Equality test knit

I’m still working on getting a photoshoot for the Equality hat and cowl, but I think we can go ahead and run a test knit. The pattern has been tech-edited and is basically ready to go, but I always prefer to get the pattern into a few knitters’ hands before the official publication. This serves two purposes: first, I can double-check that there’s nothing obvious that we missed in the editing process (not common, but it does happen), and second, it reassures other knitters that it’s a usable pattern.

So, if you’re interested in helping out, please comment here (or comment on the thread in my Ravelry group), and I’ll arrange to send you the pattern for testing.

What I’ll need from you: please contact me if there’s anything confusing. (Even if you would ordinarily fudge it for yourself and move on, it’s something I need to know.) If you have a Ravelry account, please post a project page with photos and then link to the pattern page once it’s published. Many thanks – it’s a huge favor!

I’m looking for three people to knit each hat size and three people to knit each cowl size. Edit: I’d prefer it if you can finish the test within a couple of weeks or a month at most.

Here’s the details:

Hat:

Size:

  • To fit an adult head 22 (24) inches [56 (61)cm] in circumference. Finished hat is 19.75 (22.5) inches [50 (57)cm]  around and 8 (9.25) inches [20 (23.5)cm] deep.

Gauge:

  • 17 stitches and 28 rounds over 4 inches [10cm] in stitch pattern on larger needles, measured after blocking.

Materials needed:

  • 85 (115) yards [78 (105)m] of Aran weight yarn. Sample was worked in Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round, or size needed to get gauge.
  • US size 6 [4mm] needles for ribbing in the round, or two sizes smaller than other needles.
  • yarn needle for working in ends.

Techniques:

  • You need to know how to cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, and knit two together.
  • Instructions are written and charted.

Cowl:

Size:

  • The regular cowl is 22.5 inches [57cm] around, while the infinity scarf is 51 inches [129cm]. Both are 8 inches [20 cm] deep.  Both dimensions are easily adjusted; however, the amount of yarn needed will vary.

Gauge:

  • 17 stitches and 28 rounds over 4 inches [10cm] in stitch pattern on larger needles, measured after blocking.

Materials needed:

  • 130 (290) yards [119 (265)m] of Aran weight yarn. Sample was worked in Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round, or size needed to get gauge.
  • US size 6 [4mm] needles for ribbing in the round, or two sizes smaller than other needles.
  • yarn needle for working in ends.

Techniques:

  • You need to know how to cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, knit in front and back of the same stitch, knit 2 together, and bind off.
  • Instructions are written and charted.

(I figured I would go ahead and post this in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.)

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