How to Find a Test Knitting Job
You might have heard about test knitting jobs or test crochet jobs, and wondered “how do I even get started?”. Me too. Over the past several years, I’ve learned some tricks to finding test and sample jobs that I am going to share with you.
The Traditional Way of Finding Test Crochet or Test Knitting Jobs
1. Follow Designers on Social Media
Most knit and crochet designers have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or other social media accounts. They use these accounts to keep their fans updated on new patterns, techniques and other news.
The best part about following designers is that you get to see sneak peeks of new designs they are working on. As well, designers who use social media will often post when they need new pattern testers.
So, if you have a favorite designer, go find them on social media. The best way to find their social handles is to check out their profile on Ravelry.
2. Find a Designer’s Ravelry Group
Some designers have a dedicated Ravelry group for pattern testing, especially the more well known designers. When a designer has a dedicated group, often that is the only place that they post their pattern test jobs.
To find out if a designer has a Ravelry group, visit their profile to find a link. Or go to the “Groups” tab at the top of the page on Ravelry and search for a designer.
3. Find Testing Groups
There are a handful of groups on Ravelry, Facebook and other online fiber communities that are just for designers to post pattern tests. To find these groups, search groups on that website using these terms: test knitting, test knit, test crochet, testers wanted, etc.
Be sure to look carefully at the date and title of posts in these groups. If “closed” or “filled” is in the title or description, then the designer is no longer accepting testers. And, it is pretty safe to say, if the post is more than two or three months old, the pattern test is probably closed.
4. Check out the Big Brands
Big fiber arts brands, like Knit Picks and Lion Brand, need testers too. Sometimes these brands will post a call for test knitters or crocheters on their website. I’d recommend looking at the footer of their website or blog posts. You can also email these larger companies and ask about openings for test or sample work.
5. Email the Designer
Some designers have a closed pool of testers that they use over and over again. These designers are really hard to get pattern tests from. The best way to connect with this type of designer is to track down their email address. If you have purchased a pattern from them, there is likely a support email address in the pattern. Email the designer and express your interest in working pattern tests for them.
As you can see from the list above, it can be a lot of work to find an open pattern test that you are interested in. You could end up spending more than an hour checking various pages and social accounts trying to find a pattern test. And after all that effort, you may not even find an open one.
There also isn’t a way to get alerts about pattern tests all in one place. You could sign up for dozens of newsletters and forum alerts. But then end up filling your inbox with junk or just have too many emails to sort through.
The Best Way to Find Open Pattern Test Jobs
The short answer: awesome, open pattern tests can be found right here, on this website.
The Long Answer
A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to start pattern testing. I was bored and wanted a challenge. I liked the idea of helping designers find errors and getting to work new patterns.
When I got started I did all of the things listed above. I must have spent three or four hours searching for a single test knitting job. I finally gave up after running into brick wall after brick wall. Everything I found was old, closed, or for a pattern I wasn’t interested in.
Defeated, I abandoned the idea of test knitting and went back to working projects I found on Ravelry.
Then last year I decided to start designing my own patterns. As I got closer to publishing I realized that I needed my own test knitters. I ran into the same problem.
I’d post a call for test knitters on a forum and get no response, probably because people don’t check those forums regularly. Then I posted on my social media feeds, but didn’t have enough followers to fill all the slots that I had open.
I felt like I was shouting into a vacuum. And even though I was sure that there were people shouting back, we just couldn’t hear each other.
So, I created Fiberly.
I created Fiberly to solve the disconnect problem with test knitting and crochet jobs.
My goal is to create a place where you reliably find open test crochet and test knitting jobs. And where designers, both new and experienced, can connect with awesome pattern testers.
Benefits of Using Fiberly to Find Pattern Tests
1. Every Pattern Test You See is Open
When you search jobs on Fiberly, you will feel confident that you aren’t wasting your time looking at pattern tests that aren’t even accepting testers. Designers clearly mark a pattern test when it has been closed.
2. Search Test Knitting Jobs and Test Crochet Jobs from Multiple Designers
Fiberly brings awesome designers all together in one place. Discover new designers and look at multiple pattern test calls at once. Find the perfect project to fill your test knitting or crochet itch.
3. Easy Application Process
After you are registered on Fiberly, applying to a pattern test is just a click and short message away.
4. No More Hunting
When you are looking to start a new project, you probably have something specific in mind. Whether you want to work a new sock pattern, baby gift, a lacey something, or a plushie, you know what you want to do. On Fiberly, you can search open test crochet and test knitting jobs by category, keyword, designer, etc.
Find the perfect project that fits your schedule and stash.
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