Tech Editing by Eleanor Dixon


...getting the devil out of your details

I am a knitting-fanatic, a detail-observer, a puzzle-solver, an organization-freak, a perfectionist-in-recovery.  All of these attributes, along with my ability and desire to say what I mean and mean what I say, 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 over six 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 indy dyers, retailers, and publishers among my clients. For additional information, availability and rates, please contact me via Ravelry or email to eledixon at comcast-dot-net.

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
  • style sheet & pattern template assistance
  • StitchMastery chart creation 
  • chart translation to written instructions
  • test knitting
  • pattern development from notes and samples

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