Call for Pattern Testers!

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Would you like to be a pattern tester for Knitlish & Sew?

Pattern testing is a chance to learn new techniques and improve your knitting and sewing skills. And, of course, at the end of a test process you will have a garment that you can share in your blog or on social media. You will also be able to get acquainted and connect with other testers (and me!).

Becoming a pattern tester is your chance to give feedback and affect the pattern and its instructions so that they are successful in guiding through the making process. In other words, you get to affect the experience makers will have when knitting/sewing a Knitlish & Sew pattern.

I offer the finalized PDF pattern for free as well as exposure on my blog and social media accounts for testers who complete the test as agreed.

If you’re interested in becoming a pattern tester, send me an email at johanna(at)knitlishandsew.com. I’ll reply with a link to my Pattern Tester Signup Form, which includes some questions that help me organize pattern test rounds. You’ll need to fill out the form to be informed about future test rounds.

About the patterns and sizing

I currently design PDF knitting and sewing patterns for women with so-called pear shaped, or triangle, body type, meaning with shoulders narrower than hips. You can see my current size chart below.

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In the future I aim to cater for more sizes and have designs drafted for other body types, too. However, at this point with only my first patterns coming up and as a solopreneur, I need to start with something that is sustainable for me both financially and logistically.


Why do I need pattern testers?

It’s very important that the patterns have been checked by multiple people with a keen eye for detail. This will have great impact on the quality of the final pattern, reducing the risk of having mistakes in the pattern and making it as easy and pleasant as possible to use the finalized pattern.

Also, pattern testers sharing their test garments online can lead to more people finding out about Knitlish & Sew patterns and help me continue to release more patterns.

What does a pattern tester do?

A pattern tester knits or sews a pattern to check that everything is ok with the pattern before it can be listed in the webshop. Pattern testing entails checking the fit and the construction of the pattern as well as proofreading the pattern instructions and other information provided with the pattern. What I look for in a pattern tester is the ability to spot mistakes and to give objective and constructive feedback.

Skill requirements for pattern testers

The requirements for pattern testers in terms of skill level can vary between patterns. So, you can sign up to my Pattern Tester database no matter what your skill level is in knitting and/or sewing.

Just send me an email at johanna(at)knitlishandsew.com. I’ll reply with a link to my Pattern Tester Signup Form, which you’ll need to fill out to be informed about future test rounds.

How does pattern testing work?

1. After submitting your answers via the Pattern Tester signup form, you will be added to my pattern tester database.

2. When I have a pattern ready to be tested, I will contact everyone in that database and describe the pattern in as much detail as I can. I will also tell you what the schedule is like for the testing. With sewing patterns, you will likely have two weeks to sew the pattern and give feedback on it. With knitting patterns the time period is a bit longer, usually about four weeks, depending on the design.

3. You can then decide if you are interested and let me know if you would like to be a tester for the pattern. If you are unsure as to whether you can finish your project in time, please leave the spot open for someone else.

4. If you are selected to test the pattern, I will send you the pattern in PDF format along with dates and other information regarding the pattern testing. Then you knit or sew the pattern, depending on which type of a pattern it is of course, send me pictures of your finished make and your feedback on the pattern and its instructions. I may contact you after this to ask further questions.

You have permission to post photos about your make in your blog and social media accounts, but usually only after the launch of the pattern. I would also love to feature your makes on the Knitlish & Sew blog and social media accounts and I hope that you are ok with this. :)

So, just to recap:

If you’re interested in becoming a pattern tester, send me an email at johanna(at)knitlishandsew.com. I’ll reply with a link to my Pattern Tester Signup Form, which includes some questions that help me organize pattern test rounds. You’ll need to fill out the form to be informed about future test rounds.

Looking forward to hear from you,

Johanna




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