Your Crochet & Knitting 18: Call for submissions

Do you want to see your designs featured in Your Crochet & Knitting magazine? We’re looking for designers for our 18th issue. Read on to find out how to submit your design ideas…

 

Wild & Woolly

This issue is all about celebrating British wildlife, trees and plant life, and the projects should reflect the colours and diversity of our native land! We’re looking for (very) cute and unusual toys, animal-themed baby makes, cheering accessories and colourful yet tasteful cushions and homeware. C2C crochet would be wonderful, and patterns that use the yarn kit in multiple ways would be very welcome too. I am also looking for designers to knit/crochet our licensed makes – so get in touch! 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. You can find the full Pinterest moodboard here.

The yarn kit is in a lovely range of muted shades:

  • Merlin (dark blue) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Jay (pale blue) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Goshawk (pale grey) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Little Egret (white/cream) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Green woodpecker (pale green) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Yellowhammer (pale yellow) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Brambling (orange) – 66m of 4-ply
  • Rosefinch (pale pink) – 66m of 4-ply

You do not need to 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

The submission should be presented in a PDF document, with your name and email address on every page. Your submission should include a sketch and accompanying paragraph describing the item and a photograph or scan of your swatch. Please also tell us where we can find other examples of your work – a link to your Ravelry designer profile is ideal. You will be commissioned to write a full pattern (including any alternative sizes) and crochet/knit a sample. We will take care of photography.

IMPORTANT: Please create a separate PDF for each idea and name the file in the following format: YourName _PatternName_YCK18.pdf

Deadline

The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Tuesday 10th December. 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 11th February 2020.

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 and payment is made by Paypal for international designers.

4 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. We arrange yarn support for all designers. 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.

Brief Description

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 or scanned.
  2. Formatting – Remember, the submission must be a PDF document sent as a single attachment, not an email with photos attached.
  3. Yarn choice –  In most cases, you will need to use the kit yarn, so please bear the weight and yardage in mind when you design your project.

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 ours is a UK magazine so we’ll be using British terminology and you will need to use yarns which are available in the UK (which we will arrange to be sent to you). Postage of the sample may also be expensive for you.
  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.
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