What is a pattern tester?
A Pattern Tester is someone who crochets up a project (with yarn from their personal stash) from my unpublished pattern. Testers will help me ensure the instructions are clear and that their finished project closely matches mine. Testers keep their finished project and share their project on their blog and post about it on social media.
Typically, 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 I aim to ensure 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 pattern isn’t 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 Yarnpond for my tests. Yarnpond allows me to keep all the things for the test in one place, and I can get a daily email digest with all the tester’s questions and comments.
- I am going to be super strict on deadlines. Every year I have several deadlines 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, I can accommodate some things but I cannot allow anyone to disappear without checking in. Checking in is very important and I will be asking for them regularly (the 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 do not participate in Ravelry for many reasons, but because the changes to Ravelry’s web design cause migraines. I however have hired a VA who can go in and 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.
Interested in pattern testing for me?
I am accepting applications right here.