Technical editing bonanza!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Just a quick post, as I'm sick and tired and need to head to bed.  In the last 24 hours I've finished up and sent off to the designers 5 different sweaters (one was a toddler dress, actually, but it was constructed the same so counts, in my book).  Wow!  Here's a tip for any budding designers, from your neighborhood technical editor:

Include an abbreviations section.

Bonus tip: Make sure it includes all of the abbreviations that you actually use in the pattern, and none that you don't use!

I've been editing for a while now, and have read through hundreds of patterns looking for errors. This is right up there as one of the most obvious beginner mistakes. I admit that in my own free patterns (which have not, by the way, been edited) I don't have abbreviations!

In other news, the swatches for the DS's sweater came out of the laundry.  They're very, very red, and nicely soft from the dryer (they're cotton, too!).  The sleeves and sides of the sweater will be the stockinette (on the right) with the texture stitch (a modification of American Seed) as the trims, body, and pocket(s).  That boy loves pockets!

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