Tech Editing Services

Designers, you are not alone! I'm available to tech edit for both knitting and crochet. My tech editing can cover:

  • Formatting, including following your style guide. (I can even help you create a style guide if you need one.)
  • Materials. Do you have all the materials listed that the stitcher needs?
  • Math. I'll make sure all the stitch counts are correct, as well as all other math within the pattern.
  • Clarity. I'll point out any spots that might be confusing for the stitcher.
  • Consistency. Is "stitches" always abbreviated as "sts"? Is all terminology consistent? I'll check for any inconsistencies.
  • Accuracy. If a stitcher makes the pattern, will it look like your sample? I'll point out discrepancies between the two.
  • Measurements. I'll make sure measurements like bust, sleeves, length, etc. are all accurate and meet the Craft Yarn Council of America's standards.
  • Charts. I'll check charts for accuracy and can even create charts if you need them.
  • Schematics. I'll draw your design in Illustrator and add measurements.
  • Conversions. I'll check and even convert inches to centimeters if you're using both.
  • Typos. We all make 'em, but I'll be sure your pattern doesn't have any typos or other grammatical errors.
If you're on a budget and only need a couple of these things checked, that's cool! I'll provide an estimate of how long I think your pattern might take, and we can work within your budget to cover your biggest worries.

I love working with both companies and indie designers.

My Qualifications

I tech edit on an ongoing basis with Coats & Clark, working with dozens of different designers and different types of patterns. I've tech edited sweaters, shawls, socks, hats, toys, scarves, cowls -- you name it!

I also tech edit for independent designers. It's always tough when you're working alone, so I'm here to give those patterns a second look to make sure everything is accurate before you send it out into the world.

I have experience with tech editing bigger projects, too, like books and collections.

I'm an obsessive knitter, so I have experience with many different construction methods, designers, and project types. I love a challenge, too. If you are having issues presenting your seven-size colorwork sweater in just one chart, for example, I'll help you find a solution that's clear and concise. 

If you're interested in hiring me, email me at feisty.redhead.crafts[at]gmail[dot]com. I can't wait to hear about your project!

Testimonials

Ashley has worked as a tech editor for me through both Red Heart Yarns and my personal design work. Her attention to detail and ability to clear up any issues, while adding invaluable information and expertise makes her a joy to work with every time. Ashley is someone I know I can count on for an accurate edit, and is quick to respond to any questions I may have.
-- Quayln Stark

Ashley has been a professional contact of mine since 2013. I have worked with her in various roles, including being a design contributor to her authored book Chunky Knits (published October 2014). She has served as my go-to knitting tech editor when I was Design Director at Plymouth Yarn Company (2015-2017) and as Creative Manager at Premier Yarns (2018). Not only do I appreciate her willingness to go above and beyond in tech editing by offering her expertise on pattern layout and verbiage, I can count on Ashley to bring the utmost clarity to my designs by ensuring they are professionally written and accurate.
--Vanessa Ewing 

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