About Me

Hi, I’m Faye Perriam-Reed and I’m an experienced technical editor and designer based in Bristol, UK.
Recent clients include Erika Knight, Sarah Hatton, Scheepjes, Fyberspates, West Yorkshire Spinners, Rowan, Light Work Collective and Daughter of a Shepherd. Here you can find out more about my work and services.

From 2013-2021 I was Technical Editor for The Knitter and Simply Knitting, checking and grading an array of patterns. These included accessories, homewares and a huge range of garment styles. I also proof-read many features and wrote regular masterclasses on various knitting techniques. Some of these are available on my tutorials page.

In February 2021 I decided it was time to go freelance as I wanted to expand the range of designers and yarn companies I work with. It also means I have more time to work on my own designs and be with my family.

Generally we all have different writing style preferences and part of my job as a technical editor is to make them consistent for each client. I read through the pattern first and make sure it follows a logical process before checking charts and numbers. Is the tension right? Do the stitch patterns fit into the stitch count? Are there instructions for every piece? Will the project come out the right size? I work most of the answers out in Excel and make adjustments or discuss this with the designer. 

Technical editing really makes my brain tick as I love a puzzle. I get to spend my working life surrounded by yarn, in conversation with inspiring people, constantly improving my skills and learning new tricks.

When I’m not working or knitting I love spending time with my kids, sewing, doing yoga, taking photos and spending time out on the Cornish coast.

Faye Perriam-Reed Knitting Technical Editor and Designer UK