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Design for The Independent Project

We're looking for talented knitting and crochet pattern designers like you to develop patterns for our upcoming collection of exclusive indie-dyed yarns! Right now we're especially looking for garment patterns for projects like sweaters, cardigans, and other full garments—we can't wait to see the creative ideas you come up with!

What are the steps?

Submit Proposal

  • To begin the design process, please submit your design proposal by completing the form here. Our creative team will then come together to review submissions and decide if it is a good match for our mission and dyer. When submitting, we ask you to include a short introduction of who you are, your experience with designing patterns, and your Ravelry or website link where we can see your previous pattern design work. Please also include a one-page PDF proposal including your inspiration, sketches, technical swatches, and colors envisioned in your finished piece, along with the yarn weight and yardage required. Photos of finished samples if you have any are welcome, but not required.


  • Once you have submitted your proposal, you will be contacted by our team within 2–3 weeks with approval to move forward with your design, or with detailed feedback as to why your proposal was not chosen. If yours isn't chosen, do not be discouraged! We are always looking to collaborate with our crafting community and designers so we encourage you to send us more design proposals again in the future!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I responsible for Tech Editing and Test Knitting? 

  • KnitCrate will take the pressure off our designers and will assume Tech Editing and testing responsibilities. We will use our team of tech editors and test knitters to assure that your pattern is perfect and easy for our customers to follow. 
  • Can I submit if I do not live in the U.S. or Canada?  

  • Absolutely! This call for submission is open to designers worldwide.