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Iris Cropped Sweater

It’s funny how you don’t understand all the trial and error that goes into a pattern until you start designing.
When I started the design it was a much different image in my mind. It was originally going to be over-sized and baggy. However, my cast on was way too big. Think the width of my love seat too big. I wanted positive ease but not that much!
So I tried again.
This time with the vision in mind that is now the final product. A cropped, fitted v-neck sweater that has lovely arm detailing. I have a soft spot for the latter, which is evident in this pattern and in my Rose Tyler Cropped Cardi.

This was my first time designing a v-neck but I’ve made them before so I wasn’t going in completely unawares.
I also decided it was high time I start being more inclusive in my sizing. In the past, my designs have gone up to XL or maybe 2X. This time, using Craft Yarn Council guidelines, I wrote from XS to 5X. So busts ranging from 30″ to 62″ can make this sweater!

I also plan on reworking my other garments over the rest of the year, I’ll need testers to confirm yardage and measurements so keep an eye out!

You can grab the Iris pattern from Ravelry or Etsy. I hope you have as much fun making it as I did!

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Pattern Testers vs Tech Editors

SO you’ve designed a pattern and your so excited about it but now what!? You’ve seen people post for pattern testers so you think maybe you should go that route.

The pros to that route are that you get a bunch of great photos of your pattern completed in a variety of colours and you know how much yarn will be used (if you’ve got a variety of sizes happening).

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The cons however are sometimes you get dud testers. They either don’t give good (or any) notes, photos are less than desirable, or they just ghost you entirely cause they were in it for a free pattern. There’s also the fact you’re giving away a pattern to however many testers you end up using. So there is that much lost revenue. But if you have a great tester they might end up buying other patterns you have released or will release. Plus you have their followers seeing your pattern if they post to social media.

If you don’t want to get it tested another option is tech editors. A huge pro is that an editor will find stuff a tester might not in terms of grammar or consistency.

They also don’t generally take as long as a test will.
The biggest con would probably be that it costs $$. Usually more than the potential lost revenue of the free patterns to your testers. BUT you get that level of expertise.
As someone who has done both, it’s nice to have the option of an editor in case not enough people apply to test my pattern or I want to publish it sooner than later. Plus it’s helped me with patterns I’ve tested because I’m paying more attention to the little things like spacing etc.

Like any decision it’s ultimately up to you though.

Happy knitting!

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Pattern Review: Harvest Cardigan

I made this pattern using Knitologie’s Bouncy Worsted yarn in Schoolzone from knitcrate. I’m generally not a verigated yarn kinda gal but as it turns out, baby anything is hella cute.

Violet_Harvest1 So I searched Ravlery for patterns with the weight and yardage I had and viola! The Harvest cardigan appeared. I love this pattern because it comes in enough sizes I can make one for myself in one of the corresponding colours so we match, cause that’s obviously something I plan on doing until she is old enough to refuse to match me!

So onto the pattern. Like I said it comes in a variety of sizes, it’s knit seamlessly top down.
It does require a provisional cast on but they include a link to a tutorial if your’re not familiar with that. I do suggest reading through the pattern before starting because when you’re required to make 1 it doesn’t actually say left or right but at the bottom tells you which one you’ll want to use.
Other than that, it’s a pretty simple pattern in general. If you’re new to raglan cardigans this would be a good starting point for sure. Plus it’s a free ravelry download!

Happy Knitting!

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Pattern Review: Pocketful of Stitches Tee

I had to the pleasure of testing Knitatude’s pattern this summer and once again she’s nailed it.

It’s a classic raglan style tee with (as the name suggests) a pocket! The pocket is optional but it’s a fun addition.
It comes in sizes S – XXXL and is form fitting/has no ease. I made mine with Berocco Cotton and while it was pleasant to work with I’m actually re-making mine right now because the yarn stretched to the point that 1) my top was more like a tunic and 2) it was basically a mesh shirt.
So I’ve gone down a needle size to accommodate for said stretching, I’m on the body now and am very happy with the results.

If you haven’t ever made a raglan and therefore are a bit hesitant maybe start with her My Beginner Raglan and go from there. She miiiight even be adding a raglan bundle listing but until that happens she does have discount codes for multiple pattern purchases.

To grab the tee, click here

Happy Knitting!

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Pattern Review: Sagano Sweater

Baby sweaters. Is there anything cuter? Maybe puppy sweaters but it’s a close call. I was fortunate enough to test the Sagano Sweater for Lisa of Frogginette back in March in size 0-3 months.
IMG_20180618_155201Of course trying to get a decent picture of it on my now 4.5 month old is basically impossible but it’s still adorable.

The pattern was my first raglan but it was easy peasy. If ever the term “trust the pattern” rang true it’s here. I didn’t have any issues making it, gauge was spot on, and it gave me a new skill! It ranges in sizes 3mo to 10 years with a chest measurement as well to make sure you’re making the correct size.

IMG_20180618_155159I look forward to making more of her patterns, including the Em Dash for myself with a matching Hyphen for Violet. Especially because the typesetter in me loves the names!

Happy Knitting!

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Honey Badger Cardigan

Last month I released my first ever garment pattern. I’d designed before but only accessories, hats & a cowl.

Let me just start out by saying, designing is not easy. It was one thing to make it for myself and write everything down as I was going, however even just getting to the point where I was finally knitting took a while. I knew what I wanted the cardigan to look like but getting there was not easy. Finding a stitch that showed up how I wanted in the yarn I was using took a lot of research and trial and error. And that is totally normal!

Then you add the different sizes and that seemed overwhelming. I ended up using the standard measurement chart from Craft Yarn Council which is something I highly recommend. From that I was able to math out everything from my gauge.

If you take away one thing from this, it’s that it likely won’t just work right away. You’ll have to rip back countless times because of one reason or another but when you finish the piece, it’s the best feeling.

Finally, if you have zero want to design your own patterns that’s cool too! Just understand why we charge $9.25 CAD for a garment, we just didn’t whip up that super cool dress or cardigan in a day. It took testing out stitches, yarn, frogging countless times and finally mathing everything out so we have a pattern for more than just our individual size.

Happy Knitting!

 

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Pattern Review: Teamwork Tank

Yes I know, I make a lot of patterns by Knitatude but to be fair, her patterns are great! Plus I have tested for her a few times and she is actually the one who got me into making garments because hers were the first ones I made, so there’s that too.

Anyway, the pattern! This is a great one to use up some extra cotton (in this case We are Knitters) for the secondary colour. I used light grey and bubble gum and you can grab those here. The tank got it’s name from a instagram live she did last spring while trying to 20171020_154450figure out a way to use a small amount of cotton she had lying around. Through talking it out with a bunch of people and discussing stripe options it was born! It’s got a garter border at the bottom and it’s off to the races with stockinette.

Which is obviously all I can say without giving away the pattern.

But if you want to make your own click here

Happy knitting!