Technical Editor for Knitwear Designs
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).
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
Stitch counts, increases, decreases
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?
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).