Fresh Designs Crochet: Tips for Submitters (Yarn)

Posted on by MK Carroll

If you are thinking about submitting to the Fresh Designs Crochet book series, I'm posting on a variety of topics related to the call for submissions that could keep your submission from falling to the bottom of the heap. 


YARN CHOICES: It is immensely helpful if you provide at least two choices for yarns, with information that includes the fiber content and the number of skeins (yardage is fine, until it’s 11:30 pm and I’m filling out a yarn request form and having to go look up the yardage of a skein so I can calculate the number of skeins to request…let’s just say you don’t want to be that kind of memorable). In the description or one of the yarn choice slots, providing a more general description of a suitable yarn can be very helpful (e.g. “fingering weight smooth wool or wool blend in self-striping yarn with long color changes, about 400 yards” or “bouncy, bulky single-ply roving-style yarn with halo, about 200 yards”).

In all the juggling of working out yarn sponsoring, having a Plan B (and Plan C, and Plan D, and Plan E…) helps your editor and can help you get your yarn support as soon as possible so you have more time to crochet the sample and work out the written pattern.

We do like to support indie yarn companies (see list of yarn companies, with links, in the Cooperative Press Fresh Designs Crochet call for submissions); we are also delighted to be able to team with large companies including Berroco, Knit Picks, and Lion Brand. If you have a working relationship with particular yarn companies and prefer to use their yarns, please mention that in the comments section of the submission form. We are also seeking indie yarn producers to sponsor yarn for Fresh Designs Crochet patterns; if interested, please fill out this form.

If you have questions about yarn, please use the comment form for the Cooperative Press Fresh Designs Crochet call for submissions, or email  me at mk [at] cooperativepress [dot] com.