What is Test Knitting or Test Crocheting?
The Definition of Test Knitting or Crocheting:
In a test knitting or crocheting project, the designer sends you a copy of the pattern before it is released to test. The designer is looking to catch errors, confusing phrasing, and generally identify “sticky” spots in the pattern.
Why does a Designer Need Test Knitters or Crocheters?
Test knitting or crocheting is one of the last steps when a designer is creating a new pattern. It would take a considerable amount of time for a designer to knit all 2, 3, 4 or more sizes of a pattern by themselves. To speed this up, designers work with talented crafters to test a pattern before it is released.
It can also be difficult to proof-read your own work. Think back to English class, and how many errors your friend or parent would find that you would miss. Pattern testing is the same. Designers work so closely to a pattern that it is easy to miss obvious errors.
Testers also help designers find difficult spots. Most designers are very experienced knitters or crocheters. It is not uncommon for designers to forget to spell out basic things that they do automatically. This is especially true if they are designing a pattern for beginners. By working with crafters that are just as talented, but less experienced, they can make sure that the pattern doesn’t miss little details like cast-on method and join recommendations.
What does the Process of Test Knitting or Crocheting Look Like?
The exact process of completing a pattern test for a designer varies depending on the designer. But, generally it goes like this:
1. You and the Designer Come to an Agreement
After you have connected with the designer, you will both agree on details of the project: who provides the yarn, when does it need to be completed, what size will you be working, etc.
2. Designer Sends You the Pattern
Once you two are on the same page, the designer will provide a copy of the pattern. Sometimes it is a pretty copy, like what you would expect to see on Ravelry, other times it is just a Word Document or a shared Google Doc.
Kind Reminder: At this stage and every stage forward, respect the designer’s copyright with any pattern you use. They worked very hard to produce this pattern for you. Don’t copy it or share it in a group, especially if it has been provided to you for free.
3. You Start the Test Project
The test knitting or crocheting the project kicks off. You will work at your own pace to complete the test project. Most designers will ask that you update them once a week or so with your progress.
If you have any questions you will let the designer know. Most designers would prefer if you paused the project when you are unsure. When you have doubts, or something looks weird, there is probably something wrong with the pattern. And it will be less work for you if you wait for a response, rather than pushing ahead with inaccurate directions.
4. The Finish Line
As you wrap up the project and reach the deadline, the designer may ask you to post images of your work on social media or update your project on Ravelry. At the end of the project, the designer will send you any agreed to compensation, such as: free patterns, coupon codes for free goodies in their store, etc. And you get to keep your finished object.
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