Petite Purls is a magazine that specializes in baby and children's knitting patterns. We are looking for clothing for babies, toddlers and older children (girls, boys and unisex, in a nice variety of sizes (up to size 8 or 10), functional accessories (blankets, hats, mittens, socks, you name it!) and whimsical accessories (toys, other fun accessories). Our style is fresh, functional and fashion-forward. For articles, we are looking for articles that somehow relate to handcrafts and children. We do not intend to accept any articles that discuss strong opinions about parenting styles. We're just not interested in opening that can of worms. We would like everyone on this site to "play nice" :) Feel free to pitch us your article idea anytime. More information and deadlines for articles can be found below.
We are happy to announce that we now accept crocheted patterns! We plan to have 1-2 crochet designs per issue.
April 2013: We know you are all superheroes, now we want to see it! We want to see garments and accessories inspired by superheroes. Aviator hats, belts, capes, just for starters. And definitely don't forget the superheroes friends like Spidey's girlfriend Mary Jane! Submissions should only be inspired by, not knocked off, as we want to stay away from actual characters.
July 2013: Special Issue. No submissions will be accepted for this issue.
October 2013: We want to see knits inspired by fairy tales, so get your Grimm's out and start imagining!
Currently, each submitted designer will receive a one-time honorarium of $50-100. As well as the honorarium, we offer professional tech editing and yarn support if needed. American payments will be processed via check, and all international payments will be made via PayPal. Payments will be delivered sometime after publication of the pattern on Petite Purls, and prior to the next issue going live. Each published submission will include the designer's bio and a link back to the contributor's website of choice. This serves as great exposure for the designer, helping generate more traffic (and hopefully sales!) for their own pattern line or other handcraft products.
Submissions must be new designs: never been seen before on your blog, Flickr, Ravelry, another magazine (web or print). Once your submission has been accepted, we ask that you continue to keep quiet until the issue goes live. When the issue goes live, you may post pictures of the design on your website, with a link directly back to Petite Purls' pattern page. In three months time, when your design becomes archived, you are free to do as you wish with the pattern, including (but not limited to) future submissions or self-publishing.
Currently, each submitted designer will receive a one-time honorarium of $50. As well as the honorarium, we offer professional tech editing and yarn support if needed. All payments will be processed via PayPal and will be delivered sometime after publication of the pattern on Petite Purls, and prior to the next issue going live. Each published submission will include the designer's bio and a link back to the contributor's website of choice. This serves as great exposure for the designer, helping generate more traffic (and hopefully sales!) for their own pattern line or other handcraft products.
The designer of the submitted work will retain all copyrights. By submitting work to be published in Petite Purls and accepting the honorarium, the designer gives permission for the pattern and all related images to be included in Petite Purls magazine in its current format and other electronic or computer-readable distribution formats. Back issues of Petite Purls will remain available online indefinitely.
Petite Purls is a religiously neutral publication. Nothing specific to any particular religion or holiday will be published.
Our editors choose what they feel will match the style and quality of the Petite Purls brand, along with what they believe Petite Purls readers will like. The quality of the handcrafted item, written pattern and the images that accompany the submission are all equally important.
No payment is accepted by Petite Purls in exchange for publishing a design. If it's on our site, it is there because we think our readers will enjoy it.
Petite Purls reserves the right to postpone or deny any pattern to be published at any point in the submission process.
Our submission process has two deadlines per issue. First, a sketch and swatch (image) of your proposed design is needed. After we have reviewed all proposed designs, and have notified designers of their accepted proposals (within 14 days of initial deadline), all accepted proposals will have approximately 6 weeks to submit a complete pattern accompanied by photos. All deadlines will be 11:59 pm (Mountain Standard Time). Submissions received after this time will not be reviewed.
April 2013: Sketch & Swatch due January 4, 2013; Final Pattern due March 4, 2013
July 2013: Final Pattern due June 10, 2013
October 2013: Sketch & Swatch due July 1, 2013; Final Pattern due October 1, 2013
New Publishing Schedule for 2012
Sketch/Swatch Example (PDF document)
Pattern Format Guide and Template (MS Word document)
All submissions must be sent via e-mail, and this is currently the only acceptable format. Submissions should include a word or plain text file including your written pattern. Photos should be attached separately or included in a zip file.
As mentioned above, there are two components to our submission process. First, a sketch and swatch must be submitted for consideration. It is essential that your sketch is a clear concept of your design and we would like to see two swatch images: one in stockinette stitch, one in the pattern stitch or one post-felted (if applicable). For an excellent example for a sketch and swatch submission, please click here to view Kirsten Kapur’s sketch and swatch (PDF document) of her Pembroke vest.
Once your sketch has been accepted, you will have approximately 6 weeks to complete your design.
Your submission must be received by the deadline stated above in attachments to your email. Please include the following:
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