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Knitters, I need your help! I’ve recently been working on finishing up my Sideways Shawls Ebook, and the much-delayed Counterpane Shawls Ebook, and I’d love to have a few of you “test drive” the worksheets and patterns and let me know what you think.

I’m looking for up to 6 test knitters for each ebook. Please leave a comment letting me know which ebook you’re interested in testing & I’ll be in touch! Here’s an overview of what’s in each…

Counterpane Shawls Ebook

Mitre-Square Shawl (matching my current reading!)

Moiré Square

Bright Star Square

Hydrangea Square

Sideways Shawls Ebook

Rosarian Shawl

Trigonometrician Shawl


Deadline: 10 June 2013!!

Counterpane Shawls: You can either just test the counterpane squares, OR knit your own counterpane shawl using the worksheet OR knit the mitre square shawl. Again, I would mostly like feedback to make sure the technique is clear, so any mods are welcome.
If you’d like to knit the mitre-square shawl as given, you’ll need: 550m / 601yds of light-DK-weight yarn. Variegated or self-striping will work well. I used Creative Yarns Reflections, but it’s now discontinued, which is some indication of how long it’s taken me to publish this design!

Sideways Shawls: You can either choose your own stitch pattern, or use one of the included stitch patterns. If you choose to knit the patterns as given, the pink shawl requires: 480m / 525yds of 4ply-weight yarn. I used the Ice Yarns Pure Alpaca I hauled here.
And the grey shawl requires: 750m / 820yds of DK-weight yarn. I used Nako Süper Saf Yün.
I just need some general feedback to make sure the worksheets work as intended, so by all means, make any modifications you please.

Photos would be nice, but aren’t necessary. I know the deadline is a bit tight, but I’d really like to get these out by my birthday (20 June). I may be dreaming, but it’s my birthday & I’ll try if I want to! :)

More Shawl Ebooks

I thought it would be nice to unite my shawl ebooks by designing matching covers for all of them. These are some very rough first drafts to see how they would look together. Do you like them, or do you prefer ebook covers to have photos?

As I think I mentioned before, Fill-in-the-Blanks Shawl Design II will be all about shawls knit in the round. Are there any other shawl shapes you think I should write worksheets for? I can’t think of any more at present, but I really enjoy coming up with the worksheets, so I’d love any suggestions!

Also, I’ve had many knitters ask me whether it’s OK to sell / knit-to-sell shawl patterns they’ve created using my Shawl Ebooks. The answer is: nothing would delight me more! If you currently have such a pattern for sale, please comment with the link, and I will create a list on the relevant ebook pages.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has left me kind and thoughtful comments during my unplanned absence. I LOVE YOU ALL; YOU MAKE MY DAY / MONTH / YEAR! Thank you, thank you! ♥ ♥ ♥

25th May, 2013  // Laylock // tags: , .


  1. Sara says:

    I’d love to test knit the trigonometrican shawl – I teach math so it’s calling my name.

  2. Kessa says:

    So many interesting designs! I’m interested in testing the hydrangea square. Will we have to test all the squares or just one, though? Can’t wait to see the designs for the other ebooks!

  3. Jio says:

    Would love to test either the crescent or sideways ebook.
    I’m in the middle of a crescent right now that I had to modify using your cheat sheet. The original pattern didn’t have enough increases, i.e., frogged twice, until I looked at your cheat sheet.
    Now I carry that sheet with me in my knitting bag.

  4. Brigi says:

    I would love to knit the Rosarian Shawl. I like it as is.

  5. Maggie says:

    Hello! very happy to test knit a square if it would help. I won’t offer to knit a shawl, as time might be against me, but a square, maybe even two. They are all lovely!

  6. Love, love, love the proposed ebook cover designs!! They look great together as a set and provide a simple, clean, design.

  7. Kathy says:

    Be delighted to test he mitre square shawl. Just need the directions. Would knit any of the squares if that would help more.

  8. Kat says:

    Hei Laylock,
    i’ld love to test the trigonometrician shawl – if you still need someone to test it!
    best, kat

  9. Tania says:

    I’d love to have a go at either the sideway, or crescent shawls!
    You really are so clever, and generous sharing your cheatsheets with us, thank you.

  10. Malin says:

    If you still need testers I’d love to help out. Don’t have time to knit a full shawl, but knitting a square or two (love the Moiré for example), reading through patterns and worksheets, knitting a mini-sideways shawl (love Trigonimetrician!) should be quite doable. I’m good at both knitting and maths :-)

  11. Nancy Nurmi says:

    I have been wanting to jump in to test knitting. All your designs are great. I’d be happy to knit ant of the crescent or sideways shawls.

  12. Hi.
    I’m a brazilian knitter and I like so much to test the Counterpane Shawls Ebook, if is possible.
    I like so much your job with yarn…
    Good luck!

  13. helen says:

    Hi, I would love to test knit a sideways or crescent shawl. I love the rosarion shawl. It’s so pretty.

  14. Mae Robinson says:

    I would do any one you need.

  15. SusanB says:

    I would love to test a sideways shawl. Just finished the full year of teaching and start on a two week half day schedule for summer school. I am SO ready for a knitting project. Let me know so I can buy the yarn and get started :)

  16. Tania says:

    Thank you for the chance to try your ‘Sideways Shawls ‘ ebook. I chose to knit the Rosarian, almost as written. Instead of fingering weight I used a 10 ply (worsted?) , and , horrors , acrylic!
    I finished knitting last night, and it turned out lovely! It already has a new home, but I did get a couple of photos, lol.
    I can’t seem to post them here, how would you like me to send them?
    I did find what I think is a typo on row 2 & 4 of the edging pattern. The chart is correct.
    Thanks again for the opportunity to knit from this ebook, the shawl was much admired by my spinning group and I gave it to a wonderful lady who is unable to knit due to injury.

  17. Katherine says:

    Would love to try the mitre-square shawl. Have also enjoyed watching your videos.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration! !!!

  18. Debra says:

    Hi, have just found your website and its lovely did you make the trigonometrician shawl available in a PDF if so I would love to purchase a copy, love the site and will plod on reading through it, thanks

  19. Tracy henwood says:

    I’ve only recently found your patterns on Ravelry. I’m wanting to know when the sideways shawls will be available for purchase? Any chance you still need another test knitter?

  20. Cat says:

    I’m interested to test knit. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

  21. Tina Wiltsee says:

    I’d be interested in knitting something from your crescent shawls e-book

  22. Anastacia says:

    Did you ever complete these ebooks from the summer? I’d definitely be interested in them. On the offchance you still need testers six months later (ha! right!) I’d love to volunteer for either/or, but more so for the sideways ebook. It looks like your site is long abandoned, I hope that’s not the case & that you are OK.

  23. Blanca Acosta says:

    I can’t find how to purchase the trigonometrician shawl and the mitered one.
    Please, tell me how.

  24. michelle mckean says:

    I haven’t seen such fantastic designs before. I’m an experienced knitter so can help with virtually anything. Let me know if you need anymore help. Michelle

  25. Sharon says:

    My email isn’t going through and I haven’t seen replies for 2014…hope all is well and you are just budy. My computer died and along with it the Little Stitches ebook. How can I download it so I can print it since I am already subscribed??
    If you are still wanting knitters I would enjoy doing the Moire’ square.

  26. Sacia Ashe says:

    I would love to be a test knitter!

  27. kym says:

    Hi! I guess that you have all your test knitters for these projects by now, but I have only just found your site!! I havecrecentlyvretired and taken up knitting again after many years and am getting deeply hooked on knitting shawls!! My latest project will be a faroese style one, plain but with some sort of border. Should you need more knitters for any other projects, please let me know – I would love to help!!

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