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Pattern Testers Wanted for: Pocket People!

Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm on the lookout for a couple pattern testers who can help me out with testing my newest amigurumi design: Pocket People!

This pattern:
  • Is no-sew 
  • Is easy and fast to work up
  • Includes 2 accessories (baseball cap, bonnet hood)
  • Includes optional instructions for pigtails
  • Includes 2 variations for crocheting the arms (with and without hands)
  • Is super customizable!

I've designed it using super bulky chenille velvet yarn, but it also looks great with other yarn weights and fibers.

If you're interested, please read the information below for the requirements of this test, and how to apply.  (Don't delay, the sign-up form will be sent out to my mailing list on April 28th, 2023 at 12pm PST!)

What is pattern testing?

Pattern testing is big favor that I'm asking of interested crocheters to help me with, to make sure my pattern is well-written and clear before it gets published! 

I'm a beginner. Can I test?

While I love beginners, this project's level of difficulty is more suited for intermediate and advanced crocheters.  I also have a tight deadline to meet, so I will require experienced testers for this.  If you are a beginner, I recommend taking your time and starting with beginner-friendly patterns without having that time constraint.  (Feel free to check out my free pattern page, which contains patterns that are mostly beginner-friendly!)

Which materials are needed for this test?

  • Super bulky yarn that is plush and soft, like chenille velvet or blanket yarn (I used Hobbii Honey Bunny)
  • 5mm crochet hook (or any suitable hook for the yarn you are using to avoid gaps in your amigurumi)
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 8mm or 9mm plastic safety eyes (solid black eyes or cute sparkly eyes are both great choices)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Note on Alternative Materials: If you do not have super bulky yarn but would like to test, you are also welcome to use lighter weights (like DK or worsted).  Be sure you use a smaller hook and smaller eyes to match your doll.  You can also embroider eyes instead of using plastic safety eyes if desired.

What are you looking for in a tester?

Interested and experienced crocheters are encouraged to sign up! As a tester, you will be expected to do the following:
  • Have the materials (or alternative materials) on hand and ready to go
  • Finish crocheting this (approximately) 45-minute project within a week's time, WITHOUT modifying any part of the pattern
  • Crochet at least one of the head accessories for the doll (cap, bonnet, or pigtails) 
  • Read and understand written patterns in US Terminology
  • Proofread the written pattern for errors and typos
  • Provide feedback about the pattern, such as recommendations for improvement
  • Take clear photos of the finished product under natural lighting
  • Allow me to share photos of your finished product on my blog and social media sites (I will credit you as the crocheter, of course!)
  • Share the finished doll photos on your own social media (Facebook, Instagram), a crochet or amigurumi doll group page, and/or Ravelry when the final pattern is released

Here are important dates for this test:

(Note: all times indicated are in PST)

  • Test sign-up form: April 28th, 12pm
  • Testers selected on: May 1st (if you are chosen, you will receive an email from me)
  • Deadline to complete the test: May 7th, 11:59pm

How do I sign up?

If you're ready to sign up to be a tester, sign up for Sweet Softies' mailing list (where I send out pattern testing opportunities and freebies) and watch out for an email coming your way on April 28th, 12pm PST!

Thank you so much for your offer to help me, and I look forward to selecting a tester soon!  

Best wishes,