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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Shelterbox Infinity Scarf - Testers needed

I've been working on the new Shelter Infinity Scarf which will be the new fund-raising pattern for Shelterbox.
 I was a bit silly and didn't write up the pattern before I knitted it. I made notes and now can't find my note book. I have two notebooks on the go, one large one and one small one, and I think the notes for this one is in my small one. I'm hoping it will turn up tonight. I'm sure it will. I have managed to type up the scarf from memory and I do have a note with the size. I also gave the finished scarf to my friend, Marianne, for her birthday.
 As you can see the scarf can be worn in lots of different ways. It's one long strip which is then joined. You can either cast on using any provisional cast on and leave the stitches live at the end and join cast on and cast off edges by grafting stitches together or working a three-needle cast off. Or use a normal cast on and cast off stitches at the end and sew ends together.

 The fabric is double sided and the same cables are worked on the right side row and then again on the next wrong side row.
ETA: I have got enough testers now. I will email those who have volunteered tomorrow or friday.
 I need someone to test the  pattern for me. The first five who volunteer by leaving a message in the comments on this post. Please include your e-mail address and I'll e-mail the pattern to you as soon as it's ready, hopefully on Thursday or Friday. You need to provide your own yarn and you will get to keep the scarf. Unfortunately as this is a charity fundraising pattern I can't afford to pay. If you blog or tweet or anything, I'd love it if you'll spread the word. it would also be good if you can aim to get the pattern finished within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Although I can probably release the pattern before everyone's finished. As long as a few people have knitted through the chart a few times and reported any potential errors or unclear bits back to me, I can get the pattern finished.
Interested? The scarf takes 300gr/660m of DK/light worsted yarn. I used Fyberspates Scrumptious DK but you can use any yarn. Perhaps you have the perfect yarn in your stash? I used 4.5mm needles. Other suitable yarns are Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend or Maxima. this scarf can easily be adjusted to work with almost any yarn weight. How about aran/worsted weight and 5mm or 5.5 mm needles. You'll get a wider scarf, or cast on fewer stitches. Even sock yarn will work on 3.5mm needles.

Fancy test knitting this pattern? leave a comment with your e-mail address. Comments with e-mail addresses won't be published.

If you knit the scarf in a different weight yarn and/or get some really fab photos, I would love it if you'd let me use your photos for the finished pattern. The pattern will be available free from my website with a link to Just Giving for knitters to donate to Shelterbox in exchange for downloading the pattern.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the earthquake in New Zealand. Shelterbox are considering sending relief boxes to the awful earthquake in New Zealand. How about helping this effort by donating? Click here to donate to Shelterbox. You can always download the pattern later when it's available for download the Friendship pattern, which will remain available even after the new pattern is ready. I'm working on some matching wristlets for the Shelter scarf too.

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