I have offered technical editing services for over 10 years, working for magazines and other publications and individual clients. I cover crochet and knitting.
Please note I am not taking on any new clients but can provide names of other tech editors which I have used if you contact me.
If you are a budding crochet or knitting designer then building a close working relationship with a technical editor is a must. They will help you style your patterns and give great tips on how to make them user friendly. Before embarking on a crochet or knitting design career then these tips will help you:
- It is essential that you have a good knowledge of your craft, if you don’t then it will show in your pattern writing!
- Experiencing (i.e. using) well known/published designers’ patterns will help you gain a good grasp of the correct terminology and style to use in pattern writing. Developing your own terminology will only confuse users.
- Develop your own style sheet for self published patterns.
- If you are submitting to a magazine or other publication, work to their style sheet. Some magazines employer tech editors to ‘polish’ your patterns, rather than give a comprehensive tech edit and grading. Make sure you know what is expected of you!
- A fantastic source of information can be found from the Craft Yarn Council in the US, which covers standards and a section especially for budding designers here. Be aware this is a US site so will have US terminology for crochet (and knitting which also has some variations to UK terminology).
- The UK Knitting and Crochet Guild has a great reference section for online resources here.