Tech Editing

Pattern Checking for Crochet Designers

I provide pattern checking of shawls, socks and sweaters for individual crochet designers. I work closely with a small number of select clients on an ongoing basis supporting you as your business grows.

My tech edit includes: 

  • adding suggestions to a pdf version of the pattern 
  • checking all of the numbers, grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • checking that the language is clear and that terminology is consistent
  • checking any charts, if included, against the written pattern
  • looking over the final version before you publish it

Other services: creating charts in Crochet Charts software and checking garment grading.

Costs: My hourly rate is £30 and typical pattern checking times are:

  • 2-3 hours for crochet accessories
  • 3-4 hours for crochet sweaters

Timing: The time required is dependent on how complex your pattern is and I will provide an estimate before I start. I aim to turn around your tech edit within two weeks providing I do not have other work scheduled in.


Some of my tech-edited published patterns include:
Fabulous Socks by Marta Mitchell / MrsDaftSpaniel
Waking Winter by Rosina Northcott / Zeens and Roger
Aideen Wrap by Carmen Heffernan / Annie Design Crochet
Waroo by Deanne Ramsey / Addydae Designs
Winterhold Shawl by Hannah Siegmund / The Cozy Cottage Crochet 
Lake of Nine Shawl by Hannah Siegmund / The Cozy Cottage Crochet
Realta Wrap by Carmen / Annie Design Crochet


And here is a lovely recent testimonial from Michelle White, Dora Does:
"Tamara recently performed a tech edit on my latest crochet sweater design. Her attention to detail was fantastic and, as well as checking for errors in the instructions and maths, she made some really helpful suggestions to improve clarity at some of the more potentially confusing areas of the pattern. She really did go above and beyond and I highly recommend her!"
My skills: As a crochet teacher running open project classes for fours years my less experienced students would often need help working out what patterns meant and I discovered I was good at figuring this out. I am an experienced marketing professional and have spent many years checking client research reports and figures. I also worked in the software industry for 15 years with beta versions of survey software so fiddling around with charting software is something I can do too!

Teaching

I am available to teach crochet at local and national events on request. I am a Craft Yarn Council certified crochet teacher. I taught at my local yarn store Nimblefingers in Houston, TX for four years running a weekly open project class and individual/small group crochet beginner sessions. I ran a Crochet Socks Techniques class for intermediate-level crocheters at the Houston Fiber Fest and also taught at my local knitting guild and volunteer events. I have taught at a number of Age UK events since returning to the UK.

Contact me

Get in touch to find out about my availability for tech-editing projects and teaching crochet. Email tamara@craftyescapism.com or send a message via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.