I have been crocheting for about 5 years now. Initially a knitter, I took up crocheting because I wanted to learn something new! The first project I crocheted was and Afghan when I was laid up with the shingles. Because I had nothing else to do but lay around, it took me no time at all. I then promptly crocheted a baby blanket for my cousin. Then I took a break.
A couple of years ago I took a stab at a sweater and it worked up so quickly. It’s impressive just how fast some crochet projects will work up. I have been thinking about pattern testing for a while now, so when I came across the call for Emily’s Shiloh Tee, I applied right away. Fingering weight yarn is not something I normally have in my stash, but I happened to have some that I had just ordered. My day was made when the email confirming that I was selected as a tester came through!
The Pattern Test Process
Selected testers were sent an email with a draft pattern for the Shiloh Tee and then got to work. We all joined an Instagram discussion group which was super helpful to hear from everyone else working on the pattern and we were able to make comments and ask questions in a Google doc. Everything went so smooth and everyone was so nice and supportive. It was great to be a part of a little community working on the same project and having the ability to share photos and ask for feedback.
Back in April, Sewrella Yarn had an Oopsie sale. I have been eyeing up their beautiful yarn stock for ages and decided that it was finally time to score some. The way the oopsie sale works is you select what yarn base you want and then are sent a surprise pack. They promise that the colours will work together. This is what I received from a Tweed Sock Yarn set:
The Shiloh Tee pattern was super fun to work up. It is intermediate level and introduced me to some new crochet stitches, namely the Triangle Stitch. I haven’t crocheted a garment in the round before, so this was an extra fun experience. I just can’t get enough of the stitch pattern Emily came up with for this Shiloh Tee. Below are some fun progress shots that I shared with the IG discussion group.
The Finished Product:
This was such an awesome pattern testing experience. I am hooked now. Pun not intended. I loved the process so much, that I currently have two other crochet tests on the go that I should be finishing up in the next month that I cannot wait to update you about. Also, I hope I am lucky enough to test again for Emily in the future.