I have been knitting for nearly 10 years and crocheting for as long as I can remember (over 25 years!). Alongside that experience, I have also got two science degrees, as well as one humanities degree, giving me ample experience in editing a wide variety of documents, for myself, as well as colleagues.
Excellent service, very quick yet thorough turn around with insightful notes, and was able to ensure all the math around my gauge vs. end result size was correct, which was essential. Will absolutely be using Bewildered Panda Knits again!
Working with a tech editor for the first time was by far the thing that intimidated me the most as a new knitting designer, but Sam was amazing. She was kind, professional, and efficient; I was left feeling really confident about how my first pattern worked and looked when I sent it on to my test knitters.
Lucia Blackwell (@luciaknitsss) - tech editing client
I provide Copy Editing and Tech Editing services. I am able to copy edit any text, such as the "romance copy", or any other text you require, for your design work, your website or elsewhere.
Tech Editing involves checking not just your writing, but the details of the pattern, to ensure all the details are correct. As a tech editor, I check your pattern line by line to ensure the best possible pattern. This includes things like counting repeats, checking stitch counts and more. I will also check that your pattern and any charts correctly correspond to each other.
I have completed the course on Tech Editing by Joeli Kelly, in addition to having many years experience editing in other fields.
I can help you grade your entire pattern based on your sample knit. If you have your own size standards, we can discuss using those, or I can grade using an existing standard like Ysolda or ASTM body standards.
From your sample and pattern, I can provide you a completed fully graded pattern.
I have completed the course on Grading convened by Joeli Kelly and am a confident Excel user.
I can translate patterns from German to English or from English to German. I am happy to translate any pattern to English, however, I will only translate "small" patterns, like accessories, from English to German at this time.
For this service, I do require your pattern to have been previously tech edited (not necessarily by myself) and test knitted. Otherwise, the risk of errors being missed in the translated copy is too great.
I am bilingual in German and English since childhood. Today I have professional fluency in both languages. I completed my Abitur (high school exams, taken after year 13) in Germany with a grade of 1.0. Since then I have completed a Bachelor's degree in Science and two Masters degrees in English.
Working with Sam was fantastic. Her edits were meticulous, elevating my work and giving it that polished finish that makes a good pattern great. She explained not just what to do to improve, but why, and did so in a way that was clear and logical. I am certain that not only is my collection now a more enjoyable knit, but that my pattern writing has improved with her feedback. I couldn't be happier and look forward to working with her on my next project.
The tech edit was very thorough and helpful! The editor reviewed changes made after testing and made the entire pattern writing process reassuring.
Working with Sam has been a fabulous experience. She is professional, efficient, and generous with her knitting knowledge. Every detail is considered so that the finished object is the best it can be. With Sam I always know my patterns are in safe hands!
Anna (@amarjmakes) - pattern writing client
RATES AND EXCEPTIONS
My rate is £28p/h, billed in 15m intervals. We will agree on a full quote for the work you require before starting.
Payment is via PayPal Invoice for international customers although I prefer that UK customers pay by bank transfer if possible to avoid PayPal fees.
I will only work with designers who work in a #sizeinclusive manner. This typically means sizes up to at least a 60" bust for garments. If you require help grading to an inclusive range, I am happy to help you do so as part of the package we agree on.
For new designers and designers from low-income countries, I am happy to offer reduced rates, typically of £25p/h. Please contact me to discuss your needs and budget.
I can also create charts, schematics and layouts if you require them. Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
Email me bewilderedpandaknits(at)gmail.com or use the contact form on the home page. I am happy to discuss your requirements in detail and provide a full quote.