Design Submission- Knitting: Pleading with the term ‘Please pay close attention to those instructions’ as they express gratitude for past designs submitted, Matthew and his Vogue Knitting Team make a Winter design submission call for themes on 80s Revival, Menswear-inspired, textures, blocks, and lace

Vogue Knitting makes a Winter design submission call
Read the press release.
Design Call: VOGUE Knitting Winter

Dear Designers,

Thank you for all of your wonderful design submissions these past few issues! As we head into fall, we are already thinking about Late Winter and Spring/ Summer for 2020, where does the time go!

For these upcoming issues, we are looking for designs in the following major categories: 80s Revival, Menswear inspired, textures, blocks, and lace. See below for details on each of these stories. Following that, we have written out the specifications for design submissions as well. Please pay close attention to those instructions.


Everything old is new again! We have been seeing this as a major trend on the runways and in the stores. With silhouettes getting more oversized, focus being shifted back up to the shoulders and colors in every shade imaginable, the 80s are back in full swing. This story covers a lot of details and trends, but specifically we are looking for the following:

  • Oversized Silhouettes
  • Creative use of color
  • Mixing Novelty yarns with standard yarns
  • Bold geometric prints
  • Ways to draw attention up the body


With growing trends towards genderfluid dressing and genderless fashion, we’re seeing more and more menswear inspired details on the women’s catwalk. These details include:

  • Oversized silhouette (the boyfriend cardigan, boyfriend jeans, etc.)
  • Heritage focused (Fisherman and Aran sweaters)
  • Vintage, varsity style clothing
  • Raglan and Saddle shoulder sweaters
  • Styles that both men and women will wear


Not just color blocking, but also pattern blocking and texture blocking. Combining multiple patterns and or textures in one garment to create something that looks truly unique and modern.


For this lace call, we’re looking for pieces that incorporate both unique lace patterns and a plain stitch. We’re also looking for garments that incorporate both fringe and lace in the same garment. Incorporate the fringe in more areas than just the edge and sides of the garment. Design with it.


In addition to these stories, we are looking for unique garments that you think are the future of fashion. We’ve pinpointed some key details that we think will be the bigger trends coming up as well

  • Unique collar designs (camp collar, mock neck, etc.)
  • A-line shaping
  • Pleats

One final note, don’t forget that people knit more than sweaters. We also knit hats, scarves, shawls, gloves, socks, skirts, cowls, wraps that double as blankets, leg warmers, and the list goes on! Show us more than sweaters.

To see the Pantone colors of this season:

Please submit your design submissions by Monday, September 9th, 2019.


Please submit a ONE PAGE .PDF with your images and brief explanation of your techniques. Make sure to include: YOUR NAME, EMAIL, SHIPPING ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER on the submission. Any submissions without this info may not be considered.

When sending us your submission, please take into account the following procedures, which will help us to expedite our communication with you:

• Make your presentation as organized and concise as possible.
• If submissions are mailed in, they will be returned as soon as we are finished with them. Due to space restrictions, we cannot hold all designs that are submitted for the duration of the selection process. Should you receive a few but not all of your submissions back, it means we are holding the balance for possible placement and will return them as soon as the process is complete.
• If submissions are emailed in, you will hear from us if your design has been selected. Due to the sheer volume of submissions that we receive it’s not possible to respond to every one.
• If you want to use any of your submissions for another purpose during the review process, send an email to asking to take out of consideration the particular submission(s).
• Please do not telephone or email with inquiries as to the status of your submissions.
Bear in mind that we reserve the right to hold and review design submissions for all of our publications until such time as the design selection process is finalized for a season; this may take up to six months.

Designs can be either mailed or emailed (but not both please). Follow these guidelines for submission:

Mailed Submissions:
• A swatch should always accompany a design sketch. Please staple them together.
• Mount sketches and attach swatches to 8.5″ x 11″ sheets.
• Make sketches dark enough to photocopy and keep a photocopy of each submission for your own records.
• Print your name, email and phone number clearly on each page.
• Include a self-addressed stamped envelope to ensure your swatches and sketches are returned.
• Mail to Vogue Knitting Magazine, Design Submissions, 104 West 27th Street, 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10001

Emailed Submissions:
• Send clear scanned images of swatches and sketches and be sure that each file is clearly labeled with your name, address and phone number. Also make it clear which sketch and swatch are to accompany each other.
• If necessary, we will request a hard copy of a submission.
• JPGs or PDF files work best for us at 72 dpi only.

Please note that submission of a design does not guarantee publication in the magazine.

Matthew and the VOGUE Knitting Design Team