You can get a sample pattern here. The big things to remember are:
- Bold Row and Rnd instructions as “Row 1:” and “Rnd 5:”.
- Abbreviate Round as Rnd in this case.
- Don’t use Heading 1 in your pattern.
- Don’t use text boxes or tables in your document.
- Use Heading 2 for the major headings, and then 3 and 4 as appropriate.
- Write stitch counts as “Row 1: Knit until 2 sts rem, k2tog; 12 sts”. The big things to remember are to include them whenever you have an increase or decrease and to separate it from the rest of the row with a semicolon.
If you do these things you’ll get 90% of the things we end up editing.
You may submit a design proposal to our submissions team for consideration. Proposals should be sent in as early as possible. We’ll respond to your proposal as quickly as possible and you should expect approximately 2 weeks of time for you to hear from us.
Your proposal should include a description of your design, sketch/sketches, and swatches.
Once accepted, we hold a spot for you in that issue. This means that you hold your spot once it’s accepted.
Note that this is different than many magazines so please contact us if you’re unclear on this.
Your submission should be sent via email to our submissions team and should include:
- Submit your pattern using our Submissions Guide as the template. Microsoft Word or Pages are both good choices. We use Track Changes during the editing process so we need something that can track the changes – so we can note edits and you can easily confirm them. If you don’t have Microsoft Word or Pages drop us a line and we’ll figure something out!
- Charts in .PNG format if you’re outputting them from StitchMastery (Please DO NOT use JPEG – they don’t render nearly as well as PNGs. This is a general comment that’s not specific to Knotions.)
- If you’re making the charts, please attach them separately versus putting them in the document. Many word processing tools modify the images and actually make them less clear.
- Schematics in .PNG or .GIF format
- Signed statement of originality – you can digitally sign it via email. Just copy the Statement or Originality and type your name and date below it.
- About the designer
- Thumbnail photo of yourself
- Short bio (up to 50 words) written in the third person
- Blog, web site or Ravelry designer link (optional)
- Paypal email address
We put together an infographic to show our growth.
We’ve made lots of improvements:
- Mobile-friendly for desktop, tablet and mobile.
- PDF versions of all patterns. Have a peek at one of the patterns.
- Curious to hear more? Read some of the details.
- Read what Annika Andrea had to say about her experience working with Knotions.
Can I submit a proposal? Or should I send in a full submission?
This is your decision. Read about the pros and cons of each above.
Do you have themes for each issue?
We don’t create themes beforehand but we do give you some ideas. We want to offer the best work we receive, so we keep the theme open. We may find a theme in the submissions and follow it through to publication, but we don’t set out with a specific theme in mind.
I can’t make pretty schematics and charts. What should I do?
We do the layout for all charts and can do your schematics as well. You can even draw your schematic and send us a pic of it. The important thing is that we have the right measurements.
What should I know about your review process?
When naming your design, take a look to see if the name already exists for a design. Check ravelry, google and just ask around. While a duplicate name isn’t a deal breaker, it does make it harder for people to find your design or link to it in forum posts. Not exactly what you want, right? If the name you *love* is taken, look at variations, synonyms or even foreign language translations.
What do I get by getting published in Knotions?
Great question! We do a lot of the legwork for you so it can be a good way for a new designer to test the waters and learn. It can also be a great way for established designers to get additional coverage.
When your design gets published in Knotions we:
- professional tech edit
- layout the pattern
- create the schematic
- create any charts
- professional photography of your design
- possibly include your design in ads in social media
- promotion in addition to the ads
You get all of this and the rights to the pattern switch to non-exclusive (meaning you can distribute it as well) after the design is live for 3 months on knotions.com).
We’ve compiled a list of our Standard Abbreviations. Please use them when writing your pattern.