How to Submit Knitting Patterns for Interweave
Interested in designing knitwear for Interweave’s magazines? (The first step—submit a design proposal.) Or curious about how Interweave produces each issue? Read on for the inside scoop!
FAQs for Submissions
What magazines does Interweave publish?
- Interweave Knits is a quarterly publication for all those who love to knit. In each issue we present beautifully finished projects accompanied by clear step-by-step instruction, and stories and articles of interest to knitters. The projects range from quick but intriguing items that can be accomplished in a weekend, to complex patterns that may take months to complete. Feature articles (personally arresting and information-rich) come from around the country and the world. Fashion sensibility and striking examples of craft technique are important to us.
- Knitscene is a quarterly publication featuring up-and-coming designers, popular yarns, fun and concise tutorials, and fresh photography that invites the reader into a yarn-filled daydream. The projects are simple but intriguing, stylish but wearable, and designed for knitters of all ages and sizes. Simplicity is key—the knitscene reader is looking for beginner-to-intermediate knitwear patterns that result in fabulous knits. Our focus is on stylish silhouettes, intriguing shapes and textures, and simple instructions that are fast and fun to follow.
- Love of Knitting is a quarterly publication aimed at the beginning or everyday knitter. For beginners, we provide plenty of how-to information on yarn selection, techniques, and stitch patterns. Knitters at any level can easily follow our patterns for toys, home décor, accessories that can be made in a weekend, and garments that can be made in a month. This magazine attracts occasional knitters who enjoy seasonal projects, high-volume knitters who might need to make 50 gift bags for a special occasion, and beginners who want to improve their skills.
- Special interest publications include semiannual or annual issues such as knit.wear and Knitting Traditions, and single issues like Jane Austen Knits and Unofficial Harry Potter Knits. Calls for submissions will provide specifics about content.
When should I send a design submission?
We post calls at www.interweave.com/knitting-submission-calls/ for all magazines about 10 months before they’re scheduled to go to press. If there’s no call posted online, please hold on to your ideas until we open the next call. If you would like to be added to the email list alerting you to submission calls, email any of the editors listed above.
What should I send with my design submission?
- A Design Submission form
- A detailed proposal (it doesn’t have to follow this template, but it does need all this information):
- A written description of project, including construction details, sizing, yarn notes, and other info.
- A generous swatch indicating all stitch patterns, right and wrong side labeled. Note—we look at your swatch closely for technical expertise and attention to detail, since you’ll create the finished piece photographed for the magazine.
- Sketches or photos of finished piece to show fit, silhouette, and style.
- Schematics for garments that show construction, proportion, and sizing.
The actual submission call will include a mailing address and contact details. We no longer accept email submissions. See the Contributor Guidelines document for more information.
Does Interweave accept articles?
Yes! We want articles of all lengths on a broad range of topics, including technical pieces, profiles of inspiring knitwear designers and others in textile industries, features about regions of the world where knitting has played or continues to play an important role, in-depth tutorials on specific techniques, and personal essays from and about the handmade life. We take knitting seriously and want articles that do the same. The best way to understand what we’re looking for is to read a recent issue of the magazine carefully.
When should I send an article submission?
It’s best to send in your proposal when we post a call for designs, so that your content aligns with our magazine plans. But don’t delay if inspiration strikes between calls! You can email these submissions to the magazine editor, and you can also contact her with any submission-related questions.
What should I send with an article submission?
A proposal. For shorter submissions, such as a one-page story on fashion trends, a brief description will do. For feature articles, send an outline and a sample paragraph or two. See the Contributor Guidelines for more information.
How does Interweave process submissions?
- We send out a call for submissions and wait for the design and article ideas to come pouring in. Because we’ll accept article ideas any time, we may ask to hold a submission for some time for the best fit in an issue.
- For each issue’s designs, the editor has to balance all kinds of details: types of projects, difficulty levels, seasonal and color trends, how different designs can be combined for stories, and so on. We also share submissions between editors. It’s really complex because we want to publish the best possible content.
- We get many design submissions for each issue, and normally we can only use 16 to 20 projects per frequency issue. If we don’t accept your design, don’t take it personally. Sometimes great designs simply don’t fit into the concept for a given issue. Sometimes we’ll pass your design to a different editor for consideration. Sometimes we’ll ask to hold a design for another issue. It can take us up to 6 weeks to let you know that we’re not accepting a design.
What happens after Interweave accepts my design or article?
- The editor contacts each designer or author to propose contract terms. Once everybody has agreed to terms, the editor gets contracts sent out.
- The editor selects and orders yarn for each project, sent straight to the designer or sample knitter. The editor sends out a pattern-writing template.
- Designers knit samples and write patterns, to be delivered by the deadline in the contract. Authors write articles. They’re encouraged to contact the editor with any questions along the way. IMPORTANT—If you’re going to have trouble meeting your deadline, contact the editor as soon as possible.
- Designers and authors get paid after the editor accepts the sample and pattern or the article. IMPORTANT—Patterns have to match the knitted sample and follow Interweave’s template. Samples have to be suitable for photography, made to the size stipulated in the contract and of high technical quality. (We hire models based on the contracted sample size, and photographers take close-up detail shots. Knitting and sizing errors can cause significant problems at the photo shoot.)
- Samples and patterns go through tech editing. Our in-house project editors oversee this process to ensure that patterns go to press with minimal errors. They’re justifiably proud of Interweave’s record. Articles go through editing and, if they’re technical articles, may also go through tech editing.
Can I share my design on Ravelry or blog about it before it’s published?
Yes, if you keep specific details vague. Think of prepress publicity as a trailer for a movie: don’t give the plot away until opening night! You’re welcome to let followers know that you’ve had a design accepted, but don’t name the specific issue or the project until we’ve gone to press. (Sometimes we have to move designs to a different issue at the last minute. Editors often rename projects too.)
Neither you nor your sample knitter should post pictures on Ravelry or other social media until the magazine comes out. Then you’re encouraged to promote your design anywhere and everywhere; please credit Interweave as publisher. We’ll set up the initial Ravelry page for the issue, with pages for each design; you can add more pictures once the page is live.
Who will be in touch with me throughout this process?
Initially, just the magazine editor. If your design or article gets accepted, you’re also likely to hear from:
- The managing editor, who keeps everybody on schedule.
- The assistant editor, who handles yarn orders and checks in samples.
- The project editor (for all designs and for some technical articles), who ensures every bit of content is accurate.
- The contracts department, which makes sure you submit all necessary paperwork to get paid.
How does the magazine get published?
(In other words, what goes on at Interweave after I’ve sent in the project or article?) Once editors have selected content for a given issue, they and other people schedule, select, or otherwise arrange for:
- Technical editing
- Art direction and photography
- Graphic design of the magazine
- Marketing of the magazine and any accompanying kits
- Ads that will go in the magazine
- Quality control of the print issue
- Quality control of the digital issue
- Ravelry pages for each project in the magazine
- Promotional images sent to designers and advertisers
Now you can see why it takes so long to produce a magazine from submission call to press day. Digital copies are usually available about 4 weeks after press day. Printed copies show up on the newsstand about 6 weeks after the issue goes to press. We ship samples back to designers 3 months after publication.
Editor, Love of Knitting