Knitter of the Year 2017!

15th September 2017


Knitter of the Year 2017!

Welcome to the third year of our annual competition! The Knitter of the Year competition is all about celebrating the very best of the knitting world, whether it’s creative designers, generous charity knitters, web wonders or local leaders. Read on to find out how you can enter or nominate a winner!

Knitter of the Year

The Grand Prize


Five winners in each category will win the chance to visit the Sirdar headquarters in Yorkshire for the day. Go behind the scenes in the ‘cathederal of yarn’, meet the talented Sirdar designers, get a pecial preview of the new season’s yarn and designs and recieved a yarny goodie bag. It’s a prize money just can’t buy! 

We’ll be announcing other prizes over the coming months, so keep your eye on Knit Now for more details.


The Categories

Charity Hero

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Knitters are amazingly generous with their craft, and we are always blown away by the amazing acheivements of knitters and our readers! If you, or someoine you know, has done some brilliant knitting for charity – maybe they knitted 100 blankets to send to Knit for Peace, raffled off a jumper to raise funds for a local charity, or knitted toys for local preemie units – we want to hear about it! 

To enter yourself or nominate a friend, simply fill in this form.


Designer of the Year

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This first in our design categories is open to anyone who creates their own patterns. If you’re an experienced designer, this is your opportunity to get really creative! For this category, you will need to put yourself forward – you can’t nominate a friend.

We’re inviting you to create a mood board on a theme which inspires you, and come up with an idea for an adult garment pattern which fits in with the theme. Five designers will have their pattern featured in Knit Now, for which they will each be paid £400. Their mood board will also be used as the inspiration for the collecton in that issue!

For an idea of what your mood boards might include, take a look at these, which are the mood boards for previous collections which have featured in Knit Now.

A Midsummer Knit’s Dream :: Nautical Knits :: Celtic Inspirations :: Bloomsbury

To enter, first create your submission as a PDF file, and save it as “yourname_koty2017.pdf”. Your mood board should either be included in your submission file or linked to from it. If you need help understanding how to put together a submission, check out this Knit Now blog post

Email your entries directly to Kate at with the subject line KOTY17 Designer Submission


New Designer of the Year

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If you’re an aspiring or beginner designer, or if you ever improvise your own knits, this category is for you! To be eligible for this category you must, at the time you enter, have had fewer than five designs published. Again, naturally, you can’t nominate someone else for this category, you have to put yourself forward.

We’re asking you to create a pattern which can be knitted using no more than 100g of Sirdar, Sublime or Hayfield yarn. This can be any kind of pattern – accessories, homewares, toys and baby knits are all equally welcome. Five winning designers will have their pattern published in Knit Now, for which they will each be paid £100.

You can either just do a swatch and a sketch and create a PDF submission as explained above, or you can knit the whole thing and upload a photo of the finished item. You don’t necessarily need to use Sirdar, Sublime or Hayfield yarn for your swatch or prototype, but if you don’t, you will need to suggest one of these yarns to use and if you win, you will have to re-knit it in the appropriate yarn. 

Email your entries directly to Kate at with the subject line KOTY17 New Designer Submission

Local Superstar
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This category celebrates local knitting shops and their communities. We want to find people doing brilliant things in their knitting community – whether that’s shop owners, teachers or event organisers. The people most deserving of recognition are often too busy to put themselves forward, so feel free to nominate someone you think deserves this!

To put someone forward for this award or to nominate yourself, click here.

 Online Innovator

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This category is open to bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and anyone else who spreads their love of knitting online. We’d love to hear about (or hear from) online knitters who are telling brilliant stories and really engaging with their audience. If an online knitting enthusiast keeps you coming back for more, put them forward for this award!

To enter yourself or nominate a friend, fill in this form.


Spread the Word

We know knitters are creative, kind, innovative, generous and multitalented – but sometimes we don’t want to toot our own horns. If you have a friend who you think should enter the competition, show them this page and encourage them to put themselves forward – or nominate them yourself!


Terms and conditions

Competition is open to UK residents only. No purchase necessary. Grand prize does not include travel or accomodation. Winning designs will be published according to the standard Knit Now contributor agreement, which grants Knit Now first and exclusive publication rights for four months following publication. Closing date Midnight GMT, 31st December 2017. Winners will be notified by the end of January. The judges’ decision is final.


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