Tester Application: Crossroads Beanie

Hi there!

Thanks so much for your interest in becoming a pattern tester for me! If you’re here, you’re applying to test my new adult hat pattern for me, so let’s get to it, shall we?

Pattern Details

This pattern uses mostly basic stitches, and features the crossed double crochet as well as some decrease stitches to shape the crown. I’ve categorized this pattern as “Intermediate” skill level. Don’t let that scare you! I walk you through everything, so as long as you have a solid understanding of the basic stitches and their anatomy, you’ll be fine!

The pattern includes photos, a stitch chart, tips and tricks, plus video support. Here’s the rundown.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Terms: US Standard
  • Stitches: ch, sl st, sc, hdc, BLO, TLO, Xdc, hdc2tog, Xdc2tog
  • Size: Adult Small, Medium, Large
  • Yarn: CYC 4 worsted weight, sample uses Loops & Threads Impeccable
  • Yardage: 150 – 175 yds depending on size
  • Hooks: 4mm G Hook (brim) and 5.5 mm I hook (body)
  • Test Begins: As soon as you are selected and confirmed.
  • Test Duration: 4 weeks
  • Due Date: August 11, 2024

PDF Includes

  • Full written pattern with supplemental photos
  • Full photo tutorial for TLO, Xdc, Xdc2tog, and hdc2tog
  • Supplemental pattern video
  • Stitch Chart
  • Row/Round Tracker

What I’m Looking For

I am looking for detail-oriented crocheters of varying levels of experience (beginners welcome!) to help me make my patterns the best they can be. I try not to be too needy, but do require the following:

  • Slack: I run pattern tests on Slack, a free app for phone, tablet, and desktop that can be found in most app stores. It functions similarly to a Facebook Group. You can create your free account at Slack.com.
  • Notes: I stare at this pattern so much that I become blind to the little things, so I will need you to be on the lookout for any errors in grammar, punctuation, technical aspects, etc. Be detailed, you won’t hurt my feelings :o)
  • Photos: Please send at least one progress and one finished and modeled photo, submitted to me with your notes.
    • Please ensure they are clean and well-lit, natural light where possible. Avoid direct sunlight, which creates a hard contrast between the harsh light and shadows.
    • Try to keep your work as the focus, keeping the photo uncluttered.
    • I will be sharing your work on my social media as well via Stories or main feed, and anywhere else I promote the pattern, with proper credit to you of course!
  • PUBLIC Social Media: It’s a beast, but it’s a must. Here’s why…
    • I need to see samples of your work as part of the application process – I can’t approve what I can’t see.
    • I would like you to share at least 1 photo of your work using the hashtag(s) you will find in the pattern – Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, Reddit whatever platform you use. This helps me build excitement around the pattern.
    • I want to give you proper credit and maybe throw some followers your way!
  • Deadlines: Adhering to due dates is ESSENTIAL. Please ensure that you have submitted all notes and photos to me NO LATER THAN AUGUST 11, 2024. If you feel you may not be able to adhere to this date, please apply at another time.
  • Copyright: By applying to test, you assert your promise to protect my intellectual property by not copying, reproducing, or distributing my pattern.

If You Feel Inclined

The next few things are not required, but if you feel like doing it, I would sure appreciate it!

  • Add your project to Ravelry – a tester code will be provided for the test.
  • Post additional progress or project photos
  • Promote the release on social media
  • Tell all your maker buddies (only if you love it!)

If you’re cool with all of that, click the button below to take you to a Google Form to submit your application.

If you are selected, look for an email from me to confirm then an automated email invitation from me to join the Slack workspace channel I have created for the test.  If you are selected and do not confirm your ability to test via reply to my email within 24 hours, you forfeit your slot and I will offer it to the next person.

Thanks for your interest!

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