I offer full tech editing services to knitting designers, ensuring that your knitting pattern is correct, clear and consistent. It can be hard to send your hard work over to someone for them to look for problems with it, so I always aim to be helpful, professional and kind. Designer and tech editor are a team, and I'm there to support you!
When tech editing patterns I will check:
Preferred formats are Google Docs using comments and Suggested Edits, or PDFs, which I can send back with comments marked up. Occasionally I'll use Microsoft Word with Track Changes enabled.
As well as tech editing patterns, I also offer:
If you're looking for someone positive, approachable and professional to help you make your patterns the best they can be, send me an email or use the contact form. If you have a pattern ready to go, send it over to me for a no-obligation quote. I'll get back to you by the next working day whenever possible!
At the moment I don’t grade patterns or work with crochet designs.
“Working with Marina has been an absolute joy. She has a super quick turnaround time, is very, very reliable and thorough in her feedback - while also being gentle! I would highly recommend her to any designer, whether seasoned or new in the industry.” – Hanna Lisa Haferkamp
“I loved how detailed Marina was with my pattern's tech edit & how patient she was when I had to put the pattern's production on hold for a time. She provided helpful suggestions along with the technical corrections which shows that she's not only checking the numbers, but that she's also reading through the pattern and striving to ensure that the instructions make sense as written. On top of all that, she is very sweet to deal with so I will definitely be working with her again & recommending her to friends.” – Shaina Scott, Yumi Yarns
“Very helpful, very quick and really very detail conscious! Marina wanted to work with me, even though I'm a newbie in writing patterns whose mother tongue is not English.” – Ursula Koll
What is tech editing?
Tech editing is one of those behind-the-scenes aspects of producing a knitting pattern that a lot of people are completely unaware of. But it’s so important! For designers the goal is to put together a pattern that will not only provide instructions to make a knitted item, but will also be a positive experience for the knitter. Nobody likes to work from a pattern that is missing information, has confusing instructions or – even worse – errors.
This is where the tech editor comes in. Without knitting the pattern, a tech editor will check through all of the required materials, instructions and numbers included to ensure that nothing is missing or incorrect. It’s a collaborative process with the designer that requires excellent attention to detail and great communication.