Nicole Thomas Knits


What is tech editing?

Just like a book needs copy editing, knitting and crochet patterns need technical editing. A tech editor reviews a knitting pattern to look for the following: stitch counts, measurements, grammar, punctuation, style consistency, and general flow for a knitter to follow. Tech editing adds value to your pattern by ensuring knitters will get a high quality finished item when they complete your pattern.

How do I submit a pattern for tech editing?

Please complete the Tech Editing Request Form to start the process. I will provide an estimate for turnaround time and my fee and once confirmed, your pattern can be sent to me via email.

How long will it take to get an estimate/quote?

I typically work Monday to Friday between 7 am and 3 pm (EST). I try my best to respond pretty quickly within those hours. Messages and emails received outside of those hours can expect to be returned within 1-2 business days.

How long will it take to get my pattern tech edited?

My turn around time is 2-3 business days for my initial edit. Actual editing time will depend on the number of errors, suggestions, the length on the pattern and the type of the pattern but an edit will typically take between 2-3 hours, on average.

How much do you charge for tech editing?

I charge an hourly rate for tech editing and the amount of time needed will depend on the complexity and the type of knitting pattern (e.g. garments, socks, lace charts, etc.). To get a quote, please complete the Tech Editing Request Form.

When do I have to pay my invoice?

Invoices are sent via email after the project is complete and you are happy with my edit. Once received, the invoice is due within 30 days.

What type of payments do you take?

I send my invoices through Wave Accounting, which allows you to pay via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) or Bank Payment (EFT) from various banks. For Canadian customers, I will also accept an interact eTransfer via email.

I can’t afford tech editing! What should I do?

Knitting and pattern design isn’t the cheapest hobby or profession to get started in. I believe everyone should be paid their worth for the services they provide, including knitting patterns. Expenses like tech editing should be incorporated into your pattern pricing (and yes you should be charging money for your patterns). However, if you truly are struggling, please contact me to discuss; we may be able to come to an arrangement that is mutually beneficial.

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