Call for Submissions - Patterns & writing

Making Stories Magazine Issue No. 3


Submission Deadline for Designers: April 7

Submission Deadline for Writers: April 7

About Making Stories Magazine

Making Stories Magazine is a new magazine that aims to showcase companies and makers who centre their work around sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity, tell their stories, educate and inspire crafters and enable them to make informed decisions.

We share scenes that tell not just one story, knitwear that is shown on more than one body type, pieces that are being worn as we’d wear them in our everyday life. We publish pieces from a diverse range of voices, we’re interested in exploring and learning from different perspectives and strengthening our community, and we offer a platform for writers who express what they care about in their work.

Our inspiration behind Issue 3

Issue 3 is inspired by the idea of exploring the theme of growing, in all its good and challenging aspects. We will dive deeper into questions of growing (a business) sustainably and what that has to do with consumerism and capitalism, of the tightrope balancing act between good enough and the need to evolve, of the pressure to grow and optimize (yourself and your work). Please see our mood board here for an idea of our general Making Stories aesthetic. (The Pinterest board is titled: Making Stories Aesthetic.)

For knitwear designs, this could mean that your submitted design

  • would be an excellent pattern to learn a new technique (please specify which one)

  • explores how to grow your knitting skills

  • is modifiable, e.g. adding length or width after some time of wear

  • can be used for multiple purposes and / or in different life circumstances, e.g. steeking a pullover into a cardigan, wearing before, during and after pregnancy

We’re looking to work with designers and writers who share our values and work ethos and would love to see your interpretations of our theme! Before you submit, please read through our Making Stories mission statement to see if you and your work align with what we believe in.

If you’re curious to read more about how it’s like to work with us, please hop over to the blog and read our post on how we work with designers. It provides detailed insights into our joint work process, what we expect from you and what you can expect from us.

Making Stories will hold the exclusive rights for patterns and texts for four months after publication. Compensation for patterns is based on complexity and ranges from € 100 to € 450. Compensation for written pieces is based on word count and text type and ranges from € 50 to € 200.

Design Submissions

For designs, your submissions should include

  • a short description of the design, its construction and how it relates to our vision for Issue 3,

  • a swatch,

  • a sketch,

  • suggested yarn weight and gauge (please take a look at our yarn partner page for possible yarn pairings),

  • a previously published pattern (if possible in PDF form)

We’re looking to include 1-2 pairs of socks, 1-2 neck accessories, 1-2 hats and 4-5 sweaters (pullovers and cardigans).

The Making Stories audience particularly enjoys designs that include

  • texture

  • stranded colourwork

  • cables

  • slip stitch colourwork (mosaic).

For sweaters, our customers love a good top-down construction. Asymmetrical and triangular shawls are also always a hit as are socks that include a bunch of options, e.g. when it comes to how to knit your heel or whether to knit them cuff down or toe up.

We always encourage you to include instructions into your submission and design that make customising it to the knitter’s preferences easy, e.g. length adjustments, optional shaping, etc.

Please note that all designs need to follow our Making Stories standard sizing that specifies all relevant measurements and will be made available to contributors after your contract has been signed. The designs we publish need to include:

  • For garments: 8 sizes designed for a bust circumference of 78 (86, 94, 102, 110, 118, 126, 134) cm

  • For socks: 5 sizes designed for a foot circumference of 20 (21.25, 22.5, 23.75, 25) cm

  • For hats: 3 sizes designed for a head circumference of 51-55 (55-60, 61-65) cm

  • For mittens: 3 sizes designed for a hand circumference of 18 (21, 24) cm

All measurements are nude body measurements, meaning, for instance, if you were to design a pullover that’s intended to be worn with 10 cm of positive ease, it would need to have a finished bust circumference of 88 (96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) cm. Please consider our standard sizing in your submission.

Please send your full submission in PDF format to Submission deadline for patterns is April 7; please see details on the complete publication timeline at the bottom of the page.

Writing Submissions

As for editorial content, please send your completed text as a submission. It should relate to the publication's focus and we’re looking to include

  • poems,

  • thought pieces,

  • short stories,

  • personal stories,

  • visuals with short descriptions

  • helpful insights and tips from your own making experience.

Please send your full submission in PDF format to Submission deadline for writing pieces is April 7; please see details on the complete publication timeline at the bottom of the page.

Timeline for writers

  • April: submission deadline

  • April 8 / 9: decision

  • February 2020: launch

Timeline for designers

  • April 7: submission deadline

  • April 8 / 9: decision

  • April 11 - May 16: pattern writing

  • May 17 - June 7: tech editing

  • May 27 - July 14: sample knitting

  • June 25 - August 4: test knitting

  • February 2020: launch