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?
Yes! Currently, I’m happy to work with patterns for accessories (infant- adult), and simple garments. I’m comfortable with multiple sizes, charts, cables, 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.
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 English 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 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 both simple and complex charts, as well as providing corresponding written directions.
- I can help you develop and follow a style sheet for your patterns.
- Do you need a pattern template? I can help with that!
how much does it cost?
- 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.
- I accept payment via PayPal and I invoice once you’ve accepted the final edited version of your pattern and we’re both happy.
latest tech edits?
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