So, in order to fully understand the trials and tribulations of pattern testing, I decided to try and test a pattern myself. My own pattern? Yeah, none of that. I wanted to try the free pattern testers group on Ravelry, but before I got to that, I noticed a post in another group that I'm in.
That led me to create this glorious, glorious set of fingerless gloves!
The pattern doesn't have a name yet, but when it goes live I'll definitely post something up to tell everyone. I think that I helped the designer a lot. I made the gloves in a smaller size, and I'm really happy how they stretch to fit my hands. I centered the pattern on the back between two purl stitches to ... I dunno, just because.
Taking photos of the two gloves together by myself was tough. W was in Pennsylvania all this week, and I was left to take photos with a timer, balancing the camera under my chin.
This one turned out ok.
This one is photoshopped! (Evil me!) I took a picture of one hand, then the other, then over-layed the two layers.
But, lo, I was also on the receiving end of pattern testing! I saw my mystery pattern come to life at the needles of some Ravelry users today, as well! I'm super, super excited.
So this week, I got to give a new designer the chance to see their design made by someone else - and then I got that chance myself! I am definitely going to have all of my patterns tested from now on. I also think that, if I get the chance, I'm going to test knit myself. I think that test knitting can make me an even better designer :)