Tech Editing Services

tech edit desk
Releasing a new pattern can be a scary proposition. We ask ourselves if we’ve made the instructions clear, are the instructions right, is the math right, will my target audience find the pattern easy to use?

Let me help you get over that scary feeling to release your new pattern with confidence. Combining my extensive & diverse background in knitting, crochet, design and accounting, I will provide you with the high level of knit or crochet tech editing services every designer deserves. I have also completed the Knitgrrl and Joeli Creates tech editing courses to compliment my corporate background.

I welcome all designers, and am accepting new clients for knit or crochet designs.

It was a pleasure working with Jean. My final pattern turned out clear and I am sure it produces just what it is supposed to. I definitely will choose her services in the future, because I like the way she communicates and the whole process of the editing. Ieva Šimkute-Pilelė (Polar Bear Sweater)

My Tech Editing Services Include…

  • checking math, sizing & grading for errors and/or inconsistencies.
  • checking stitch counts, including stitch pattern multiples, are correct.
  • ensure schematics, gauge, and written instructions match.
  • ensure charts and written instructions match, and work.
  • make sure the pattern is complete and not missing important information.
  • make sure the pattern consistent with your style sheet.
  • check consistency of capitalization, fractions/decimals, abbreviations, etc.
  • check the copy for grammar, punctuation, typos and consistency throughout your pattern.
  • verify the pattern will produce the item as shown in the photographs.
  • suggest changes for copy, layout, formatting or style when appropriate, that will make your pattern easy to follow.

Most patterns can be edited for a flat rate. We’ll discuss a fee estimate before I accept your project if it does not fit into one of the following categories:

  • simple accessories (cowls, hats, scarves, one-size offered, etc.): $15.00
  • complex accessories (gloves, mitt/mittens, socks, shawls, multiple sizes offered, etc.): $30.00
  • simple garments (basic shapes, simple stitch patterns, 3 or less sizes, etc.): $40.00
  • complex garments (unusual construction, complex stitch patterns, 4 or more sizes, etc.): $80.00

Additional Services I Provide…

  • create charts from written instructions, and vice versa.
  • create vector schematics based on finished measurements.
  • grade for multiple sizes.
  • pattern layout design.
  • help you develop a style sheet.

Additional Services are billed at $25/hr, in 15 minute increments. Please contact me for a quote on Additional Services.

I work with PDF, Word or RTF files, Pages via iCloud, along with Excel, Stitchmastery, Photoshop and Dropbox if you prefer not to email your files. My specialties are garments, accessories such as shawls, scarves, cowls, socks, mitts, and home decor. I am not editing amigurumi or toys at this time but am happy to refer you to another editor. Typical turnaround time is approximately 1 week for the initial review, and 48 hrs for the second review, from when I receive your pattern.

I invoice only after the editing is completed and we are both satisfied with the final pattern. I currently accept payment by Paypal in USD.

As both a tech editor and designer, I understand how important it is for your pattern to be error free and easy to follow. I want you to be happy with your final pattern, and guarantee my work. If any errors are discovered in my work, I will re-review the pattern and any required errata as part of my initial fee.

The first step is to fill out the form on my Contact page with “Tech Editing” in the subject line, and I will reply to you within one or two business days. I look forward to working with you!

I would highly recommend Jean! It was a wonderful experience working with her, and I am excited to continue working with Jean. I love that she has options – she offers the basic tech editor things, but also provides additional help as well.  Jennie Masterson (Fox Hat)

 

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