Today, on tips from a tech editor, we’re talking about those pesky repeats on a granny square. You’d think it’s pretty straightforward, right? 4 sides. Tell them what to do, repeat 3 times, boom, you’re back where you started. But are you? It really all depends on where you start stitching and where you start […]
Does the idea of grading a pattern seem scary? Are you completely mystified by the concept? Do you want to create more designs and allow people of multiple sizes to use them, but you don’t know where to start? A Simple Guide to Grading Crochet is for you! I wrote this book after hearing from […]
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Up next in my Tips from a Tech Editor series: Inconsistencies and incorrect word usage. There are several things that designers and pattern writers can do in their patterns to help them look more professional. Since I am coming from a scientific higher education background, my awareness of these inconsistencies is heightened. Consistency is vital […]
My first full and proper year of professional tech editing is completed. My first real paid job was in the summer of 2017. But I’ll consider 2018 my first year of tech editing because that’s when the website was created (here’s the first ever blog post) and when I started seriously self promoting as a […]
I love using track changes in Microsoft Word when editing patterns. It’s so easy to mark a typo, or select a stitch count and add a comment like “I didn’t get the same number as you.” This presents the designer with a document where she (he) can see exactly what needs to be addressed. The […]
Are your crochet pieces turning out the wrong size? Did you follow instructions but your adult hat barely fits a child? Did you write a pattern for size small and now your customer wants size large? You need to measure your gauge!!! But how do we measure gauge correctly? Why does it matter? If you’re […]
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 […]