Process - How does it work?
You contact me for availability, including your pdf-pattern and relevant information like
has it been through test knitting already?
do you use a style sheet?
are there parts of your pattern I should pay special attention to?
I respond with an email with an estimate and turnaround date as well as terms and conditions.
You decide if you want to hire me and hopefully tell me you do and agree to my terms.
I send you an agreement in an email and start my editing process. If there are any questions along the way, I’ll contact you to clarify.
I return the edited pattern and editing notes.
You review my edits and approve them or send me an email with questions or concerns and send me your revised version.
I check the revision and whether the edits are applied properly and after a final proofread send the final version back to you.
We repeat the last two steps as long as needed for the best result.
When my edits are approved, I invoice you for my services. You can pay directly to my bank account or online, using your credit card.
You apply the edits to your pattern, and publish your pattern. If you feel the need, I’m happy to do a free proofread at this point.
Note: There’s a great checklist by Joeli Kelly of “Joeli creates” with very helpful tips what you should check before sending a pattern to your tech editor.
Another note: Opinions differ about the chronological order of test knitting and tech editing. I feel the test knitting process should follow tech editing so your test knitters theoretically get the pattern in the form it’ll get published in. You could argue that it could save time (and therefore money) to eliminate everything the test knitters find from the pattern before sending it for tech editing.
You see, it is a topic worth thinking about and in the end, it’s your decision which way you prefer.
Time - How long will it take?
I’ll respond to your query within 24 hrs on business days, else on the next business day.
Turnaround time for the first edit is 5 business days. If you need your pattern edited faster, ask and I’m sure we can work out a solution.
I’ll check the revised pattern within the next business day.
I promise to keep you informed about everything that could affect the turnaround time as soon as possible.
Costs - How much will it Be?
The most interesting question of all. And as usual, the best answer is "it depends". I want to be as transparent about the costs as I can be beforehand.
My hourly rate is 35€ (+ VAT if applicable) with a minimum charge of 20€. Don't worry about VAT, the probability is high that I won't need to charge you with that. Please contact me if you're unsure.
The costs depend on how long the editing will take.
Here’s an overview of editing times for common categories of patterns:
After agreeing of working together, I’ll send you an estimate for your pattern. I won't make changes there during the editing process without contacting you first and will try to avoid changes entirely.