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Wanted: Test Knitters

Wanted:  Test Knitters

Qualifications:  You can knit, purl, cast on and bind off.  You are willing to ask questions when you are uncertain.  You enjoy laughing.  That’s about it.  Beginners are welcome here.  If you often have problems reading patterns, then I need you, too.

Duties:  You will knit a project that you select, following the pattern.  You will point out errors you find, and you will look for wording that is not as clear as it could be.  You will call the attention of the designer to these problems as soon as you find them.  You will share your finished piece with the designer so it may be photographed.

Recompense:  Sorry, no money.  You may even have to supply your own yarn.  However—if you live in the area, you will be invited to do a Knit Along with other test knitters and the designer.  You may bring other projects to the KALs and the designer (that’s me) will help you with them.  I will also teach you any other techniques in which you are interested.  It’s like lots of free classes.  Your name will be listed on the pattern as a test knitter.

Currently I need test knitters for two projects.

Project one is a hat.  This will require about 250 yards of non-wool dk or sport weight yarn.  I can provide some yarn support here.  You would need to knit in the round from a beginning of only 4 sts.  You may use either dpn’s or magic loop.  The original has been knit in Rowan Revive, one of the recycled Purelife yarns, available through Charlotte Yarn.  Picture of finished hat will be shown when you express some interest.  If you don’t like it, you don’t have to knit it.

Project two is a gift that I don’t want to identify online yet.  I will tell you and show you a picture when you express interest.  You would need 400 yds of cotton and a size 6–8 needle  to get a gauge of 5.5 sts per inch.  The original was knit with 2 skeins of Ty-Dy cotton available through Charlotte Yarn.  I have some solid color yarns that might work for you.

Deadlines will be set for the test knitting, but they will be generous.

If you want to know more about this procedure, send me an email (jane@jpknits.com ) and ask your questions.  I’m not looking for experts here,  I need regular people who knit for fun and want the pattern to be accurate and make sense.


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