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Cara Medus
Cara Medus

Cara Medus

Crochet Expertise, Editing and Training

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I’ve worked in the crochet industry for over 10 years, technical editing on publications, designing for magazines and yarn companies, and now training others in design and editing.
My speciality is in garment design and editing. I found that there was very little information available online about the technical aspects of crochet, and so I set about creating resources for others to use.
I am now running online training courses for crochet designers and technical editors.

Training Courses

 
I’m currently running two courses, one in Pattern Writing and Checking, and one about Garments and Grading, which includes units for both technical editors and crochet designers.
I’ve been training now for 3 or 4 years, and in that time have taught a number of staff at the Dutch yarn company Scheepjes. I’ve also continued to work in a freelance capacity for Simply Crochet magazine, doing technical editing and providing technical advice.

Pattern Writing

You’re a budding designer thinking about preparing patterns for publication, or you’re already submitting designs to publishers and want to improve your reputation as a quality contributor.
This course is designed to improve your pattern writing skills, and give you an awareness of the production process to inform your pattern writing decisions.
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The course content is made up of four units (click on arrows to reveal content):
The course content is made up of four units (click on arrows to reveal content):

1. Basic Pattern Writing

Pattern standards, UK and US variations
Writing in a certain pattern style
Basic principles for good pattern writing
Awareness of reader’s skill level, expectations and learning style
Identifying areas for improvement in your own or others’ writing
Understanding and using conventional pattern structure
Developing strategies to improve accuracy

2. Writing Stitch Pattern Instructions

Identifying and using standard features of a stitch pattern
Identifying and writing stitch pattern repeats and multiples
Identifying and writing row pattern repeats
Choosing repeat formats and using them consistently
Strategies for condensing patterns and how to apply these appropriately

3. Charts, Photos and Diagrams

Judging the need for supplementary info like charts, photos and diagrams
Developing an awareness of how the pattern will appear when published, and the needs of the reader
How to present simple grid-type charts for colourwork, and the features required
How to present symbol charts, and the features required

4. Mentoring of a Pattern Check or Write*

Depending on whether you have a designing or technical editing focus, you can write and submit a (non-garment) pattern for feedback, or be mentored through a technical check of a non-garment pattern
*Premium course option only, or as paid feedback session on the Standard course - see details below.

Course Options and Payment

Standard - £80 with option to buy feedback sessions at £20 each
This option includes access to all training materials and resources but doesn’t include written feedback or a video chat session. The Standard option costs £80 and there’s an option to buy a feedback session for one or more of the units, at an extra £20 per session. As the final unit is mentored, it won’t be included in the Standard course unless you pay an extra £20 for this unit. There’s no obligation to buy any feedback sessions if you don’t want these.
Once your payment has been processed you will be given an invite link to the materials which will expire after six months.
Premium - £125
This option includes written feedback on assignments and a 1-1 video chat session after each unit of the course. The Premium option costs £125, and spaces are according to availability.
Contact me below to enrol or for further information

Garments and Grading

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This course will be of interest to beginner designers who need a grounding in the conventions of garment construction as well as existing designers who want to brush up on their technical knowledge.
For tech editors it covers all the theory needed to check garment patterns well, and goes into detail about the process needed for checking garments.

Course Requirements

Ideally, you will already be an experienced crocheter and/or technical editor who has made a variety of garment types by following a pattern.
The resource materials will be the same whether you are taking the course as a designer or a tech-editor, but the practical assignments will differ according to your focus.
 
The course content is made up of five units (click on arrows to reveal content):
The course content is made up of five units (click on arrows to reveal content):

1. Construction and Critical Measurements

Garment Types and construction
Identifying critical measurements
Armholes and Sleeve Caps on set-in-sleeves
Visually checking a sample (tech-editors only)
Constructing a set-in sleeve (designers only)

2. Sizing and Grading

Using sizing tables
Grading and how critical measurements vary
The concepts of ease and fit and how to apply them
Assessing the grading of a pattern (tech-editors only)
Creating grades for a pattern (designers only)

3. Shaping and Spreadsheets

Identifying which critical measurements dictate key areas of shaping
Sectioning shaping
Recording shaping in a pattern (tech-editors only)
Drafting a graded pattern shaping section (designers only)
Working with spreadsheets to record (editors) and draft (designers)
The garment checking process (tech-editors only)

4. Pattern Continuity and Essentials

The elements that make up a garment pattern
What to include on schematics
What to include on a measurements table
Calculating yarn quantities
Using charts and diagrams (but not instructions on how to create these)

5. Mentoring of a Pattern Check or Write*

if you are a tech-editor you will complete a pattern check assignment, and designers will make a pattern draft. This is intended to consolidate and put into practice the skills and theory learnt during the course.
*Premium course option only, or as a paid feedback session on the Standard course - see details below.

Course Options and Payment

Standard - £100 with option to buy feedback sessions at £20 each
This option includes access to all training materials and resources but doesn’t include written feedback or a video chat session. The Standard option costs £100 and there is an option to buy a feedback session for one or more of the units, at an extra £20 per session. As the final unit is mentored, it won’t be included in the Standard course unless you pay an extra £20 for this unit. There’s no obligation to buy any feedback sessions if you don’t want these.
Once your payment has been processed you will be given an invite link to the materials which will expire after six months.
Premium
This option includes written feedback on assignments and a 1-1 video chat session after each unit of the course. The Premium option costs £155, and spaces are according to availability.
Contact me below to enrol or for further information

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