Pattern testers

I have several patterns that I have written up and hopefully made clear to everyone. What I am wondering is where to find some pattern testers? I don’t make it a habit to spam other people’s blogs, facebook pages, or websites with links or pleas for help, but I am about to get to that point soon. I would love to be able to publish these patterns (or revamp already published ones), free and paid, but would really like to ensure that they are all bug free and clearly spelled out before doing so. Nothing is more frustrating than downloading a pattern that you simply can’t follow.

If anyone is interested or knows of a place to maybe recruit a few people I would be very appreciative. Unfortunately I cannot pay the testers, my only compensation would be that they could keep the pattern free of charge and use the completed project however they desire.

I am looking for testers for my Pumpkin Patch Munchin Hat, Bohemian Wristlets, Yoda Hat, Carry Along Bag, Skull and Crossbones Tapestry projects. You can see my finished projects in other posts here on my blog to get an idea of what I am talking about. Most of these patterns call for one skein or less of yarn and can be worked up in just a couple of hours. The Carry along bag utilizes 2 skeins of standard red heart yarn. The Pumpkin Patch hat using red heart yarns in 4 different shades but weighs in at 3 oz or less. Yoda Hat uses less than one skein. Wristlets uses one skein or less depending on if you are making the matching hat. Skull and Crossbones Tapestry uses about 15 yards of 10 different colors plus a 1/4 skein of the Main color. That being said most of the projects will cost less than $10 to make even if you have to buy the yarn outright and don’t have something suitable already in your stash.

 

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Carry along bag is now complete

Hello everyone, I had said in a previous post that I had been productive during my illness recently and here is the proof 🙂 Featured below is the Carry Along Project bag that I completed for myself, my current hobo bag I was using just wasn’t getting the job done, I needed more room! So here is my design and creation to suit my need. I created this huge bag (it measures over a 12″ tall by 13″ wide by 3.5″ depth) using 2 full skeins of Red Heart Standard Yarn in Cherry Chip, that includes all accents on the bag as well, I even have enough left over to make another flower if I wanted. I have not decided whether to offer this as a free pattern or a paid pattern yet. Leave me comments to let me know what you think.

I also completed another project over the last couple of days, this one I am calling my Open Shell Cowl with Tassles. Of course the tassles are optional as they are added as the final step but sometimes I like to dress up my creations with a little bit of whimsy 🙂 The cowl took less than one full skein of Lion Brand’s Homespun Yarn to complete with almost 2 full ounces left after completion (a one skein wonder with leftovers) This will be my free pattern that I will be debuting tomorrow. As I have stated before I appreciate all comments and ideas, please feel free to leave me a note about what you think. Have a wonderful night all and see you in the a.m. with a new pattern!

 

Tried and true free patterns

So we all love free stuff right?!? Well of course we do! That’s just human nature. That being said (since I don’t have any written patterns made yet for my own designs) I figured I would start a little segment of my blog that features free patterns that I have found and used on the internet (giving full credit to the designer and original website of course). We all find patterns that we love but if you are anything like me you sometimes wonder if the pattern actually works, I have found at least 8 now that I have tried and found that they just are not workable as written, whether it be something missing, added or just not spelled out plainly. This of course is the hardest part of writing out a pattern for any designer, hence the reason for pattern testers 🙂 More on that later….

Anyways here is one of my favorite patterns for a cute childs hat http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cuffed-cutie-hat

Here is my version (I have created several now)

The hats are super easy to work up, take very little yarn and the pattern is very well written and easy to follow even if you have never done a fpdc (front post double crochet) stitch before 🙂

Here is another wonderful pattern I found a few months back, this is actually the first shawl that I have ever made http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/alluring-shawl

Here is my version (turned out more mustardy than I personally care for, but still love it)

I have many more patterns that I have used and enjoyed thoroughly but do not have the links to connect them to right now so I will refrain until I can give full credit to them before posting 🙂

Question for your all – What free patterns have you tried recently?