Getting your design into a magazine is not Impossible - so GO FOR IT and make a submission this month.
Good luck to everyone!
Submission Calls: 22 Dec 2018
Click on the publication titles to open a summary of the submission call; the buttons link through to the Ravelry posts for full details.
Nomadic Knits, Issue 4: Maryland/Virginia/DC (Dec 30)
Submission Theme: A well-balanced mix of classy work-appropriate knits and comfortable weekend wear. Our colors for this issue will include navy, burgundy/magenta, mustard, greys, and cream.
Cables, textures and Fair Isle are welcomed and encouraged, as are all knitting skill levels, from beginner to advanced. We will have a range of indie-dyed yarn, from fingering to bulky, in a variety of bases, and are accepting submissions throughout that range. We will have a range of dye techniques as well, from solid to speckled, and possibly everything in between.
Deadline: December 30, 2018, any time, any time zone. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for future issues.
Knotions - Spring and Summer 2019 (Jan 1 and later dates)
May Issue - Launching April 27th. This is a transitional month so think things that are easy to put on and take off, or lighter weight so you can use it as a warming layer when you need it.
The May issue will be a flower issue! Here are a couple ideas but please don’t just think of these - I’d love to see what else you have in mind!
These next three are in the hottest part of the summer (northern hemisphere), so think tank tops, short sleeve tops and airy shawls or socks/footies made with lighter-weight yarns. Plant-based fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp, soy or bamboo are great ideas for this season (either alone or blended with an animal fiber). Non-garments such as blankets, bags, wall decor and toys are always welcome!
June Issue - Launching May 18th. I’m looking for designs with a color blocking theme (think big swathes of color, dip-dyeing or intarsia…as opposed to stranded). This is a great way to tie Knotions designs to the current trend of dyeing!
July Issue - Launching June 29th.
August Issue - Launching July 27th. This is our annual tutorial issue so we want just a few small projects that include motifs in fun ways. Think diamonds on a shawl, squares on a bag or free-form on a tank top. These are just a few options and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
If you’re a US submitter
- You send your pattern to Knotions (just like before)
- You mail your FO to the photographer
- Due date is January 1st for the April issue - but we accept starting today so the sooner the better. And the due dates are every month thereafter.
- The photographer will have it for about 6 weeks and then MAIL IT BACK TO YOU
- Once you receive it, it’s yours to keep
If you’re a non-US submitter
- You send your pattern to Knotions by January 1st for the June Issue. (This is much earlier than it’s been in the past)
- We tech edit it (just like before), and once you approve it, it goes out to a sample knitter to make the item to be photographed.
- The photographer will have it for about 6 weeks and then MAIL IT BACK TO THE SAMPLE KNITTER
- You’ll still be responsible for the other things - pattern support and promotion are the 2 big things.
Knitpicks - Fall 2019 - Colorwork Collection (Jan 7)
Submission Themes: Knit Picks is looking for designs for a 10-16 pattern collection to be released in early fall 2019, featuring colorwork projects in Palette. Please see our mood board for inspirational images. For this particular collection, we are looking for knit and crochet patterns
Brief Description: We want to celebrate our beloved yarn Palette with a beautiful colorwork collection! Using any of our 150 shades, we’re looking for a wide range of wearable multicolored projects - from simple fingerless mitts to complex fair isle sweaters and everything in between.
Deadline: January 7, 2019
Knitpicks - Fall 2019 - Gansey Sweaters (Jan 7)
Submission Themes: Knit Picks is looking for designs for a 10-16 pattern collection to be released in early fall 2019, featuring Gansey/Guernsey inspired sweaters. Knit Picks has chosen yarns & color palette for this collection, please see our mood board for list of yarns and inspirational images and colors. For this particular collection, we are looking for knit patterns with unisex sizing – though it will likely be photographed on a woman.
Brief Description: Iconic. Timeless. Our hearts all swoon for a good Guernsey sweater! Traditionally, these sweaters were meant to be worn hard with useful details and precise fitting. We’re looking for a mix of historic details and modern touches with this collection. Overall, however, each pattern must be identifiable as a Guernsey sweater so stick close to the source material!
Deadline: January 7, 2019
Wool Studio Vol VII: Winter 2019, Unusual Symmetry (Jan 8)
For Vol VII: Winter 2019 Wool Studio, we are looking for unusual or interrupted symmetry. You might find yourself attracted to the perfection of equal consistencies or the edgy challenge of garments with unequal parts. For this cozy winter issue, create designs inspired by unusual, unique, or unexpected symmetry in combination with modern silhouettes for the woman looking for elegant wardrobe staples.
Remember, Wool Studio is for the thoughtful knitter who appreciates straightforward, uncomplicated designs, and luxury fibers. See our Pinterest mood board for inspiration; use these boards as a starting point to spark your imagination.
I’m looking forward to your submissions!
Please EMAIL your submissions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions received: January 8, 2019
Knitscene Winter 2019 ~ The Earth Issue (Jan 9)
DEAR DESIGNERS, The Winter 2019 issue will focus on the element of earth, wrapping up a year of exploring the elements. Earth is the building block of all things.
Our little sphere creates oceans, forests, deserts, and so much more; bringing such wonder through the amazing things it creates and comforting through its stability.
We’re looking for designs that represent the earth’s balance between simplicity and wonder: featuring an every-day-wearable appeal and an eye-catching element. Our color palette is jewel tones and neutrals. See the story prompts below, and find the moodboard here.
Each issue of knitscene offers a cohesive collection of designs organized around a strong narrative thread. Consider the themes below as prompts; let them serve as a way to get thinking. A knitscene design is modern, smart, a little unusual & a bridge from easy to intermediate knitting.
Sarah Rothberg, editor
Deadline for submissions received: January 9, 2019
Deadline for accepted patterns and samples: March 27, 2019
Yurika New Pattern Sales Site (Open Deadline)
Call for Designers - My name is Yurika, and I have been working on a new pattern site for the past six months (I build ECommerce sites for businesses as part of my dayjob in media and communications) where I hope to sell crochet and knitting patterns. This site will be launching under a separate brand name by end July/early August.. (so not under my Fiber Quest title).
At the moment, I am putting together a list of initial designers who would be interested in selling their patterns on the site from day one.
I am looking for a very specific aesthetic (modern and clean, with a fresh approach to crafting), as I want to create a curated space. Think Hipster / boho chic / trendy / urban / young…
Sweet Paprika Designs - Yarn Support (Ongoing)
Hello designers! My name is Debbie, and I run Sweet Paprika Designs together with my sister Elizabeth. We create luxurious hand-dyed yarns in our studio in Montreal, which are available online through our own website and in person through our retailers across Canada.
We are interested in both knit and crochet designs.
Compensation/Support/Rights: Sweet Paprika will provide the agreed upon yarn to the designer. The designer will be responsible for all aspects of self-publishing their pattern, within the agreed upon timeframe. The designer will retain full rights to their pattern. Sweet Paprika will request use of the designer’s images for promotional purposes.
Submission Requirements: Please submit your proposal by email to email@example.com. The proposal should include a sketch, swatch, description of the project, and yarn requirements. Please also include links to your Ravelry page, website, etc.
Knitcircus Yarns ~ Yarn Support Program (Ongoing)
Knitcircus Studio creates hand-dyed Gradient, Impressionist Gradient, Speckled Handpaint and Semi-Solid Merino-based yarns in cake sizes 50-150g, and Matching Socks Sets in Small, Medium and Large. We are interested in working with designers by providing traditional yarn support for your patterns.
We don’t have specific theme or deadline requirements; we want to work with you to enhance your vision and match it with the perfect yarn and dye technique. The only requirement we have is that the pattern use exclusively Knitcircus Yarn and does not call for using stash yarn/other company’s yarn along with our yarn to obtain the desired result. You may list other suggested yarns in the pattern, but the knitter/crocheter must be able to successfully complete the project using Knitcircus Yarn in off-the-shelf quantities.
If you wish to design a pattern using Knitcircus yarn, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (please not through Ravmessages) to communicate your idea, yarn needs and timeline and we will be happy to work with you.
We will provide the yarn for your project and will publicize the finished project in tandem with your release date on social media, and may create a kit for sale on our webstore, directing customers to purchase the pattern directly from you or your publication. If you wholesale your patterns, please let us know so we can purchase them for sale in our online and brick-and-mortar store.
Let's get your inspiration flowing and raise your visibility.
We challenge you to submit to one publication a month!
Remember: Rejections don't kill you, they certainly haven't killed me. Plus, you will have a new design ready to self publish.