Friday, January 27, 2012
Now, on to the sweater! I wrangled my friend Denise into taking a few photos of the sweater on my body (as opposed to pinned to my floor) so I would have something to put into the test version of the pattern. I'm currently looking for test knitters in the following size range: 32, 40, 44 inch bust, and/or 6' through 6'6". Leave me a comment if you're interested, or hit me up at any of the various social networks at the top of the blog. I still have to double check the numbers before sending it out, but I think we'll be ready to get underway in a week or so.
I used Cascade 220, worked at a slightly larger gauge to give a comfortable, loose feel to the pullover, but test knitters can use any yarn that works up to a gauge of 18 sts and 24 rows over 4 inches. Right now, I'm not sure about the yardage requirements for any of the sizes other than the 38" bust (5 skeins for the traditional, 6.5 for the tall), but I've estimated an approximate yardage for each. I would suggest purchasing a little more yarn than estimated, check the return policy of your LYS to see if you can return any unused yarn (just in case). Again, if you would like to test this pattern, leave me a comment, PM me on Ravelry, or contact me by Facebook or Twitter.
Meanwhile, I spent last night swatching, sketching schematics, and working out a rough design for a brand new project. I struggled for two days with one idea, only to be inspired by an entirely different one. This one will be a while before it comes together, but I've got a lot of the work done in advance, and I've put the skills I learned during the Apogee project to good use.