Ice Breaker Test Knitting Call

I am looking for some test/preview knitters for a new design!

Ice Breaker is a bulky-weight layering vest/popover that I’m planning on releasing the end of October 2022. I’m looking for test/preview knitters who can complete the sweater by mid-October and share with me their input and finished photos!
Full testing information, including how to apply to be a test/preview knitter for this design, are found below! Thank you so much for your consideration 🙂

The pictures above show Ice Breaker knit up in Manos del Uruguay Cardo, a beautiful 100% wool, bulky-weight yarn. I knit this on a US 11 needle to get a gauge of 11.5 stitches & 17 rounds = 4″/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round.

I also knit a version in Berroco Remix Chunky (in case anyone wants to see how it looks in a non-wool option). This yarn is not as thick as cardo, so at the above gauge the fabric is a little looser (which gives it a bit more drape).

Here are more details about this design:

Yarn/Gauge:

  • Yarn weight: Bulky
  • Gauge: 11.5 stitches & 17 rounds = 4″/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round.
  • Needle size: I used a US 11 to get gauge (you may need a different needle depending on yarn choice/personal tension).
  • Yarn used in samples: Manos del Uruguay Cardo & Berroco Remix Chunky.

Sizes:

  • 10 sizes are provided.
  • Finished body circumference sizes: 38.25 (41.75, 45.25, 48.75, 52.25) (55.75, 59.25, 62.5, 66, 69.5)”/ 97 (106, 115, 124, 133) (142, 150, 159, 168, 177) cm
  • Yardage needed for each size: approx. 455 (505, 560, 620, 665) (725, 785, 830, 900, 965) yds 
  • Recommended ease: 6-10″ of positive ease (depending on your desired fit).

Timing:

  • Apply to be a tester: by Sunday, 9/18
  • Pattern provided: no later than Sunday, 9/18.
  • Pattern input and finished photos by: Oct 19.
    • Note: this is a shorter timeframe than most of my test knits, but due to the yarn/gauge, this is a relatively fast knit.

Sweater Construction:

  • Knit in one piece from the bottom-up (if you’ve knit my Azalea, Alanis or Castaway tops – it’s very similar construction).
  • Features an eyelet stitch pattern above the hem
  • Simple stockinette stitch for the rest of the garment.
  • Shoulder shaping is created using German short rows (tutorials provided).
  • Shoulders are attached together using the three needle bind-off technique.
  • A prominent deep v-neck that features a mitered rib trim.
  • Stitches are picked up and knit to create the neck trim & armhole trim.

What I’m looking for in a tester:

  • I’m looking for knitters of all skill-levels! But you should at least have a little experience with sweater knitting (having knit at least a sweater or two already).
  • You should feel comfortable with the target deadline and sharing finished photos of your garment (along with your pattern/design input, and info such as size made, amount of ease you’re wearing it with, and materials used).
  • You can refer to the “Is Test Knitting for Me” section of my test knitting page for more specifics.

Interested in being a test/preview knitter for this design?

Just send me an email at info@elizabethsmithknits.com with the following information:

  • What size you would knit, should you be selected.
  • Your Ravelry username (if you have one).
  • Your Instagram handle (if you have a public one with knitting photos).

Thank you so much! You will be notified by Sunday, 9/18.