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Ceil Posted - 08/22/2013 : 5:10:01 PM
A few days ago, one of my friends sent out a pattern to several of us that she wanted someone to test. It was too early for her to do that. I looked over the pattern and found several errors, and some things missing. As it is a simple pattern, it was easy to see all of these things. But my point for posting this story is to say that designers might consider having an editor look over their pattern for any possible errors before it reaches the hands and bodies of a test knitter. I know that's an extra step, but it will lead to less frustration for the test knitter.


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Ceil Posted - 08/27/2013 : 5:40:02 PM
Thank you for the encouragement! In this case, my friend was looking for people to actually knit the pattern. I don't think she realized there were simple errors in the writing. The pattern also needed some places where would be helpful to list the number of stitches after working increases in a row, for example.

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purlewe Posted - 08/23/2013 : 06:09:28 AM
I test knit for a woman who does the test knitting first and the tech editing second. I've tech edited for people who do it first and test knit second. It think it depends on the designer. Everyone has ways of thinking and it definitely makes sense to some to do one before the other.

She is lucky to have such a good friend in you. Test knitting is a big help to someone who is designing.

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Jane Posted - 08/22/2013 : 6:34:29 PM
Could it be that she's asking for help seeing errors, even before the test knitting begins? I know that for me, tech editing is almost more important than test knitting. I always have someone check my pattern for errors and typos, long before it gets knitted by anyone but me.


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