Services

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.

 Reviews

“A special thanks goes to Debbi at Hummingbird Lace (Ravelery ID: DLF716) for helping me with this test. She worked as a tester and as a tech editor at the same time and helped catch every little error and imprecision, and put me in the right direction for finally charting the pattern. Without her patience and accuracy I couldn’t publish this pattern.”  – Paola Albergamo
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Communication
You were prompt and proactive in your communications with me, and I particularly appreciated that you checked in when you hadn’t heard from me for a few days. Since this is my first collection and I’m vending at my first event in less than a week, I’ve been very busy (and often multi-tasking!), so getting that little check-in note from you was a much-appreciated reminder.
Timeliness
You kept me up-to-date on your progress with tech editing, and were timely in the completion of your work, so I was confident that I could easily meet my publishing deadlines.
Tech Editing
You were thorough and accurate in your editing, and asked for clarification before marking non-standard details or numbers as incorrect. My style of pattern-writing often falls outside of industry standards – which is a conscious effort on my part, based on my experience as a local yarn shop employee who often works with newer knitters and pattern-readers. I truly appreciate your approaching my work with an open mind and a willingness to ask questions!
You caught several formatting, math, and style errors that I missed in my own proofreading, and your thorough attention to style & word choice helped me define a set of guidelines to use in future patterns.
Format
Working with PDFs worked so, so well for me! I’m a visual learner, and working with a marked PDF made working through and transferring changes to the InDesign file incredibly easy.
Overall
It was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to doing so again in the future.
-Cory Ellen Boberg, Indie Knits