Happy New Year! There is something so wonderful about the start of a new year. The world seems to be giving you fresh start, a chance to try something new. January is of course the month many of us sit down and write a list of goals we want to accomplish in the coming year. Perhaps one of your goals is to submit an original design for publication. Go ahead, pull out those notebooks full of ideas and we will walk through the steps for a successful submission.
First check the website for the magazine for submission information. The submission information for Interweave Crochet will walk you through the process. Be sure to check the paragraph from the editor specifying what type of garments that particular issue is looking for. If you are submitting for a Summer issue, a long sleeve, thick cardigan would not fit well in the issue. Look through a few back issues to get an idea of the type of garments that have been featured in the past.
Experience Level: Keep in mind your current design experience. If you have never designed a shaped sweater before, either begin with a smaller project or create the garment and pattern with sizing before submitting. Creating sizing with shaped garments can be complicated and trying to create sizing after submission could create a stressful experience.
Project Sketch or Picture: Make sure your submission includes an accurate sketch of the planned project. Don’t worry about your artistic talents or lack thereof. The sketch does not have to be incredibly detailed, but does need to include the general shaping of the neckline, collar, and bust or hip shaping as well as length of sleeves and hemline. The Arc de Triomphe Cardigan by Annette Petavy submission shows a good example of a simple sketch (see below left). Compare the sketch to the finished sample and you can see how closely they resemble each other. If you have already completed a sample of your project, you can include photographs as opposed to a sketch. Include photographs of any unique techniques, such as the inside of the Danielle Kassner Mischa Mittens (see photo on right below)
The Swatch: Another important part of a submission is the swatch. The swatch should provide an accurate example of the stitches used. Note the swatch (see photo to left) submitted by Dora Ohrenstein for the Katharine Vest. Her swatch used a variegated yarn, similar to that used in the final sample and shows the armhole shaping and both Tunisian stitches used in the vest. This brings up the question of yarn. You will want to use a yarn you can see the final sample made from. Don’t use cotton to create a swatch for a Winter cardigan you are proposing be created out of wool. The drape and look will differ considerably. The swatch is a fantastic tool for the designer as well. You can use the swatch to play with gauge and yarn choice. Include the information on the yarn used and, if needed, other possible yarn suggestions. Watch for drape and stitch definition. Even if you have completed the project and included photographs, a swatch is a critical part of a submission.
Written Description: Lastly, include a written description of the project. Include a brief description of the stitches used and your design experience. Some project submissions include several project possibilities for the same project. Perhaps a stitch design would work well for a scarf, hat, or vest.
Most of all, have fun and let your imagination soar. If you have question, feel free to email. And remember patience. It can take up to 3 months after submission to hear whether a submission has been accepted.
I can’t wait to see your submissions. Good luck in the New Year.