Pattern Tester Application
Thank you for your interest in testing the latest pattern for A Purpose and A Stitch!
Before applying, please review the guidelines and requirements we expect from our testers. We do not want anyone to feel overwhelmed or confused by our expectations during the testing process, so this will hopefully help alleviate any issues at the start.
What Is Pattern Testing?
Pattern testing is when a maker (specifically, a crocheter, for our testers) agrees to follow and try out an unreleased pattern that is still in the beta stages of development. Said tester typically agrees to note issues and discrepancies found in the pattern as well as note completed measurements, material usage and final thoughts of the pattern.
By testing for indie crochet designers, such as A Purpose and A Stitch, you are gaining first access to patterns that you may otherwise miss. You are also gaining the opportunity to meet and communicate with other like-minded makers through group chats and emails. We also try to share at least one picture from each of our testers throughout the testing process on our Instagram account (testers with public Instagram accounts are preferred).
What Is The Compensation For Testing?
While we wish we could afford to pay our testers in monetary means, the budget simply is not there. Instead, we offer a free final PDF copy of the pattern you have tested, which will often times include: additional sizes, graphs, and comprehensive details for sizing to specific needs. We will also credit your Instagram handle on the final PDF as one of the testers for the project.
What Are The Requirements of Testing For A Purpose and A Stitch?
Below you will find a quick questionnaire that will give us a bit of insight into your crocheting abilities, interests and skill level. The first step is to apply using this application. Please do not shy away from applying because you have little testing experience or are a new crocheter. We will look through every application and try to give equal opportunities to beginner and advanced crocheters alike.
If you have been accepted as a tester we will reach out to you by email to confirm materials needed and the expected deadline for the project. You will have 24 hours to respond to the email before we reach out to other applicants, so please make sure the email: firstname.lastname@example.org is in your address book to avoid it going to “Junk Mail”.
If you do not receive an email, we encourage you to apply to test in future. Some projects may only require 2-3 testers, while others may require more. So while we would like to have any applicant be able to test, it simply isn’t feasible for every project.
Once all testers have been selected, we may (depending on the size of the tester group) create an Instagram group chat, in which you will be expected to participate. We will also email you the draft PDF, as well as a questionnaire you will be able to complete as you work the pattern, and turn in at the end of the testing process.
Since all of our patterns that are up for testing are still in the beta stages, we ask that applicants be understanding of any: typos, missed or unclear instructions, and incorrect sizing or gauge measurements. We also ask our testers to notate such flaws, and communicate larger issues with us in a timely fashion to avoid other testers having the same issues. All minor flaws (such as: typos, missing abbreviations or incorrect final stitch counts) can be reported in a final testing questionnaire.
Once all notes have been taken and the questionnaire complete, we will ask that you provide at least 1 well-lit photo of the item made, preferably being modeled if you are so able. We also ask that all testers help in promoting the completed item on their social media accounts, and share in their stories on the release date.
Should you ever have a question or concern, or wish to withdrawal your application at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email at: email@example.com
Thank you again and we look forward to working with you!