Technical Editing

I provide a comprehensive editing service which includes copy editing, proofreading, and technical editing. I will not change 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.

I worked at a local yarn store for five years where one of my main responsibilities was providing pattern support to customers. That experience helped me to develop the ability to quickly read and understand patterns, as well as giving me insight into what can make a knitting pattern difficult to follow for many knitters. After leaving the yarn shop I completed Joeli Kelly’s Learn To Tech Edit Course as well as Edie Eckman’s Pattern Writing For Knitters Craftsy Class.

I have been working as a tech editor for over two years, and have worked on patterns ranging from a seamed set-in sleeve pullover to a two-colored cable shawl with lace edging. I have experience with grading my patterns, and while I do not provide grading as a service, I will check that your grading makes sense and follows standard sizing. My specialty is seamless construction and I am familiar with most seamless construction methods.

A basic edit includes:

  • Checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.
  • Checking for consistency throughout the pattern and clarity of instructions.
  • Checking that instructions are complete and consistent with common sizing and notation standards.
  • Checking that all the math and measurements are correct.
  • Checking that charts, schematics, written instructions, photos, and descriptions are in agreement, and accurately represent the knitted item.

I currently have a one week turnaround time, but you can contact me in advance to schedule an edit and be sure to meet your deadlines. To save us both time, please make sure that your pattern is complete before you send it to me. Check it against your style sheet, and include your style sheet with your pattern. My rate is $30 per hour billed by the minute. Simple accessories will take 1 hour or less, while complex garments may take 3 to 5 hours or more. After you send me your pattern I can give you an estimate of the time it will take to edit. I can usually have the first edit done and back to you within a week, then after you have made any changes I am happy to take a second look at the pattern and return it to you within a day or two. It’s all too easy to make a mistake when you are trying to correct one! When you are satisfied with the pattern I will send you a PayPal invoice, with payment due in 30 days.

If you have a pattern you’d like me to edit, or if you have a question for me, please use the form below to get in touch.

Thank you for knitting!