This week I judged the crochet and knit categories of our local Fall Festival and I thought I would pass along some tips on letting you know what a judge might look for in your entries. Remember, every judge is different and will have their own opinions on what is most important in an entry.
The judge’s score sheet may have a point system (etc. 1-5) where a 1 is just OK to a 5 which is very good. Other judging sheets may have a judge mark Excellent, Good, Fair, or Needs Improvement on each entry. Some sheets may be very simple with a few categories to judge, while other judging sheets may have more categories, going into more detail. From this score sheet, they will add up the points or make a decision and determine who is 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, along with any other ribbons that may be awarded, such as Lot Champions and Grand Champion winners. Some judging score sheets may also include a Comment section where the judge can let the participant know the good points of the item, as well as what could be improved upon. Following are a few basic categories that will probably be on most judge’s sheets:
*Overall Visual Impact
This is your entry’s first impression. Color, shape, yarn choice.
*Degree of Difficulty
Simple stitches or simple item to make or more difficult stitches or pattern.
*Suitability of Item for Purpose
Is the technique of choice (Tunisian, Traditional crochet, Filet Crochet, Intarsia Knitting, Lace Knitting. etc.) done properly? Are the stitches uniform in appearance?
*Type & Quality of Material Used Suitable for Project
For example, a washcloth should be made with a kitchen cotton yarn, not an acrylic yarn. A toy for a baby or child should not have sewn-on buttons for eyes or a nose, as these can come loose and be swallowed.
*Tension, Smooth & Even
Is the tension smooth and even in one area, but too tight or loose in another area? Tension should be smooth and even throughout.
*Finished, Clean & Ready to Use
Is your entry completely finished, as well as spot-free, pet hair-free, with no smoke or other offensive odors? Could your entry come off the judging table and be ready to use?
*Yarn/Thread Ends Well Hidden
Are your yarn ends hidden within your entry item so that it would be hard to see where you added yarn or finished off your project?
Remember, these are a few basic categories that are usually on every judge’s sheet. Be sure and read the events’s rules and requirements, make sure your entries are clean, finished and ready to show, and above all, have some fun!