I am pleased and excited to announce that I am now offering crochet technical editing services!
What is Crochet Tech Editing?
Crochet tech editing is ensuring that the pattern is accurate, both mathematically and grammatically, consistent throughout and easily understandable for the user.
To accomplish this, I will compare your pattern to the standards promulgated by the Craft Yarn Council, compare the pattern to itself to ensure that the same abbreviation, terminology, etc. are used throughout, and use spreadsheets and math to ensure that your sizing is accurate as well as that all stitch counts are accurate and proofread to ensure that your pattern is grammatically correct.
What ISN’T Tech Editing?
Some additional services that I offer that are not included in the basic tech editing are grading and chart creation.
If you enjoy making garments but either don’t have the time to grade the pattern yourself or don’t have the desire to, I can grade the garment for you.
At a minimum, you will need to provide detailed measurements of your finished garment as well as the size that you made and the sizes you want the pattern graded to.
If you have more questions about grading, let me know! Email email@example.com
Charts are another additional service that I offer. If you would like to add a chart for a certain stitch pattern or create a chart for the entire pattern, I would love to work with you on it. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!
Why Should You Work With Me?
Prior to becoming a stay at home mom who then fell into a love of the crochet sphere, I was an auditor for the state. In my job, I was constantly looking for anomalies in both numbers and words. I also tested documents against legislative and agency specific criteria as well as industry best practices to ensure that they followed along with the required standards and/or met with the industry accepted standards.
This past led me to my love of tech editing. I enjoy getting into your pattern and working through the numbers to ensure that everything is matching up the way it should. I also compare the sections of your pattern to the Craft Yarn Council standards and can compare it to a personalized style sheet, if you have one.
Do you prefer to have your PDFs edited? What about Word or Google docs? I work in both formats! I don’t make an edit to the file without adding a note, so you’ll always know what has changed in what I send back from the version you first sent.
What Clients Have to Say
Darcy has been amazing to work with. She reviewed and edited my shawl pattern timely and worked with me to understand what I needed to do to make my pattern perfect for publishing. She even taught me how to do things that I had not yet learned to do in regard to pattern writing. She is kind and accommodating. I am confident that the purchasers of my pattern will have no problems completing their projects using my pattern as it has been well reviewed and edited! I will definitely hire Darcy as Tech Editor for my next pattern as well.
Amber Pease of Hop Skip And A Jump Jump Jump
I just wanted to thank you for your superb job you did with my pattern testing and editing. Your thorough explanations and detailed insights made my pattern better than I expected. Thank you for your quick responses, feedback, and for making my experience very pleasant. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Pamela Kuloba of Pam’s Cozy Corner
Since I am currently seeking new clients, I will edit your first pattern at half the price! If you’re interested, please email me at email@example.com with the subject line “New TE Client”.
If you would like to work together, my pricing is as follows:
- 1+ hours can be purchased at the cost of $25/hour and will be charged in increments of 15 minutes, with a minimum of 15 minutes billed.
- 3+ hours can be purchased at a bulk rate of $20/hour, with the same 15 minute increments and 15 minute minimum.
I will track all time spent in a spreadsheet that will be available to you (by request) at any time and I will provide time balance updates in emails related to your pattern edits. If you run out of time in the middle of an edit, I will notify you and you can repurchase time here. Your edit will be paused until you re-up your time, so please keep this in mind if you have a hard deadline to meet.
Let’s Work Together!
If you’re ready to begin our tech edit relationship, you can select time increments in the drop down box below!
If you have questions or are in need of additional services, let’s chat! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.