Why you should stay in touch with your tech editor during testing

Tech editing is often completed before the pattern testing process begins. You design your pattern, you send it off to your editor, and once they’ve made all their edits, it’s ready to be sent off to testers, before finally being published. But just because the tech editing process is over doesn’t mean you should stopContinue reading “Why you should stay in touch with your tech editor during testing”

Why the conversion rate from inches to cm is different in the knitting world than the real world

Typically when you need to convert inches to cm, you can just multiply the number of inches by 2.54 because that is the number of centimeters in a single inch. But if you follow this standard math rule in your knitting patterns, it’ll lead to some trouble. It’s an issue I’ve run across a lotContinue reading “Why the conversion rate from inches to cm is different in the knitting world than the real world”

Things to think about when photographing your knits

I believe that photographs can be the most valuable asset in your marketing strategy for your knitting patterns. I know lots of designers say they wish they could spend time designing and less time having to market their designs, and having stunning photographs that draw people in is one way to cut down on thatContinue reading “Things to think about when photographing your knits”

Preserving designer voice and style is an important part of consistency

When I first started editing, I took the path of feeling like everything had to be written a certain way, that everything needed to fit with some industry standard. Over time I’ve come to change my approach to be more relaxed and whenever I think back to my first few edits I cringe. Nowadays IContinue reading “Preserving designer voice and style is an important part of consistency”

Excel functions to use when designing knitting patterns

Excel can be your best friend when you’re designing a pattern. Knowing the little tips and tricks that it offers can really make your life a whole lot easier. In addition to the beauty of autofilling calculations across a range of sizes, there are several lesser known functions that you can be incorporating into yourContinue reading “Excel functions to use when designing knitting patterns”

All about clarity in knitting patterns

When you think of tech editors, do you think of someone sitting at their computer, staring at an Excel spreadsheet for hours? You’d probably be right, but that’s not the only thing we do! Of course we check that the numbers in a pattern is correct, but another important part of tech editing is improvingContinue reading “All about clarity in knitting patterns”

Things to check before sending your pattern to a tech editor

When I’m tech editing, I’m always conscious of the fact that the longer I take to edit, the more it will cost the designer. More errors in a pattern means I’m going to have to spend more time writing notes, and that time does add up. So before you send your pattern off to aContinue reading “Things to check before sending your pattern to a tech editor”

Inconsistencies in knitting patterns

Last month I decided to switch things up by publishing my monthly blog post as an Instagram post. I thought maybe the content I had prepared would be well suited to images, so I figured I’d give it a go. People seemed to like it — in fact it’s probably my most-liked Instagram post ever,Continue reading “Inconsistencies in knitting patterns”