Tech editing

Experience is probably my most valuable asset – after almost a decade as a tech editor I’ve seen just about everything!

My specialisms include grading, pattern writing from spec, stranded colourwork, yoked construction and ganseys.

My most recent major project as a tech editor was Anna Maltz’ new book, Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting.

I take a collaborative, long-term approach to technical work. As well as tackling the knitting or crochet pattern in question, my aim is always to help the designer I am working with improve their overall pattern writing skills and accuracy – if they need to! And of course, there is always something we can learn from each other.

In my technical work I use tailored spreadsheets, intelligent charting software and detailed industry sizing and grading standards.

I offer the following services:

      • Technical editing
      • Grading, either to CYC standards or your in-house set
      • Pattern writing from single size spec
      • Vintage pattern re-writes, grading and technical editing
      • Image editing (Photoshop)
      • Charts (Illustrator, Stitchmastery)
      • Schematics (Illustrator, Inkscape)
      • Proofing
      • House style creation or reformat

My regular clients include Mez Crafts, Knit Now magazine, The Knitter magazine and Simply Knitting magazine, plus a number of other yarn companies and independent designers.

Designers I have tech edited patterns or collections for include:
Anniken Allis, Jennie Atkinson, Susan Crawford, Kaffe Fassett, Carol Feller, Katya Frankel, Todd Gocken, Sarah Hatton, Sachiyo Ishii, Sasha Kagan, Brandon Mably, Anna Maltz, Grace Melville, Annie Modesitt, Kyoko Nakayoshi, Eline Oftedal, Hitomi Shida, Jane Sowerby, Martin Storey, Vibe Ulrik and Karie Westermann.

If you would like a quote or just need some advice about how to proceed with your patterns do drop me a line.

My current rate for technical work is £30 an hour. I am happy to provide estimates and to discuss fixed fees for larger projects.