Thank You Amazing Pattern Testers!
Whenever I’m ready to release a new pattern, I always tech edit and pattern test it. There’s a great group on Ravelry where individuals volunteer to test patterns, for free. They work through it and let me know if anything is confusing and could be worded better. Or if stitch counts are wrong, if I missed a “ch 1 and turn” or even typos. I usually ask my testers to list final yarn usage so I know if my amounts listed are accurate. It’s a great group and everyone wins. The testers get a lot of free patterns and the designers get a lot of free help from the very people who use the patterns.
When I was ready to test my Kissy! Kissy! Fish Face Hat, I tried something different. With the help and blessing of the group’s moderator, Chris, I made an unusual request of the test that the tested hat be crocheted in chemo friendly yarn and then mailed to me to be donated to Halos of Hope for their Under the Sea Campaign for Atlanta area hospitals. I wasn’t sure what to expect-postage is expensive and a lot of people don’t have the extra $$ for postage, but boy did this great group of ladies step up to the challenge. I had 16 volunteers in a short period of time. From the 16, I received 26 hats for donation! What a great, giving group!
Check out these amazing fish! I included the 3 that I’ve made so far. I’ve got a couple more fishy hats I plan to finish up this week (Stash Busting for Hope!). Once they are done, I’ll be packing up all 31 hats to send to those brave young fighters.
Find out more about Halo’s Under the Sea Campaign. It’s not too late to make a hat and get it in the mail to them. I’m offering a 50% off coupon on my Ravelry site for the Kissy! Kissy! Fish Face Hat pattern. Use coupon code “HOHFishFace” to save $2.25 on the pattern, then, apply the savings to your postage. You’ll be so glad you did. : )
Coupon code expires 3/15/2013 midnight EST
8 thoughts on “Pattern Testing for Hope”
What is “chemo friendly” yarn? I am interested in making chemo caps for some of the kids but wasn’t sure what to use.
Hi Linda! I go by Halos of Hope’s guidelines. Check out this page: http://halosofhope.org/guidelines. For specific yarn suggestions, click on the “Yarn Recommendations” in the upper right corner. : )
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Very cute pattern. Wonderful idea and such generous testers – I’m sure you’ve created some huge smiles!
it was a fun pattern to test…
These are very cute!
Thanks! It’s a fun pattern to make : )