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The shawl’s lace body is circular, allowing the shawl to be very enveloping. The motifs are easy to remember and to knit, making the shawl accessible even to adventurous beginners. The garter stitch short rows use the German Short Row technique. The prototype is knitted using five contrasting colours but it is entirely possible to reduce the number of colours or knit it in one colour, the difference in texture between stocking stitch and moss stitch remain interesting regardless of the number of colours used.

Important Rules

  1. You need to be able to communicate in English. I’ll only host one test thread for each new pattern, merging English and French versions of the pattern. In order to have everyone understanding everything and allow anyone to register, we need to write our posts in English.
  2. You will get an beta version of the pattern and a deadline. Please do not share the pattern with anyone else. Sometimes a test knit needs to be super secret and neither I or you will be allowed to share pictures of WIPs or FOs before the pattern release day. Otherwise, you’re very welcome to share what you’re working on with the world. If you do so, don’t forget to tag me as indicated in the presentation opposite.
  3. The test deadline will be close to the release date of the pattern (think around two weeks prior to it).
  4. In order for the test to go smoothly both for you and me, I’ll need to track your progress along the way. Please let us know when you reach the stages described in the opposite requirements section.
  5. Compensation:
    • Once all the stages described in the Mandatory section are done, you’ll be marked as “Finished”.You’ll get the pattern for free in your Ravelry library upon publication.
    • If you managed to also do the Optional stages, you’ll get a coupon code valid in my Ravelry store without expiration date for one extra free pattern.
    • If you’re not done by the test deadline date, but you’ve participated along the way, that’s fine. Then you’ll still get a copy of the pattern for your library, but no coupon code for another.
  6. If you have taken the test and not participated in the KAL along the way, do not finish by the deadline and do not post your project to the pattern page, well, that’s not really in the spirit so you will not be asked to participate again,your Slack account will be deactivated and will not have a copy of the pattern in your library.

Test details

Start date : Oct 17th

Deadline: Nov 23rd

Sizes: Unique

Difficulty: Intermediate. You need to know how to knit short rows (the pattern uses German Short Rows) and basic lace techniques.

Sharing: This IS a TOP SECRET TEST. Please do not share any pictures of it over any social media. You can still share them in the private Slack thread (obviously) and publish them once the pattern will be published.

Requirements

  • Mandatory : pattern downloaded; Sections 1, 2 & 3.
  • Optional (to get an extra free pattern): Ravelry project page created and linked to the pattern page using the test code, one picture of the finished shawl shared in the Slack channel. Upon public publication, pictures added to the project pages.

Yarn & Notions

Yarn weight: fingering.

380-400 m / 416-437 yds in the Main Colour (MC) and 70-80 m / 76-87 yds in each of the five Contrasting Colours (CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, CC5).

The prototype is knitted using five contrasting colours but it is
entirely possible to reduce the number of colours or knit it in one
colour, the difference in texture between stocking stitch and moss
stitch remain interesting regardless of the number of colours used.

If you’re not using the same number of CCs, please be careful to track properly your meterage/yardage for each of the corresponding CC.

  • Main Colour (MC) = 380-400 m / 416-437 yds
  • Contrasting Colours (CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, CC5) = 70-80 m / 76-87 yds in each

 

Needles & Notions:

  • 4 mm / US #6 – at least 80 cm / 32” circular needle to knit the shawl.
  • 5 mm / US #8 – to knit the bind-off.
  • 2 stitch markers
  • 1 tapestry needle.

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See above for any details about the test rules and the test details. If you agree with them, fill in the form below to apply to the test.

The general test call will be published in my Slack workspace on Friday 14th October, around 9h00 (Paris time) with the remaining open spots. I’m always trying to have at least one native English speaker testing the English version of the pattern so I might not have enough spots for all you if I need to keep that spot opened.

Thank you again for joining in the test. It would really help us if you could fill in the test feeback form below 😊

For all the scale questions: 1 = not satisfied at all; 2 = not satisfied; 3 = neutral; 4 = satisfied; 5 = very satisfied.