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Crochet Now Winter/Spring 2020: Call for Design Submissions

Send your submissions to us before 12th September 2019

Do you want to see your designs featured in Crochet Now magazine? Read on for our Editor’s call for submissions…

This in an open call for designs for the January 2020, February 2020 and March 2020 issues of Crochet Now. I want to hear from designers new and experienced, young and old, near and far, eclectic and traditional!

I’m looking for a collection of patterns for all levels, with the majority of patterns aimed for the advanced beginner/intermediate crocheter. Advanced/complex patterns and beginner friendly are also considered! I want to see your submissions for:

  • blankets and throws
  • shawls
  • scarves and cowls
  • toys
  • hats
  • garments (including poncho’s, cardigans, pullovers)
  • Tunisian crochet
  • children/baby clothes
  • children/baby accessories
  • cushions and other home décor
  • novelties
  • quick-makes and stitch patterns
  • seasonal makes

I have prepared some mood boards for inspiration, but please don’t let these limit you – if you have a great idea for a design which you think would fit in well to a Winter or Spring issue of Crochet Now, I’d love to see it!

The Collections

TEMPTING TEXTURES

Tempting Textures Moodboard

This is all about creating tactile makes that you’ll love to wear and feel in your home, bringing winter makes together with hints at Spring. Introduce stitch patterns that just shout “touch me”, and combine stitch textures to create unique, contemporary crocheted accessories and blankets. This issue will be on sale in time for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day so consider gifts in your submissions, and focus on textures with colours such as mint, purples, teals, hints of orange and neutrals.

SPRING INSIDE

Spring Inside Moodboard

Welcome back Spring in the home with strong pastel tones in your makes! Hints of green and natural shades can be used to lift these colours in a mix of toys, home makes, accessories and baby. Kid’s cardigans and a light, spring sweater/cardigan for adults would be a great fit for this issue. I want to see your Easter submissions – toys with a cool, contemporary design; classy Easter wreaths; must-wear Spring shawls, and of course BLANKETS.

POP ART

Pop Art Moodboard

Don’t be afraid to clash your colours with this theme, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s classic Pop Art aesthetic! Use greys and neutrals to tone down your more adventurous colour experiments, but I want to see bold designs and shapes – anyone want to submit a Lichtenstein cushion or blanket? Wall-hangings will be a great fit for this issue, as will garments that just hint at the bright colours, kids makes, innovative toys, and modern-shaped shawls, cowls, and other accessories.

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 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_CNspring20.pdf

Deadline

The deadline for submissions will be 12pm UK time on Thursday 12th September 2019. I am aiming to get all commissions sent out within a week/week and a half of that date, and you will be notified if you are successful or not. Deadlines for final patterns and samples will be Wednesday 20th November 2019.

Send to/contact

Please send your submissions to me by email: jenny.conduit@practicalpublishing.co.uk

Compensation/Support

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.

Brief Description

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;

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/periodicals/crochet-now

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!

FAQs

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 kate.heppell@practicalpublishing.co.uk
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.
Future calls – If you want to add yourself to the mailing list for future calls, just fill in your details at http://eepurl.com/b-_zQD
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.

About Jenny Conduit

Hi, I'm Jenny and I am editor of Crochet Now! I love to crochet amigurumi, especially my favourite TV and film characters, along with blankets and wraps. If I'm not crocheting, you can probably find me knitting and eating chocolate biscuits.

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