Every Woolly Wormhead knitting and crochet pattern goes through rigorous testing to ensure that it not only reads well and makes sense, but also that it is error free. This process is outlined below.
I have a wonderful group of test knitters who work through my patterns, providing detailed and thorough feedback. Their job is varied, and includes some of the following:
- trying the patterns in different types of yarn, to see how this affects different aspects of the pattern, such as row gauge or fit
- checking the pattern for clarity in terms of how the instructions are presented, and suggesting possible improvements to the wording, particularly with specialist techniques
- ensuring each size works as intended. Where possible, every size in each of my premium patterns is test knitted
- reviewing the patterns prior to tech editing; test knitters also always see the pattern in the final layout and may comment on chart positioning and other aspects of the presentation
All of my premium patterns - both individual patterns and those in books or collections - are also checked by technical editors. Their job involves the following:
- tech editors not only check the wording and punctuation, but they also check all the maths and ensure that all the numbers add up. They do not knit each pattern, but instead read it as it is written, technically
- each single pattern is checked by 2 different tech editors, to ensure we catch even the tiniest of errors. Each tech editor is familiar with different terminologies (UK vs US) and in turn they help me to ensure that the patterns are clear to different markets
- book patterns generally go through 3 levels of tech editing. They are initially edited straight after testing. They are then edited again as they are added to the book layout, to ensure no errors have crept in at this stage, and then the final level checks everything to make sure all previous errors have been corrected
- tech editors also review each pattern should it have a change in publication, e.g. it is included in a new collection or is republished after an exclusive period in a magazine
- tech editors will also review a pattern should a difficult error occur, and together we will work through a particularly challenging problem
We are only Human
Despite our best efforts, errors may still occur because we are only human. Should you find an error in one of my patterns, then please either email me or post in the specific thread on the Ravelry forum. I dread hearing about errors in my patterns as much as anyone, but the sooner I know about them, the sooner they can be fixed and the sooner the corrections can be posted.
It should also be noted that patterns published by 3rd parties may contain errors for other reasons, and I'm afraid many of these may be out of my control. However, both the publisher and I are keen to hear if you find an error in a published work, so please do not hesitate to contact me should you find a concern in any of my patterns, wherever it may have been published.
All known errors are listed on the Errata page, and that page is updated as and when new errors are found.
Page last updated 28/3/12