Our pattern testers
Pattern testers are worth their weight in gold, both to the pattern designer to help ensure patterns released are error free and easy to understand and also to the crocheter who expects to purchase patterns that can use and enjoy for years to come. We have hundreds of pattern testers but here are a few of the "superstars"!
Laura has been a pattern tester with us since 2015. She has been crocheting for an amazing 42 years! Laura was blessed to have a grandmother who crocheted and was able to teach her and at age 12 she made a simple lap throw! Her favorite ones that she's tested? The Long Stem Rose blanket and the Carpenter Wheel in King size - both of which she did an outstanding job on! We're lucky to have Laura as one of our pattern testers!
Sandra has been testing for us since the beginning of 2016. She's a stay at home mom married for 10 years with 1 child. She loves to spend time with family and crochet, loves testing new patterns and loves to cook and try out new recipes. Sandra says: "I learned to crochet when I was 9 or 10 years old. I initially wanted to learn because my grandma was staying with us and I would watch her and thought it was neat. I became a tester right after I learned to do C2C and saw graphghans and thought they would be neat to make. My favorite pattern of yours would be the Duck Face. My afghans are frequently claimed by my son but I've also given some away and sold a few. Sandra hopes to one day soon meet some of the people she's met in online crochet groups for a real life crochet session.
Cheryl has been testing for us since the beginning of 2016. She's done quite a few projects and is hard pressed to choose a favorite. Cheryl is another lucky one that was taught by her grandmother at age 12 to crochet. She then continued the tradition and taught her daughter Emily. Cheryl decided to begin testing because she was interested in trying something new and liked all the different graph patterns. Most of the ones she makes are gifts for others. Cheryl is currently working on a christening dress using #10 cotton. We can't wait to see it!
Jamie S. Pratt
Jamie hasn't been with The Crochet Couch as long as some of the others but WOW is she fast! She's sometimes hard to keep up with as large afghans sometimes take her a few days to complete rather than the few weeks or months it takes the rest of us!
Jamie has been crocheting over 20 years and was self taught from a book. She struggled as a child to learn from her grandma as she was left handed. From Jamie: "When I was young, around 6 or 7 years old my grandma tried to teach me to crochet. I learned the chain before she went back to Florida and had a chain long enough to go around the whole house by the time she came back the next summer. I was left handed and she couldn't figure out how to teach me.
Jamie was a Crochet Couch customer and eventually found our group for testing on Facebook and we're so glad she did! Her favorite one is the Marijuana Leaf afghan and she did a stunning job on it.
A single mom of 4 kids as well as raising dogs keeps Jamie very busy so we don't know how she can crochet so fast! She's recently taken a job in Customer Service to support her hobbies!
Ann has been with us since the beginning of 2016. She's been crocheting for close to 40 years off and on! In Ann's words: I used to be mesmerised by my granny, she made doilies with crochet thread, they were delicate and intricate. I would make chains which she would then make into circles and I’d use them as carpets, covers in my dolls house, cardboard box! I guess I’d have been around ten when I made a strappy crochet top for myself, it was purple! Then I must have stopped and taken it up again when I was having my first baby, making clothes and blankets for her.
Originally I just wanted to be like my granny! When my daughter was born, I didn’t get much handmade gifts from people and I preferred hand knitted/crocheted so there I began, the comments from others were also encouraging!
Searching through Facebook looking for ‘something different’ for a 21st birthday present, I was seeing works of art - Afghan/Graphgan and I thought ‘if only’. I asked if someone could make me a Jack Russell terrier and I was invited to join Kim’s original tester group, there I began my very first, never heard of, c2c graphgan! I was/am hooked!
I love them all! I’m amazed at how much I’ve improved over the years! Favourites include Black Sheep, Sleepy Sheep and the Baby Argyle, six colours Afghan
I live on the Shetland Islands, population of 22,000. I stay on a smaller island, Burra Isle, with my husband, Black Labrador, two ginger cats, a brood of hens, nine adult and fifteen chicks, hatched this month. I’m a learning support worker in our local high school. I have two grown up children, neither of who share my passion for wool, crochet or knitting! I love long walks with Brook, baking and knitting. I bake once a week, and always have a knit project and crochet project going at the same time, quite often more than one! I have recently undertaken knitting Fair Isle and have moved away from hats and gloves to my very first Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan, a 50th birthday present for my sister. My cupboards have more wool than the two wool shops on the isle! And I still never have the right wool for the project!! I’m patiently waiting on my ‘makkin’ room being done out/compiled!! The Crofthoose Hat I’m wearing was made for Shetland Wool Week, by a local designer, Donna Smith.
Stacey has been with us since the end of 2016 and is one of our youngest pattern testers! She's been crocheting for 7 years.
Stacey started crocheting as a hobby and uses the items she makes from testing patterns as Christmas gifts.
She's done quite a few patterns but her favorite one is the Victorian Dress