Yarnpond
Yarnpond's primary goal is to make your life as a designer easier!

A lot of time and effort goes into every design you produce. Why not save yourself the effort of seeking out testers, chasing them for status updates, managing your test pool, and trying to gather pattern feedback?

For the cost of a frothy coffee, Yarnpond can streamline your whole testing process from start to finish. Read more about the features below:


Manage your testing pool

If you currently maintain an email list for testers, you can import all their email addresses into Yarnpond and manage it there. You can keep notes against each tester, view the ratings they've received from other designers, and even block testers from your pool if you've had a bad experience with them.

You can choose to have an "open" pool that anyone can join, or a "closed" pool where you must approve each applicant.
Coming soon: the ability to have multiple pools per designer account, so you can have different levels of privacy or specific pools for specific types of projects!

Advertise your test to your own pool, or to all members, or to the public

When you open up a test call you can choose to have it visible publicly, or to members only, or to those in your test pool only.
Coming soon: the ability to invite a select list of testers instead of your whole pool

Set up specific questions for applicants

By default, test applicants have the ability to specify the size they'd like to knit, what yarn they intend to use, and any other notes they'd like to let you know. In addition you can specify up to three custom questions that are specific to the test. These can be used to gauge each tester's skill levels in a particular technique, or to seek out additional sizing information, or just to get to know your testers!

Choose your testers from a list of applicants

For each applicant you can see:

  • Their current star rating based on previous tests on Yarnpond
  • How many tests they've done on Yarnpond, and what percentage of those they completed by the deadline
  • How many Yarnpond tests they've withdrawn from before finishing
  • Links to their Ravelry projects and Instagram feeds

This gives you all the information you need to pick the testers who you think will work best for you!

Set up "milestones" to track tester progress

For each test you can create up to five optional milestones. These are checkpoints in the pattern where you'd like to get a progress update from your testers, and can be helpful to keep track of what's happening within the testing team.

Communicate with testers in a dedicated chat room

Each pattern test gets its own chat room that is accessible just to you and the testers who are working on the pattern. Use it to post announcements and respond to questions. Testers can also upload in-progress images here.

Log corrections to the pattern and have testers notified of them

Whenever you log a correction to a pattern you're testing in Yarnpond, all your testers are notified about it. Testers see a list of all logged corrections for their test.

Create your own pattern feedback forms

You can use our default feedback form, or re-use a form from a previous test, or create your own feedback form from scratch. Tester responses are displayed on your test dashboard, and you can download all the responses as CSV or XLSX files.
Coming soon: more customisable question types such as multi-choice questions and a 1-5 scale.

Rate and review your testers

At the end of each test, you can give each tester a 1-5 star rating and leave a review comment about them. This is useful information for other designers when they come to select testers for their patterns. It's also useful information for you when deciding who you would prefer to work with again.