Design Or Write For Knitty
Interested in getting your pattern or tutorial published in Knitty?
Q1. What types of patterns are you looking for?
We are now soliciting patterns for our Winter issue which goes live December 2019.
The deadline is September 15, 2019.
Winter is prime knitting season, where you can comfortably knit anywhere (and probably want to, for the extra warmth on your lap), and wear most everything you've knit. So we want to give our readers lots of lush coziness to enjoy. We want sweaters, big sweaters. Cardigans or pullovers, and vests too. We want lots of texture. We want the warmest fibers including wool, silk, mohair, alpaca, etc. Accessories are welcome as well, especially quick-to-knit holiday gifts. Think unconventional when it comes to accessories...a tube of one stitch pattern makes a cowl, but what would make that cowl really unique?
What we love most is innovation: what twist can you bring to your design that will catch the eye of our readers? Be creative.
Remember: we also like weird things that make you gasp or giggle.
To get an idea of what we mean by Winter patterns, here are some suggestions:
We don't do novelty yarn, and we rarely publish children's garments or accessories, unless they're exceptionally clever or unique. For the best chance of being published, submit your designs for men's or women's sweaters. We prefer saturated semi-solid colors over neutrals, unless a neutral is the perfect thing for your design.
Remember, as you design for Knitty, ask yourself this: what makes your design unique? Tell us about it when you write your e-mail to us. Bullet points are fine. Be clear and succinct.
Submissions must be new -- not previously shown in any form [even just a picture] in another mag or on any website, including Ravelry or Instagram. Once your work is published in Knitty, you may include a picture on your website with a link to the Knitty website. After the issue has been archived [3 months later], you may do whatever you wish with your work, including self publishing or submitting it to other publications. The copyright for your work always remains with you.
We will soon be accepting submissions of crocheted and woven patterns. (Don't faint.) Please watch this page for details. We will provide full instructions when we're ready to accept these types of patterns.
Q2. What do you pay for submissions?
In addition to the honorarium, we offer you a highly visible, professional place to show your work to a large, well-connected audience, plus a link back to the website of your choice. Our designers and authors enjoy significant traffic as a result of their Knitty exposure, and often see a spike in their pattern sales as a result. If you've dreamed of becoming a professional published knitwear designer or writer, Knitty could help you get there. It's also a great way to build an audience and generate sales for your own pattern line or other knitting-related product.
You [the creator of the work] will retain all copyrights to your own work. By submitting work to be published in Knitty and accepting the honorarium, you are giving your permission for your pattern or article and all related images to be included in Knitty magazine in its current format and other electronic or computer-readable distribution formats. Back issues of Knitty [our Library] will remain available online indefinitely.
Once the current issue that showcases your pattern or article has moved to the Library [our archives], you are free to do as you wish with the pattern or article, which includes submitting it elsewhere or self publishing.
Q3. May I send you my submission by snail mail?
Q4. How soon can I expect to hear back about my submission?
Once the submission deadline has passed and all potential designs are in hand, we begin the selection process. We endeavor to let every designer know if they will be included in the next issue as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us by two weeks before publication, please write the editor and inquire.
Patterns not given an initial YES or NO response are being evaluated for possible publication in a future issue. Should we wish to hold your pattern for a future issue, we will write and ask for your permission to do so.
Q4a. My submission was rejected. Should I resubmit it in the future?
Q5. How do you select what gets published?
No payment is or has ever been accepted by Knitty in exchange for publishing a design. If it's in our pages, it's there because we think people will enjoy knitting it or be inspired by it.
Q6. Does Knitty arrange yarn support?
Q7. What are your deadlines for future issues?
Q8. How should I prepare my charts?
Q8. When does each issue go live?
Q9. My work was published in Knitty. When will I be paid?
Knitty Patterns [see below for additional Knittyspin pattern guidelines]
1. A complete written knitting pattern that adheres to the Knitty style guide in an MS Word or text-only document. Please download this MSWord document or the text-only version and follow the conventions exactly when creating your submission. Your work will be edited for clarity and format.
IMPORTANT: Take some time to read patterns we've published and follow our conventions. A table of Knitty's standard abbreviations can be found here. List any unusual abbreviations and their definitions at the beginning of your pattern in the Pattern Notes section.
Please use current, commercially available yarns whenever possible. "Commercially available" means, at minimum, that the yarn can be ordered from a website, all over the world, without difficulty. If the yarn you have used is discontinued by the time your pattern is submitted, please list an alternate that will produce similar results. Your pattern will be edited to meet our standards.
Effective June 29, 2019, patterns must be sized from at least XS to 5X for women and S to 5X for men, using the specific CYC sizing standards you will find at the links above. Please do not create your own size increments. These standards need to be applied to every pattern submission, and if your pattern doesn't match these numbers, we'll ask you to revise it in order to be able to publish it. Need help with sizing? Ysolda has created a brilliant chart that we highly recommend.
2. A clean sketch of the silhouette of the pattern [see example at right] that shows all relevant measurements in Imperial and Metric. If your pattern covers multiple sizes, please indicate their measurements as well. The sketch should be provided as a GIF file, or EPS artwork, if you are able. Clean, hand-drawn sketches are acceptable.
3. A selection of clean digital images [JPG, best possible quality] of the finished project at 72dpi, at least 1000 pixels wide. Please include as many photos as you can -- pretty shots for atmosphere, and a variety of clear detail shots showing the piece from all sides. Do keep the original photos. If chosen, the editor will need full-size shots to work from. Please note this addition as you plan your shoot and choose the setting and person(s) who will model the knitted items.
Please ensure that all relevant design features are visible in the photos you send, since this often helps people follow patterns. The style and quality of your photos is very important, so show your work to its best advantage! Have a photo shoot, take lots of different shots from different angles and have fun with it!
Are you a designer that's new to Knitty? [as in we haven't published your work before]: It's absolutely essential that your submission photos be clear, in focus, bright and of the style that we request above. The quality of the photos is an essential component of everyone's submission.
4. A signed, dated statement that the pattern you are submitting is your own original work. Please copy the following text, sign below and include it with your submission:
By submitting a design to be published in Knitty, I verify that I am the original creator of the work, and that I have not infringed and/or violated the existing intellectual property rights of any third person in the creation of the work I claim as mine. Further, I agree to hold Knitty and its editors and publisher harmless from any and all expenses, losses, liabilities, damages or third-party claims that may arise from any infringement and/or violation of such intellectual property rights. The one-time fee paid by Knitty is my full compensation for all electronic and/or computer-readable media distribution rights. This notice will serve as my written permission to allow my pattern and all related images to be published in Knitty magazine in its current format and in any future format in perpetuity.
To send us your submission, use our direct-Submission method using our simple online form.
Tutorials of unique techniques, or techniques that have not yet been covered by other articles in our archive are most welcome. Tutorials require clean, detailed photography and clear step-by-step instructions. Do you have a unique skill related to knitting or fiber? Share what you know! To have the best chance of being published, a tutorial should accompany a pattern designed by you. See pattern submission guidelines above for the full requirements.
Tutorials for our Winter 2019 issue must be received by September 15, 2019. Submissions must be from 1000 to 2000 words in length. Submit files in MS Word or as text-only documents. If accepted for publication, your work will be edited for clarity and format.
Your submission must include the following, sent as individual files (not one PDF that has the pattern text and images in it) using our online submission form:
Image guidelines: Clean, well-lit digital images [JPG, best possible quality], 72dpi, at least 1000 pixels wide. You may include more than one photo -- we encourage you to! As with patterns, photo quality is very important.
2. Contact details -- please include:
- Your name as you wish it to be published
3. A signed, dated statement that the pattern you are submitting is your own original work. Please copy the following text, sign below and include it with your submission:
By submitting an tutorial to be published in Knitty, I verify that I am the original creator of the work, and that I have not infringed and/or violated the existing intellectual property rights of any third person in the creation of the work I claim as mine. Further, I agree to hold Knitty and its editors and publisher harmless from any and all expenses, losses, liabilities, damages or third-party claims that may arise from any infringement and/or violation of such intellectual property rights. The one-time fee paid by Knitty is my full compensation for all electronic and/or computer-readable media distribution rights. This notice will serve as my written permission to allow my article and all related images to be published in Knitty magazine in its current format and in any future format in perpetuity.
Knittyspin follows the same guidelines as our big sister, Knitty, but we have our own style guide. Please download this MSWord document or the text-only version and follow the conventions exactly when creating your submission. The Knitty pattern guidelines apply for the rest of your submission.
Knittyspin follows the same guidelines as our big sister, Knitty. Read the requirements for Articles above. In addition, please include any of the following details that are applicable to your article: