Tech Editing

I provide a comprehensive editing service which includes copy editing, proofreading, and technical editing. I prefer to add notes to a PDF, but I can also edit Word or Google Docs using the track changes feature. I mainly edit knitting patterns and I specialize in seamless construction. I can also edit simple crochet patterns. Other services include garment grading, creating charts and schematics, and style sheet development.

How I Work

Tech editing
If you send your pattern as a PDF I will add my notes to it and you can make the edits yourself. If you send me a Word or Google doc I will edit your pattern using track changes, which you can then accept or reject. Your pattern should be complete, including any charts, schematics, and photos (temporary photos are fine). Include your style sheet if you have one. Once I have received your pattern, I’ll tell you when you can expect it back. Within one week I will go through your pattern and check everything on my tech editing checklist. If there is something you want me to pay special attention to, please let me know!

If I run into a cascading error or an error that could be fixed in different ways, I will pause the edit and send the pattern back to you to correct what I’ve checked already. After you have gone through the pattern and incorporated the edits I have made so far, return it to me and I will finish checking the pattern within one week.

If a lot of corrections need to be made, I will recommend a second edit, where I will only go over the changes made from the first edit. It helps if you add notes and highlight the changes you have made to the pattern before the second check. When the pattern is ready for publication I offer a final check at no charge.

Grading
You send me your complete pattern written for one size, your style sheet, and clear photos and measurements of the sample. I will also need to know the amount of intended ease of the sample and the size range you wish to include in the pattern. If you don’t have your own sizing chart I will use the sizing charts from Craft Yarn Council and/or Ysolda.  After I have calculated the numbers for all the sizes I will add them to your pattern, rewriting directions as necessary. I recommend that you thoroughly go over the graded pattern yourself, and have it checked by a second editor.

Charts
I create charts using Stitch Mastery, which can also generate written directions. It is easiest for me to start with a chart that is either made in another program or hand-drawn, but I can work from written directions too. I will also need to know the font and stitch symbols that you prefer. After I’ve made your chart, I’ll send it to you to check. I can then make any changes you suggest. When the chart is complete and you are satisfied with it I can generate written directions from the chart according to your style sheet.

Rates & Billing

My rate for all services is 30 USD per hour. If you are concerned about the cost of tech editing I offer several suggestions on how to save money on tech editing. I can also give more specific estimates by request after I have seen the pattern. After I have completed the work we agreed upon I will send an invoice using PayPal, due in 15 days. Some general estimates are:

Tech editing
Simple accessories-30 to 60 minutes
Complex accessories and simple adult garments in 6 to 9 sizes-2 to 4 hours
Complex adult garments in 9 to 12 sizes-3 to 5 hours
Grading
Simple adult garment in 9 to 12 sizes-5 to 10 hours
Complex adult garment in 9 to 12 sizes-10 to 15 hours
Chart creation
Small chart with consistent stitch counts-15 to 30 minutes
Large chart or small chart with changing stitch counts-30 to 60 minutes
Large chart with changing stitch counts-1 to 2 hours
Generating written directions that conform to your style sheet-15 to 30 minutes
Digital schematic drawing-30 to 60 minutes

Experience

For five years I provided pattern support for customers and taught classes 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 Craftsy 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 five years and I have edited a variety of patterns for independent designers and collections for Brooklyn Tweed. Click here to see a Ravelry bundle for examples.

I started to learn about grading from Marnie Maclean’s excellent tutorials and Faina Goberstein’s Sizing Knitwear Patterns Craftsy 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. 

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. Tell me about your pattern and which services you are interested in. I am always happy to help!

    Thank you for knitting!