Interweave Knits Holiday 2017 Call for Submissions

Interweave Holiday Knits 2016We want to explore diverse winter celebrations in our Holiday 2017 issue of Interweave Knits. There’s a reason cultures in the Northern Hemisphere tend to have big festivals around the winter solstice on December 21 or 22: once people survive the longest night of the year, daylight hours will slowly increase until spring returns. Friends, gifts, music, and lights help drive away the darkness. These festivals (Yule, Christmas, Hannukah, Dongzhi, Shab-e Yalda, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, Festivus) generally emphasize the year’s end and new beginnings.

For this issue of Holiday, translate the emotions of love, fellowship, and remembrance—the hallmarks of winter celebrations—into knit accessories, toys, and home décor items. Remember, a Knits design is one that challenges and excites the knitter, but for which the pattern is efficient and practical. A Knits design toes the line between traditional and contemporary; it makes sense in the real world but harkens back to other times, other styles, other cultures. A Knits design is sophisticated, rich, alluring, and timeless.

Each issue of Interweave Knits offers a cohesive collection of designs organized around subtle themes. Consider the themes as prompts; let them serve as a way to get thinking. More than anything, however, we want to see what you’re excited about. Please see the contributor guidelines for tips and requirements.

Interweave Knits Holiday 2017 Call for Submissions
Interweave Knitting Group Submission Form
Interweave Knitting Group Contributor Guidelines
Interweave Design Submission Template
Fillable design template

Submissions due December 5, 2016
Patterns and projects due March 8, 2017

For further inspiration please see our moodboard.

Compensation: Interweave Knits pays a flat rate for designs, with the option to participate in our Designer’s Choice Program (read: sell the pattern through our pattern store for royalties), and yarn is provided.

Submission Requirements:

  • a sketch of your design idea
  • a swatch of the proposed fabric in desired yarn weight & fiber
  • a written description of the piece & its construction, technical and decorative details
  • your legal name (we can publish with a different name but for tracking and contracting purposes, we require a legal name), daytime phone number, mailing address, and EMAIL ADDRESS (please be sure to print legibly)
  • the F+W Knitting Group Submission Form (NEW available at the Contributor Guidelines page)
  • a self-addressed envelope if you would like your submission to be returned to you
  • You can see past issues of Interweave Knits on Ravelry.

    We do not accept email submissions, sorry! Any submissions sent by email will not be considered.
    We DO accept international submissions!

    Decisions are made and designers with accepted submissions are contacted approximately two to four weeks after the submission deadline. Submissions that are not accepted into the issue will be returned approximately four to six weeks after the deadline.

    We work with yarn companies to provide yarn support for all samples.

    If your proposal is accepted, Interweave Knits requires a one year period of exclusive, first-publish rights after which the rights revert back to you, with options for varying degrees of rights and royalties.

    Thank you,
    Meghan Babin & Deb Gerish, co-editors