In our May meeting, we learned first hand what it means for patterns to be "tech edited" from the Unapologetic Knitter, Meaghan Schmaltz. Meaghan gave a compelling and fun presentation that instilled great value in this necessary step to a well-received pattern.
Why is Meaghan so unapologetic? She believes knitting is an art form that should be nurtured. Just go for it! And, being from Canada and all, as she facetiously told us, saying "sorry" is just a thing.
As a knitter and designer herself, Meaghan's patterns are perfect TV-knitting projects, making them accessible to many levels.
As an editor, Meaghan is detail-oriented and incredibly learned. Beginning her career in 2015, Meaghan works for such clients as Andrea Mowry. Having taken a course in size grading (writing patterns for many garment sizes from just one sample size), Meaghan has skills not only in pattern creation, but grammar and writing as well.
Tech editing is so much more than just making sure the pattern is right. It's ensuring it makes sense and that it's clear and consistent. Meaghan will not only correct grammar and help craft better writing, but she'll check and correct the math, too. So, aspiring designers who may be intimidated by math, take notes!
Thank you, Meaghan, for enlightening us on this little discussed phase in the life of knitting patterns!
Join us next month for our June 13th meeting! Celeste Percy will be there to tell us all the ins and outs of the sheep to shawl contest held at the annual Black Sheep Gathering.