Tech Editing

If you are a sock designer, who wants to take their pattern from good to excellent, and to feel confident that your pattern is easy to follow, accurate and clearly written, I’m here to help.

In addition to checking your pattern, I can help you with grading, as well as with creating charts and schematics, in order to ensure that the pattern is both easy to read and looks professional.

I specialize in socks – I know toe-up and cuff-down techniques, and I am familiar with all the commonly used heel techniques (and if I don’t, I’m thrilled to learn a new one!)

I am a sock designer myself, as well as a sock knitting enthusiast, so my favorite patterns to tech edit are socks. I do edit other accessories (shawls, cowls, legwarmers, mittens, beanies etc) as well, and

I have a background in engineering: I’m a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and I have a decade of work experience in corporate IT. Quite unsurprisingly, my specialties as a tech editor are checking the math, the charts and overall clarity of the pattern (I have a long history of making end user instructions for IT applications, and I know a thing or two about writing clear instructions).

What does a tech editor do (and why should you hire one)?

A tech editor is someone who helps the designer to ensure that the pattern is as correct and clear as possible. A tech editor won’t change or re-write your pattern, but they will point out parts that are unclear or incorrect. The designer will then make changes to the pattern based on these comments.

Different tech editors do different things, but the tasks typically include checking the math and grammar, checking the clarity of the instructions, checking the sizing, and making sure that the pattern is logical and consistent.

By having your pattern tech edited, you ensure that your customers and possible test knitters get the best possible version of the pattern that you worked so hard for. And happy customers are quite likely going to become returning customers! Furthermore, a well written pattern won’t require nearly as much pattern support from you. This will save you  time in the long run.


How it works

  • If you are working with me for the first time, and you want to discuss before you commit to anything, please send me email paula @ neulovilla.fi. You can send me the pattern (or a pattern draft), or just describe what kind of project you are looking a tech editor for. I will get back to you within 1-2 business days with a price estimate and suggestion on how to proceed. The first consultation is always free.
  • If you have a pattern ready (or almost ready) to be tech edited, you can book a slot in my calendar. The slot you book is the date when you get your pattern back with the first round of comments. I will need your pattern as a pdf, docx or Google Docs file three days before this date.
  • If you can’t find a suitable, available slot in the calendar, please email me, and I’ll see what I can do.
  • I will do the first round of edits in your pattern. I use color codes to point out any errors, and offer suggestions, which you can then approve or decline.
  • Sometimes first round of edits is enough, but for the best possible result, I suggest that you review the corrections and suggestions, make the changes, which you think are necessary, and send the pattern for a final check.
  • Some patterns need more than one or two rounds of edits. And that’s completely fine! We’ll work on the pattern until you are happy with it.

Prices

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