Tech Editing

I provide a comprehensive editing service which includes copy editing, proofreading, and technical editing. I will not make changes to your pattern, instead, I will point out errors and inconsistencies and make suggestions for improvement. I prefer to add notes to a PDF, but I can also edit in Word using the track changes feature, or Google Docs. I only edit knitting patterns, although they may contain some crochet elements, and I specialize in seamless construction. Other services include garment grading, chart and schematic creation, and style sheet development.

My rate is $30 per hour billed by the minute. Tech editing simple accessories will take 1 hour or less, while complex garments may take 3 to 5 hours or more. Grading an adult garment in 9 to 12 sizes may take 5 to 10 hours, and will require checking by another tech editor. The time it takes to create charts and schematics will depend upon the amount of information shown in the graphics, but generally will take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. If you are concerned about the cost of tech editing I offer several suggestions on how to save money on tech editing in this blog post.

Experience

For five years I provided pattern support for customers at a local yarn store. After leaving the yarn store, I decided to pursue tech editing as a vocation and took Joeli Kelly’s Learn To Tech Edit Course as well as Edie Eckman’s Pattern Writing For Knitters Bluprint Class.

To gain experience in knit design and working with tech editors I started writing patterns that have been published independently and by Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Wool Studio, and KnitPicks. I have been tech editing for over 4 years now and I have edited a variety of patterns for independent designers and collections for Brooklyn Tweed.

I started to learn about grading from Marnie Maclean’s excellent tutorials and Faina Goberstein’s Sizing Knitwear Patterns Bluprint Class. I gained more experience by grading my patterns, tech editing graded garment patterns for other designers and taking A Masterclass in Grading from The Tech Editor Hub.

My Process

After I receive your pattern I will let you know when I expect to be finished with the first edit, which is usually in less than one week. If the pattern requires significant changes, like corrections to stitch counts and measurements, a second round of editing will probably be necessary. Highlighting the parts of the pattern you’ve changed, and asking and answering questions will save us both time and ensure that all errors are corrected and the pattern is as clear and concise as possible. After all the edits have been made I am happy to check the final version of the pattern free of charge.

After I have completed the work we agreed upon I will send an invoice using PayPal, which will be due in 15 days. 

If you have a pattern you’d like me to edit, or if you have any questions about my tech editing services, please use the form below to get in touch.

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