My pattern services include:
- Checking the math of your pattern.
- Verifying that your charts match your written instructions.
- Ensuring consistency throughout the pattern, i.e., terms font, etc.
- Checking for completeness – gauge description, tool list, yarn description, etc.
- Reviewing all your punctuation and grammar.
- Evaluating the pattern layout from a knitter’s perspective, are the charted sized so that are usable, are the written instructions laid out so they can be used with highlighting tape and/or a mobile app, etc.
I can also help with generating a pattern for market. Do you have charts on graph paper that need to be formalized? I can generate charts, keys and abbreviation tables for your pattern. If you need help making the pattern look good on paper or as a PDF, I can help with that too, by creating a template for your pattern or creating a specialized stitch to be used in your chart.
Why me: I will look at your pattern from a knitter’s perspective – One truism especially about lace knitting, you need a pattern in front of you to knit the project. I can help you make your pattern user-friendly, and above that, on-the-go-friendly. Is the pattern chart or written instructions laid out for ease of use when printing so that progress can be easily tracked? Is the pattern setup so that it is easy to use with mobile apps like knitCompanion? My goal in working with you is to cut down the questions you get from knitters about your patterns, and ultimately your increase your reputation as an excellent designer.
How: I work with the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word & Excel, and most charting software packages. Editing feedback can be delivered in a form that best suits your needs.
Projects will be quoted on a flat rate basis as determined by the complexity of the pattern and deadlines necessary to meet your goals.
Who: I would love to work with new, as well as, established designers, companies and publishers. I would like to especially work new designers, as I believe I can help make your initial patterns easy to read/use and help establish you as a go to designer.
About me: I am a full-time technical editor specializing in the complexity of lace, although I have experience with all types of projects. I have been knitting for over 45 years, and almost exclusively knitting lace for the last 20 years. As a knitter, I understand how a knitter would like to see a pattern laid out for ease of use.
I also design shawl patterns, I love the math involved with the various shapes a shawl can take on. Things like how to you get a pattern to fit in as a shawl grows in size and the fun challenges that can bring. Lastly, I am a geek, so I have investigated and understand how to use the desktop and mobile apps that make knitting easier.