Design Submission- Knitting: Knit Now apologises for talking about Christmas in January while presenting its design submission call for Summer, Autumn and Christmas 2018 issues of its magazine with a hint of Christmas designs as the world of publishing demands early preparation and the closing date is 14th of February 2018

Knit Now makes its  2018 Summer, Autumn and Christmas design submission call with a deadline at 9AM GMT( Greenwich Mean Time) of 14th February 2018.

Read the press release below.

Knit Now: Summer (& Christmas!) 2018 Call for Submissions.

We’re looking for fresh and inspiring designs for our Summer/Autumn issues – and that includes Christmas. I can only apologise for talking about Christmas in January. I know it’s ridiculous but that’s the world of publishing for you!

Deadline: Please send in your submission to me at kate.heppell@practicalpublishing.co.uk by 9am UK time on Wednesday 14th February.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

This call is for the Late Summer 2018 issues (on sale in July, August and September; 3 issues) of Knit Now. I’m looking for a wide range of stylish and wearable knits for the summer season as well as some fun gifts to help our readers get a head start on Christmas. Knit Now caters to a range of ages and ability levels so beginner, intermediate and advanced patterns are equally welcome – the beauty of the design is what is most important.
The Collections
Piece of Cake https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kateheppell/piece-of-cake/ With yarn cakes flying off the shelves of LYSes and lots of hand-dyers creating gradient packs, it’s a great time to re-visit ombre and dip-dye look knits! We’re looking for a range of garments and accessories here, for summer into early autumn. This is an evolution of a theme we ran a few years ago which was really popular. You can see that issue’s mood board and finished pieces here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kateheppell/shift-it/Shifting Seasons https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kateheppell/shifting-seasons/ What do you reach for when the weather starts to turn? We’re looking for light and airy layering pieces to carry you from summer into autumn. Of course we’d like to see a cardigan and a pullover, maybe a cape or a poncho but also think about accessories – scarves, shawls, hats, socks, flip-top mitts – anything you can wear to extend the shelf-life of your summer dresses into the Autumn!Building Blocks https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kateheppell/building-blocks/ Combine blocks of colour in fun, fresh ways to create bright and beautiful knits. We already have a pullover which will be the central part of this collection, but we’d love to see other garments, accessories and homewares which respond to this brief. This issue will be on sale in late summer, so transitional/layering pieces would be ideal. This collection is curated by Heike Campbell as part of the Knitter of the Year awards.

Crafty Christmas https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kateheppell/building-blocks/ I know, I know – Christmas 2017 has only just passed and we’re thinking about Christmas 2018 already! You know the kind of things we love for Christmas – sweaters, stockings, toys, quick gifts, novelites, advent projects and all that good stuff. If you can stick a jingle bell on it, all the better!

What I’m looking for…
Each issue will include; • 5 or 6 accessories. Quick knits and one-ball makes such as hats, scarves, mitts, bags etc. Each issue includes at least 1 shawl & 1 pair of socks. • 2 or 3 garments. Generally pitched at an intermediate skill level, we tend to print patterns which are primarily wearable and stylish. All garments must be sized up to at least a 5X. • 1 or 2 babies’ and children’s knits and 1 or 2 toys. We have a preference for contemporary, gender-neutral designs but we’re open to more traditional patterns too. • 1 or 2 Home knits. Beautiful, useful, sometimes unexpected things. Cushions, gadget cases and tea cosies are welcome but we draw the line at egg cosies!In each issue, about half of the patterns should respond directly to that issue’s theme; the remainder can simply be beautiful, inspiring, seasonally-appropriate knits.
Submission requirements Your submission should include a sketch and accompanying paragraph describing the item, a photograph or scan of your swatch and ideas for yarn choices. The submission should be presented in a PDF document, with your name and email address on every page. All information should be included in the submission document, including pictures. 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 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_KNsummer18.pdf
Deadline The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Wednesday 14th February – Valentine’s Day! You should hear from us either way within 2 weeks of the deadline. Deadlines for final patterns and samples will be 17th April.
Send to/contact Please send your submissions to me by email: kate.heppell@practicalpublishing.co.uk
Compensation/Support We have recently reviewed our fee structure and can give the following examples of fees; Hat in 3 sizes: £70-£100 Baby garment in 5 sizes: £120-£150 Adult garment in 9 sizes: £300-£400 The exact fee will depend on a number of factors including the complexity of the design. 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.

About Knit Now
Knit Now is a fresh and stylish knitting magazine which launched in the UK in October 2011. It is a fresh monthly national newsstand title, available from large supermarket retailers as well as smaller independent newsagents and digitally through our apps.

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