen the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry? I've had several patterns tested there, and have tested patterns myself, and it's a great resource for just this thing.

    Your pattern looks great, by the way. I might include information about how you did your personal modifications, so others can do their own, but that does add a lot of work.


  5. What kind of time frame are you looking at for this sweater? I'd love to knit one for my mama (I want one for me but in FL, we don't have much call for bulky weight sweaters) but I'm not the fastest knitter on the planet.

  6. Count me in for test knitting. I'll do the smallest size with adjustments for lack of height.

  7. So looking forward to the KAL!

  8. If I could knit well (I'm learning) I'd jump at the chance to test knit it. I'm looking forward to the pattern itself as I'm a large lady and have bigger hips than my bust so I'd have to fix the pattern as I go along probably. Not sure how that works. Thanks for posting this! I'll favorite it on ravelry so I don't lose it. :D