If you've been following me for a little while, you probably know that I LOVE testing patterns. I love using the experience as an opportunity to meet new people (the other testers), work with designers, and learn more and more about different designer's processes. I am so grateful for each and every pattern that I have been able to test! And let me assure you, this one is no different.
Julie Ann Lebouthillier, the designer behind Twin Stitches Designs, is absolutely amazing. I can’t brag about her enough! She has over 54 designs available on Ravelry, ranging from sweaters, to socks, to hats, to tees, to cowls, and now cardigans! She even has a few free patterns! You are sure to find something you love, whether you want texture, color work, or just simple knitting.
The Testing Process:
The testing process of this cardigan was a dream. It was actually my first time using Slack, and I am so pleased with how well it went, and how easy slack is to use. I was a bit nervous going in only because I had never used that platform before, but it worked so well. My dad has used Slack for work during the pandemic, so I knew it wouldn’t be difficult, just new ;). Most of the testing group chats I have been a part of have been run through Instagram, which I also love, but I kinda like how Slack made it be separate. Just because testing chats are the only thing I used Slack for. That was nice ;)
Julie was also incredibly helpful and involved in the chats. She never left anyone hanging, which I admire because it is a lot to keep up with! Of course, I do believe it is the responsibility of the designer to maintain a good test group. She definitely did, and because of that, was successful!
Are you ready to talk about the amazing pattern? The Sand and Ocean cardigan is an open front, top down, raglan cardigan, that is the awesome design element of color blocking! This is a great pattern if you're new to knitting, but want to make a cardigan. Lots of raglan sweaters use the m1r/m1L increase method, but this one doesn’t. Only kfb! I personally love both increase methods, but I adore how polished these increases look. It brings a fun element to the whole design!
Once you split for the sleeves, it is easy stockinette until the hem ribbing. You switch colors during the last third(ish) of the cardigan, which just adds some extra interest. It kinda gives you something to look forward too!
I must admit, I had the hardest time picking colors for this cardi! I think I have decided that I will just have to make another one later using my other option(s) ;)
My Finished Object:
Now let us talk about MY cardigan! The yarn that I used is Yarn Bee Rustic Romantic in the colors Window Ivy (green, main color), and Peony Bouquet (blush, contrast color). Now, fully honesty here, I totally thought the blush color was called “blush” for the longest time. I am still not fully convinced I don’t have a ball somewhere with a different name on the label...haha
Also, another honesty moment, I could not for the life of me call this the right name! I kept thinking it was “land and sea” instead of “sand and ocean”. Sand and Ocean is so much better, my brain just couldn’t register it for some reason. Hilarious, right?!
Anyway, you will probably notice that this yarn is listed as a worsted weight, and the pattern calls for a DK weight. This yarn is naturally a bit thinner, and I easily achieved gauge using it! My cardi is just a slight bit tighter than Julie’s I think, as in less drapy. But that is just fine! I love it. And...I want to make another using an even lighter weight and see what happens!
I also made the smallest size, and it fits perfectly. If I could change one thing, I would make the sleeves just a *bit* tighter, but I do love the way they fit now. And of course I wasn’t going to make that modification for the test :). I trusted Julie, and of course, she totally knew best. It is always safe to assume that the designer knows what they’re doing. But also, it doesn’t hurt to ask questions when necessary!