what do I bring to tech editing?
I have been a knitter for 50+ years; a knitting pattern designer for 20+ years; a technical services librarian (i.e. cataloguer) for 20+ years; and a test knitter for 10+ years. I love order, data, consistency, and precision. I seem to have inherited my mother’s uncanny ability to have typos practically jump off the page at me. I’m also not frightened of crunching numbers (spreadsheets are our friends!). If you want to work with someone who is prompt, detail-focused, responsive, thorough, thoughtful, and, occasionally, witty – let’s talk!
why have your patterns tech edited?
A tech editor is a fresh set of eyes to ensure that your patterns are clear, accurate, and complete, with no typos or grammatical errors. I work hard to make sure that your pattern is easy to follow and consistent with your established style.
You want your customers to enjoy knitting your pattern and I can help you make that happen!
am I accepting new clients?
My schedule is fairly full, but I’m currently accepting new clients with patterns for accessories (infant- adult). I’m comfortable with charts, cables, mosaic, colourwork, brioche, and lace patterns.
what can you expect from me?
- Prompt communication throughout the process.
- An estimate (once you send me a PDF of the pattern).
- A reasonable turnaround – typically within a week and potentially faster depending on my current schedule.
- Full tech edit, including all stages of proofs, until we are both satisfied.
- Pattern support for as long as is necessary.
what will editing entail?
- Proofing of spelling, typos, grammar, and punctuation.
- General math/maths check: sizing, gauge, instructions, stitch counts, etc.
- Checking that pattern instructions & sample photo match and are clear.
- Ensuring consistency of style and language (compared to style sheet if you have one). I’m an Australian living in the U.S., so I’m happy to work with both British and American terminology.
- Ensuring charts & schematics are correct and match the written directions.
- Checking that measurements match industry standards with suggestions if not similar.
- All abbreviations used are listed with clear explanations.
- Suspension of editing and prompt contact if I encounter any major issues in need of resolution before proceeding.
- Repeated checks until we both deem that the pattern is correct and ready to publish/test knit.
- A final read-through of the pattern before you publish, free of charge, if you would like.
- Promotion of your pattern on social media, again, if you would like.
what else can I do for you?
- Using Stitchmastery software, I can create custom charts, as well as providing corresponding written directions. Files can be provided in .knt (Stitchmastery format) or high-quality .png (image) files.
- I can help you develop and follow a style sheet for your patterns.
- Do you need a pattern template? I can help with that!
- Pattern writing: I can work from your (decent!) notes to help you write a pattern that other knitters can follow.
how much does it cost?
- For tech editing and pattern writing, I charge $7.50 per 15 minutes, with a one hour minimum. For example, a 1 hour, 10 minute edit will be $37.50.
- To save me time (and you money!), please look over The Checklist Your Tech Editor Wants You to be Using before you send me your pattern for editing.
- For creating style sheets or charts, I charge a flat $7.50 per 15 minutes, with a 15 minute minimum.
- I accept payment via PayPal and I invoice once you’ve accepted the final edited version of your pattern/style sheet/chart and we’re both happy.
sample tech edits?
- Transversal Shawl by Antonia Cavaliere (Payhip link)
- Tweedle Dum Tweedle Dee Socks by Fiona Oliver (Ravelry link)
- Trembling Aspen Shawl by Alex Pogue-Kallos (Nobletree Workshop link)
- Gaugetastic Cowl by Shaina Scott (Yumi Yarns link)
- Nordic Tea Cosy by Zoe Carter (Payhip link)
- Caernarfon Hat and Cowl by Jennie Powell (Payhip link)
- Aingeal na Nollag (ornament / tree topper) by Úna Berryman (Ravelry link)
I very much enjoyed working with Kathie on tech editing my pattern. She was careful to agree to timescales, expectations, and payment terms in advance so both parties knew what to expect. Her edits were detailed, clearly expressed, and accurate. She was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Kathie’s services, and look forward to working with her again on my next design.Zoe Carter
Working with Kathie was a revelation. It was my first time using a tech editor and she made the process a pleasure. Kathie laid out all expectations on both sides, and always stuck to them. Her edits were clear and accurate, she picked up so many tiny details I had missed, and her suggestions for improvements were well expressed and helpful. I am looking forward to working with Kathie again on future projects, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services.Ceirdwyn
I strongly recommend Kathie’s tech editing services for knitting patterns. Communication was excellent and very prompt, as was the finished work. All the corrections were clearly labelled and easy for me to put right. I fully intend to keep asking Kathie to edit my forthcoming knitting patterns. I have every confidence that she will ensure that they are consistent and easy to read and understand!Jennie Powell
Kathie is a pleasure to work with. She is very transparent with every step of the process. Her suggestions were very clear and helpful in ensuring my pattern was not only clear but also consistent in style. Her turnaround was also super quick!Nicky Jensen