Welcome Knitwear Designers!

We welcome design submissions for both hand and machine knitting and crochet. Please follow the instructions below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Article Writing Guidelines
Where to Send Submissions
Design Submission Guidelines
Pattern Writing Instructions
Abbreviations and Definitions
Pattern Writing Sizing Guidelines
Certificate of Originality


ARTICLE WRITING GUIDELINES

  • All articles must be submitted in a common word processing program (MS Word, WordPerfect).
  • Keep text and graphics separate, meaning do not embed them together in programs such as MS Publisher or MS Word. Instead, Format all text using either Ariel or Times Roman Fonts at a 10 pt size.
  • Please use plain text only, no bold.
  • For estimating purposes, 800 words with about 3-4 pictures is a two page article in the Ultimate Knitting page layout format.
  • Payment is $150.00 per article.
  • ALL ARTICLES SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY GRAPHICS.

    We accept either CD rom or floppy disks. Disks will be returned to you afterwards.
  • Electronic .JPG or .TIF files with a MINIMUM resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Slides (preferred over photographs)
  • Photographs (please have developed using a glossy finish).
  • After your article is edited for grammar and technical accuracy, you will receive a proof copy to review. Proofread your article several times to be sure all instructions are included. Notify our Managing Editor of any corrections by the deadline given.
  • The copyright of all published materials reverts back to the original writer two years following publication.

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WHERE TO SEND SUBMISSIONS

Send Submission and Disk along with a printed copy of the article to:

Managing Editor
Ultimate Knitting
73 Main Street Suite 29
Montpelier, VT 05602
OR
Electronic Submissions can be sent to:
kathyp@bond-america.com
Please confirm file transfers with Ultimate Knitting at:
802-229-9991 or 888-731-KNIT or Fax: 802-229-0909
Cari Clement Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Pryce Managing Editor

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DESIGN SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Ultimate Knitting is published for both hand and machine knitting, and patterns should be written both ways, but Ultimate Kntting can asist with pattern writing of either form.
  • Send a photo or illustration, with swatches and yarn recommendations OR a completed item—labeling all submissions with your name, address, and e-mail address.
  • Keep an original copy of all materials—Bond America is not responsible for losses.
  • By submitting a design you are agreeing us to consider it for current or future publications of Ultimate Knitting Magazine or Bond-Buzz e-mail newsletter, and for use in promotional materials associated with Bond America.
  • We will consider your submission, and if accepted you will be notified by our Managing Editor within 2 weeks of the submission deadline date. Yarn for the design will be sent to you directly from the chosen yarn company, and you will be given a completion deadline whereby the garment must be received by Ultimate Knitting. Written instructions must accompany the returned design at this time. (See Pattern Writing Instructions as a guide.)
  • To allow for promotional activities for the magazine, designs chosen for the current issue are returned within 1 year after the publication date. Designs in all formats but electronic not chosen for publication will be returned to the designer 30 days after the design submission deadline.
  • Payments are based on a one-time publication use only, and will be negotiated at the time of acceptance.
  • The copyright of all published materials reverts back to the original designer two years following publication. Ultimate Knitting retains first publication rights for a 3-year period and has the right of first refusal of re-publication.
  • Design fees are in keeping with other nationally published knitting magazines. Re-publishing fees will be negotiated at a later date. We respect the work required to produce a garment or project and we pay accordingly

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PATTERN WRITING INSTRUCTIONS
Please use a copy of the magazine and the abbreviations and definitions as a guide.

1. Manuscript must be sent in electronic format with hard copy and must use Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or any other simple text editor and saved as MS-DOS Text files (i.e., no handwritten or typed patterns).
2. Indicate on pattern manuscript:

  • title of garment or item
  • your name
  • your address, phone number and e-mail address

3. Please check for the following inclusion in pattern:

Experience Rating:
__ Easy
__ Intermediate
__ Challenging

Size: _____________________________________

Finished Measurements: _________________________________________

Materials:
Yarn Manufacturer: __________________________________________
Yarn name: __________________________________________
Yarn fiber content: __________________________________________
Yarn skein size: ____ oz/____ gr
Yarn Yardage amt: ______ yds/ _____ m)
A) Color Number: ________________________; Name _____________________Qty: __________
B) Color Number: ________________________; Name _____________________Qty: __________
C) Color Number: ________________________; Name _____________________Qty: __________
Other Materials:

Helpful techniques: special pattern stitch used and related hints for knitter:
Hand Knit Gauge: Using size US ____ (_____ mm) in st st [or appropriate stitch pattern], or size to obtain gauge: _____sts and _____R = 4"/10cm.
Machine Knit Gauge: Using USM/ISM Kp #_____ In St St [or appropriate stitch pattern]: _____ Sts
and _____ R = 4"/10cm.
Sweater Components:
Back Ribbing
Front Ribbing
Sleeves (make two)
Finishing
Assembly

Schematics: Complete graphs covering schematic pieces (labeled for ALL measurements), stitch patterns, color keys and other necessary diagrams. (May be hand done if necessary.)
All electronic charts must be saved as either .eps or .tif files.

4. Include all graphics:

  • schematics (including measurements—inches only).
  • illustrations (original punchcards, graphs, copy of pattern design used, etc.)

5. If you are sending photos as .tif or .eps files please use a minimum of 300 dpi. However, do not write your pattern requiring photos to be used as explanations.

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ABBREVIATIONS & DEFINITIONS
alt
alternate
M
meter
approx
approximate
MC
main color
beg
beginning
MY
main yarn
bet
between
ndl(s)
needle(s)
BO
bind off
NWP
non-working position
CC
contrasting color
oz
ounces
cm
centimeter
P
purl (side of work facing you as you knit)
CO
cast on
patt
pattern
COL
carriage on left
pm
place marker
cont
continue
psso
pass slip stitch(es) over
COR
carriage on right
R
row(s)
dec
decrease
RC
row counter (the number of rows you have knitted)
ea
each
rem
remaining
EON
every other needle
rep
repeat
EOR
every other row
rev
reverse
E[#]R
every indicated number of rows
RHS
right hand side
EOS
every other stitch
RS
right side (outside)
est
established
sc
single crochet
foll
following
SKP
slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch(es) over
FWP
forward working position
SSK
slip, slip, knit
g grams
st(s)
stitch(es)
HP holding position
st st
stockinette stitch
in(s) inches
tog
together
inc increase
WP
working position
K knit
WS
wrong side (inside)
KP keyplate
WY
waste yarn
K2tog knit 2 sts together
YO
yarn over
LHS left-hand side

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PATTERN WRITING SIZING GUIDELINES

BABY & TODDLER PATTERNS: Sizes 6 months (12 months, 24 months, size 2 and size 3)
Body chest measurement: 17 (19, 21, 23, 24)"
Suggested finished chest measurements for classic pullover: 19 (21, 23, 25, 27)"

CHILDRENS PATTERNS: Sizes 4 (6, 8, 10, 12)
Body chest measurement: 26 (27, 29, 31, 33)"
Suggested finished chest measurements for classic pullover: 28-1/2; (29-1/2, 31, 33, 35)"

WOMENS PATTERNS: Sizes S (M, L, XL)
Body bust measurement: 32-34 (34-36, 36-38, 38-40)"
Suggested finished bust measurements for classic pullover: 36 (38, 40, 42)"

PLUS SIZE PATTERNS (for women): Sizes 1X (2X, 3X, 4X)
Body bust measurement: 40-44 (44-48, 48-52, 52-56)"
Suggested finished bust measurements for classic pullover: 46 (50, 54, 58)"

MENS PATTERNS: Sizes S (M, L, XL)
Body chest measurement: 34-36 (38-40, 42-44, 46-48)"
Suggested finished chest measurements for classic pullover: 38 (42, 46, 50)"

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