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FAQ: What skills are needed to become a Crochet Technical Editor?

Updated: May 21, 2023


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What skills are needed to become a Crochet Technical Editor?

Crochet technical editing is an essential process in the creation of crochet patterns. It involves reviewing the pattern for accuracy, clarity, and consistency, ensuring that the pattern is easy to follow and produces the intended outcome.

If you have a passion for crochet and a keen eye for detail, becoming a crochet technical editor may be a great career path. I will also share some of my own path to becoming a qualified Crochet Technical Editor.


Strong Crochet Skills

To become a Technical Editor, you need to have a deep understanding of crochet. This includes knowledge of crochet stitches, techniques, and patterns. You should be able to identify errors in patterns and have a clear understanding of how to fix them. In addition, you should be able to understand the language and terminology used in crochet patterns and be able to translate technical terms into plain language.

I've always had an interest in the technical side of crochet. This is one of the reasons I went to study under the internationally acclaimed Pauline Turner. I have also been awarded a distinction in the Centre of Excellence Diploma in Crochet.


Pattern Writing and Design

To be a good crochet Technical Editor you should have a good understanding of pattern writing and design. This includes knowledge of pattern structure, grammar, and punctuation. You should be able to identify inconsistencies in pattern instructions and make recommendations for improvement. Understanding the basics of design will allow you to anticipate potential problems in pattern construction.

Personally, I have an amazing reference library. I have built this up gradually over the years and often use them to check techniques and pattern design.


Attention to Detail

As a crochet Technical Editor, you must have a keen eye for detail. You should be able to spot errors in patterns and have the ability to identify potential problems before they occur. You should be able to scrutinise the pattern for clarity and consistency, ensuring that the pattern is easy to understand and follow.

My background in complex healthcare analytics and modelling means that this skill is part of my DNA. I love problem solving and spot inconsistencies. I'm definitely a perfectionist and perhaps I'm a little OCD which isn't a bad thing for a crochet Technical Editor.


Analytical Thinking

Analytical thinking is essential for a crochet Technical Editor. You should be able to analyse patterns and identify errors, inconsistencies, and potential problems. You should be able to think critically about the pattern's construction and identify potential issues that could arise.

Being able to mentally make a pattern in your head as you read the pattern helps you see where the issues may be.


Communication Skills

You need to have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to be a successful crochet Technical Editor. You should be able to clearly communicate any errors or issues with the designer or publisher and be able to provide recommendations for improvement. You should also be able to explain technical terms and concepts in plain language that is easy to understand. I make lots of suggestions to the designer's I work with but never want to take away the designer's voice or style. It is ultimately the designer's choice whether they accept my suggestions.


Time Management

As a crochet Technical Editor, you may be working on multiple patterns at once, so it's essential to have strong time management skills. You should be able to prioritise your workload and meet deadlines in a timely manner. Again, my day job in healthcare analytics means I work on multiple projects at once so I have project management skills and tools I use to stay organised and on track to deliver consistently.


In conclusion, becoming a crochet technical editor requires a combination of technical skills, attention to detail, analytical thinking, communication skills, and time management. If you have a passion for crochet and possess these skills, you can become a successful crochet technical editor and contribute to the growth and development of the crochet industry.

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