Hmmm, wonder if I could do this for money? I solemnly vow to apply these rules rigorously to everything I design henceforth.
I have copied this checklist from Stephannie Tallent’s technical editing page. She offers tech editing as a service as well as some fab patterns (ooh, wrought socks, lust!).
What is technical editing for knitting?
- Checking all math.
- Checking all sizing/grading.
- Ensuring all stitch counts are correct.
- Ensuring stitch multiples are set up accurately.
- Checking that the dimensions are accurate based on gauge and instructions.
- Checking the pattern numbers against the schematic measurements.
- Checking the schematic for accuracy.
- Checking chart(s) for accuracy.
- Checking the pattern against the chart(s).
- Ensuring all conversions are correct (ex. inches to centimetres).
- Measurements are rounded appropriately and consistently.
- Checking yarn requirements for different sizes.
- Ensuring any tutorials and/or special instructions are logical and easy to follow.
Other things I check:
- Formatting of headings/subheadings/body copy is consistent and logical.
- Body copy is easily understandable and grammatically correct.
- Style, language and phrases are consistent.
- Rows are noted as rows and rounds as rounds.
- Punctuation is correct; rows/rounds end with a period.
- All supplies are listed.
- Gauge is always done in x sts by y rows = 4 in.
- Gauge is available for both Stockinette stitch and any pattern stitches.
- Use of fractions or decimals is consistent.
- Use of abbreviations & capitalization is consistent.
- All abbreviations are listed.