Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Knit & Crochet Show PATTERN DESIGN CONTEST 2009

March 11, 2009 (RECEIVE)

The Knitting Guild Association

The Knit & Crochet Show
Portland, Oregon
May 14-17, 2009

The Show is The Knitting Guild Association's National Conference and the Crochet Guild of America's Regional Conference.

TKGA Pattern Design Contest 2009 Sponsored by

Submit your design for a chance at some GREAT prizes. Winners will be announced at the Spring Knit & Crochet Show in Portland.

ELIGIBILITY: Submissions for pre-judging are open to all knitters.
Finalists must be TKGA members. (Information about membership can be found at

NUMBER OF ENTRIES: A maximum of three entries will be accepted per entrant.

1. Women’s Fashion Classic
2. Women’s Fashion Forward
3. Men’s Wear
4. Children’s Fashion
5. Baby’s Fashion (6-12 month size)
6. Accessories (hats, scarves, purses, etc.)

MATERIALS: Because winning patterns will be published by sponsor, all designs need to be knitted from yarns that can be found in the yarn selection – over 700 yarns available.

GARMENT SIZES: Entries should follow standard sizing guidelines found at Note: Women’s fashions can be made in any size, but since most models are size small, you might want to consider making women’s entries that size.

ORIGINAL DESIGNS: All entries must be unpublished original designs. Taking patterns or designs from any other source will disqualify your entry. You may get inspiration from any source, but plagiarizing another person’s work will result in your entry being disqualified and ineligible for any prize. For example, merely changing the color or a few rows of stitches in another person’s design is not acceptable – your work must be significantly different from any published work.

JUDGING CRITERIA: Judges will equally consider design appeal, use of stitches, color and selection of materials. Judges will also look at the quality of workmanship, finishing, appearance and cleanliness of entries. Soiled items and items which are not smoke free may be returned to the entrant and will not be judged.

JUDGES: Judges include Jan Gratz from Yarnmarket, Inc., Penny Sitler from TKGA, and Sandy Blue of Westminster Fibers.

A first, second and third place winner will be chosen from each competition category. One Grand Prize will be awarded to the overall best design.
Grand Prize - $1,000 Gift Certificate to
First Place - $300 Gift Certificate to
Second Place - $200 Gift Certificate to
Third Place - $100 Gift Certificate to

Entries for Preliminary Judging: Because pre-judging will be done by photographs, garments are NOT to be sent for Pre-judging. To enter the competition, send the official TKGA Pattern Design Contest Entry Form along with garment photos by March 11 to The Knitting Guild Association.


Contest Rules
Entry Form

QUESTIONS? Contact The Knitting Guild Association at Contest details are posted at