Have you ever wondered how designers get their patterns released in a magazine?
Well, it is a really exciting process. Firstly the editor writes releases a call for submission. It usually includes some clues for the designers. For example the topic or the theme for the upcoming issue. This call for submission is for the Knitscene Winter 2014 edition:
This is very exciting as designers have to get inspired write a proposal with their idea and information about the planned project.
This is what I sent in: a description about the project, a picture, how the shawl will be looking:
And other information about the pattern, the yarn and other things related to the project.
A swatch also has to be knitted, washed, blocked and measured - this is mine from sport weight yarn I used this photo to fill up the sequences of the shawl, it makes easier to visualize how it would look.
The editor has to choose from all the submitted ideas. Not a bad task, if you ask me! After selecting the winning submissions, they also have to choose yarns for all the future projects. This can be quite tricky as magazines have all kinds of aspects to consider. The necessary amounts of yarns will then be sent to the chosen designers together with the agreed contracts.
For the Carrara shawl I got lace yarn instead of my chosen sport weight, but the colours are the same.
Take a look at the finished project:
After this the designer has to get to work knitting the sample project and writing the pattern. When finished, the designer sends them to the magazine. Then it is work for the magazine again: they have to organize a photo shoot and complete the tech editing - checking if everything is correct in the pattern.
If all goes well, the end of the story is the pattern printed in the magazine.