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Join my pattern testing crew

What’s a pattern tester?

Someone who crochets up a project with their own yarn from my unpublished pattern. You will help me make sure the instructions are clear and that your finished project closely matches mine. You keep your finished project and share your project on your blog and post about it on social media.

Normally, testing takes place after I have created the model and the pattern, have had it tech edited and charted (most of the time), and all the sizing is there (if it is a garment or something that can be made in multiple sizes).  There may or may not be all of the beautiful photos for publication, but there will be what you need. The main thing is that the pattern will be almost ready to go and as correct as I can make it.

I am known for my clear, well-written patterns so the goal is to be sure that things go well for all of my users.  You are giving me feedback on anything that might not be clear or read well. If you’ve never made a [whatever it is I am asking you to test] before, a test may not be the best way to begin. You may want to try one of my published patterns first.

I love beginners, however working on a test crochet / knit pattern isn’t really the way to learn to start reading patterns, especially since I am looking for clarity. I’m looking for testers who like to (and can) take beautiful, clear pictures of your WIP and final projects I can share when the pattern is released.

How do I get involved in testing your patterns?

There are a few things you should know before becoming a tester.

  • I am using a FREE app called Volley for pattern testing. You can check the software out using that link. This is non-negotiable.  It is available on both iOS and on Android as well as apps for your PC and Mac desktops/laptops. This app will allow me to chat with you Asyncrionusly either by text, video, or photograph. Everyone who is testing a particular pattern will be put into one group to allow for both group chat and private conversations with me if needed to help with something.
  • I am going to be super strict on deadlines. Every year I have several patterns that are tight due to working with an indie dyer or yarn company on a special project. While I do realize life does get in the way and I can accommodate some things, I cannot allow anyone to just disappear with out checking in. Touch points are important and I will be asking for them regularly (day of the week will depend on the project). So if you are a tester for me and something happens, start a private convo with me and tell me what is happening so that I can adjust for you if possible.
  • You DO NOT have to be a member of Ravelry! I’m not! I’m not for many reasons, but mostly because the changes to Ravelry’s web design cause migraines. I however have hired a VA who can go in add patterns and link them to my pattern pages. So if you do have an account, I would love it if (ONCE THE PATTERN IS RELEASED – this is also non-negotiable)  you would add the project page to your account and tag the pattern.

If this works for you, I would LOVE to have you! Just fill out the form below to be considered.