Making Stories Test Knit: Issue 2

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 3

Welcome to the secret Test Knitting Page! Here you'll find all the information you'll need to make your selections for this round of Test Knitting.

Sketches

Our designers have provided sketches of their lovely designs to assist you in making your choice for this round. As these are not photos of the finished samples themselves, I suggest that you pay extra attention to both the design descriptions and swatch photos to help you get the full picture of how the design will knit up.

Sizing

The sizes listed under the design descriptions are finished object measurements and include ease recommendations. To pick the size you’d like to knit, simply add the ease recommendation to your own nude body measurements and choose the corresponding size. Example: Your nude bust circumference is 100 cm. The sweater you’d like to test knit has an ease recommendation of 5 cm and the following sizes: 83 (91, 99, 107, 115, 123, 131, 139) cm. Nude bust circumference + ease recommendation = 100 cm + 5 cm = 105 cm —> closest to size 4 (107 cm).

Deadline

This round of test knitting runs from March 19th to May 7th. Yarn information will be send out on March 4th so that you can order your yarn before the patterns are sent out. Please consider this deadline when selecting which design you'd like to knit.

Yarn selection

We currently only accept test knitters who will be using the original yarn. You will receive a 20% discount code to order directly from the yarn company themselves. I've included a note about where each company is based, if you'd like to take shipping cost & time into account.

Application

We're so excited about this latest collection and hope you'll find something you'd like to test knit! Should you be interested in doing so, you can sign up here, or by clicking on the button below, until Sunday, March 3rd: 


Open Heart slipper socks

Ainur Berkimbayeva

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“With this design, everything started with the heart shape. It wraps its “wings” around each foot in a warm loving hug! The socks are knitted toe-up in 1x3 twisted rib (k1tbl, p3) which radiates from the center axis. The sole is worked in reverse stockinette (great for sensitive feet).”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Finished foot circumference: 19.25 (20.75, 22.5, 24.25, 25.75) cm / 7.5 (8.25, 8.75, 9.5, 10)” – recommended to be worn with no ease.

Yarn: Blacker Yarns Tamar DK Lustre Blend (100% Pure New Wool; 220 metres / 238 yards per 100 g), UK


Kaksi hat

Camille Romano

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“Kaksi means “two” in Finnish. I chose this name because it is a reversible cabled hat which looks aesthetically pleasing on the “right” side and “wrong” side. So it feels like knitting two hats in one go.”

Sizes: 1, (2, 3)

To fit head sizes 51-55cm, (56-60cm, 61-65cm)

Yarn: Mominoki German Merino yarn (100% merino wool; 220 metres / 240 yards per 100 g), Germany


Contorta hat

Carolyn Kern

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“My hat was inspired by a trip my husband and I took to three United States national parks in August 2017. After our travels, inspired by the vast beauty of the mountain forests, I charted a tall slender lodgepole pine. My plan is to place tree motifs around the hat. The 3x2 ribbing flows into the tree trunk as in the swatches, and in the sketch at left.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3)

Finished head circumference: 40 (45.75, 51.5) cm / 15.75 (18, 20.25)” - recommended to be worn with 10-13 cm / 4-5” of negative ease.

Yarn: Marina Skua Mendip 4-ply (100% British Wool; 150 metres / 164 yards per 50 g), UK


Thaba socks

Dawn Landix

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“The Thaba Socks are a simple, yet striking cuff-down sock pattern that features a 1x1 twisted rib accented with a mountain peak-inspired cable panel placed asymmetrically on the front of each leg.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Finished foot circumference: 16.5 (18, 20, 21.5, 22.5) cm / 6.5 (7, 8, 8.5, 9)” – recommended to be worn with 2.5 cm / 1” of negative ease.

Yarn: Retrosaria Mondim (100% Portuguese wool; 385 metres / 421 yards per 100 g), Portugal


Graphite cowl

Ema Marinescu

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“The cowl is inspired by the patterns on Malian mudcloths called Bògòlanfini. It is very warm, ideal for hikes or walks through the woods and easy to pop over your head. The cowl is knitted in the round and completely reversible.”

Measurements:

Circumference: 53 cm / 21”

Height: 30.5 cm / 12”

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% Targhee Wool; 133 metres / 145 yards per 50 g), US


Snowland cardigan

Jessica McDonald

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“This simple and stylish open-front cardigan is worked from the top-down using the contiguous set-in sleeve method. This allows for a refined fit while enjoying the ease of a top- down seamless construction method. The sweater features a v-neck that is designed to have the edged of the shawl collar meet in the center, but not overlap.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished bust circumference: 83 (91.25, 97.5, 109.25, 115.5, 125, 131.25, 139.75) cm / 32.25 (35.5, 38, 42.5, 15, 48.75, 51.25, 54.5)” - recommended to be worn with 5-10 cm / 2-4” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: O-Wool Local (50% certified organic merino / 50% alpaca; 219 metres / 240 yards per 100 g), US


Hali sweater

Leeni Hoimela

“Hali is knit seamlessly from the top down. High but not wrapped collar is modern, and twisted ribbing goes smoothly all the way down on the front side. To add details, the ribbing is worked with a little Japanese trick, winding yarn around the stitches. That makes adorable motifs to remind that we all are chained to each other.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished bust circumference: 89 (97, 105, 113, 121, 129, 137, 141) cm  / 35.5 (38.75, 42, 45.25, 48.5, 51.5, 54.75, 56.5)” - recommended to be worn with 5-15 cm / 2-6” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarns: MAIN YARN: Tukuwool fingering (100% Finnish wool; 195 metres / 213 yards per 50 g), Finland

HELD WITH: Isager (75% kid mohair, 25% silk; 212 metres / 232 yards per 25 g), Denmark

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Mut shrug / Seelenwärmer

Renate Kamm

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“There is joy in making and joy in wearing, but when the maker creates something so specific, like Mut, this Brioche and stockinette Seelenwaermer, the resulting garment spreads love. It displays comfort through careful selection of huggable yarn, squeezable brioche fabric, and artful stitching.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished garment width: 113 (114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120) cm / 44.5 (44.75, 45.25, 45.75, 46, 46.5, 46.75, 47.25)”.

To find your appropriate size measure the distance, from elbow to elbow, across the back with both arms stretched out and add 20 to 30 cm / 8 to 12” positive ease.

Yarn: John Arbon Knit By Numbers DK (100% organically farmed Merino; 249 metres / 273 yards per 100 g), UK


Zingiber cardigan

Susanna Winter

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“Zingiber Hoodie is a top‐down cardigan with raglan sleeves, cable details, pockets, and a hood. Harking back to the cable symbolism in Aran sweaters of yesteryear, this design brings to modern times the idea of knitting our love and prayers into the garments we weave to our loved ones — and ourselves.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished bust circumference: 89.25 (96, 105.25, 112, 121.25, 128, 137.25, 144) cm / 34.75, (37.5, 41, 43.75, 47.25, 50, 53.5, 56.25)” - recommended to be worn with 10 cm / 4” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Retrosaria Brusca (50% Saloia, 50% Merino Branco and Merino Preto; 125 m / 137 yd per 50 g), Portugal


Deganwy sweater

Theresa Shingler

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“Deganwy Pullover is an easy to wear unisex design, with a dropped shoulder, made easier to wear with a little short row shaping at the top of the sleeves. It is designed to be worn with 3-4 inches of positive ease and end at mid hip; the design has a roll neck.”

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Finished bust circumference: 89.25 (96, 105.25, 112, 121.25, 128, 137.25, 144) cm / 34.75, (37.5, 41, 43.75, 47.25, 50, 53.5, 56.25)” - recommended to be worn with 10 cm / 4” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Woolly Mammoth Fibre Company BFL Masham DK 75% BFL, 25% Masham – 100% Wool; 240 metres / 262 yards per 100 g), UK


Top-Down Textured Yoke Sweater

Verena Cohrs

“To help you make the sweater of your dreams, this pattern comes with a couple of options you can choose from. First of all, there are 16 sizes: 8 kids’ sizes and 8 adult sizes, written as K1 (K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8) [A1 (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8)]. For each of those 8 sizes, the pattern includes instructions for 2 gauge specific versions: Version A, worked at a gauge of 24 stitches and 36 rounds, and Version B, worked at a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rounds. And lastly, there’s a pullover option as well as a steeked cardigan option! Instructions for both options are specified for all sizes and versions, however we recommend the cardigan option for small children because of their head circumference that, compared to older kids and adults, typically differs more drastically from other measurements.”

Sizes: K1 (K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8) [A1 (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8)] [Finished bust circumference: 46 (50, 54, 58, 64, 68, 72, 76) [86 (94, 102, 110, 118, 126, 134, 142)] cm / 18 (19.75, 21.25, 22.75, 25.25, 26.75, 28.25, 30) [33.75 (37, 40.25, 43.25, 46.5, 49.5, 52.75, 56)]”]

Yarn: Version A: De Rerum Natura Albertine (fingering-weight; 90% organic Merinos d'Arles, 10 %  mulberry silk; 200 metres / 219 yards per 50g), France

Version B: De Rerum Natura Pénélope (DK-weight; 90% organic Merinos d'Arles, 10 %  mulberry silk; 133 metres / 145 yards per 50g), France

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