If you are a designer that is looking for someone to do the layout for your patterns or are looking for a tech editor, please email me at diannamorgan at gmail dot com.
For layout, I will take your pattern, images, charts and schematics and compile them all into a PDF that is visually pleasing, concise and logical. I will ensure that the finished PDF is a reasonable size, without compromising print quality. I’ll be working with you from the beginning so that you get a product that you are happy with and that matches your design aesthetic. If there is errata somewhere down the line, I’ll be happy to adjust the pattern reflecting that. If necessary, I am capable of creating charts and schematics for your patterns. I use Adobe InDesign for layout and Adobe Illustrator for charts/schematics. If you have access to these programs and would like me to create a template for your own use, that could be arranged. You can take a look at some of my previous layout work in the Layout Gallery, as well as in my own patterns (but please note that many of my patterns were created very early on in my knitting and layout career. I’m working through updating them, but I do put pattern work done for other designers at a higher precedence.)
As a technical editor, I will aim to give you a pattern that is ready to be published. I will gladly help to create a pattern that follows the submission guidelines for a publication.
My technical editing services include:
- Ensuring that all relevant information and materials needed for the pattern are included and correct. Including:
- Making sure that the pattern and designer name are visible.
- Ensuring that yarn information is accurate and yardages given are correct.
- All needles and notions are specified and any conversions between US and metric needle sizing is correct.
- All abbreviations are stated and understandable.
- Checking that the gauge and sizing information is correct and properly converted between US and metric measurements.
- Ensuring that the written pattern, schematics and charts all are correct individually and all work with each other (the written pattern matches the chart, and both end up with measurements that match the schematic)
- Ensuring all stitch counts and other numbers within the pattern are correct.
- Making sure that any links included go to the correct place.
- Ensuring consistency within the pattern, between the pattern and other patterns you have written, and between the pattern and standard pattern notation.
- Checking that all abbreviations are consistent with those stated in the pattern information.
- Ensuring that rows or rounds are used consistently within the pattern.
- Fixing any typos, spelling or grammatical errors.