Tech Editing by Eleanor Dixon

I am an ardent knitter, a detail hound, a puzzle solver, an organization freak, a perfectionist in recovery.  All of these attributes, along with my gifts for visualizing instructions and communicating clearly and succinctly, explain my knack for and love of tech editing.  Whether you have a complete pattern which just needs reviewing by fresh eyes, an "almost there" pattern in need of tweaking, or a rough draft requiring some serious reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, I'm available to help you get your pattern cleaned up, off your desk, and on their needles.

I have enjoyed a thriving tech editing business for ten years, having been a lifelong knitter.  My edited projects range from a simple camera strap to a full-length cabled coat, and pretty much everything in between. I work primarily with independent designers, but also count indie dyers, retailers, and publishers among my clients. For additional information, availability and rates, please contact me here.

The basics:
Once I receive your pattern I will
  • verify pattern provides complete step-by-step instructions for intended project from cast on to finishing
  • verify materials list, including yarn, notions, optional items
  • verify or provide yarn info (fiber content, gauge, weight & yardage)
  • review or calculate yardage estimates
  • proofread/edit text & headings for typos, consistency, accuracy & clarity
  • check all math calculations, including stitch counts, finished measurements, pattern repeats, row counts, sizing adjustments, etc.
  • check or provide imperial/metric conversions for yardage & measurements
  • review charts for accuracy and consistency with written directions
  • review schematics for accuracy
  • verify that legends and keys refer to all and only those abbreviations and symbols used in pattern
Also available:
  • pattern grading
  • StitchMastery chart creation 
  • chart translation to written instructions
  • Inkscape schematics
  • set-up, oversight, and administration of test knitting in your choice of platform or venue (Ravelry, Facebook, Yarnpond, email, etc.)
  • pattern development from notes and samples
  • style sheet & pattern template assistance
  • pattern support, help desk for your customers
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