I take huge satisfaction from turning a confusing or inaccurate pattern into one that makers will find easy to understand and enjoy completing.
Experience is probably my most valuable tool – in my eight years as a tech editor I’ve seen just about everything! However, I also use spreadsheets, intelligent charting software and detailed industry sizing and grading standards to help me thoroughly assess every part of each pattern or tutorial I work on.
I prefer to take a collaborative, long-term approach to tech editing. As well as tackling the 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! With this in mind, I also create guidance and house style documents for people I work with regularly.
If you’d like some technical assistance I offer the following services:
- Pattern writing
- Technical editing
- Vintage pattern re-writes, grading and technical editing
- Pattern layout (InDesign, Illustrator)
- Image editing (Photoshop)
- Charts (Illustrator, Stitchmastery)
- Schematics (Illustrator, Inkscape)
- House style creation or reformat
- Guidance documents to improve overall pattern writing
Regular clients include Knit Now magazine, Simply Knitting magazine,
and The Knitter magazine, plus a number of independents.
I am currently working on a book (top secret!) for one of my favourite designers.
Over the years I’ve worked with many inspiring people, including Anniken Allis, Jennie Atkinson, Barb Brown, Sian Brown, Amanda Crawford, Susan Crawford, Kaffe Fassett, Carol Feller, Katya Frankel, Judy Furlong, Todd Gocken, Sarah Hatton, Sachiyo Ishii, Sasha Kagan, Brandon Mably, Annie Modesitt, Kyoko Nakayoshi, Eline Oftedal, Hitomi Shida, Jane Sowerby, Martin Storey, Vibe Ulrik and Karie Westermann.