Vogue Knitting makes a design submission call for Holiday and Winter issues of its magazine.
Read the press release.
Design Call: VOGUE Knitting Holiday and Winter
We hope you have been staying healthy during these trying times. We’ve been busy finishing up the issues we have started, and planning for future issues. As some countries begin to relax their restrictions, ours hopefully can’t be far behind.
We are looking to plan our next two issues, Holiday and Winter. See below for the stories we are considering.
Stress free knits
Easy styles are always great and fun to knit, especially in a plush yarn, or a novelty yarn. Companies continue to add the new special yarns to their line and there are some tried and true qualities that will always be around, including boucle, slubs, yarns with things spun in, or ones made with unique materials such as recycled fabric.
Sparkle yarns make us think of holiday parties and festive occasions to which one can wear glitz and glam. Find modern ways to incorporate lurex, sequins, and anything sparkly into the designs.
A sign of design and high concept is making things look like something else, a bit of visual trickery. There are a number of popular ways to make knits look like wovens, from entrelac, faux plaid stranded designs, and linen stitch. Show us your creativity and how you would incorporate a woven look or texture into a design.
Glitch in the Wool
There is perfection in a beautiful stranded design, with a perfect repeat, now change it. Mess up the stranded chart and make it look like a beautiful mistake. In knitting groups, we call them “Design detail”
Black and Gold
Classic color combination for decades. Combining black fabric with gold accents is very common, but show us how you would work them together in a knit design. Inspiration can come from anywhere, Gold can be from a shimmer yarn, or from the base color of the yarn.
For fashion runways, retro knits continue to be a source of inspiration, think about 70s knits and that style.
Faux quilting texture
Quilts have a strong history in American heritage. They inspire people and hold stories and meanings for cultures and groups everywhere. This handcraft and tradition also inspire haute couture and their detailed work. We could see this being interpreted as either a texture to look like quilting or color blocking to look like traditional motifs.
Tweed yarns are classic and a great source of inspiration to a lot of people, and have many different iterations. From subtle tweed flecks that complement the yarn color, to ones that stand out in contrasting colors. What’s a new way you’d like to see the yarn used? A design element that could benefit from some texture or a new design trend that can use a classic twist? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Please submit your design submissions by Monday, May 18th, 2020.
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 email@example.com 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:
• 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
• 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