Are you a crochet pattern designer looking to take your patterns to the next level? Are you looking for someone to triple check your pattern to make sure the math is correct? Are you looking for someone to go through your pattern with a fine tooth comb to catch any typos and/or inconsistencies?
I'm pleased to announce that I now offer crochet technical editing services for patterns in US or UK terms! As your tech editor, I will:
- Ensure all of the necessary information for a reader to be able to make your design is present.
- Catch grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
- Check for consistent formatting and language.
- Clarify instructions or language based on industry standards.
- Verify all numbers and calculations.
- Make sure that finished sizing makes sense with your gauge.
- Review schematics and charts for correctness.
- Help you with any other concerns you may have and cheer you on throughout the whole process!
Upon request, I can also help with grading garments and yardage estimates.
I have an educational background in math and engineering, and am naturally a very detail-oriented perfectionist. I have tested patterns for many designers who have appreciated my detailed feedback. I am also familiar with writing crochet patterns myself, so I know what sections and information need to be included in a clear, well-written pattern. To further refine and enhance my editing skills, I also completed the "How to become a tech editor" course run by well-established tech editor, Emily of Fiat Fiber Arts. I am truly passionate about helping others produce their best work and want to support the creative community in any way I can.
Tech Editing Process
If you would like me to tech edit your pattern(s), please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to register as a client. I will reply via email within 1 business day confirming your registration. This is a one-time registration. Once that is complete, we can move on to the next steps of editing your pattern(s)! Please note that by registering as a Yarn Matter Technical Editing client, you are not obligated to use my services.
It is difficult to estimate how long a pattern will take to edit without seeing a draft first. However, here are some rough estimates for the time it would take to perform one round of editing:
- Simple accessories or home decor: 1 - 2 hours
- Complex accessories or home decor, and simple garments: 2 - 3 hours
- Complex garments: 3 hours +
- Garment grading and yardage estimates: 1 hour + (in addition to the edit time)
Once you have a pattern ready for editing, please email me a draft of the pattern and let me know if there is anything specific you need help with. I will look over your pattern to generate a pricing estimate based on the amount of time I believe it will take me to edit the pattern. I charge $30 USD per hour of editing (in 15 minute increments) and I have a turnaround time of 3-5 business days. Should you need the pattern sooner, we can work around your schedule. Once you agree to the estimate, I can begin editing!
After the First Round of Editing
Once the first round of editing is complete, we will discuss more rounds of editing and/or a final 15-minute check. Both are charged at the same $30 USD / hour rate. If the pattern requires 3 hours or more of total editing time, the final 15-minute check is free. Please allow me 2 business days to complete any additional rounds of editing, and 1 business day to complete the final 15-minute check.
I will send you an invoice with the agreed upon amount after the last round of editing. Payment is due within 14 days of the invoice date. Please let me know within the 14-day period if you need more time to complete the payment.
Should you discover any errors in your pattern after I have done a final 15-minute check, please contact me immediately so I can work with you to make it right. I stand by my work and want to make sure you are completely satisfied with your edit, so I will correct any mistakes found at no charge. If you make edits and publish the pattern without me doing a final 15-minute check, I cannot guarantee the pattern will be error-free.
I agree to keep any documents you send me, any documents arising from this service, and the information contained in these documents confidential. I will only send these documents to you, unless otherwise directed by you.
I look forward to working with you and helping your patterns look professional and publication-ready! If you have any questions before we begin the process, please feel free to reach out.
Erin did a fantastic job editing my cowl pattern. She was prompt, communicative, and very thorough, and greatly improved the clarity and accuracy of my instructions while also being so encouraging! I highly recommend her to other crochet designers.
- Lyla of Terrapin Fiberworks
I am so pleased with the edits that Erin made on my pattern. She was able to notice everything, from the most significant errors to the little things that may seem "insignificant". I feel like I have a whole new pattern document, and I am very confident in the success of the design after its release! I will most definitely be hiring her for my future patterns.
- Kaitlin of Sass & Stitch
Erin's expert eye helped add information and details to crochet patterns that I didn't even realize were missing. Her editing notes on patterns were clear and helpful during the process. Initially I had been dreading the entire tech editing process, but Erin made it painless and eye-opening for future designs! I can't wait to work with her again.
- Grace of Wonderland Yarns
I really enjoyed working with Erin! I’m still so new at the designing process and to be honest, I’d rather do more of the creating, jotting down my notes, and the fun details. Letting someone as professional as her come in to grade and correct my errors was not only a huge relief, but it’ll help my turnaround time in getting my patterns out quicker for my designing business. It is an investment, but if you can it’ll be worth it!
- Amanda of My Coze Place
Erin is concise and thorough, and I love that. Her attention to detail and the questions she asks during an edit definitely improves on the pattern and on me as well. The process was seamless and exceeded my expectations!
- Natalia of Talia's Crochet Creations