Over the last few weeks, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the process of writing patterns.
I've been assessing the ways in which I can create the best possible pattern and wondering what advice I can hand on to others.
It might seem obvious, but it is really important:
ALWAYS TEST YOUR OWN PATTERNS BEFORE YOU SEND THEM TO TESTERS.
Do it!... even if you think that you don't have enough time.
Do it!... even when you think that your head will explode because there are too many ideas floating around in it.
Do it... even when you can't afford to buy the fabric.
Do it...even when your life is totally manic.
Testers are great, they really really are, but there are some issues that they won't necessarily pick up on. Issues that they shouldn't be expected to find.
Not every pattern that "works" is well written. Sometimes a small redraft makes the difference between a mediocre pattern and one that can be put together seamlessly by everyone.