Making Stories Test Knit: Issue 3 & Digital Collection

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 26

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 June 25 to August 4. Yarn information will be send out on May 27 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, May 26: 


Pythagorean socks

Ainur Berkimbayeva (Digital Collection)

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“For a long time, I have been wondering about socks’ construction and whether or not I could explore and discover alternative ways. As I love everything geometry and use the Pythagorean Theorem in my daily crafting adventures, I noticed that my feet were just like triangular prisms on their sides. While being different from regular sock-knitting methods, this design still incorporates traditional sock knitting techniques such as toe-up and turning a heel.”

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

Finished gusset circumference 24 (26.75, 26.75, 29.25, 32) cm / 9.5 (10.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5)” - recommended to be worn with .5 – 2.5 cm / .25 – 1” of positive ease

Yarn: Tukuwool Fingering (100% Finnish wool; 195 metres / 213 yards per 50 g), Finland


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Sashiko sweater

Armenuhi Khachatryan (Digital Collection)

“A simple A-line sweater with “sashiko” stitches that run along the front. These “sashiko” stitches are added at the very end, giving each knitter the chance to make their sweater truly their own! One of the ways in which we can allow and make space for change is by reusing and repurposing what we already have. With this design, I wanted to pay homage to the age-old tradition of mending, adding stitches of our own that not only change the state of our clothes, but also the look.”

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

Finished bust circumference: 83.75 (91.25, 99.5, 107, 115.25, 123.75, 131.25, 139.5) cm / 33.5 (36.5, 39.75, 42.75, 46, 49.5, 52.5, 55.75)” - recommended to be worn with 5-5.75 cm / 2-2.25” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Magasin Duett Silke Tweed (75% lambswool, 25% silk; 190 metres / 208 yards per 50 g), Sweden


Wildflower shawl

Fiona Munro (Digital Collection)

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“This triangular scarf was inspired by the beauty of nature and the importance of wildflowers in resilient and sustainable ecosystems. It is knitted flat from the bottom corner in garter stitch with Colour A. There are gradual increases on the left side (hypotenuse of the triangle). There is then a band of fair isle roses in stockinette (one repeat shown in the swatch), and lastly a section of garter with Colour B before the cast off edge.”

Sizes:

1

Measurements (neck accessories only)

  • Finished length: 133cm

  • Finished width: 90cm

  • Finished hypotenuse: 156cm

Yarn: Mominoki German Merino (100% wool; 220 metres / 241 yards per 100 g), Germany


Variance sweater

Keiko Kikuno (Digital Collection)

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“My interpretation of the change is to do something different from what we’re usually doing. In this design, adding short-rows in striping pattern and using the stripe motif sideways. A little bit of difference sometimes gives an unexpectedly big impact. Each section is formed with short rows. One or a few sections can be knitted in different color(s), plus the motif can be used in sideway (right).”

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

Finished bust circumference: 96 (105, 111, 120, 128, 135, 143, 150) cm / 38.5 (42, 44,5, 48, 51.25, 54, 57.25, 60)” - recommended to be worn with 16-19 cm / 6.5-7.5” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Blacker Lyonesse 4-ply (50% Falkland Wool, 50% linen; 175 metres / 190 yards per 50 g), UK


Undulating sweater

Hanna Lisa Haferkamp (Digital Collection)

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“This top-down colorwork yoke sweater was inspired by the undulating waves of the sea, and their ever-changing colors. Triangles, increasing in size as the yoke progresses, are punctuated with smaller geometric forms to break up the monotony of the “waves”. The top-down construction without shaping allows for easy customization of body and sleeve length.”

Sizes:

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

Finished bust circumference: 82 (90, 98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 138) cm / 32.75 (36, 39, 42.5, 45.5, 48.75, 52, 55.25)” bust circumference - recommended to be worn with 3 - 5 cm / 1.25 - 2“ of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Tulliver British Masham / Bluefaced Leicester Wool 4ply (200 metres / 219 yards per 50 g), Germany


Treillage socks

A L Leong (Issue 3)

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“The timing of Issue 3’s submission call, with its theme of growth, happened right in the midst of the ongoing discussions of racism and discrimination in the online fibre art community. The whole experience got me thinking about support systems — how sometimes, a little encouragement and solidarity from our friends can lead to growth and understanding for ourselves, for our allies, and for the entire community. The Treillage Socks draws inspiration from intertwining vines and trellises — man-made objects that support & display climbing plants and fruit shrubs in an organized, aesthetically pleasing manner. As the plants mature, they gradually twine around these forms, echoing our personal growth.”

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

Finished foot circumference: 18 (19, 20, 21, 22) cm / 7(7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.75)” – recommended to be worn with 2.5 cm / 1” of negative ease.

Yarn: Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co Natural Sock (50% British Bluefaced Leicester; 50% British Cheviot; 400 metres / 437.5 yards per 100 g), UK


Onyx:Hematite sweater

Annie Haas (Issue 3)

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“The sweater would be a drop shoulder pullover with 2 x 2 ribbing along the bottom....the longer tunic like version would have a split hem, the cropped version would not. I am picturing the tunic version with a big cozy cowl neck in 2 x 2 ribbing, while the cropped version would be a crew neck (perhaps with a rolled collar).  The sweater would be knit from the bottom up, in the round, with a mock seam up either side. The front of the seater would feature faux cables in the form of textured stitches, with a textured motif on either side for a border. The center of the back of the sweater would have the same textured border motif up the center. Both would be knit in the round until the underarm, then the fronts and back would be knit separately, shoulders seamed, and sleeve and collar stitches picked up and worked down and up, respectively.”

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

Cropped Crew Neck finished bust circumference: 86.7 (92, 102.6, 111.5, 120.35, 132.74, 143.36, 152.2) cm / 34 (36.2, 40.4, 44, 47.38, 52.25, 56.44, 60)”

Cowl Tunic finished bust circumference: 102.6, 111.5, 120.35, 132.74, 143.36, 152.2, 162.8, 171.68) cm / 40.4 (44, 47.38, 52.25, 56.44, 60, 64, 67.5)”

Cropped Crew Neck - recommended to be worn with -5.08cm/2” to +20.32cm/8” of -/+ ease at the bust.

Cowl Tunic - recommended to be worn with 22.86-45.72 cm / 9-18” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarns: Blacker Yarns Lyonesse Dk 50/50 Merino wool/ natural linen blend; 110 metres / 190 yards per 50g), UK


Northbound cardigan

Claire Walls (Issue 3)

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

Finished bust circumference: 105.75 (113.5, 127.25, 131.25, 140.75, 146.25, 154.25, 164.5) cm / 41.5 (44.75, 50, 51.75, 55.5, 57.5, 60.75, 64.75)” - recommended to be worn with 28-33  cm / 11-13” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Triskelion Yarn Emrys Sport (Blue Faced Leicestershire; 300 metres / 328 yards per 100 g), UK


Espalier sweater

Nataliya Sinelshchikova (Issue 3)

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“The main feature of this sweater is the two colour pattern used on body and sleeves. The pattern creates a very interesting texture that’s easier to knit then it looks like, working one colour at a time. It is a great entrance into the mesmerizing world of colourwork. The sweater is knit top down with raglan shaping. The raglan lines are anatomically curved for better fitting (the rhythm of increases is not regular). The Short rows are used to lift back neck.”

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

Finished bust circumference: 85.7 (95.2, 104.8, 109.5, 119.1, 128.6, 133.3, 142.9) cm / 35.25 (38.5, 42.25, 45, 49, 52, 56, 60)” - recommended to be worn with 7.5 - 11 cm / 3-4.5“ of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Myak Tibetan Cloud (100% Tibetan sheep wool; 300 m / 328 yds per 100 g / 3.52 oz), Italy / US


Unfolding shawl

Sari Nordlund (Issue 3)

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“A triangular shawl knitted from wider side until the peak. This way all the hard work is done at first and the rows become shorter, quicker and easier as the shawl grows (kind of like with top down pullovers, you do the yoke first and then the rest is just smooth sailing). The beginning of the shawl is knitted with twisted rib followed by a lace section of triangular motifs and fan lace. The lace is very beginner friendly. After the lace pattern the rest of the shawl is knitted in elongated garter stitch with stripes of eyelet lace. The corners of the shawl could be adorned with tassels or pompoms to add the shawl extra length and movement.”

Measurements:

Length (longest edge) 230 cm

Yarn: Garthenor Number 1 (100 % wool; 350 metres / 383 yards per 50 g), UK


Petiole sweater

Stephanie Earp (Issue 3)

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“Worked at a larger gauge than usual for this type of stitch work, this classic top-down yoke incorporates key techniques from the Estonian lace tradition, a great opportunity for knitters to try out gathered stitches, double yarn overs and nupps without working in a cobweb or lace weight yarn.”

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

Finished bust circumference: 89.5 (97, 105.25, 112.5, 122, 129.5, 138, 145.25 cm / 35.75 (38.75, 42, 45, 48.75, 51.75, 55, 58)” - recommended to be worn with 10 - 12 cm / 4 - 4.75” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: Stolen Stitches Nua Sport (60% merino wool, 20% yak, 20% linen; 140 metres / 153 yards per 50 g)


Atmosphere shawl / scarf

Hanna Lisa Haferkamp & Verena Cohrs (Issue 3)

“This recipe-style pattern is designed to work with different stitch patterns, yarn weights and gauges and includes instructions for both a triangular shawl and a rectangular scarf version. It’s meant to be customised, modified, experimented with – use it to make something you really love!”

Sizes: Customizable

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Cumbria, written for both Fingering and Worsted, UK


Cattedrale shawl

Valentina Cosciani (Issue 3)

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Measurements:

258 cm / 101 ½” along the longer side and 175 cm / 68 ¾” along the shorter side (after blocking).

Yarn: WOLLEN BERLIN Lino Mūka held double (100% Linen; 245 metres / 268 yards per 50 g): 10 skeins (2425 metres / 2653 yards), Germany


Pale Shelter sweater

Vanessa Pellisa (Issue 3)

“Pale Shelter is an A-lined sweater with a round yoke and asymmetrical front and back panels. It is worked seamlessly from the top down in stockinette stitch. The sleeves can be knit as regular slim sleeves or as dramatic, over-the-top and fun bishop sleeves. There's an option for colorwork at the border, a simple, subtle and low-contrast detail at the hem and at the cuffs.”

Sizes:

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

Finished bust circumference: 92 (103, 111,5, 118, 124,5, 127, 136, 139) cm / 36.7 (41.2, 44.6, 47.2, 49.8, 50.8, 54.4, 55.4)” - recommended to be worn with 5-17,5 cm / [2-7]” of positive ease at the bust.

Yarn: De Rerum Natura Antigone (pure organic linen; 260 metres / 284 yards per 100 g), France

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