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Glen Shiel Cardigan Test Knit
CategorySweater / Cardigan
Est. Yards900 - 1200
CommunicationRavelry - Group or Direct Message
Yarn RequirementsDK Yarn, gauge 16 sts 26 rows in 10 cm/4" over lace pattern. Meterage 850 (950, 1125, 1290, 1500, 1690, 1930, 2150) m. Yardage 935 (1045, 1240, 1420, 1650, 1860, 2130, 2365) yds
Sizes Available30-32 charts 30-32 written 42-44 written 46-48 charts 46-48 written 50-52 charts 50-52 written 50-52 charts 54-56 charts 54-56 written 58-60 charts 58-60 written
Skills RequiredLace Knitting Pick Up Stitches Seamed Garments Sweater/Cardigan - Bottom Up
A classic cardigan with a pretty lace pattern and a cosy shawl front. The lace pattern is simple and straightforward, and it knits up fast with DK yarn and larger needles. This is a perfect winter warmer – one you’ll want to snuggle up in every day!
This cardigan is worked in one piece from the hem up to the underarms, then stitches are divided and we work the two fronts and the back separately, then we rejoin fronts and back with a three needle bind off at the shoulder. Pick up stitches round the armhole for sleeves which are worked flat and seamed, and to finish off pick up stitches round the front of the cardigan for a shawl collar. Shown in size 85-90 cm/34-36” on a model with 34” bust.
I’m looking for two testers for each size – one to work lace charts and one to work written instructions. To volunteer please reply to this thread stating your preference for size and charts/written instructions.
Please note that we value inclusivity at Littletheorem Knits. We welcome all test knitters regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or yarn budget – knitting is for everyone! If you would like to test knit but there is no size that would fit you please get in touch and I’ll add in your size.
Yarn: Wool and the Gang Sugar Baby Alpaca (100% Baby Alpaca 116 m/127 yds per 50g) DK weight
Colourway: Margaux Red
Meterage 850 (950, 1125, 1290, 1500, 1690, 1930, 2150) m
Yardage 935 (1045, 1240, 1420, 1650, 1860, 2130, 2365) yds
I don’t mind what yarn you use as long as a) you can get gauge and b) you have enough of it to finish the project! In the interests of inclusivity, it would be lovely to have a range of yarns at different price points.
Needles: 5 mm/US 8, 100 cm/40” circular needle, set of 5 mm/US 8 DPNs or spare 5 mm/US 8 circular needle
Gauge: 16 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in main lace pattern after blocking.
Extras: Tapestry needle for weaving in loose ends, holder or waste yarn for holding live stitches.
To fit bust: 75-80 (85-90, 95-100, 105-110, 115-120, 125-130, 135-140, 145-150) cm
Across Back: 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75) cm
Length Armpit to hem:46 (46, 49, 49, 52, 52, 55, 55) cm
Upper Arm Circumference: 30 (35, 35, 40, 40, 45, 45, 50) cm
Sleeve Length 48 (48, 51, 51, 54, 54, 57, 57) cm
To fit bust: 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52, 54-56, 58-60)”
Across Back: 16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30)”
Length Armpit to hem:18.5 (18.5, 19.75, 19.75, 22, 22, 23.25, 23.25)”
Upper Arm Circumference: 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20)”
Sleeve Length 19 (19, 20, 20, 21.5, 21.5, 23, 23)”
Pattern Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Skills Needed: Basic lace stitches (k2tog, yo, ssk), fake cable stitch – right twist (instructions given), basic knit stitches, ability to pick up and knit, mattress stitch seams for sleeves.
Requirements: All testers should post in the test thread once a week with your progress, even if you haven’t made any progress that week. If you have a specific reason which means you won’t be able to post an update every week then as long as you let me know in advance that shouldn’t be a problem.
If you find any mistakes in the pattern, you’ll need to post about them in the thread as soon as possible so that I can fix them for other testers.
All testers must create a project on Ravelry and link it to the design. Modeled photos are optional but would definitely be a plus. In an ideal world, you’ll have a ravelry profile with lots of projects with attractive photos and an Instagram account which you post knitting photos to regularly, but I do appreciate that this is not an ideal world!
When the project is complete you’ll need to fill out the questionnaire below and post it in the thread.
What yarn did you use (brand, type and colourway)?
How much yarn did you use?
What needle size did you use, if not the recommended size?
Did you obtain the correct gauge?
What are the final measurements of your project?
How would you rate the fit of this cardigan on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being extremely poor and 10 being extremely good)?
What would improve the fit of the cardigan?
Were there any errors in the pattern?
How would you rate the clarity of the pattern on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being extremely poor and 10 being extremely good)?
Are there any improvements you would like to suggest for this pattern?
Would you like to be earburned for future tests?
All testers receive the finished pattern for free upon publishing as well as a coupon code for a free pattern from my Ravelry store.