Tech editing

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

My specialisms include grading, pattern writing from spec, stranded colourwork, yokes of all constructions and ganseys.

My most recent major projects as a pattern writer/ tech editor have all been in partnership with my colleague Amelia Hodsdon as Light Work Collective.

They include the books; Fair Isle Weekend (Mary Jane Mucklestone), Texture (Erika Knight), Knitting from Fair Isle (Mati Ventrillon), Shetland Journal Vol. I (Various), Knit with Attitude: A 10 Year Celebratory Collection (Various) and Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting (Anna Maltz). We have also worked on individual patterns for Fyberspates, Donna Smith, Susan Crawford, and more.

I am also part of the technical team for The Knitter magazine and work regularly with a number of other yarn companies and independent designers.

I take a collaborative, long-term approach to technical work. 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. And of course, there is always something we can learn from each other.

I offer tuition in grading and pattern writing to regular clients and also mentor several up and coming designers.

My available services include:

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

Here are some of the other amazing designers I’ve worked with over the years: Anniken Allis, Jennie Atkinson, Jacinta Bowie, Kaffe Fassett, Carol Feller, Georgia Farrell, Katya Frankel, Todd Gocken, Sarah Hatton, Mary Henderson, Sachiyo Ishii, Sasha Kagan, Brandon Mably, Grace Melville, Annie Modesitt, Kyoko Nakayoshi, Eline Oftedal, Hitomi Shida, Jane Sowerby, Martin Storey, Vibe Ulrik and Karie Westermann.

My current rate for technical work is £35 an hour. I am happy to provide estimates and to discuss fixed fees for larger projects. And if you’re feeling stuck and just need some advice about how to proceed with your patterns feel free to drop me a line!