I had high hopes of having this doll finished at least 2 days ago, but things like taking photos and timing how long it takes to complete each step of the crochet pattern ate up my time. This doll is so cute, I don't even care and got here to the blog to put out the official CALL FOR CROCHET PATTERN TESTERS. Interested? Please read all of the information below very carefully.
EDITED TO ADD: We've closed applications for the pattern testers. Thanks everyone for applying!
This is a paid job and all of the materials, minus polyfill, hooks, pins, and yarn/sewing needles, will be sent to you. There is the option to crochet the entire doll, and the option to crochet just the orange part of the cat and have all the thread work sent already finished. I'm looking for 4-6 testers for this doll.
How to apply to become a crochet pattern tester for Knot By Gran'ma.
Intermediate skills needed:
- You should be able to read a written crochet pattern. There are photographs for the tricky parts to make sure the instructions are clear.
- Follow directions for special stitches like decreased single crochet stitches. I will provide written directions on how to do this stitch and any others that need an explaination.
- Must be able to crochet in the round. The majority of the crochet pattern is worked in the round. It's clearly marked in the crochet pattern.
- If you are looking to test for the complete doll, you need to be able to crochet with size 10 crochet thread and a size 7 (1.5 mm) steel crochet hook.
- Hand stitching abilities. There is a lot of hand stitching. You should be comfortable using a whip stitch and be able to thread the yarn + crochet cotton onto a large tapestry needle. I use a regular sewing needle for the thread parts... just make sure it has a large eye to get the thread through it.
- You need to be able to work on a deadline. I'm looking for a 2 week turn around from when you receive the supplies.
- Photographs. I need clear and bright photographs from all angles of your finished cat doll. They need to be in focus and not have harsh shadows.
- Be able to find mistakes and relay the information back... also be able to communicate clearly about things that do not make sense. (It happens. I always miss something.)
- Fill out the form at the bottom of this blog post with photos of your past work. This would be a great place to showcase your amigurumi work if you have any. If it's your first go at doll making, that's cool too. You can share what you have done.
This is not a hard pattern to crochet. The hardest part is making sure all the pieces are stitched into the correct places. Pay for testing this crochet pattern is $60 plus KBG will provide the materials as stated above. The deadline for applying to be a tester is Tuesday, February 15th, 2002. Testers will be notified on Friday, February 18, 2002.
TOE BEANS! I'm not going to lie. The toe beans are maybe my favorite part... aside from stitching them all into place. If you've been following along, I LOATHE hand stitching... go figure. All of my doll crochet patterns have ridiculous hand stitching. They're so cute that the effort is totally worth it.
I can't even explain to you all how much I have missed designing crochet patterns for dolls. For those of you who have been around for a while, this is a slight return to the Knot By Gran'ma of years past. I can't wait to see what you all are able to do with this crochet pattern.