Interested in becoming a pattern tester?
If you're interested in becoming a crochet pattern tester for Rove Handmade, check out the FAQ below and sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming tests.
pattern tester faq
Do I need to be an expert crocheter?
I’m looking for crocheters of all levels, but you must have some experience and know how to read a pattern.
How many testers are you looking for?
The number of testers depends on the pattern. For a garment in multiple sizes, for example, I would need at least a couple of testers for each size. You'll be notified by email if you've been selected for a test.
What kind of feedback are you looking for?
Even though most patterns have been professionally tech-edited before I open a test, things can still get missed and user feedback is invaluable. I’m mainly looking for the following:
- Are the instructions clear and do they make sense? If you have a suggestion for better wording, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
- Is any important information missing?
- Are there any typos or other errors?
- Were you able to achieve the correct gauge/size?
- Did you use the recommended yarn or a substitute? What was the result?
How should I send feedback?
Tests are conducted using Google Docs. If you've been selected for a test, you'll get a link to a Google Doc with instructions on how to add your feedback.
Can I post pictures of the test on my social media accounts?
Yes, please! Feel free to post in-progress detail shots as you work. I just ask that you hold off on any full-view shots of the completed item until the pattern has been released. And please remember to use the designated hashtag for the pattern, so I can find your posts!
How long is the test period?
The test period depends on the complexity of the pattern, but the following is a general guideline:
- Accessories and short projects – 1-2 weeks
- Garments and more complex projects – 2-4 weeks
Everyone has “real life” stuff to manage as well, so if you think you can’t complete a test on time, please let me know as soon as possible.
What will I get in return?
As a tester you’ll get early access to a brand new pattern and a chance to provide valuable feedback, as well as a free copy of the final pattern once it’s released and a discount code for another pattern of your choice. And of course you get to keep your finished item.
I'm interested! How do I find out about upcoming tests?
Great! Fill out and submit the form below to get email notifications about upcoming tests.