What is a Pattern Test?
Pattern testing is done by knitters and crocheters who follow the newly designed pattern to create the item. The instructions need to be followed exactly so that the designer will know how well written the pattern is or if there are mistakes or gaps.
You DO NOT need to be an expert knitter or have prior testing experience. You do need a willingness to help ensure the best pattern possible.
As a plus size pattern designer myself, I especially appreciate all body shapes, types, and sizes be included in testing along with all races, genders, and creeds.
Southern Skeins supplies you with the pattern and the yarn to make your test project. You get to keep what you make, so feel free to choose a colorway that you like. Color options will be provided in the call for testers email. Exceptions to use other yarn companies yarns will be on an individual basis.
If you are interested, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the call for testers email list. Use the subject line: “pattern tester”.
When a new pattern is ready for testing, an email will be sent to everyone on the pattern tester email list. We will be looking for testers of all sizes, heights, and sock sizes (who doesn’t love a new sock pattern!). All the details (type of project, skills needed, color options, yarn options) for each pattern test will be in the call for testers email that is sent out.
Testers will be required to link their test knitting with the pattern on Ravelry. Testers will also be provided with a social media hashtag to use when posting photos.
A timeline will be provided (larger sizes will be provided additional time if needed) and weekly progress would be appreciated (even just an “all is well and I’m making progress” message).
Accessory project tests generally run for about 2–4 weeks depending on their size and difficulty. Sweater pattern tests will usually run for 6-8 weeks.
We will typically choose 3-4 testers for a simple pattern. A size based pattern will have testers to cover each size.
Feel free to share your pattern testing progress on Ravelry and social media. We love seeing WIPs posted and so do other makers! It builds excitement for the pattern release.
During testing please stop and reach out if you need clarification, the pattern is unclear, or is missing steps.
A finished photo is required. Photos submitted of you modeling the finished product is not required, but is encouraged. Finished object photos may be used for marketing purposes or in the pattern document itself unless you let me know you prefer not to. I’ll always defer to your preferences. If you do want to have your photo considered for marketing please make sure it is a well lit and on a white or natural background, or artistically staged on a mannequin, or a person’s body.
Current Pattern Testing Calls
- High Tide Sock Pattern. Beginner level. Shortie Sock. Short Row Heel. Turnaround time: 4 weeks. Skills Required: knit, purl, in the round, ribbing, Kitchener stitch, short row heel. 5 row, 4 stitch pattern repeat.
- Breakwater Sock Pattern (working name). Beginner level. Shortie Sock. Short Row Heel. Turnaround time: 4 weeks (CLOSED to new testers).