From June to November, a test knitting story

by Svipser9. November 2013 15:02


Wow, no posts since August – It’s not that I haven’t knitted anything, on the contrary, I have done a heap of knitting!


One of the things that have taken a lot of my knitting time, has been lending my services as a test knitter. For those of you who don’t have a clue about what that is – let me explain. When brilliant clever people (= designers) come up with a new pattern, they often ask the help of test knitters (= just a tad bit less brilliant and clever people, like yours truly)


We then get the pattern before it is published, knit the pattern, giving our two senses along the way, weeding out typos, sometimes giving suggestions for different wording, checking instructions, yardage etc. are correct. When we are done, the designer takes all our feedback, and adjusts any errors etc.


Nifty isn’t it J


Now, this is a free service, and we get only the honor, appreciation and experience out of it – it’s fun, rewarding and interesting. We see the designs before everyone else and give something back to the wonderful world of knitting – so what more could you want really?


I have recently  test knitted 2 patterns for Gabrielle aka Danskknit on Ravelry

Lacy & The Leaves



And Aquazzone 


Both blankets, both lovely!


The first still lives with me, as I can’t seem to part with it, the second how ever has gone to a little girl named Marie for her dolls :)


Then came the Stripes Button Top Pullover for Amy Grace aka twogirls on Ravelry. I already had Bertram in mind as a receiver when I signed up for this test – and he looks SO cute in it!


 I adore this pattern, so much so that when asked, I actually agreed to knit another one for Marie.


Listen people, I don’t knit patterns twice, ever, but I did with this one – and I might even do it again! If you are looking for a cute baby/toddler pattern, let me recommend this one.  And you can use scraps for stripes,  who doesn’t have loads and loads of scraps that need a purpose?

Last of the test knits, for now,  is Flax by tincanknits – and this is really cool, because it’s a free pattern, perfect for the first time sweater knitter! It’s packed with tutorials, so even a new knitter will be able to knit this, with patience and perseverance. Another awesome thing about this pattern is that the sizes run from newborn to 4XL, this will fit absolutely anyone you choose to knit for!



I won’t sign up for any more test knitting this year, I have to many things I want to knit for me and mine – but next year J




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About Svipser


Wife of David. Mother of Mathias, Andreas and Theodor. Owner of pure bread Labrador Retriever Otto and co-owner of Rita the cat, that no one else wanted (thank God, cause we can’t live without her!).


I don’t just love to knit, I need to knit. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes other people benefit from my addiction, but usually what I knit is meant for me.


I’m waiting for my chance to make my own River Cottage, that’ll be the day. Until that happens, I will try to  make the best of my vegetable patch in the suburbs of Copenhagen.




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