Work with me

Designing knitting patterns is a tricky business!

There are all those numbers and abbreviations to contend with, not to mention creating charts and schematics as well as having it all look ‘on brand’. It can quickly become overwhelming. As a designer myself I know how important it is that your pattern be as perfect as possible before being released into the world, which is why it would be my pleasure to relieve some of the overwhelm and take some of the weight off your shoulders.

With almost 15 years knitting experience and a past life in accounts and administration, where numbers and formatting were everything, I love the satisfaction of making sure that everything balances, any wrinkles have been ironed out and that everything is running smoothly. I believe that everyone deserves a relaxing knitting experience, and that includes the designer!

With a passion for hand knit accessories and experience editing patterns, creating charts and written instructions for both lace and cable motifs as well as designing beautiful pattern layouts in Canva, I’d be honoured to work with you and provide the support you need to bring your vision to life.

Tech editing is where you’ve written the pattern, created the charts and put the whole document together, but would like someone to check that everything adds up and it all makes sense before you send it out in to the world.

As your tech editor I will check that:

  • your key numbers and any pattern repeats are accurate
  • all increases/decreases give the necessary stitch counts
  • your charts match your written instructions (if required)
  • your pattern has the same format and style throughout
  • the gauge reflects the finished measurements given in your pattern.

I can also recommend any additional features should you wish to make your pattern accessible to knitters with additional low vision needs.

How does it work?

After discussing what you would like me to support you with I will ask you to send me a PDF copy of your pattern, so that I can confirm a price with you before getting started. You can find an outline of my prices below.

This price will include:

  • the initial edit
  • a second edit, once you have made any changes
  • a final check, if required, before you publish.

Once you’ve said you are happy to go ahead l will begin the edit.

My turnaround for each edit is 5 working days from receiving your confirmation email, though do ask if you need it quicker.

As your tech editor I will not make any changes to your pattern, I will simply annotate your PDF with any suggestions or changes needed, then send it back for you to make the changes you feel necessary.

How much will it cost?

I offer a flat rate that depends on the construction, number of sizes offered and whether there are any charts to be checked against the written instructions.

Package 1 – £25

  • Simple pattern
  • Standard construction
  • Up to 2 sizes
  • One chart or less

Package 2 – £50

  • Intermediate pattern
  • Standard construction
  • Up to 5 sizes
  • One or more charts

Package 3 – £75

  • Complex pattern
  • Unusual construction
  • Up to 10 sizes
  • One or more charts

If you are unsure which package you require, or have multiple designs that you would like editing, do get in touch. You can email me or send me a message on Instagram, @theconsciousknitter, if you would prefer a more informal chat.

Do you wish you could add charts to your patterns but don’t know where to start?

Let me help! I’d love nothing more than to relieve your stress and turn your written instructions in to a clear and simple chart, or vice versa.

What’s it like to work with me?

I can create charts for any of your knitted items whether garments or accessories. All you need to do is let me know which part of the pattern you would like charting and send me a .PDF copy of your written instructions. If for any reason your pattern isn’t suitable for turning in to a chart, I will let you know free of charge.

Once you have given me the go ahead I will:

  • Create a chart using your written instructions.
  • Draw the chart using Stitchmastery software.
  • Offer advice on how to word your instructions to best include the chart, if necessary.
  • Send you .jpeg copies of your chart with a separate key in both horizontal and vertical format so you can arrange the charts in your pattern however you wish.

How much will it cost?

Option 1 – £10

  • Simple chart with knits and purls
  • Basic increases/decreases that maintain the stitch count
  • No shaping

Option 2 – £20

  • Simple lace or cables
  • Simple increases/decreases that change the stitch count
  • Basic shaping

Option 3 – £30

  • Complex lace or cables
  • Complex increases/ decreases that change the stitch count
  • Complex shaping

If you require multiple charts or would like to discuss your needs further you can email me or send me a message on Instagram, @theconsciousknitter, if you would prefer a more informal chat.

Do you need written instructions for your charts?

If you have a chart that you would like full written instructions for, simply send me a copy of the chart and I will create row-by-row written instructions for you. I will then send these to you as a .PDF or as a Word .doc (which ever is easiest for you) so you can then add them to your pattern.

How much will it cost?

Please email me for a tailored quote or send me a message on Instagram, @theconsciousknitter, if you would prefer a more informal chat.

Who says that the pattern shouldn’t be just as beautiful as the design itself?

Does the thought of creating a layout for your patterns make you want to curl up and hide under a blanket? Then procrastinate no more! I love nothing more than playing around with fonts and colours to create the perfect layout for your patterns, that will reflect your brand and your designs beautifully.

How much will it cost?

Please email me to discuss your ideas and receive a tailored quote. If you would prefer a more informal chat you can send me a message on Instagram, @theconsciousknitter.

Hear what others have to say…

If you’re looking to hire a tech editor, I would highly recommend Su. Working with Su was an absolute pleasure. Not only does she have a thorough and professional approach to her work, but she’s like a hawk when it comes to detail. Her turnaround was well within the time-frame agreed and her rates are very reasonable! Thank you, Su!

Neisha Abdulla – Neish Designs

Thanks to Su for fabulous tech editing, charting and for generally keeping my knits and purls in order!

Helen Stuart – Knitted Up North

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I’d love to chat about how I can support you on your pattern writing journey. Fill in the form below to get the ball rolling!