The deadline for ideas is 9am GMT on Wednesday 12th June (yes, that's just next week - that's what makes it a challenge!). For each idea, please send a PDF including a sketch and brief description of your idea. If you can include a swatch - even better (it doesn't have to be in these particular yarns, just something that will convey your idea). A decision will be made straight away and the 9 designers selected will have until 15th July to write the pattern and send the sample to us.
- Noro Obi (chunky; 160m per 100g ball; 55% wool, 35% silk, 10% mohair), 1 ball. This is a new yarn from Noro, which is light and airy, soft to touch and has great yardage.
- Bessie May Nettle (aran; 80m per 50g ball; 70% organic Merino wool, 30% stinging nettle fibre), 2 balls. Deliciously soft to touch with a subtle sheen and a light bounce.
- Rooster Almerino DK (DK; 112m per 50g ball; 50% baby alpaca, 50% Merino wool), 2 balls. Light and silky with a great range of colours, perfect for lace and delicate colourwork.
These are the kind of things we're looking for...
- Fashionable finishing touches
- Little knitted staples - hats, mitts, scarves etc.
- Last-minute gifts
- Simple knits for beginners
- Designs for all the family including men, babies and children
- Cute homewares
- Clever patterns which can be expressed concisely (500 words or 1 side of A4)
- Have a look at my knitting pinboard for things which are catching my eye
These will be published in the three issues running up to Christmas; in September, October and November - so we're looking at Warm Woollies Weather!
- The Challenge is only open to designers who are based in the UK, due to time and postage constraints.
- There's a flat fee of £70 for all Challenge designs - please take this into account when planning your idea.
- We've got limited page space for these designs, so patterns which can be written concisely are always a bonus - please include an estimated chart size and page count if you can.
- Designs will be commissioned pretty much straight away, but for later issues there may be some flexibility in the deadline if you have multiple commissions with Knit Now.
- You can suggest designs you’ve submitted previously if you think they’d work in one of these yarns.
- A swatch is not completely necessary for this, but a sketch is.
- You can send me as many ideas as you like – we’ll be looking to choose three quite different designs in each, to show the versatility of the yarns.