Take the challenge!

6th June 2013


Take the challenge!

We’re asking keen knitters and designers to come up with ideas for our Designer Challenge feature. Just tell us what you would do with these yarns, we’ll pick 3 ideas for each and send you the yarn out to you.

Debbie Bliss Challenge

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.

The yarns

  • 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 details

  • 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.
  • Please send your submissions to
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