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Oct 1, 2012 09:18:06   #
Punkin51
 
Not sure I am posting in the right place.

I just became a test knitter for one designer but would love to do it for others. Is there a section with a list for something like that here on the forum?
 
Oct 1, 2012 09:20:13   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Does it pay via Paypal or is it a volunteer only?
Oct 1, 2012 09:33:31   #
Punkin51
 
We worked out payment, so I guess each designer would determine that. I would just like to know if there is a central area we could have our names out there.
Oct 1, 2012 09:50:26   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Ravelry has several groups dedicated to matching up designers with test knitters. The groups just help the designers and test knitters find one another. Any details regarding payment or deadlines and such is worked out between the individuals on a case-by-case basis.

Be sure to read all the rules regarding participating. Test knitting for a designer is a serious professional relationship not to be taken lightly, even if there is no monetary compensation involved. Some of the Ravelry groups monitor participants closely, limiting the number of test knits you can be working on simultaneously, and tracking individuals who habitually fail to meet agreed upon conditions (both the knitters and the designers). One failure might be forgiven if there are circumstances beyond one's control, but repeat offenders will be kicked out of the group and they will make sure that designers know that they are not reliable.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-testing-pool
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/free-pattern-testers
Oct 1, 2012 10:15:50   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
I would not mind working with other knitters or other crochet, cross stitch people. I added the last two because I am able to do them too at a reasonably professional level. Any takers?

<G> We could make THIS our plea for people to PM us for 'work'.
Oct 1, 2012 10:42:51   #
Punkin51
 
TammyK wrote:
Ravelry has several groups dedicated to matching up designers with test knitters. The groups just help the designers and test knitters find one another. Any details regarding payment or deadlines and such is worked out between the individuals on a case-by-case basis.

Be sure to read all the rules regarding participating. Test knitting for a designer is a serious professional relationship not to be taken lightly, even if there is no monetary compensation involved. Some of the Ravelry groups monitor participants closely, limiting the number of test knits you can be working on simultaneously, and tracking individuals who habitually fail to meet agreed upon conditions (both the knitters and the designers). One failure might be forgiven if there are circumstances beyond one's control, but repeat offenders will be kicked out of the group and they will make sure that designers know that they are not reliable.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-testing-pool
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/free-pattern-testers
Ravelry has several groups dedicated to matching u... (show quote)


Thank you so much for this information.
 
Oct 1, 2012 10:50:04   #
Sewbizgirl
 
Designers are looking for experience in a test knitter. They need people who have done a lot of knitting from patterns, who can give them proper feedback on where their patterns are unclear in wording, or contain mistakes. Test knitting can be a lot of work. It takes good communication skill as well as knitting skill.

Also, consider that it's often a volunteer position and you use your own yarn. It can be an expense to you. You will get a free pattern that will later be sold, but it should be an item you would want anyway, if you aren't being paid.
Oct 1, 2012 10:52:09   #
Sewbizgirl
 
I wouldn't want to enter into an agreement with a test knitter until I knew their proficiency level. Posting your finished work pictures is a good place to start!
Oct 1, 2012 11:09:28   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Sewbizgirl wrote:
I wouldn't want to enter into an agreement with a test knitter until I knew their proficiency level. Posting your finished work pictures is a good place to start!


It would also depend on the project...some of us are better at blankets, sweaters, socks. I'm currently working on designing a sock pattern from a sweater I saw at church yesterday. Coming along great. I would still be willing to work someone else's designs just to see what is possible. <G>
 
          
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