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phantasmafreud
« on: October 31, 2010 11:22:04 AM »

Well, I've been thinking of following the etsy trend and putting some my patterns up for sale as I get requests for them every so often. Problem is, my patterns have never been tested, and I have no idea what the typical procedure for getting them tested even is. Should I be finding someone I know personally to have test them (which I don't have by the way, hence my problem), or do I find people online to do it? Also, is money involved in any way, because I can't afford to pay anyone (kind of why I want the etsy). What should I do? Thanks in advance for any replies!!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010 11:28:43 AM »

I'm not sure if there's an official' way to test patterns, I would just find someone online and ask them to test the pattern. That way you'll get an honest opinion about whether the pattern is easy to follow or not.
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010 12:07:33 PM »

I would just put it on here - have a picture of what you are going to sell and say 3 (or however many)  pattern testers wanted and away you go.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010 12:33:42 PM »

I would just put it on here - have a picture of what you are going to sell and say 3 (or however many)  pattern testers wanted and away you go.

Yeah that's how I have seen a lot of people get pattern testers. They you PM the pattern to them. Make sure you put on the pattern that it is for personal use only, no selling it to others or selling the finished product to others.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010 12:35:37 PM »

Post your pattern testing requests here in the Discussion and Questions board.  

In your subject line, please be specific as to what the pattern is (amigurumi, shawl, hat, etc).

In the body of the message, try to post a picture, also say how many testers you're looking for, and anything else that might be pertinent (what level the pattern is, if you need them to use a specific yarn, if the pattern requires special knowledge or tools, such as tunisian crochet, if you're on a specific timeline, etc).

Once you have all of the testers you need, please change the title of your post to reflect that.

Have people PM you if they are interested and keep your discussions about the pattern testing private.  

Also, avoid mentioning that the pattern will eventually be available for sale.  Put your etsy shop url in your signature and anyone who is interested in your patterns will look there first.  Mentioning the shop or that you're selling the pattern in a post will lead to that post being sent to Limbo to be edited.


The pattern testers I've had helping me seem to be happy to do it in exchange for getting the pattern for free.  From what I've seen, this is a common arrangement for independent designers.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010 12:54:05 PM »

I withdraw my answer and bow to the superior in depth answer of fantasticmio!!! Lol
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010 09:47:35 AM »

Just read this the other day right before I went to work, and just realized now that I forgot to comment then. /faceplam

Thank you so much for the help! Especially fantasticmio!!!  Grin

I suppose I'll put some up soon then, as soon as I get through the very tedious task of typing them up.  Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010 09:53:24 AM »

I suppose I'll put some up soon then, as soon as I get through the very tedious task of typing them up.  Undecided

Heh, I know exactly what you mean here!  Sometimes, when I'm writing up a pattern, I think, "Uhg! Just do what I did!!!"  I think it might be simpler just to travel the world, visiting people and showing them in person. lol
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