Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tech Edit: Knit and Crochet Pattern Design

Putting out a knit or crochet pattern is super fun and exciting. You get to write out your ideas to share with the world. You hit {PUBLISH} and your baby, the pattern you have been working on sometimes for quite some time, is out in the world for everyone to enjoy.
But you didn't count on all the emails. They are coming in faster than you can respond.


You're overwhelm!

You didn't count on all the support you would need to provide. Dealing with pattern support can be a nightmare if your design is full of errors or not clear.

You don't want to get tons of email and Ravelry messages from angry knitters and crocheters finding errors or not understanding what you "meant to say." That is no fun and it kills your credibility for quality patterns. And it kills your desire and drive to put out more designs of your original ideas.

Make the emails and Ravelry messages you get be ones that praise your design and not condemn the pattern.



So what does a Tech Editor do: A tech editor does more than just read over the pattern for punctuations. A Tech Editor check for pattern clarity and consistency, so that the pattern says what you "mean to say." Also, a Tech Editor check your math, grading, and schematics.

That's just the basics. 

Want to hire me to tech edit your next knit and crochet design? Click here to Request a Pattern Tech Edit

What does KnitDesigns by Tian do? How am I different? 

The basics are not good enough. I provide more.

I have been a knit & crochet designer since 2008. I have been a tech editor since 2010. My background is in corporate finance and accounting where I wrote training manuals for new and existing employees, state side and abroard. This has allowed me to hone my skills in creating instructions that are clearly written for many different skill levels to understand. Additionally, I've written reports and edited published quarterly reports for head of departments. Numbers and clearly presenting information to a wide spectrum audience is how I spent my days.

What my tech edit clients are saying:
"Thanks Tian for the great edits!  I’ve made the changes you suggested."

"Tian is an amazing tech editor, teacher and mentor. She has inspired me, encouraged me, and help me reach a level with my patterns I didn’t think I was possible. I am forever grateful for all the things she has helped me with. Her pattern writing courses explained things in a way that I could easily understand but, it was so much more than teaching. Her motivating spirit helped me along the way and brought up my confidence as a designer. Tian has always celebrated my successes as if they were her own. Her tech editing of my patterns was professional, very thorough and gave my patterns that little extra thing that I needed that helped me achieve success with them. I highly recommend Tian for anyone looking to learn about pattern writing, the business of knitting and designing or for tech editing needs." ~ Ashlee Lackovic, Smashlee Stitches

"Thanks for your support and helping me figure out the next step. You are a great cheerleader." ~ E.

Now I am bringing that attention to detail and clarity to knit and crochet design.

Beyond my corporate background, why hire me?
I give advise on the overall pattern ranging from gauge, to tone consistency, to layout. I create schematics and charts so you can reach a wider audience. Beyond that, I work with YOU until the pattern is polished, not just until the billable hour is up.

What you get?
When you hire me, you preserve your individual voice throughout your pattern, which I think is very important for designers to develop and maintain their writing styles.

Additionally, you get a report {I did mention I have a background in Finance and Accounting, so reports are kinda part of my DNA, my life blood}. But don't worry. The report is supper short and filled with stuff you want to read, such as notations for suggested changes and recommendations on area to strengthen the pattern. I am here until you hit {PUBLISH}.

What to expect from my tech edits:
"Looks good, very thorough. Thanks!"


Want to hire me to tech edit your next knit and crochet design? Click here to Request a Pattern Tech Edit

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BONUS: After your pattern goes live, let me know and I will share with my audience. WHY? Because a rising tide lifts all boats!

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