Interested in becoming a pattern tester?
If you've never tested before, please read this wonderful blog post by the Skeiniac titled "So, you want to be a pattern tester"
. She's a seasoned pattern tester and has great insight into the process.
Expectations and Responsibilities
When Testing with Aklori Designs
The goal of testing is to make sure the pattern instructions are easy to understand for the appropriate difficulty level. Testers are expected to also bring any pattern errors to my attention as soon as possible.
All testers must be at least advanced beginner level tunisian crochet experiance. Tester must already understand the basics of tunisian crochet (Forward pass, return pass, Tss, etc). This is a firm requirement because pattern testing can involve finding problems and errors with the pattern, not just creating the pattern as written. Prior testing experience is preferred but not required if several tunisian crochet projects have been completed. Feel free to email/message me if you're not sure. If you are new to tunisian crochet, please wait to test until you have some tunisian crochet projects to show your work.
Tests are currently run on Discord
. Testers must be willing to create a free account and interact through that platform.
1. The tester must create the pattern as written by the deadline stated. Modifications (not included in the pattern instructions) to either the pattern or the deadline are only allowed with prior approval.
2. Testers must start within a week and check in at least once per week during the test with progress photos in the test area.
3. When the tester is finished, post or email photos of the FO after blocking. Use the feedback form to communicate the hook size and yarn used (both fiber content and yardage). Because project pages are not required, I need all the information normally shown there.
One test at a time please.
Testers can choose any yarn of their liking as long as it makes gauge. Sometimes it is ok to use a different weight than the sample (for example, shawl designs often accomodate a variety of yarn weights), adjust the hook size accordingly.
I understand that not everyone has the same tension. Please adjust your hook size accordingly.
Size and Modifications
If the pattern is adjustable (ie shawls) or has multiple options, please make version size you prefer (which can be very different than my sample size). Sample size is provided as a guide only, do not feel obligated to use it.
With garments, make the size and modifications needed to create a garment that fits you well. Bust, arm, and body length adjustments are always acceptable. For modifications for reasons other than fit, contact the designer.
All updates will be posted in the test channel on Discord including any minor changes, errata or an updated pattern if a substantial update is required. Let me know as soon as you find an issue (errors, typos, anything that is confusing or poorly worded) so I can address it immediately. If you're having problems, someone else probably will be soon. Please check in weekly with your progress (or lack of progress, life happens).
The deadline for the test is stated in the test announcement and is based on size of the project. Please volunteer only if you really do have time and can start straight away (unless otherwise discussed). I rely on feedback from testers to create the best patterns possible. If you find you won't be able to complete a project by the deadline please let me know ASAP.
Testers who complete the pattern within set deadline and provide feedback will receive a free PDF copy of the final pattern via my Payhip store once published.
Still think testing is for you? Great! Fill out this form
and I will contact you with more information.