Do you want to see your designs featured in Your Crochet & Knitting magazine? We’re looking for designers for one of our Summer issues. Read on to find out how to submit your design ideas…
The Wonderland Collection
The theme is “Wonderland”, and it’s chance to let your imagination run riot! For this issue, with its quirky colour palette, we’re looking for the unexpected – whether in home decor, baby makes, accessories or even jewellery. Interesting stitch patterns, textures and embellishments welcome – just keep it pretty, modern (not fussy) and accessible for beginners! 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 6-ball yarn kit includes a range of bold shades – you do not need to use all the colours, but bear in mind the yardage you will need.
- Hatter (teal blue) – 60m of 4-ply
- Alice (golden yellow) – 60m of 4-ply
- Caterpillar (grass green) – 60m of 4-ply
- Dormouse (peach) – 60m of 4-ply
- Rabbit (white) – 60m of 4-ply
- Hearts (deep red) – 60m of 4-ply
The crochet hook will be 3mm; the knitting needles will be 3.5mm.
How to submit
Please send your submissions to me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please create a separate PDF for each idea and name the file in the following format: YourName _PatternName_YCK19.pdf, 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.
The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Tuesday 18th February. 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 24th March 2020.
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.
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
- 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.
- Formatting – Remember, the submission must be a PDF document sent as a single attachment, not an email with photos attached.
- 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.
- Return of samples – We’re happy to return samples to you. Any unwanted samples are donated to charity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tech editing – We do have tech editors, but they will only be polishing your patterns – they won’t be doing any grading for you.
- 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.
- 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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