My Editing Services Include
- checking math, sizing & grading
- checking stitch counts & pattern repeats
- checking gauge & schematics
- verify charts with written instructions & vice versa
- verify pattern is complete & consistent
- check grammar, punctuation, etc.
- verify pattern produces item shown in photos
- charts in Stitchmastery
- vector schematics
- grading – child thru adult
- pattern layout
- style sheet
“I have worked with Jean (Desert Rose Fiber Arts) for several patterns. She is thorough, professional, and always goes beyond to explain why edits need to be made. I look forward to working with her again in the future. I highly recommend her.” Makenzie Alverez
“I would highly recommend Jean! It was a wonderful experience working with her, and I am excited to continue working with Jean. I love that she has options – she offers the basic tech editor things, but also provides additional help as well.” Jennie Masterson
“Jean has done a fantastic job helping me with my first sweater pattern, which is an advanced one at that. She is totally reliable, be it checking the math and wording, making schematics, as well as being ready to help and re-work the pattern should problems arise afterwards. I can unreservedly recommend her.” Dietrich Klingbeil
Why Use a Tech Editor?
Releasing a new pattern can be a scary proposition. We ask ourselves if we wrote clear instructions, is the math right, will my target audience find the pattern easy to use?
A tech editor helps you get over that scary feeling by checking your pattern to make sure the math works, the sizing works, the stitch patterns work, the instructions are clear and easy to use, plus a whole lot more ~ so you can release your pattern with confidence.
Why Use My Services?
Combining my extensive & diverse background in knitting, crochet, design and accounting, I can provide you with a high level of tech editing experience that every designer deserves. I have also completed the Knitgrrl and Joeli Creates tech editing courses to compliment my corporate background.
I welcome all designers ~ new or experienced, knit or crochet.
How I Work
First, do all you can to make sure your pattern is ready for editing. Whether you have your pattern tested before or after editing, or not at all, is up to you. I do recommend not testing and editing at the same time however.
Contact me for availability and we’ll schedule a time frame for editing your pattern. Send me your pattern as a Word, PDF, RTF, Google Doc or Pages file, along with any supporting files. Word, PDF, or RTF are preferred. Files can be attached to my contact form.
Send along a few, high quality photos of your project taken from different angles, including some showing the stitch pattern detail, and one showing your gauge. (Lay two rulers on your work – one horizontal & one vertical so I can see the rows & stitches in a minimum 4″ square).
Average turn around time is 7-10 days for my initial review. Further reviews depend on how much work is needed to get the pattern ready for publishing.
As both a tech editor and designer, I understand how important it is for your pattern to be error free and easy to follow. I want you to be happy with your final pattern, and guarantee my work. If any errors are discovered in my work, I will review the pattern again and any required errata as part of my initial fee.
FREE Tech Editing Checklist
Use this checklist to prep your pattern for editing.
Flat Fee Categories
Simple accessories (cowls, hats, scarves, one size, etc.) ~ $25
Complex accessories (gloves, mitts/mittens, socks, shawls, 2 or more sizes, etc.) ~ $55
Simple garments (basic shapes, simple stitch patterns, 3 or fewer sizes, etc.) ~ $75
Complex garments (unusual construction, complex stitch patterns, 4 – 8 sizes, etc.) ~ $120
Patterns with more than 8 sizes, or which have significant errors, will be billed at $30/hr in 15 minute increments.
Additional Services and projects which do not fit into a Flat Fee category ~ $30/hr, billed in 15 minute increments.
Please contact me for a quote on Additional Services.
I accept payment in USD through PayPal, and will send you an invoice after my first review is completed. A second review of your pattern, prior to publication, is included in my initial fee.