Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm fairly sure that if you're a crocheter on Instagram, you'll have come across Murphy Made Crochet. Laura is a pattern tester extraordinaire and has just released her first pattern today! As soon as I heard that she was working on her own design, I knew I would be applying to test. Tester FOMO is a real thing, and there was no way I was going to miss out on testing for my friend on her first foray into designing!
The Captiva Crop is a size-inclusive pattern, sized to fit busts from 28" to 62" and designed to be worn with 3-7" of positive ease. I have a 38.5" bust and made the size 3, worn with 3.5" positive ease at the bust. It's super comfy and perfect to wear with high waisted jeans, long skirts or dresses, so definitely right up my street! The length is easy to customise so you can make the original cropped length or go full length if that's your preference. I added an additional pattern repeat to the body for an extra 2" of length, since super croppy crops are not my thing. I definitely think I'd like to make a longer length version when I get time, too.
It uses light fingering weight yarn, and there was a wide range of different yarns used in the tester group, definitely check out the Captiva Crop hashtag. My size 3 top used less than two skeins (812m/888y), including the extra length I added. I used Giddy Aunt Yarns Merino Smooth Sock in the colourway Tea Rose. I'd had the yarn in my stash for about a year with the idea of making summer top, so I was glad to have found a pattern to do this beautiful yarn justice! The pinks and greens remind me of blossom in spring time, I love it!
I had such fun making this top, we were saying in the tester chat that we could barely find any mistakes since the pattern was so perfect right from the start! The pattern is super intuitive and easy to memorise so I found it perfect for working on while watching TV. I would definitely recommend using a bigger hook for the slip stitch rounds though, it really made life a lot easier for working into those slip stitches!
Given that Laura is the queen of gorgeous FO pictures, I feel like the tester pics for this pattern were out of this world. When pictures started cropping (haha) up in the group chat, I decided that my usual photo spot in the garden just wasn't going to cut it for this pattern. Thankfully we had some nice weather the week before notes were due, so my husband kindly offered to come take some photos for me at a little National Trust place near where we live which has the perfect mix of woodland and Strangford Lough shoreline. I ended up with so many photos to choose from, it made it super hard to narrow it down for submitting my notes! It was such a fun group to be a part of, with a really supportive bunch of testers lifting each other up constantly which was so lovely.
Laura collaborated on this pattern with The Little Wolf Knits, who has some gorgeous kits available! You can find the pattern on Ravelry here or Etsy here. You can also watch One of a Kate's tester video for this pattern on YouTube here. Happy making, friends!