Designer Information – Calls for Pattern Submissions

We are always looking for talented indie designers to work with! We offer lots of clubs to our customers and many of them include patterns. To join our Designer Email List and receive pattern calls whenever we are looking for new patterns,  please click the button below. 

Test Knitters can also sign up using the same button

 

If you would like to use Unique Sheep Yarn for your own design project or a project for a magazine/book/yarn shop etc please click here. 

CURRENT PATTERN CALLS

Past Pattern Calls

PAYMENT

We pay per pattern sale rather than a flat rate. Payment depends on the pattern, of course, but we pay 50% of retail pattern price. As an example, most shawl patterns retail between $7-$10, so we pay $3.50-$5 per sale. Our clubs usually have 30-75 members which means a payment of $105- $375. 

PATTERN RIGHTS

For all clubs we retain exclusive rights to the pattern for 6 months after it is sent to club subscribers. During that 6 month time the pattern is only available to club members. After this period all pattern rights revert back to the designer. We usually list the pattern for sale on our website at that time but that is optional. We encourage designers to list their patterns for sale on Ravelry as that is where most of our customers prefer to purchase their patterns.

SUBMISSIONS

We prefer submissions in the form of a PDF emailed to laura@theuniquesheep.com. Individual pattern calls may request additional information, but generally we expect the submission to include 

  • description of the design
  • how it relates to the club theme
  • sketch or swatch of stitch pattern(s)
  • diagram if the shape or construction is unusual
  • yarn requirements (if it can be modified for different yarn amounts, that is a bonus)
  • any color or yarn base preferences (optional)

CONTRACTS

We usually don’t use formal contracts. We do all of our communications via email so we let our email agreements serve as contracts. If you prefer to have a formal contract please let us know, we are happy to type something up. 

PATTERN FORMATTING AND EDITING/SAMPLE KNITTING

We prefer to do the pattern formatting ourselves in order to keep pattern appearance consistent. We don’t require any particular format for the pattern that you send to us but we prefer it be a Word document so that we can cut and paste from it easily. All charts should be sent to us as individual jpgs (not embedded in the Word Doc). Please make sure that all chart or schematic jpgs are of high quality so that they can be enlarged without becoming fuzzy. Many of our customers access their patterns on computers/tablets/etc and expect to be able to zoom in on charts for a clearer view.

We generally provide all pattern photos. If you prefer to do your own photos that is fine but not required. Usually we are able to use the test knitter’s sample for photos but in some cases may need to use your sample. In that case you’ll need to mail it to us and we will return it once we are done using it for photos. 

If you have a test knitter you like to work with, that is fine. Otherwise we will provide a test knitter. Either way we provide yarn for the test knit. For most patterns we find that one test knitter is sufficient. If you feel that your pattern will require more please discuss it with us! 

PATTERN REQUIREMENTS

Unless otherwise specified, all patterns should include the following: 

  • Gradiance Transition instructions (if applicable)
  • Both written and charted instructions
  • Gauge (and whether it’s in pattern or in stockinette, blocked, etc)
  • Pattern should not use more than 90% of the yardage included in the kit. We require a 10% buffer so that any customer who gets gauge can be confident that they will not run out of yarn before finishing their project
  • a clear, unambiguous stitch key or guide that includes an explanation of stitches (for example, does “double decrease” mean k3tog or s1, k2tog, psso)