How do I go about getting more knitting work?
May 25, 2009 3:15 PM Subscribe
Seeking tips on finding more pattern testing and sample knitting opportunities (preferably compensated in money or goods).
posted by ishotjr to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an experienced hand knitter. Currently, I occasionally test patterns/knit samples for an online yarn store, who gives me free yarn in return for my work. I will be reducing my work schedule soon at my job and will have more time to knit. Some of this time is going to be devoted to starting to design my own patterns, but I would love to get more testing and sample knitting jobs to either make a little money or to get free yarn/supplies to use while working on developing my own designs.
An unpaid gig would be worthwhile if it was for a magazine, book, or designer that would look especially good on my knitting "resume." Otherwise, I would really only be willing to do compensated work since I already have experience doing so.
Ravelry has given me some tips (which is where I found the business that I currently knit for sometimes), but I haven't come up with many ways other than knowing pattern designers personally or being a quasi-well known craft blogger/designer. I don't think the local yarn shops are seeking any testers because their samples all seem to come from the major yarn companies, not in-house knitters. (In case anyone was going to suggest any crochet-related advice, I can't crochet at all beyond trimming knits).
Does anyone have any tips for getting more opportunities in pattern testing and sample knitting?