Welcome! I’m excited to have you here. Have you been wondering how designers ensure their patterns are top-notch? Or maybe you’ve been a pattern tester before and want to become part of my tester family. Below I’ll share my needs and expectations for pattern testers as well as any current testing opportunities.
What do I look for in a tester?
While knowing how to crochet will certainly help you complete pattern tests quicker than new crocheters, I am always looking for crocheters of all skill levels, including beginners. I want my patterns to be easy to follow and understandable by everyone, so beginning crocheters can often help point out confusing parts in the pattern that more seasoned veterans might overlook. Be sure to review the skill level listed in the testing call so that you know whether it is a good fit for you.
Social Media Presence
When you apply to my pattern tests, I ask for your Instagram handle. I promote my pattern launches on Instagram and want to be able to give you credit for all of your hard work.
Additionally, I will use Instagram or Facebook to create a group chat to use during the testing period. It helps to ask questions and fix errors in the group conversation so that everyone can stay included in the conversation.
As a tester, you will need to share photos with me during the testing period. You can share progress photos and will need to submit photos of the finished piece. Outdoor photos typically give you the best natural light, but if you are indoors, stand near a window. Modeled photos are an excellent way to get a sense of how something fits. I’m happy to provide extra tips for photo taking if you have any questions.
What are the pattern testing period expectations?
Communication is key to pattern testing. I will check in with the group and am available to you at any time. Ask questions. Point out typos or parts that are confusing. Does something need step-by-step photos or a video? Let me know. This is why I need your careful eye!
And sometimes, life happens, and your ability to finish the test on time becomes impossible. We’ve all been there, and I understand. I only ask that you let me know as soon as you can so we can come up with a plan moving forward.
I am committed to being there for you during the test period and helping you with any questions or issues that come up. By accepting the pattern tester spot, I expect that you will do your best to honor your commitment to finishing the test on time and sharing your feedback with me.
If you have a Ravelry account, I’d love for you to create a project on Ravelry within a week of the pattern launch. During the test period, I will share a tester code you can use. Alternatively, once the pattern launches, you can add your project directly to the listing. This action gives other Ravelry users an idea of how the project looks in different sizes or using a different yarn.
Social Media Sharing
Sharing your project on social media is not a requirement, but I love supporting my testers and giving them praise for their hard work. Unless specified differently within the test, you can share as much or as little as you like. As part of my promotion of the pattern, I will share your photos also.
The last important part of the test is your feedback. I want to hear what you think of the design. The good and the bad! You are important to me and I respect and welcome all of your suggestions to help make the pattern the best it can be.
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