If you're new to knitting or designing, you may be wondering, what the heck is a tech editor and how can they help me? And you might be thinking do I really need a tech editor? Lets address some of those questions and give you some insight into the world of technical editing for knitting patterns.
A technical editor is someone who can help you to spot errors in your pattern, offer a second set of eyes to address any inconsistencies in your instructions and help you to become a better pattern writer. A technical editor should be someone who wants to help you get your pattern out and have it be your best work. Need some assistance making sure that your sizes grade properly? Tech editors can help. Have all of your instructions written out, but need help charting them? Tech editors can help. Want to make sure your patterns are consistent, concise and correct? Tech editors can help. Want to make sure that your pattern follows the style sheet for a publication? Tech editors can help.
The next question is, do I really need a tech editor? The short answer is no, you don't. There are no pattern police, there is no one who's going to say that you can't publish a pattern on Ravelry if you didn't have your pattern tech edited. Tech editing isn't free. It's an expense that not everyone can afford when they're starting out. But tech editing does make patterns better. A good tech editor will help you to become a better pattern writer, and in the long term, make you make more money designing. Having well written accurate patterns will bring you repeat purchases and give you a more faithful following.
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