DESIGN FOR US! yarnpeople Open Calls for Issues 6 & 7

Do you want to see your designs featured in yarnpeople magazine? Read on for our Editor’s call for submissions…

This call is for the first two issues of yarnpeople in 2020. I’m looking for a wide range of stylish and wearable projects in both knit and crochet.We encourage submissions from new designers, as well as established names.  We also welcome patterns which have been previously published, so you can shine a light on that overlooked design if it fits our themes.

yarnpeople caters to a range of ages and ability levels so beginner, intermediate and advanced patterns are equally welcome – the beauty of the design is what is most important.

I have prepared some pinterest mood boards for inspiration, but please don’t let these limit you – if you have a great idea for a design which you think would fit in well into yarnpeople, I’d love to see it.


Issue 6 | Colourwork

The subtle interplay of shades, gradients or full on colour designs will be welcomed with open arms in this issue. We are looking to start the year with a riot of colour in what will also be our first print copy of yarnpeople.

Issue 6 Mood Board


Issue 7 | Patches

Patchwork, motifs, even or raggedy sections of stitches that contrast with each other.  Different colours, styles and textures can be combined to created stunning patch or piece work effects.  From a simple blanket of multiple shades of the same motif joined together to a pixie style patched sweater this is the issue where your creativity can explode in unusual ways.

Issue 7 Moodboard


What I’m looking for…

Each issue will include a combination of both knit and crochet patterns;

  • 5 or 6 accessories. Quick knits and one-ball makes such as hats, scarves, mitts, bags etc. Each issue includes at least 1 shawl & 1 pair of socks.
  • 2 or 3 garments. Generally pitched at an intermediate skill level, we tend to print patterns which are primarily wearable and stylish. All garments must be sized up to at least a 5X.
  • 1 or 2 babies’ and children’s knits and 1 or 2 toys. We have a preference for contemporary, gender-neutral designs but we’re open to more traditional patterns too.
  • 1 or 2 Home knits. Beautiful, useful, sometimes unexpected things. Cushions, gadget cases and tea cosies are welcome, we also include dog jackets in this section.  We have received many requests for jackets for our furry friends but yet to receive any designs!

In each issue, about half of the patterns should respond directly to that issue’s theme; the remainder can simply be beautiful, inspiring, seasonally-appropriate knits.

Submission requirements

Your submission should include a sketch and accompanying paragraph describing the item, a photograph or scan of your swatch and ideas for yarn choices. The submission should be presented in a PDF document, with your name and email address on every page. All information should be included in the submission document, including pictures. Please also tell us where we can find other examples of your work – a link to your Ravelry designer profile is ideal. You will be commissioned to write a full pattern (including any alternative sizes) and knit/crochet a sample. We will take care of photography, you will be required to post your sample to the UK.

IMPORTANT: Please create a separate PDF for each idea and name the file in the following format:

YourName_Issue6.pdf      or      YourName_Issue7.pdf


The deadline for submissions will be 9am UK time on Friday 1st November. I am aiming to get all commissions sent out within a week or so of that date. Deadlines for final patterns and samples will be December or January, depending which issue you are commissioned for.

Send to/contact

Please send your submissions to me by email:

If you are sending multiple submissions, please attach them all to one email if possible rather than sending multiple emails.


We have recently reviewed our fee structure and can give the following examples of fees for new designs;
Hat in 3 sizes: $70-$100
Baby garment in 5 sizes: $100-$130
Adult garment in 9 sizes: $180-$300
The exact fee will depend on a number of factors including the complexity of the design.
3 months after publication, rights will revert to you and you will then be able to use the final tech-edited version of the pattern (including charts/schematics) as you wish. We arrange yarn support for all designers. Your sample remains your property, but we will hold onto it for a while in case we get pattern queries, or for display at shows. We will return your sample to you at the same time as your publication rights.

About yarnpeople

We publish digitally and are launching hardcopy in 2020. For an idea of our style, check us out on instagram:

We are always keen to welcome submissions from designers who are members of under-represented groups such as BIPOC and LGBT designers as well as disabled designers. Please get in touch if you need any special arrangements – for example, if you need longer knitting deadlines due to a physical disability.