Whether you’re a pattern writer looking for some good help, or a knitter / crocheter with a keen eye for proofing, we have a checklist that should be helpful for both parties to get the testing roadway more streamlined and accessible!
Don't skimp on the hand-testing...
We do want to make a few notes about Pattern Testing. Anything that will be published should be thoroughly proofed for typos, correct spelling, grammar, stitch and row/round repeats, and final stitch counts.
And, in addition to proofing, patterns should also be hand-tested (yes, other people actually following your instructions to see if the math is right, instructions are clear, and the item comes to fruition as indicated).
Pattern Testing Checklist:
1. Use Your Own Community
If you’re writing patterns, you will greatly benefit from having your very own online community. You can build a community with all kinds of engaging activities, and using your tribe to help proof and test your patterns is just one perk for each of you!
2. Anyone Can Be A Tester:
Once the testing requirements are outlined, any yarn-lover who can execute based on your testing call can be a great testing candidate. In fact, they may find more typos than someone more “experienced”, and may even help to streamline your verbiage.
3. Use Google Docs:
Google docs are universal, and a great platform for collaborations (like testing). You can set permissions so that only testers can view, and stop anyone from downloading or printing your file (especially while it's still being tested). And, features like live commenting and instant updates really help to make the process universal for everyone involved!
4. Get at least 1 tester per size:
Having more than 1 tester per size offered helps to put more eyes on the instructions, but also gives you a pool of finished projects to share. Social proof is powerful, and showing the yarn community that other people are actually working up your design (with success) is a great form of advertisement!
4. Use Ravelry:
Yes, your pattern is likely listed on Ravelry already. But, are you ensuring that your testers are posting their projects there (with images & star rating), too? You can offer incentives for testers to post when they’re done, and even give them instructions if they need. This is a great feature not only for testers, but for anyone who is working up your patterns!
Now that you have some guidelines to help you test patterns with greater ease, you might also be interested in having a successful launch strategy when selling patterns, like...
- earning a consistent paycheck from your pattern sales,
- having a checklist to help you with everything, from being inspired to engaging and selling every single week (even without publishing new patterns every week, or listing patterns for free)
- Having a proactive strategy that adds value to your work, so you never have to beg for sales or discount everything again.
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