Well, I’ve been working up a couple patterns myself that people have been requesting, but in between times, I’ve done a couple of test knits for friends.
You might remember the Kaia Babydoll pattern I tested for my friend Rachel? Well, she’s got another pattern she’s just released called Spring Butterfly (free Ravelry Download), which is a top-down raglan cardy in size one. She’s used a picot cast off on the sleeves to add a different touch, plus a slip-stitch butterfly motif on the back that tops a cute little reverse stocking stitch pleat.
This is the one I knit up. I used some of my yarn from the last yarn swap I’ve received (yet to be blogged, BAD BLOGGER!), which is hand dyed Merino et Soie.
I changed the bottom hem from the pattern, which calls for a knitted frill. I wanted the bottom to have the picot as well. Here are the mods I did:
- 13 increase repeats from the bottom of the butterfly.
- Six rows of the following: knit to second marker, purl to next marker, knit to end.
- Cast off in picot with Cast On 2, cast off 6.
A couple more pics, one of the back and one more close up of the butterfly.
The other test knit was a 12ply version of the Vanilla Soaker (a low cost Ravelry download), by Kelly of Incidental Happiness. She’s just released her 8ply pattern for sale, and is furiously working on the 10ply and 12 ply versions to be included as well.
This is a GREAT soaker pattern, knit in the round, which uses a provisional cast on to knit the crotch flat first, so that there is no grafting of the soaker. The ribbing is a nice features, allowing for stretch in the crotch to ease in the sizing.
I used some Yarn Bee Wool #070 in the Rainbow Twist colour and knit the newborn size.
The only mod I did on this was the cast on. I used a Tunisian Cast on, and left one side of the stitches on a spare circular needle.
So, now I need to finish doing some more blogging, because one again I am way behind.