YCK 15 & 16: Call for submissions

Do you want to see your designs featured in Your Crochet & Knitting magazine?

We’re looking for a range of toys and accessories for two of our issues in early 2020, along with must-make baby things and home decor. Your Crochet & Knitting caters to a range of ages, with ability levels from beginner to intermediate – our readers love attractive and quick-to-make designs.

#1 – Wintertime Brights

Let’s liven up the winter season with some colour and cheer! I’m looking for striking and uplifting projects that are quick to make and fun to look at. Interesting shapes are the name of the game, with strong geometric and stripey vibes to show off the colour. I’m looking for home decor, baby knits and unusual accessories – Russian dolls would be a dream come true! You can find the full Pinterest moodboard here.

 

Here’s the yarn kit palette:

 

#2 – Try Something New!

As winter fades and spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to try new projects and new skills – and that’s what we’re looking for in this issue. Accessories and toys using interesting stitches, home decor in new techniques such as Tunisian crochet, or new ways with traditional granny squares…use the primary colours in this palette to attract the eye, inspire our readers and lift the spirits! Simple sock designs are particularly welcome. You can find the full Pinterest moodboard here.

 

Here’s the yarn kit palette – please note that the red and blue are fluffy yarns!

It is not essential that you use all the colours! The hook will be 3mm; the needles will be 3.5mm.

How to submit

Please send your submissions to me by email: joanna.cummings@practicalpublishing.co.uk

Your submission should:

  • be presented in a PDF document, with your name and email address on every page. Please create a separate PDF for each idea and name the file in the following format: YourName _PatternName_YCK15.pdf / YourName _PatternName_YCK16.pdf
  • include a sketch and accompanying paragraph describing the item and a photograph or scan of your swatch.
  • include any pictures.
  • include any links to other examples of your work; e.g. a link to your Ravelry designer profile or Instagram.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Thursday 26th September. I am aiming to get all commissions sent out within a week or so of that date. Deadlines for final patterns and samples will be Tuesday 12th November. You will be commissioned to write a full pattern (including any alternative sizes) and crochet/knit a sample. We will take care of photography.

Compensation/Support

Compensation is on a sliding scale, the exact fee depending on the size and complexity of the project, taking into account the amount of labour required.

Yarn support is offered to all designers; payment is made by Paypal for international designers.

Four months after publication, rights will revert to you and you will then be able to use the final tech-edited version of the pattern (including charts/schematics) as you wish. Your sample remains your property, but we will hold onto it for a while in case we get pattern queries, or for display at shows. We will return your sample to you at the same time as your publication rights.

About the magazine

Your Crochet & Knitting is a 6-weekly newsstand title, widely available in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across the UK as well as select retailers worldwide. Each issue of the magazine comes with 6-8 balls of yarn, a crochet hook and knitting needles, so readers can get started right away. This means most of our projects are smaller scale, but we do also include larger patterns in non-kit yarns.

Hints and tips for submissions

  1. Swatches and sketches – There is no need to submit a photo of a finished item, but your submission will need nice swatches, in a representative yarn, photographed in bright conditions. If you’re having trouble getting the photo to focus, either switch to the macro setting on your camera (the one with the little flower) or consider scanning your swatch rather than photographing it.
  2. Formatting – Of course our main focus is on the quality of the idea, but it’s much easier for me to see that when the submission is cleanly formatted. Remember, the submission must be a PDF document sent as a single attachment, not an email with photos attached.

FAQs

  1. Return of samples – We’re happy to return samples to you. Any unwanted samples are donated to charity.
  2. International Designers – You are very welcome to submit, but remember that Your Crochet & Knitting is a UK magazine so we’ll be using British terminology.
  3. Photography – We will be taking care of all the photography for patterns, but the rights to photos will remain with us, so if you don’t want your sample back, consider taking photos before you send it in.
  4. Sewing/other non-knitting elements – We’re open to any and all good quality patterns, and if it needs a little sewing or embroidery, that won’t rule it out.
  5. Tech editing – We do have tech editors, but they will only be polishing your patterns – they won’t be doing any grading for you.
  6. Multiple submissions – There’s no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. If you receive multiple commissions, we will work with you to spread out your deadlines.
  7. Previously published patterns – As a general rule, I am not looking for patterns which have previously been published at all. If you’ve posted a couple of project pics online, that’s fine – but the patterns should come as a nice surprise for our readers when we publish them. Your commission is confidential until a week before the on-sale date of the magazine.
  8. Future calls – If you want to add yourself to the mailing list for future calls, just fill in your details at http://eepurl.com/b-_zQD
  9. Testing – We’re happy for you to arrange to have your pattern tested, but we are working on a tight schedule, so this is by no means mandatory.
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