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Welcome to Wild Iris Tech Editing!

I'm so happy you're here. My name is Sylvia, and I tech edit knitting and crochet patterns. If you're a designer interested in working together, or just wondering what the whole process is about, you've come to the right place.

What is Tech Editing?

So you've written your pattern, double checked the maths, organised your formatting, and have a beautiful sample picture to give it that extra elevation. It's ready to publish, right?

Not quite yet. Of course, many designers do decide to end the process at this point. But to ensure your pattern is professional, and to reduce the possibility of being stuck responding to pattern support queries instead of designing, you need an extra set of eyes.

That's where I come in. As a tech editor, I go through your pattern with a fine-tooth comb, checking every stitch is where it's meant to be and that the style is consistent throughout. I work alongside you to get your pattern to be the best it can possibly be, with full support along the way.


So what do I include in a basic tech edit? I:

  • Check the yarn, notions, gauge and abbreviations are accurate and consistent
  • Check for pattern clarity and readability
  • Double check all maths and measurements
  • Ensure your pattern has a consistent style throughout
  • Offer unlimited revisions
  • Perform a final check through free up to 15 minutes
  • Offer a free video consultation if required with each edit


My additional services:

  • Make charts from written instructions or vice versa
  • Create schematics
  • Consult on your style sheet


 I edit a range of garments and accessories and am comfortable with complicated pieces. I'm familiar with colourwork, lace, and cables, but I love to edit patterns with all sorts of different techniques. If I receive your pattern and realise it's not something I'm comfortable editing, I will refer you to another editor who is willing to take on the work.

At this point in time, I do not edit amigurumi or knitted toy patterns.

Portfolio Work

Below is a snapshot of some of the pattern styles and techniques I have previously edited. Featuring designs from Unwind Knitwear, Oliphant Kat and Meridittle Makes, clicking on an image will take you to the pattern webpage where you can support these amazing designers.

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All of my services are priced at £20/hour, billed in 15 minute increments. Click here to see the approximate conversions for your currency. I take payment via Paypal or Bank Transfer, with details of how to pay included on your invoice.

My Process

Once you’ve expressed your interest, I contact you via email to sort out the details of communication. We’ll organise a timeslot and once received, I send an estimate of how long I think your pattern will take to edit. If at any point I realise I will need to go over this estimate to finish your edit, I will contact you and we can discuss options.


I’ll check through the pattern maths, grammar, spelling, and general consistency. I believe in retaining the designer’s unique voice, so I send any revisions as markups or comments which you can incorporate as you see fit. The first draft will be sent to you in your preferred format with any suggestions and comments. I prefer to work with PDF files, but am also happy to use word documents or LaTeX files. 


I then double check what you send back, which is usually a quicker run through than the initial edit. It can sometimes take more than one or two drafts to finalise a pattern. I always ask to do a final check of the pattern, which is free up to 15 minutes. I send my invoice along with the final revision.


If there’s anything I’m unsure of or there are any major issues, I’ll contact you as soon as possible. I aim for a turnaround of 2-3 business days, but this could be shorter or longer depending on pattern complexity. 


If you need extra support at any point during the edit and prefer a more face-to-face style, each tech edit comes with a free 15 minute video consultation.

Contact Me

Interested in working together? I'd love to hear from you! Please click the Book Now button to get started or contact me using or the form below if you have any questions or informal inquiries.

About Me

I’m an experienced knitter and crocheter who loves to test knit and tech edit. As well as a proclivity for problem solving, I hold a Bachelor of Science which honed my skills analysing and interrogating data sets. It also made me very proficient at maths! I have taken a few linguistics courses as well, so I’m incredibly familiar with the structure of language. 

I love all things yarn and live with my husband and two children in Edinburgh, Scotland. My favourite thing to knit is lace shawls, and my favourite thing to crochet is filet. One day I hope to write a sci-fi fantasy novel.


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I highly recommend Sylvia as a tech editor. Working with Sylvia is always a very professional and positive experience; she communicates clearly and promptly and the feedback she offers is thorough and thoughtful. Sylvia’s attention to detail is excellent and her in-depth knowledge of knitting is evident in the adjustments and improvements she suggests. I always feel confident that my patterns are the best they can possibly be with Sylvia’s input. 

— Rachel Illsley, Unwind Knitwear

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I really enjoyed working with Wild Iris Tech Editing! Sylvia was not only a pleasure to work with but she is truly a talented professional. I appreciate her attention to detail, her willingness to troubleshoot problems and her creative suggestions on how to improve the pattern. It was an absolute joy working with her! I look forward to working with her again in the future and highly recommend her to any designer who is looking for assistance.

— Claire Reagan, ClaireKnits

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This was my first time working with Wild Iris Tech Editing, and it definitely won't be my last! Sylvia was professional and thorough, and completed the work according to the time frame given. I highly recommend them!

— Clare Mountain-Manipon, Sister Mountain

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Sylvia is so thorough! She is great to work with especially if you're new to including the metric system. Everything was handled online, so I can look back and remember what her advice/edits were.

— Natalie Meredith, kNatalie Knits