A few weeks back I volunteered to be a part of a group of people crochet pattern testing some fingerless gloves and a hat. UK term testers were required since everyone had been selected for US terms, and although I primarily use US terms, I do read UK terms (being based in the UK) definitely wanted to try pattern testing. I was selected and a facebook chat group was set up. I received the patterns later that day and began to test them almost immediately. This was my first time pattern testing and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. If you haven't pattern tested before, you are given a pattern to work up and then find any errors which might hinder someone from making the item. Its a fairly simple process and it is nice having the designer available to directly discuss the patterns. (There have been patterns I have made where this would have been useful!) I really enjoyed the process of working through the designs. They were quick to work up and the instructions easy to understand. As a group we worked out a couple of issues and got the patterns perfect and ready for release. Terri Stewart, the designer of these patterns was really helpful and it was great getting to know her as we tested the patterns.
The actual items we tested are based on the loveknot stitch, which I had never heard of before, but absolutely love, and I am planning on designing some of my own items in the future using this stitch. The hat comes in 3 different slouchy levels, and although I have only worked up the smallest slouch, I am sure the others would look great too. All the items are the perfect fit and The suggested wool for these was a variegated one in worsted weight, however, I only had a plain dark red in a similar weight to use. At first I didn't think they would look as good, however, I am really pleased with how well the plain wool brings out the pattern. In fact I loved the hat and gloves so much that I decided to make the matching cowl pattern that Terri had previous released. My only disappointment was that it was out of season and I would have to wait half a year to properly wear them! I was therefore delighted when I went with some friends to an open air cinema one evening and it was cold enough to use my new winter set! They fitted perfectly and helped keep me warm!
The loveknot patterns are really simple and look effective, and although it is out of season for most people, I would definitely recommend these patterns, which you can find in Terri's Ravelry store. They would also make great gifts for Christmas, if anyone is thinking ahead already. I enjoyed my first pattern testing experience and I can see the benefits of this for my future patterns (more about this next week).
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks post and definitely check out Terri's patterns. See you next week.