Friday, January 16, 2009

Cast On Magazine

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecified

Cast On Magazine

Jane Miller, Managing Editor
Publishing Opportunity

Cast On Magazine welcomes submissions from designers!

Please send the following items with your ideas:

o Sketch and sample swatch of your design;
Please keep in mind that you must be able to size a garment in multiple sizes: S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X. You also must be able to write a pattern following Cast On guidelines (included). Please do not hand-write your submissions, with the exception of sketches and drawings. No previously published designs will be considered.

o Brief outline of your pattern, including proposed instructional notes:
 What was your inspiration for the design? Include historical or cultural details, if appropriate.
 Notes on techniques unique to the design: picot edges, starting and stopping cable designs within the piece, circular knitting, etc.
 Suggestions for how to improve basic techniques used within the pattern (i.e., “cleaner cables: to prevent overlarge stitches when cabling, be sure to …”)
 Helpful information embedded within the pattern explaining “the why” or an overview of a procedure (i.e., a brief general procedure for shaping a thumb gusset in amitten).
 Optional elements. (i.e., how altering a cable pattern this way would change garment fit or look.)
 At least one sample yarn option —Cast On always tries to use the most current and newest yarns possible. Note: Cast On may later suggest a different yarn or color. Please be prepared to aid staff in selecting alternate yarn that won’t pose problems for the design.
 Please use the Craft Yarn Council guidelines for skill level, sizing and yarn weight of your project. These are available at
 Cast On compensates designers for their designs.
Please include your proposed project design fee. Compensation is based on creativity, complexity, overall concept of design, thoroughness of all notes for teaching and aiding the knitter, and accuracy of patterns/instructions. Deductions will be taken from total payment for patterns which require significant editing or correcting, or for incomplete schematics/charts that Cast On must prepare.

To submit your designs to Cast On magazine, download the Design Submission Form.

The Checklist for Designers provides guidelines for writing your project instructions.

Send your articles and/or designs to:
Jane Miller, Managing Editor
Cast On Magazine
The Official Publication of The Knitting Guild Association
1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH 43701-7303.
Ph: 740-452-4541, Fax: 740-452-2552