Tech Editing

Meanest Mommy Tech Edits: Left-brain help for right-brain people.

I am currently accepting new tech editing clients.

Technical editing knitwear patterns allows me to combine my love of knitting with my love of math and attention to detail. I can help you transform your design into a professional pattern you can be proud of and will have your customers coming back for more. Be sure that your knitting pattern is clear, consistent, and correct. I enjoy working with new designers, and I edit most knitting patterns, including socks, shawls, hats, and baby garments. I do not edit brioche, knitted toys, or crochet patterns at this time.

A typical tech edit includes checking for:

  • All necessary parts of the pattern – sizing, gauge, needles, yarn, directions, abbreviations, etc.
  • Correct use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Consistency throughout the pattern, including a check against your style sheet if you have one.
  • Abbreviations and their definitions.
  • Pattern clarity.
  • Math – stitch counts, repeats, measurements, and other calculations.
  • Agreement between directions, charts, measurements, gauge, pictures, and schematics.

Other services:

  • Generating charts and keys using Stitch Mastery.
  • Generating written instructions from charts and vice versa.
  • Writing pattern directions to make them clear and understandable.

How it works:  You email me a pdf of your pattern, and I point out errors and inconsistencies so you can correct them. (I can turn your MS Word or MS Publisher document into a pdf if necessary.) I make suggestions, but the final edit choices are always up to you. My service includes a final check of your pattern to make sure desired changes have been incorporated and it is ready for publication.

Turnaround: My typical turnaround time is 1 – 2 weeks. I am open to rush jobs if my schedule allows. Please ask.

Rates: $30/hour (with a quarter hour minimum), invoiced through Paypal. I will need to see your pattern to give you an accurate time estimate (with a rate cap). The edit is always tailored to your needs. I will only spend time on the edits you want me to do. If you only need me to review part of a pattern or just a chart, just ask.

Typical time to tech edit: 

  • Simple accessories – .5 hrs – 1.5 hr
  • Complex accessories – 1.5 hr – 3 hrs
  • Simple garments – 2 – 3 hrs
  • Complex garments – 3 – 5 hrs

Testimonials from some of my clients: Click on the Client Testimonials page.

Contact info: Contact me by filling out the form on this page, and I will get back to you within one to two business days (possibly sooner).