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Technical Editor for Knitwear Designs

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A knitter for over twenty years and a technical editor for four, I love to sink myself into a pattern and work out the snags. My favourite things to knit are socks, and my sock drawers are ever expanding!

When not knitting or editing, I spend a lot of time tinkering around with other handicrafts, including silversmithing and other jewelry-making techniques, tatting, basic crochet, embroidery, sewing, and painting. I can be found on Instagram @jessterknits (knitting) and @oldgreendoor (doing whatever random thing that catches my attention - yes, there are a lot of photos of my dogs).

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What does a tech editor do?

Technical editing is an essential part of producing a knitwear pattern. A tech editor will check for errors in text, as well as all of the math involved to ensure that the knitter has everything they need to create a finished piece they can be proud of. Points a tech editor will check include, but are not limited to:

  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar

  • Formatting, consistency

  • Stitch counts, increases, decreases

  • Imperial/metric conversions

  • Sizes and measurements - do they work with the gauge and stitch counts given?

  • Techniques, abbreviations, and clarity of instructions

  • Charts and line-by-line instructions - do they match?

  • If the pattern is intended for a publication, does it match that publication's style sheet?

  • Are the sections for all the individual pieces of the garment presented, and are they in an order that makes sense?

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My current rate is $27 CAD per hour, including a free revision of any changes made. How long a pattern will take to edit involves a number of variables, including complexity of design, number of sizes, and (unfortunately) if there are a lot of errors. In general, a small accessory pattern takes roughly half an hour to forty-five minutes, and a sweater pattern usually averages about four hours.


Most of the time, I work in Microsoft Word (with Track Changes), PDF, or Google Docs.


I accept payment by PayPal, credit card via Stripe, or etransfer (within Canada).

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Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk about a pattern, get a quote, or have any other questions.

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