Now you can begin the making process! If you’re designing for a subscription crate or other themed feature, your Work Order will include a link to download an inspiration board—please base your design on the styles shown there.
We will essentially leave you alone during this time, but if you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to your Design Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
All patterns must be written using our Pattern Format document. Download a copy of the Pattern Format for your use at this link, and edit it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Patterns that are not correctly formatted will result in you being asked to re-write within format. Designers who neglect to comply to requests to reformat will be charged a $50 layout fee against their contracted payment to cover the time of the person doing the additional work to prepare your pattern for publishing.
Please submit your pattern draft on or before the date indicated on your Work Order by filling out the form on this page. Please include a photo or two of your pattern sample from all important angles so our tech editors can envision what the pattern should look like when it's completed (simple shots of the item laid flat or modelled and shot on your phone are perfect!). A member of our Tech Editing team will reach out to you as soon as we begin work on your pattern, with any edits or questions they may have. Your pattern draft submission should also include any supporting items that your pattern requires:
Stitch Charts/Diagrams: If your pattern includes any stitch patterns beyond basic commonly-known stitch patterns (such as 1x1 ribbing or garter stitch), please provide a chart or diagram for each stitch pattern used along with written instructions to accompany the chart(s). For knitting, we prefer Stitch Mastery files if possible—if you don't have access to Stitch Mastery software, you can submit your chart(s) in PDF, AI, EPS, PNG or JPG format. For crochet, you can submit your chart(s) in PDF, AI, EPS, PNG or JPG format.
Schematic(s): If your pattern is for a garment, or any item that requires a careful fit or fitting based on multiple body measurements (such as a sweater), you will need to provide a schematic. Your schematic should include all key fit points needed for a successful fit (such as bust circumference and sleeve length), for all sizes included in the pattern. A simple hand-drawn schematic is perfect, as we will recreate it in-house for publication. If your pattern is for an item where fit is not critical (such as a scarf) or an item where fitting is very simple and relies on only one or two basic measurements (such as a hat), a schematic is not required.