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What is the Independent Designer Partnership?
The Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership (IDP) program was created in an effort to give our customers easy access to patterns by independent designers, and to help designers gain exposure throughout the knitting community. We've done our best to create a fair and equitable program for independent designers. Designers receive 100% of the pattern sale price and retain full rights to their designs. Knit Picks takes no commission or fee for publishing patterns in the IDP Program. Additionally, there is no exclusivity agreement, so designers are free to sell their pattern on their own website, Etsy, or on Ravelry as well as through the IDP program. We are very excited to work with independent designers to promote their patterns to our ever growing customer base.
Please read all the information in the FAQs before submitting a pattern to the IDP program.
Knit Picks is looking for well written, professional pattern submissions. We do not accept patterns that are very similar to another pattern being offered on our site or any other. We are looking for patterns in Knit Picks yarn that are fashion forward, interesting, and unique. Please note that we will only accept patterns that are shown in Knit Picks yarns.
Your one-page submission must include the following information:
- Clear photograph of the project or a swatch of the design.
- Detailed description of the idea or project
- Yarn the project will be (or is already) knit in
- Your name, address, email, and phone number
- Clearly state if you need yarn support. Please list the specific yarn weight, color, and yardage needed.
- Pattern selling price ($1.99, $2.99, $3.99, $4.99, $5.99, $6.99, or $7.99)
- Optional information: a mini biography, Ravelry id, website, and blog.
Acceptance of patterns to the IDP program is decided by our Review Board, which includes members of the Knit Picks art, marketing, and yarn teams. The Review Board will most likely only see your one-page submission, so be sure to send a professional and easy-to-understand PDF document. An example of the type of submission we require can be found here: One Page Submission Example
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
- If you are new to the IDP program, upload your pattern proposals using our Pattern Proposal Portal.
- If you have already published patterns in our IDP Program, please submit your proposals by logging into your Vendor Portal.
- We do not accept complete patterns as a pattern proposal. You MUST send a one-page proposal for consideration to the IDP Program.
- You are welcome to submit proposals for previously published patterns, such as those for sale on Ravelry, Etsy, and your website, provided you are the sole owner of the design.
- You may also submit proposals for patterns that were previously submitted to other publications/websites but not accepted, provided there is not exclusivity agreement with the publisher and are the sole owner of the design.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR SUBMISSION
You should receive an email confirming that we received your initial submission within a week. Due to large number of submissions we receive, the response time for acceptance or denial of your patterns could be up to 6-8 weeks, though most responses are within 30 days
ACCEPTANCE TO THE IDP PROGRAM
We are looking for a wide range of knitting and crochet patterns - from garments and accessories to home decor and toys. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to accept all proposals. Reasons your pattern may not be accepted to the IDP Program include (but are not limited to):
- Often the reason is that we simply have too many patterns in the same category of projects or yarn type/weight.
- Sometimes we feel the pattern will not work well with the yarn suggested or will not represent our yarn well.
- We take seasonality and the buying habits of our customers into consideration.
- If a proposal does not meet all of our submission requirements, it will not be accepted.
We welcome designs from designers all over the world! However, at this time, we can only ship yarn to US, Canada, or Australian addresses. All payments for designers outside of the US are made electronically, which for designers outside of the US, may include fees - which we strive to keep as low as possible.
FINAL PATTERN SUBMISSION
All finalized patterns and pattern information needs to be submitted via the IDP Finalized Pattern Portal. All designers use this link, whether you're a new designer or IDP veteran.
Do not submit your final pattern unless it meets all the criteria listed below!
IDP Designers may format your pattern any way you like; we do not have a specific layout we require. You are encouraged to use a pattern layout that enforces your individual brand and matches other patterns you have in publication. All patterns must be well written, clear and easy to understand. While we don't require that certain information appear on every pattern in the IDP program:
The following information must be included on the FRONT PAGE of your pattern:
- The "The "Downloaded from Knit Picks" logo –(Click here for JPG, PDF, AI)
- Copyright notice ("Copyright 2016, Designer's Name, All Rights Reserved")
- Email address for pattern support ("For pattern support, contact: designer@emailaddress)
The following information must be included in your pattern, but can appear on any page:
- Photograph of the finished project
- A list of sizes included in the pattern, as well as a schematic if applicable. A schematic is not needed for simple designs such as hats or scarves.
- List of abbreviations and terms used in the pattern. Please make sure they match the Knit Picks standard abbreviations.
- Properly formatted computer generated charts, if applicable.
- Embed all non-system fonts. Decorative fonts that are not embedded may print incorrectly.
- All patterns need to be in PDF format.
- Maximum pattern file size: 5MB
- Patterns must be designed in portrait orientation.
- A watermark is printed on every downloaded pattern to discourage unauthorized distribution. This watermark will take up the bottom 1/2" of your pattern, so please make sure no pattern information is located there or it will be covered.
TEST KNITTING/TECH EDITING
Designers are responsible for having each pattern tech edited and tested prior to final submission to Knit Picks. Ravelry has a directory of tech editors willing to work with newer designers, which you can find HERE. You can also find test knitters at The Testing Pool on Ravelry. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide yarn support for test knitters.
FINISHED PROJECT SAMPLES
We require all new IDP designers to send in their finished projects before we accept the final pattern. This allows our Review Board to check the technical aspects of your project before we sell a pattern to our customers. Samples should be clean, error-free, and blocked to the appropriate final measurements. Your samples will be returned to you within 90 days of the pattern being posted for sale. Send your project samples to the following address:
c/o Pattern Sample Manager
13118 NE 4th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684
All charts must be computer generated and properly formatted. Our in-house designers use a program called Knit Visualizer to create their charts. Other software programs you could use include StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor, Aran Paint, Stitch & Motif Maker, Stitch Painter, Virtual Swatch, and even Microsoft Excel. Regardless of the software used, all charts must include:
- Easy to read and understand information
- Clean lines
- Legend of symbols used
- properly numbered rows
- Pattern repeats clearly marked
- Photos must be .jpg format
- Maximum image size: 600 pixels, 5MB
- 72dpi resolution
- Modeled photographs are preferred to flat photos, as customers can see the project "in action" (for example, a scarf should be shown on a model rather than photographed on a flat table)
- Please do not photograph your items on dress forms, mannequins (including heads), or dummies. These types of photographs will not show your project in the best manner, and do not meet our creative standards.
- Please make sure your models are wearing appropriate clothing that does not clash with our distract from your project. All models must be wearing appropriate undergarments.
If we will be photographing your project, please make sure you knit your sample in the following sizes:
- Women's garments - 34"-36" bust
- Women's accesories - small
- Women's socks - prefer medium to large
- Men's garments - 38"-40" chest
- Child/baby - changes, please check with IDP coordinator for the best sizes.
SALES & PAYMENT
The designer will earn a full amount of the purchased pattern - Knit Picks takes no commission or upload fee. Payments to designers are made quarterly (January, April, July, and October) within 15 days of the end of the quarter. All payments are through direct deposit for US designers and electronic payment for designers outside of the US.
Note: When patterns are sold to customers in the UK and Australia, the price of the pattern maybe a few cents higher or lower, due to the exchange rate of that country's currency at the time of the sale. Designers are still receiving 100% of the sale price, Knit Picks never puts IDP patterns on sale, nor do we ever take a cut of the sales.
Knit Picks collects and pays EAU VAT taxes for all digital products. This will not affect the amount of money you receive for your pattern, as the customer pays this tax.
Customer service for patterns in the IDP program will be provided by the designer. The Knit Picks Customer Service Department will direct all questions about IDP patterns directly to the designer. This will allow you to receive feedback directly from customers who purchased your pattern and provide them with help or correction. A current email address must appear on all patterns, and we ask you to respond to customer questions within a week of receiving an email. If you will be unavailable by email for more than a few days, please st up an auto-response so customers know they will be helped as soon as possible upon your return.
Customer service is very important to Knit Picks, and we reserve the right to remove patterns if we receive complaints from customers who do not receive timely pattern support.
If you find an error in your pattern, send a corrected pdf to the IDP Coordinator so we can upload it to our site. We will add a note to the pattern page, informing customers that here is an update to the pattern & a new version of the pattern will be in the customer's pattern library . If your pattern has a Ravelry page, please add to correction there as well.
Indy Pattern Designers’ Resources group on Ravelry.com
KP standard abbreviations
Standard text for commonly-used knitting techniques
Terms and Conditions form
Several times a year, Knit Picks looks for specialized designs around a certain theme or a certain yarn for upcoming collections. Below are the current calls for submissions - please read the details of the collections carefully. All designers are welcome to submit.
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help!