test knitters wanted – Kindle cozy

Even though I haven’t done any kind of 2012 wrap-up or 2013 launch post, I have set myself some goals for this shiny new year. I think I’ll share them gradually, as I make some progress on them. For now, I can tell you that one of the goals is to write a knitting pattern. I find this to be no easy task. So I decided to start slowly and on a small scale.

Initially, this wasn’t supposed to be a pattern at all. I just wanted to make my colleague a Kindle cozy, which I had promised her a while ago. But when I searched on Ravelry, none of the existing patterns (and there are many!) were quite what I was looking for. So I improvised one. And here is the result.

The idea is to make it a free pattern. But I want to approach it as seriously as if it were for sale. In short, I am using this as a learning opportunity, and as a first step to more serious pattern writing. I have already learned that even such a tiny thing requires a lot of work: spelling out every step clearly, but without using too many words; weighing yarn amounts; measuring gauge; photographing… and more. The biggest lesson is that you have to think of every detail. When knitting, you can usually fudge some things, get away with not checking gauge, approximate whether you’ll have enough yarn or not. But when you are writing the pattern, you are expected to know (and provide) all that information. And phew, it’s a lot of work! But it’s also fun.

The pattern is very quick to make. It is knit in the round, in worsted weight yarn, with a tiny little bit of colourwork (only 9 rounds).

I used Cascade 220 Heathers for the MC and Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for the CC. The result is wonderfully rustic, just like I wanted it to be. But I would love to see what variations other people come up with!

So, want to help me? I’d love to have a few test-knitters who could tell me what didn’t work, what wasn’t clear, what could be done better. I promise to listen to you very very carefully. :)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

21 thoughts on “test knitters wanted – Kindle cozy

  1. Please let me be part of the team! It would be such a honor to test your very first pattern. Your Kindle cozy was love at first sight!
    Even if you don’t need me, I’ll knit your pattern anyway and wait for it’s release anxiously:
    (plus: I’ll be on holiday at the end of the week, so I’ll have plenty of time to knit and share my impressions with you ;)

  2. Happy to help, if you still need a tester. My hubby got a Kindle for Christmas and has been looking for just the right thing. This strikes his fancy!

  3. I’d love to get a chance to test your pattern. I’ve been knitting for a while but it’ll be my first shot at being a sample knitter :)

  4. I’d like to help, it looks like it would fit my Kobo and would be a fun way to try colour work for the first time, if you can send the info out to me in New Zealand!

  5. i just started learning about knitting when i visited my mother two months back and got hold of a pair of needles (4 mm). i have no idea what to start with and how to do this… could you maybe help me out? if u have the time…

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