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Crochet Now Winter 2021: Call for Submissions!

Send your submissions to us before 23rd August!

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 summer 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 – graded from XS-5X according to Craft Yarn Council standards)
  • 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/spring issue of Crochet Now, I’d love to see it!

The Collections

WINDSWEPT

Windswept Moodboard

Romantic silhouettes and contemporary interpretations of classic shapes in garments and accessories that can be worn in the crisp, wintry outdoors. Get a little bit playful with natural tones, and be sure to include your cute toys, fabulous blankets, and makes for the home!

SHOW YOUR WILD SIDE

Show Your Wild Side Moodboard

Show your fun, playful side and brighten up that post-Christmas winter slump by combining bright pops of colour with animal-inspired prints and fun abstract designs! Or make your accessories solid and bright, with an interesting stitch that will sit nicely next to a pair of jazzy trousers or skirt. Keep it exciting, but wearable, and show me your contemporary designs for the family and home! IDEAS – I would love to see a blanket based on some of the abstract prints/fabric art on the board.

GREEN SHOOTS

Green Shoots Moodboard

Spring brings new life to the countryside and new inspiration to our crochet hooks. We want to see cute makes inspired by gambolling lambs and bouncing bunnies as well as stylish garments and accessories featuring botanical motifs in stitches, lace, colourwork. Accessories, blankets, toys, home are a must! IDEA – pops of yellow are a must, stay away from garments and accessories that are ‘too green’ but instead use green to complement or highlight yellows, pinks, blues, and natural tones.

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_CNWINER2021.pdf

Deadline

The deadline for submissions will be 12pm UK time on Sunday 23rd August 2020. I am aiming to get all commissions sent out within a 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 Monday 26th October 2020.

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

Tech editing – We do have tech editors, but they will only be polishing your patterns – they won’t be doing any grading for you. You MUST ensure your completed pattern adheres to our style guide, or this will be returned to you for resubmission.
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
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 here
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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