Technical editing involves checking every aspect of the pattern - math, charts, grammar, and style according to your provided style sheet. I began tech editing for clients upon completing the Tech Editor Hub's Learn to Tech Edit course in 2019. I have the experience to turn your design into a polished, error-free pattern that is publication-ready.
Typical project estimates:
Accessory editing: 1 - 1.5 hours
Garment editing: 2 - 2.5 hours
(patterns with charts typically fall on the longer end of this range)
New! Accessible Formatting
How many more people could enjoy your patterns if they included accessible formatting?
As a student of Renee Van Hoy's Writing Accessible Patterns for the Blind and Print Challenged, and co-creator of the Accessible Patterns Index, I can transform your written pattern to meet and exceed guidelines for accessibility, making it useable for crafters who rely on screen readers and/or large print. We can also reduce barriers for other needs such as light sensitivity and dyslexia.
The accessible formatted pattern will be provided in a separate PDF that can be offered alongside (or zipped with) your standard pattern file. I can also help with creating an accessibility statement, choosing correct tags so that your pattern can be found by those who need it, and listing your pattern on the Accessible Patterns Index.
Flat rates are available for this service and it does not need to be combined with editing, which means we can do your whole back catalogue if you choose. Ongoing support is included. Let me take the guesswork out of accessibility.
You design your pattern and sample in a single size, and provide all the measurements, gauges, and yardage information. I take care of the math. I can create a full range of sizes according to standard or customized body measurements.
I began providing grading services to clients in 2020 upon completing The Tech Editor Hub's Masterclass in Grading. I am passionate and committed to creating inclusive patterns, and that means ensuring a perfect fit in all sizes.
Typical time estimates:
Accessory grading: 2 hours
Garment grading: 3 - 4 hours (grading projects will also need to be tech edited)
Working With Me
It all starts with an email. Contact me for a quote (ideally, with complete pattern attached). I will estimate the amount of time needed to complete the work. I offer flat rates for new clients, so you'll never pay more than you expect. Invoice is delivered upon completion of the work with many online payment options available, but clients can reach out to me for support at any time, such as after testing for a final check before publication.
Working with Nicky was amazing. As a tech-editor, this is my full-time job, but when I design patterns I am always looking for another tech-editor to work with! Nicky was very thorough, detailed with her edits and very personable to work with. She made the process easier and the finished product flawless! I would highly recommend and I know that I will be using her continually in the future!
As a newbie designer, I was looking for a tech editor with whom I can build a relationship. Nicky is extremely helpful and knowledgeable in answering questions. Her turnaround is fast and she had some very helpful tips and advice regarding my pattern. Nicky is very friendly and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her services and look forward to working with her again.
I have been designing knitting patterns for several years and it was a pleasure working with Nicky as my tech editor. Nicky worked incredibly fast to get my pattern back to me and provided helpful edits that improved the quality of my design. She was happy to look over my pattern several times which gave me great peace of mind that it was the best it could be before giving it to test knitters to replicate. Thanks again Nicky, your attention to detail, efficiency, and kindness throughout the review process was much appreciated and I look forward to working together again soon!