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Stitch your way to big money!


Love to knit or crochet? Have an eye for detail and enjoy solving problems? You can make anywhere from $30 to $150 as a test knitter or crocheter—that’s when designers and yarn companies pay you to make sure their patterns are on point. Here’s how to get stitching! ✔ START CREATING!

Set up an account at sites like Ravelry.com and Crochetvil­le. com, where you can find forums that connect designers and pattern testers. “If you’re just starting out, consider offering your services for free,” recommends Mary Jane Hall, Positively Crochet blogger and author of several crochet books. In addition to getting the experience you need, you’ll often get the yarn and the pattern for free and sometimes get to keep the finished product. Also smart: If you have a favorite yarn store, tell them you’re interested in pattern testing. They may know some local designers they can put you in touch with!


Post photos of your stitched creations—a few simple designs and two or three more complicate­d ones will do—on your Ravelry or Crochetvil­le site and on your social media, too. Hall says companies like to see the type of work a potential tester does before giving them an assignment.


The faster you can knit or crochet, the more you’ll earn. To rev his process, test knitter Keith Ryder checks the pattern up front: “Before I even cast on, I do a thorough proofread of the pattern and then do a tech edit, verifying that the stitch count isn’t off from row to row and so on. By the time I have yarn and needles in my hand, I’m working from a pattern I can feel reasonably sure will work!”


Designers have hard deadlines— Hall, for example, has print deadlines for her crochet books; others post patterns on their blogs; and yarn companies have club members waiting for patterns. So you’ll get kudos (and repeat gigs) for getting your work in a day or two ahead of time. And be sure to work to your strengths: Love knitting with silky or lace-weight yarn? Prefer a thick gauge? Can’t handle bulky weight because of arthritic hands? Let a designer know your preference­s. It’ll help you land gigs you enjoy—which helps you work faster!

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