Here at Making Stories, we LOVE our test knitters! It's no secret that they are essential to the success of the magazine, and for getting every single pattern as close to perfect as possible by the time you are casting on your new project. They're wildly talented, unbelievably patient, and one of the highlights of creating our magazine! Today, we want to give a big shout-out to them (and our awesome Test Knitting Maestro, Jess!), and share a few of our tester's projects with you. This is just the tip of a very woolly iceberg, so brace yourself, you're about to get inspired!
We love this close up shot of Sophie's Amadou! It's thoughtful details like the pockets that elevate this design from a cosy cabled cardigan into something truly special. And can we take a moment to admire Sophie's crisp stitches and beautiful bobbles?!
While we love the original colourway of Mominoki's Finnwool we used for the Walden sample (Curry), Jean's version in Dusty Rose has us just as smitten. It shows off the stunning texture on the leg perfectly, and it has so much depth. But then, you really can't go wrong with any of the Finnwool colours, which you can check out in our webshop here!
We love how our testers make our patterns their own. When you knit one of our designs, especially with sweaters, we want you to end up with something you will love and knit for years to come. For her Hana, Gisèle has chosen to finish her neckline with a classic crew neck, instead of the long rib cowl collar shown on the sample. Which would you choose?
We can't get over this stunning photo of Barbara's Coill mittens! It perfectly shows the way Eimear, our wonderful designer, used traveling cables on the hand to perfectly balance the one's twisting up the thumb. And check out that green! This is the Farraige colour way, and it has so much depth.
You can never have too many pairs of fingerless mittens for Autumn, and Acorn has that perfect combination of simple, meditative stitches with super thoughtful details to keep you engaged. Yoko's powder blue version look so soft and warm, it's making us want a pair in every colour!
Here's another example of testers making a project their own! The Pom Pom for Fire Shadow is totally optional, and while we love the two-tone one Mara created for the sample, this faux-fur one Lesley has chosen is so fun!
Have these tester projects got your creative juices flowing?! If you are still struggling to choose a project from Issue 8, remember you can see all the patterns in detail by watching our Pattern Preview video! Check it out below...
Hi lovelies! I kind of completely dropped the ball on putting FO posts out there, but as you all very kindly let me know through our "what do you want to read on the blog" survey, you actually really like them, so we have some catching up to do!
We're starting with two FOs that have actually quite recently only been finished – if by recently we mean the end of 2023. They're both from Issue 10, and were both a delight to knit!
Hi lovelies! I am so delighted to welcome our second double-digit magazine issue into the Making Stories family: Issue 11, Seashore! Our Spring 2024 issue features 12 wonderful, layerable, delightful-to-knit patterns that are fabulous on beach days, a stroll through the park, or a day out with the kids.
We also welcome Liza Laird with a beautiful poem about our relationship to the ocean to our pages.
Hi lovelies! I adore a good color-changing yarn, so imagine my excitement when I found a non-superwash, 100% wool version (not so easy to come by)! Schoppelwolle's Zauberwolle comes in at 250 m / 273 yds per 100 g and knits up beautifully to a fingering-weight, sport-weight and DK gauge.
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