Even if it’s only been a week since issue 7 was released, we’re already working hard on issue 8. At the moment we have several patterns for our next issue being test knitted, and we thought now would be a good time to tell you a little about our test knitting processes.
So what’s the whole test knitting process about? We usually organise a few test knits for each issue, most of the designers take care of the test knits by themselves. The active dialogue between the testers and the designer helps us make the patterns easy to follow and also spot possible errors in the pattern before printing.
We don’t expect the testers to use the original yarn called for in the pattern. They can choose to use whichever yarn they want – either go yarn shopping or use yarn from their own stash – as long as they get the correct gauge. As we don’t offer yarn support, we want to make sure that test knitting is accessible to all and doesn’t require spending a lot on yarn if the tester can’t or doesn’t want to. We also think that it’s inspiring to see many different yarn and colour options when the testers link their projects to the pattern page on Ravelry. It’s important to us that all the testers end up with a finished garment that fits well in their existing wardrobe and that they are happy and proud to wear again and again. Test knitters don’t get a fee or a salary, so we want to ensure that they are happy with the garment they use their time to make. All Laine test knitters are mentioned in the magazine’s Thank You section and receive a copy of the magazine once it’s released.
We’re always looking for new test knitters, especially for bust sizes 46” / 117 cm and up. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org with your bust circumference and Ravelry and IG handles. We'd also like to hear more about you and your knitting and test knitting experience. Most of our test knits are for sweaters and cardigans, so we'd need you to be comfortable knitting those.
We really couldn’t do this without our lovely group of talented, committed and hard-working test knitters, thank you to each and every one of you.