Friday, July 22, 2011

New Adventures in Test Knitting

When I began designing Novella Shrug a few months back (wow, was it really April?), my boss approached me about selling my design in the shop. I was a bit apprehensive for a few reasons, but the thing that really deterred me was the potential for failure.

I edit my patterns pretty thoroughly before publication and even ask friends to test them for me when they can. Even with the utmost scrutiny things can go wrong and we may miss something. With Novella, I tried to offer up three different sizes (in two different weights), but sizing can be very difficult. With Ravelry, if you discover an error you can send out a mass message to your buyers, and selling it in the shop wouldn't offer me that option. 

So I opted for test knitters. And it was pretty great. 

Test knitting allows you the opportunity to work out any (and most) kinks before publication, you can cover all sizes you'd like and you don't have to beg your friends to knit for you :) Plus the results can be pretty awesome.

By Me!

Pattern testing also allowed me to see what my design, an all-over lace pattern, would look like in a variegated yarn. All in all, it's a thumbs up for pattern testing and now I'm ready for Sock Summit!

Happy Knitting!

1 comment:

  1. It's a lovely design! My favorite is the one knit by ConnieCaps. There's lots of yarn to choose from that would look beautiful with your pattern.