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Test Knit - Posted January, 4th
Crop Top Test Knit- Size Inclusive!
Est. Yards1200 - 1500
CommunicationRavelry - Group or Direct Message
Payment Notes: You will receive a free copy of my Boarding Pass socks pattern on Ravelry, plus a coupon code to use at Old Soul Fiber Co. for 20% off test yarn (should you choose to use their yarn)
Yarn Requirementsfingering weight; superwash sock yarn recommended, other yarns will change the drape of the finished garment; colors: solids, semisolid, tonal, and speckles. Stripes and variegated not recommended.
Sizes AvailableSize 1: 1 needed Size 2: FULL Size 3: 2 needed Size 4: FULL Size 5: FULL Size 6: 1 needed Size 7: 2 needed Size 8: 3 needed Size 9: 3 needed
Skills RequiredEmbellishment - adding beads, sequins, or charms - Knitting Seamed Garments Short rows Sweater/Cardigan - Bottom Up Working in the Round
This is a rectangular crop top, knit in a loose gauge in fingering weight yarn. It has lots of ease. The top is worked from the bottom up, beginning with a garter stitch hem. Short rows on the front and back create a curved hem, accented on the side seams by ribbing which slightly draws in to shape the sides. The garter stitch chest and back have gently shaped shoulders for a flattering fit. A row of beads on the front of the neckline adds a delicate accent.
Due to the number of stitches required to cast on and join without twisting for working in the round, you may prefer to knit the front and back flat, separately, and seam them together. You will receive PDF instructions for both, and I will let you decide which way you prefer to knit your top.
The sample pictured on Instagram is a size 2, knit with Old Soul Fiber Co "Soul Twist" in color "Teacher's Pet." Along with your pdf pattern you will receive a discount code for 20% off your yarn for the test (if you choose to use this yarn for the test, it isn't required).
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) which correspond to bust/chest circumference 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” [76 (86, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147, 158) cm].
Finished Garment Circumference: 39 (43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71)” [99 (109, 119, 129.5, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180) cm].
Ease: Pick a size with 9-11” [23-28 cm] of positive ease. For example, a person with a bust/chest circumference of 33” [84 cm] would choose size 2 with a finished circumference of 43” [109 cm] which will give 10” of ease and fit as intended.
Gauge: 23 sts and 33 rows per 4x4”[10x10 cm] in stockinette after blocking.
*You will need to measure a 4x4” [10x10 cm] section of your swatch before and after blocking.
Size 1(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
-Approximately 726 (800, 876, 950, 1025, 1100, 1174, 1245, 1320) yards [664 (731, 801, 869, 937, 1006, 1074, 1138, 1207) m] of fingering weight wool yarn, superwash recommended.
Colors recommended: solid, semi-solid, speckles, tonal. I won't say don't use variegated, but it might pool in unexpected ways given the construction of this top (short-rows)
-21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37) size 6 beads
Working in the round:
-Two US size 4 [3.5 mm] circular needles, one should be long enough to comfortably fit all of your stitches (sizes 1, 2, 3, 4: 32-42” [81-102 cm], sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: 44” [112 cm] or longer)
-One US size 4 [3.5 mm] double-pointed, straight, or circular needle (for working the three needle bind-off; you’ll only be using the tip)
-One US size 10 [1.30 mm] (or smaller) crochet hook for placing beads.
-6 stitch markers (2 should be different than the others to mark left side and BOR)
-Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
-Two US size 4 [3.5 mm] circular needles, 20” [81 cm] or longer (can be different lengths)
-one additional US size 4 [3.5 mm] double pointed, straight, or circular needle (for working the three needle bind-off; you’ll only be using the tip)
-one US size 10 [1.30 mm] (or smaller) crochet hook for placing beads
-2 stitch markers
You will need a way to measure the finished garment in grams; kitchen scale or yarn scale, etc.
1. Test will be run in the String Revolution Ravelry group. An earburn inviting you to join the group will be sent. Weekly check ins are required. Almost all communication will take place in this thread, so I ask that you participate and check the thread regularly.
2. At least one in-progress "teaser" on Instagram is greatly appreciated (not strictly required)
3. I will ask that you create a Ravelry project page and link to the final pattern
4. Completion of end of project survey
5. A final modeled picture of the finished top needs to be posted to the Ravelry project page, and Instagram.
6. No modifications to the pattern may be made beyond the personal decision of how long to knit your top.
You will receive a copy of the finalized crop top pattern in addition to a free Ravelry download of my sock pattern Boarding Pass.
DEADLINE: February 29 or earlier (deadline is flexible as long as communication with designer is maintained)
Errata will be distributed through a Google Doc which you will receive access to along with the pattern. Any errors found will be updated in as timely a manner as possible, and indicated in the Ravelry group test thread.
I will be choosing testers until I have fulfilled all of my sizes needed, and you may begin as soon as you receive my email containing the pattern pdf.