I have been editing for three years and worked with a number of designers on a variety of projects. At this point in time, I am only available to edit knitting patterns and very simple crochet patterns.
I have experience editing all sorts of projects–anything from small accessories to very complicated sweaters. I am familiar with many different constructions for sweaters and socks. I have been knitting for many years and also have published a few of my own patterns. I don’t only work with independent designers — I have edited for yarn companies and a major knitting magazine. My other qualifications include a BSc in Mathematics so I have a very good head for numbers and am very detail oriented.
My turnaround aim is 1 week but I can usually accommodate a tighter deadline and am pretty good about fitting you in right away. In general, I will edit the pattern for clarity, check for errors in all aspects (sizing, charts, row counts, etc), correct spelling and grammar, and whatever else needs to be done to get the pattern ready to publish. I am more than happy to work with your own style sheet should you have one or help you develop one based on existing standards if you don’t. I don’t make any serious changes (i.e. ones that would constitute a design change) without consulting you. I prefer to work with pdfs but can also work with .doc, .odt, latex files, whatever you like really!
I am also flexible about at what part in the design process you wish to take me on. Many designers prefer me to look over the pattern first, then send it out to test knitters, then have me look at the final copy. Others don’t use test knitters at all, and still others send me patterns which have been test knitted in every size and are nearly ready to be published. Any method is fine. Regardless of where I start in the process, I am always happy to look over the final copy before you hit “publish”. This service is included in your original fee and is not something you pay extra for.
I prefer to work on a hourly rate and am happy to provide an upper-end estimate before starting. Please contact me for rates–my default currency is USD but let me know if you prefer to work in CAD, GBP, or EUR. I accept payment by Paypal. I send invoices after the job is fully completed and we are both happy.
Specific services I offer:
Other things I can help with include sizing (grading), creating schematics and charts, and designing a layout.
Please let me know if you have any questions or want any more information. I am happy to provide references (a few people provided recommendations on this ravelry thread). You can contact me by email (joeli.caparco at gmail dot com)