About the design: This classic knitted blouse has references back to New York during the beginning of the last century, where the neighborhood around Fort Washington on Northern Manhattan was just emerging. Some of the stylish pioneer women still live there and you can meet them, promenading down what used to be Northern Avenue, chick and elegantly dressed. This soft mohair blouse is designed as a tribute the these women. It is worked top down and has set in sleeves. No sewing is required. The pattern contains instructions for 5 sizes (34 to 42) and would be suitable for an advanced beginner. I am grateful to Barbara Walker for her inspiring ideas presented in her classic book – Knitting from the top. See more photos here.
About the test: I would like to have the pattern test knit, partly for clarity, readability and errors, partly to boost the number of projects on Ravelry. Test knitters should check if the yardage estimations are correct for the given size. Test knitters are expected to knit the jacket, and to upload pictures of the finished project to Ravelry. It would be great with photo updates along the way too. There is no compensation to test knitters, except that the pattern is free of course.
Deadline: December 1, 2012 (flexible)
Materials and tools: Yarn: 700(750,775,900,1000) yards Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Super Kid Mohair: 70%, Silk: 30%) held double or other mohair blends where gauge can be obtained. 4 mm/US 2½ and 3.5 mm/US 3 circular needles 16 inches and 24 inches long. Double pointed needles, size 4 mm/US 2½ and 3.5 mm/US 3.
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in St sts.
Sizes: To fit bust: 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 inches – the blouse is prettiest with no or just a little positive ease.
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Communication: All communication is done via the test knitting forum on on my website, ingesandholt.dk. I expect test knitters to post regular updates in the thread. I will post all corrections in a dedicated post, so they are assembled one place.