Do you want to see your designs featured in Crochet Now magazine? Read on for our Editor’s call for submissions…
This call is for the June, July and August 2019 issues of Crochet Now. I’m looking for a range of stylish and wearable crochet garments and accessories for the summer season, along with must-make blankets, toys, and homewares. Crochet 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!
Who needs a trip abroad when the British Isles have so much to offer in the summer? I’d love to see summery projects, from garments and wraps, to accessories and homewares fit for a holiday by the sea or staycation here in the UK. What about a pretty picnic blanket too? Bring colourful English flowers against a backdrop of beaches and sky, and don’t forget the 2019 Pantone colour of the year – Coral
Combine blocks of colour in fun, fresh ways to create bright and beautiful makes. I’d love to see garments, blankets, accessories and homewares which respond to this brief. This issue will be on sale in July so think of summer makes and accessories.
Summery crochet inspired by the French Riviera, picking up blues, white, and complementary shades. Use cotton to explore loose shapes and lightweight layers. Think beyond this to to scarves, shawls, bags, hats and other accessories. Toys and home makes are a must – summer themed, loosely riviera, is fine.
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 crochet 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_CNsummer19.pdf
The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Monday 28th January. 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 2nd April.
Please send your submissions to me by email: email@example.com
Compensation is on a sliding scale, depending on the size and complexity of the project, taking into account the amount of labour required (that means you can earn anywhere between £50 – £250).
Yarn support is offered to all designers and payment is made by Paypal for international designers.
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.
Crochet Now is a monthly newsstand title, widely available in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across the UK as well as select retailers worldwide. We also publish digitally. For an idea of our style, you can find all of our patterns listed on Ravelry here;
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. If you’re having trouble getting the photo to focus, either switch to the macro setting on your camera (the one with the little flower) or consider scanning your swatch rather than photographing it.
Formatting – Of course our main focus is on the quality of the idea, but it’s much easier for me to see that when the submission is cleanly formatted. Remember, the submission must be a PDF document sent as a single attachment, not an email with photos attached.
Yarn choice – Be flexible with your choices. I will be wanting to use the new season’s yarns, some of which won’t be publicly available yet. Talk about the qualities your project requires, don’t just say what you used. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you know what you’re talking about!
Return of samples – We’re happy to return samples to you. Any unwanted samples are donated to Knit for Peace.
International Designers – You are very welcome to submit, but remember that Crochet Now 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).
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.
Crochet/sewing/other non-knitting elements – We’re open to any and all good quality patterns, and if it needs a little crochet, sewing or embroidery, that won’t rule it out. If it’s 100% knitting, contact the editor of our sister mag Knit Now, Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Testing – We’re happy for you to arrange to have your pattern tested, but we are working on a tight schedule, so this is by no means mandatory.
Digital Issues – The magazine is available digitally, and digital editions are available through the Apple Newsstand and the Pocketmags app.