Tech editing is a crucial step in the design process as it enables you to publish a pattern you can be confident is correct. You can count on me to offer up suggestions on how to make your pattern as clear as possible. There’s a fine line between providing too little and too much information, and I can help you find that line. I have 5+ years of experience as a tech journalist where I have to communicate technical content in a way that makes sense to readers, walking the line between overexplaining technical concepts and not explaining enough.
What makes sense to you in your head as you design might not make sense to the person who ends up knitting the pattern. Plus, information you had in your head as you designed might not have made its way on the page. It’s my job to draw that out of you and into the pattern so that knitters will love you for your excellent pattern writing, and their positive experience knitting your patterns will hopefully make them repeat customers.
What I check when editing your pattern
These are the common things I’ll review:
- Use the given gauge to make sure finished measurements are correct
- All measurement conversions are correct
- Yarn information is correct (fiber type, yardage, company name, etc.)
- All information a knitter needs to successfully make an item as intended is included in the pattern (notions, abbreviations, supplies, etc.)
- Charts match written instructions
- All abbreviations are used and none are missing
- Stitch counts are correct and that rows flow into each other correctly
- Compare the sample photos with the instructions
- Things within your pattern are displayed consistently
- If you have a style guide, I will check your pattern against it
- Grammatical errors
Depending on the pattern, there may be more things to check as well, and I will adjust my workflow accordingly.
If there are any specific areas in your pattern that you have concerns about, let me know at the start and we can work through those together.
What I edit
I am comfortable editing a lot of different knit design types, but if I come across a pattern I don’t feel I have the needed expertise to edit, I will be happy to recommend a fellow tech editor who might be a better fit.
My favorite things to edit are accessories with lace, cables, or other textured stitch patterns.
My rate for new clients is $40/hour, charged in 15 minutes increments. If you are a new client I offer a 25% discount on your first edit to give you a chance to see how you like my editing style. When you send me your pattern I will give you an estimate of how long I think it will take to edit. If I start working and find an edit will take longer than expected, I will reach out to you for approval before proceeding.
Here is an estimation of how long different items will take to edit:
- Hats, scarves, and cowls: 30 minutes-1.5 hours
- Shawls, socks, and simple sweaters: 2-4 hours
- Complex sweaters (involved stitch patterns, complicated constructions, etc): 4-6 hours
Factors that contribute to editing time are the number of errors present, stitch pattern complexity, and the number of sizes/yarn weight options available.
I feel I can’t talk about pricing without also mentioning financial accessibility. The bottom line is that tech editing is expensive. I firmly believe that you get what you pay for, so while there may be cheaper tech editors out there, I set my rates based on my skills, experience, and knowledge. I work really hard to make this process as worth it as possible.
That being said, I understand that tech editing is a huge expense, and I don’t want cost to stand in the way of you being able to have a professionally edited pattern. If you have concerns about cost, let’s chat!
I am open to working with you to bring costs down, especially if you are new to designing. If this is your first knitting pattern, it could be a while before you’ve had enough pattern sales to justify your investment. Some first steps to take in bringing down costs include:
- Signing up for my quarterly newsletter using the form below for a 10% discount on an edit in addition to the 25% off you get on your first edit
- Following my pre-edit checklist to catch basic errors yourself and reduce the number of edits I need to make
- Asking to delay your invoice until after your pattern has been released (if within a reasonable timeframe) so you can pay for your edit with pattern sales
If these starting points still don’t make the cost fit your budget, feel free to reach out with your concerns and we’ll see if we can figure something out that works for both of us.
If you’re interested in working together to improve your pattern, please use either my contact form to get in touch or book an appointment through Calendly. You can also sign up for my mailing list using the form below to receive a 10% discount off a tech edit (in addition to my normal 25% off for new clients.