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Chainmail Slipover

Job type Test knit

Please only apply if you agree to all the requirements. Thank you!

This pattern went through tech editing before the test.

CHAINMAIL is a cute, cropped, Seed stitch slipover with beautiful finishing. I created CHAINMAIL because I really wanted to continue wearing my beloved flowy dresses during fall and winter. It took me quite some time to fall in love with slipovers. But after having made CHAINMAIL, I am complete swept away with how versatile they are. They are beautiful over blouses and shirts, keep you extra warm when you wear them underneath a cardigan and are a perfect transitional piece in your wardrobe.

CHAINMAIL is worked bottom up. You first cast on stitches for the waist and then increase for the bust while working in the round. You seperate front and back and keep working them flat until you close the shoulder seams with the Three Needle Bind-Off. The rib on the neckline is worked separately afterwards and attached one point at a time. Finally you finish off the armholes with an i-cord.

Please note that the Seed stitch part is worked with the larger needle and holding two strands of yarn, while everything else (ribbing, welts, i-cords) is worked with the smaller needle and holding only one strand of yarn.

Tech edited This pattern has been tech edited.
Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2023-04-06
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
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Finished measurements

1 (2, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7] {8, 9, 10} (11, 12, 13) [14, 15, 16] {17, 18}
with bust circumference of finished garment:
71.5 (76.5, 81.5, 86.5) {91.5, 96.5, 102.5} (107.5, 112.5, 117.5) {122.5, 127.5, 132.5} (137.5, 142.5, 146.5) {151.5, 157.5} cm
28 (30, 32, 34) {36, 38, 40.25} (42.25, 44.25, 46.25) {48.25, 50.25, 52.25} (54.25, 56, 57.5) {59.5, 62}"

Please see the attached picture for detailed measurements.

CHAINMAIL is intended to be worn with 0 - 2cm / 0 - 0.75" of positive ease around the bust. This means that the garment is supposed to be 0 - 2cm / 0 - 0.75" larger than your bust circumference. Example: Your bust circumference is 95cm / 37.5". Then you should choose size 6. Pictured is a size 6 on a 95cm / 37.5" bust with 1.5cm / 0.5" of positive ease around the bust.

Gauge 16 sts and 30 rounds = 10cm / 4" in Seed stitch holding two strands together after blocking AND 23 sts and 36 rows = 10cm / 4" in Stockinette stitch holding only one strand after blocking
Charted or written pattern Written
Skills required

- Knit and Purl stitches
- Working increases and decreases
- Working welts (described in detail in the pattern)
- Working i-cords (described in detail in the pattern)

Construction type Seamlessly bottom up
Required or recommended yarn Rauma Finull (50g, 175m/ 191yds, 100% norwegian wool) in color 4126
Yardage 5 (5, 5, 6) {6, 6, 6} (7, 7, 7) {8, 8, 8} (8, 8, 9) {9, 9} skeins of Rauma Finull
Tools required

5mm needles (or size to obtain gauge with) for Seed stitch holding two strands together and
3mm needles (or size to obtain gauge with) for Stockinette stitch holding only one strand

A tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in the ends, two stitch markers, three removable marklers and a little bit of elastic thread to insert into the neckline and i-cords at the armholes (if desired).

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the maker

Please only apply if you agree to the requirements. Thank you!

  1. You can meet the given deadline, i.e. both the slipover and your Ravelry project page are finish on the given date.
  2. It is okay to use another yarn than the one suggested in the pattern, as long as you get exact gauge. I recommend a non-superwash 100% woollen yarn for this project.
  3. Please create a Ravelry project page for your test knit and link it to the pattern using the given Ravelry pre-release code. To do that, the code must be entered in the projects "pattern name" field (not into the "project name" field).
  4. Add at least two photos of your washed and blocked finished object to your project page. The photos should be taken outside during daylight and show the worn finished object. Pictures of the item on a hanger or such and photos taken inside do not meet the requirements, but can of course be added as additonal photos. That also applies for progress pictures, which are always welcome in Ravelry projects.
  5. Please give me feedback on my pattern. Was there anything that you found hard to understand? Did you find any errors or spelling mistakes? Was there any information missing that you would have found helpful?
Rewards from the designer

The designer is offering discounted or free pattern(s) to testers

Every tester will get:

  1. the updated version of the pattern, when the test is over and the pattern went through a second round of test editing. 
  2. a 50% discount code that can be used for all my self-published patterns in my Ravelry store. I will send the code out to all testers who met all requirements when the test is over.

The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2023-02-11: Equipped with yarn and started knitting
2023-02-19: Finished rib and welts on body
2023-03-05: Separated front and back
2023-03-19: Finished neckline
2023-04-04: Finished slipover, added pictures to Ravelry
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