Iglu Knitted by Beth

Now, look at this fantastic fade project. This is Beth, aka yarnbeth, living in South Carolina in the US and her test knit version of my design Iglu. She made a swatch with her fade options from her stash and selected the darker tones and less variation in colour, all in Madeline Tosh yarns, as Beth wrote on her project page: “Toner Cartridge, Pigeon Wing, and Cove are “in”, and I bought some Pelican in Pashmina”. Beth is an experienced knitter (read: knitted from the age of 12) and the perfect test knitter, with her meticuluous attention to detail. On her project page there is a lot of information including the modifications she made to the one sized poncho: The major ones are that Beth worked 1 pattern repeat less on the body to shorten it, and added rounds of ribbing on the sleeve part to fit her perfectly. Beth also wrote down her fade progression, from top down:
(1) Pelican on Madelinetosh Pashmina
(2) Pigeon Wing on Madelinetosh DK Twist
(3) Cove on Madelinetosh MCN Sport
(4) Toner Cartridge on Madelinetosh Work SockBeth has also styled and photographed the poncho so beautifully. The garden backdrop highlights the colours in her poncho and hair. She also writes the following on her project page: “Love the cable on this design – really pretty”. I am very happy to hear it, and that she is test knitting more of my designs! Thank you so much, Beth!

Iglu is a lightweight poncho to live in, hence the Inuit name Iglu, with a Celtic cable on center front and back. The poncho has sleeve parts in rib and a collar in garter stitch ending in a I-cord. It is beautifully knitted with shaped shoulders in the bouncy and lustrous Sølje Pelsull. The pattern is available in English and in Norwegian at Ravelry and on Loveknitting. A yarn kit is available with a Norwegian pattern from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.


Cablewing Sweater by Yelena Malcolm Dasher

IMG_3675_medium2I was thrilled to have Yelena Malcolm Dasher, aka ymalcolm on Ravelry, as a test knitter for my Cablewing Sweater, see projects/ymalcolm. She is a very popular test knitter because of her knitting skills, her sharp mind, photography and amazing knitting speed, just to mention a few of her skills. Yelena chose the marvelous LEDK (short for limited edition double knit) by Madeline Tosh in a shade called Astrid Grey and named her project Courchevel after the ski resort. Her stunning pictures attracted other test knitters to sign up to my delight. Like me, she found the stitch pattern addictive. Yelena had to adjust the row gauge to fit the pattern and chose to not fold the neckline down. Thank you, Yelena! The pattern has been released in English and Norwegian, where it first was printed in the magazine Familien, in my Ravelry Store.

IMG_3663_medium2I was very impressed with the matching nail varnish, a happy co-incidence apparently. Yelena has more photos on her project page on Ravelry. More results of brilliant test knitting will come soon.

IMG_3668_medium2A photograph from the back. Yelena was not daunted in any way by my pattern and has taken part in more of my test knits, I am pleased to say! Here is my introduction to the sweater: “Cablewings surrounded by lace gives this sweater a flowery expression. The A- line shape with lace along each side, paired with the double round neckband, is a flattering on many bodies. The pullover is knitted in the round to the armhole in a classic cream colored pure wool with bounce, Embla from Hifa. A large matching wrap gives the sweater a regal look and it is warm, practical, but also decorative”.

Cable Wing COVERIt is available in sizes S to XXL, and knitted using a 4 mm/US 6, for more information see the pattern page on Ravelry.