Technical Editing Crochet Patterns

Technical editing is the process by which a designer asks for another set of eyes to evaluate a pattern for clarity and consistency.  While I have been editing crochet patterns since only 2013, I have been developing my craft for 30+ years.  My university education in sciences which relied heavily in data entry and statistics has prepared and fine tuned my evaluating eye for the minute mistakes.  I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science and a partial completion of a PhD program.

So, Why do you need a Technical Editor (or TE)?  Because none of us can see our own mistakes.  The most important thing a TE will do is verify functionality of the pattern!  Basically asking, “does it work?”  My goal is to return a pattern that can be read in a clear and consistent manner.

These are the questions I would answer when assessing your patterns:

  • Is there accuracy in gauge and sizing?
  • Are abbreviations consistent with Craft Yarn Council (or the authority for which the pattern is written)?
  • Are all codes and abbreviations uniform throughout the pattern?
  • Are all special stitches clearly explained?
  •  Is the notes section clear and complete?
  • Does anything from the body of the pattern need to be added to the notes section?
  • Does each line refer to the previous row in the correct manner? In other words, are you telling me to stitch into the type of stitches that I made in the previous row?
  • Do all parts of the pattern work in unison?  Text matches chart and both work with schematic, if present?
  • Is basic punctuation used properly?  Are there any typographical errors in text?
  • Are all pattern repeats accurately noted with punctuation?
  • Do all row stitch counts accurately match the stitches performed in that row?

Pattern appearance, organization, and completeness will be assessed in a manner consistent with the desired source of publication.  In general, I will verify the following parts:

  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Complete supplies list: hooks, yarn (amount), needle, scissors, special items.
  • Stitches used: in Craft Yarn Council style unless publication source is different.
  • Notes
  • Gauge: understandable if there is a unique pattern stitch for gauge.
  • Pattern text language is consistent: (Beg Ch or Round/Row 1 is consistent throughout).
  • When to fasten off, join or rotate the item is clearly noted.
  • Weave in ends and block if necessary is noted.

For all these services, I will charge $25 per hour with a 1 hour minimum unless the pattern is extremely short and we can negotiate a 1/2 hour fee.  Payment is accepted via paypal.  See my Fees page for more information and to contact me.


  1. Novella Bobo left a comment on February 21, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Do you work with Google Docs?

    • Emily Reiter left a comment on February 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, I do!

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