Kristen TenDyke has professional experience as a technical editor since 2006, beginning as the in-house tech editor at Classic Elite Yarns. Additional clients include Interweave Press, Swans Island Yarns, Fairmount Fibers, The Fibre Co., Marly Bird, Carrie Bostick Hoge and many more. Kristen is a prolific knitwear designer with designs published in a variety of magazines, books and yarn companies and is the author of Finish-Free Knits (Interweave Press, 2012), Knitting Maine (Caterpillar Knits, 2013), and No-Sew Knits (Interweave Press, 2014).
What is Technical Editing?
- Your pattern is checked for mathematical accuracy and for simple and precise wording.
- Excel spreadsheet is used to verify math and will be provided upon request, at no additional charge.
- Charts and schematics are drawn in Adobe Illustrator.
- Finished measurements are checked to be sure they will fit comfortably onto the intended size body and I offer suggestions if necessary.
- A list of abbreviations used in the pattern and detailed written instructions for a variety of commonly used techniques are provided, to be sure that everything the knitter needs is included in the pattern.
Compensation and Estimates:
I ask for an hourly fee of $40/hour.
Typically a knitted sweater pattern can take between 2–6 hours. Single size knit accessory patterns generally don't take very long—usually less than 2 hours.
Of course, each pattern is different, and the length of time will vary depending on the number of sizes, and the complexity of the stitch patterns, etc… And if I have a model on hand to look at, it will generally save some time.
For Grading and Pattern Writing:
Grading and pattern writing generally takes a bit longer than tech editing, as there's more to do.
For a knitted garment, this can range between 3–7 hours, depending on the complexity of the pattern, and how many sizes are desired.
The $40/hr rate as for tech editing applies here as well.