I've just drafted up my latest knitting pattern and sent it out to some lovely test knitters. The pattern is for this little shoulder cosy that I call 'The Hug':
Both my test knitters already know what they want to use the pattern for. Helen lives in Florida and is keen to have something that is super portable that she can easily pop on to add a layer of warmth in the evening, when needed. She also already had the yarn and it's even the same colourway as I used for my cosy – it's called 'Hawthorn'. The yarn is Rowan's Kidsilk Haze Trio, which has now been discontinued, which is such a shame – it's lovely stuff . Here's her test swatch!
Karen is my other 'Hug' test knitter and she's based in Northern Ontario, Canada. Her plan is to gift The Hug to her son's girlfriend who is about to graduate with a Masters in Opera Performance – I'm hoping Karen adds a thread of something sparkly 🙂
I've recently just received feedback from two of my test knitters on the English Rose Tweed Cowl and once my third arrives back, I can finalise and publish it. This is the very talented Lili who I think made a gorgeous looking cowl – her stitches are so beautifully even and the yellows look lovely on her:
Becca is also test knitting this one for me and has already let me have some really fabulous feedback on the pattern as well as coming up with her own super speedy small cowl based on the design:
It's so brilliant to be connecting with people like this and knowing that you're creating something that is giving them enjoyment – I really didn't expect to love that aspect so much when I decided to write up some patterns. Talking of which, since I uploaded it in November last year, my first published (free) pattern for the Reversible Chevron Scarf has now been downloaded 2,108 times on Ravelry and favourited 640 times. Isn't that amazing?
This pattern has even been someone's first ever knit and I was so chuffed to read that they found it easy and loved the scarf they made using it.
I have a few other possible write ups on my to do list, including the crochet pattern for the little Ripple Cowl I've made a couple of times using Malabrigo Worsted Merino – once in 'Simply Taupe' and once in 'Pearl'. Here it is in Simply Taupe:
And here's the lovely Susie H wearing the Pearl coloured one that I made for her:
Susie would make anything look good to be fair, although I do love this little cowl and I think other crochet fans might like to give it a go. So, if you crochet and fancy testing the pattern for it, please either leave a comment here or use the contact form to get in touch with me – I'd love to hear from you 🙂