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:
- Brief description
- Complete supplies list: hooks, yarn (amount), needle, scissors, special items.
- Stitches used: in Craft Yarn Council style unless publication source is different.
- 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.