Pattern Testing: How I Do It

I have had so many people ask me about my process that I use with pattern testing that I decided to do a post on how I do it! It took me a while to get my process down, and I still tweak it from time to time as things change or something doesn’t work for me.

I am often mobile and had to find a system that works well for me even when I am on the go; although I am planning on that changing this month! YAY!

Tester Call

There are times when I need to find new testers. I will usually start by asking for recommendations from designer friends and those already in my testing group before I put a general call on my business page. I do have a tester application permanently on my page. I use Google Forms for my application along with some of the other information that I collect from testers (but I will get to that later). If you would like to see how I have the form set for the application, just click on the graphic above.

Once I review the application and see if someone will fit my needs, I will add them to my tester group on Facebook. It is a closed group and I try to keep the number lower (I currently have 28 testers in there) and sometimes I keep them pretty busy. Once they join the group, I have them fill out my Tester Agreement. If you would like to see how I have that set up, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment on this post and I will get in touch with you.

When I set up a test, I create a test event for the group. Those who want to test join and then depending on project I require a gauge swatch before I invite them to the pattern. I started requiring a swatch when I had testers tell me that their measurements didn’t come out right. This way I can also help someone learn about gauge if they have never really had the opportunity to do so. I also set up a group conversation on Facebook because events don’t always notify properly when someone comments. This also allows my testers to help each other out. As a busy mom with a full time job on top of my pattern designing, I can’t always respond as quickly as I would like to. The event date is set for the deadline that I am giving so they know what I expect and I try to list materials in the event information as well. Here are a couple examples:

TestingEvent

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I set my pattern up in Google Docs and add my testers with the ability to comment on the doc once I verify their gauge swatch. Giving commenting ability allows them to suggest edits and ask questions straight on the document. It also helps me in that I am not necessarily having to answer the same questions multiple times if someone is quicker through a pattern than someone else. It is set up through the sharing settings of the document. Having it in Google Docs also helps me when setting up the final. Once I have made all the edits and looked at feedback and questions, comments, corrections, I download the Google Doc as a Word document to save then convert to a PDF for my final of the pattern.

Once the test is complete, I request all pictures in the event and the feedback form (through Google Forms) to be filled out. If you want to see exactly what I do for that, you can message me or leave a comment below and I will get in touch. Some of the information I request on the feedback includes: hook used, amount of yarn, time to complete, pattern price, and finished item price. I have more questions that I ask but those are just a few.

Do you have questions about pattern testing? This is just a very general look at what I do and it isn’t the only way. You have to find what works for you as a designer. If you would like to know more, just ask in the comments and I will respond as soon as I can OR I may even do a follow up post!
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  1. i am available to test

    • creativethreadslf says:

      If you would like to test, please click through to the tester application and apply that way.If you click on the Tester Call pic, it will take you to the application! Thank you for your interest in testing for me.

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