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 should have at least some experience and know how to read a pattern.

are there any other requirements?

I do need to see examples of your work, so a Ravelry or public Instagram account is essential. If you don’t have pictures of past projects posted on Ravelry or Instagram, or your Instagram account is private, it’s much less likely that you’ll be selected for a test.

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?

  • 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. You don’t need to have a Google account to participate in the test.

Can I post pictures of the test on my social media accounts?

Yes, please! Feel free to post in-progress and detail shots as you work, 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 – 2-4 weeks

  • Garments and more complex projects – 4-6 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.

Name *
Can you read a crochet pattern? *
What is your level of crochet experience? *