Tech editing

Combine a background in engineering, obsessive knitting, knitwear design and a voracious appetite for reading design books and you get a tech editor- That's me!

I have experience with a wide range of patterns as a knitter and designer and have taken the popular Tech editing course produced by Joeli's kitchen along with classes on pattern grading and design.

Tech editing gives you a little extra confidence in your pattern and helps to achieve a polished product. It can be really tricky to spot errors in your own work, so a second set of eyes can be just the thing to pick them out. A thorough maths check reassures you that the pattern will work as you plan.

I offer competitive rates for tech editing, including a special fixed rate offer for your first pattern:

£10 for a basic accessory (e.g. cowls, hats, scarves, single sized items)

£20 for more complex accessories (e.g. socks, heavily patterned hats or cowls, multi-sized items)

£30 for complex patterns (e.g. sweaters in multiple sizes, lace shawls)

This price includes checking style and layout; proof reading; comparing gauge with stitch counts; checking stitch counts, increases, decreases; checking sizing against standards; clarity of instructions; checking photos; checking charts (if relevant).

For further patterns or more complex editing I offer a rate of £12.50 per hour.

If you are looking for technical editing for your patterns get in touch via email using contact @ alittlebitsheepish (dot)

Knitting and crochet tech editing are offered.

Client feedback:

"Fiona is such a fantastic tech editor, with a very quick turnaround time. No matter how thoroughly I have proofread a pattern, she always finds and corrects some additional mistakes as well as giving great advice on style and content. I'd be lost without her  - her edits have made such a positive difference to my pattern writing, I would recommend her to any knitting pattern designer in a heartbeat!"

Dot from Little Theorem

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