FW 2020/21 Collection - Call for Design Submissions

Update 9. October: We have received helpful feedback and have subsequently updated the call concerning the details, the rights to the pattern and to the sample garment. The designer may sell the pattern after a year and we will return the sample piece.

We are looking for design submissions for our new FW 2020/21 collection for 5 garment designs and 3 accessory designs that will showcase our four existing yarn lines - Cheeky Merino Joy, Big Merino Hug, Merino d’Arles and Manx Merino Fine as well as several new colours still to be released. We are seeking and encouraging design submissions from designers of all & any race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability or country of origin.

The Details

We have prepared a Pinterest moodboard to show the overall inspiration for our collection, as well as design briefs for each individual style. As this is our first in house collection, we have a desired aesthetic of garment/accessory type(s) that we wish to achieve.. Therefore the individual style briefs describe some aspects we are looking for in exact detail, but we still want designers to bring in creativity and are interested to see what designers come up with that meet these criteria. For a copy of the style briefs please email Becky Baker at becky@rosygreenwool.com with your expression of interest in applying.

To find out more about Rosy Green Wool please check out our website, Instagram and Ravelry pages.

Rosy Green Wool Customer

Rosy Green Wool customers are mainly aged between 35-65 living in Western and Northern Europe and North America. They may not be extremely trend driven but have an aspiration for modern stylish knitwear with an appreciation for high quality yarn and design. They are caring and compassionate, environmentally and health conscious and enjoy the fulfilling pursuit of their knitting hobby. Our customers prefer to knit seamless designs whether that be bottom up or top down but preferably with limited seaming.

Submission Requirements

You are welcome to submit more than one design. For each design, please submit a one or two page A4 document in PDF format.

Each submission should include:

  • A short description of the design and construction and how it relates to our collection inspiration.
  • Image of a knitted swatch (no smaller than 5x5”) showing repeats of pattern used. Please knit in a yarn that has the same gauge as the Rosy Green Wool yarn that you are pitching your design to be created in.
  • A design sketch (this can be hand drawn or CAD based).
  • Gauge and yardage required.
  • Key measurements, sizes and ease.
  • Any other information you feel is important to the design.
  • Information about you, why you want to work with Rosy Green Wool and your credentials - IG, Blog, Website, Ravelry etc.

Once we have received all submissions we will be selecting the best designs that will work well together and meet our collection briefs. If you have been successful we will be looking for you to provide a fully graded pattern and written according to our given stylesheet. The designer will also supply the knitted sample in size (TBC) as the final deliverables. The designer is the owner of the sample and we will send it back one year after the release date, unless we have otherwise agreed with the designer that we shall continue promoting the knitted piece through trunk shows.

Fees will range from €300 - €500 depending on whether it is a garment or accessory and relative complexity and will be paid after tech editing. Rosy Green Wool will retain exclusivity only for one year beginning with the release date. After this period designers may sell the patterns (both English and German versions).. Rosy Green Wool will handle all tech editing, schematics, language translation, styling, photography and graphic design, pattern support for customers and any errata updates. The designer will be named on the published pattern(s) and is granted the right to use images to promote the design via social media and their association with Rosy Green Wool during the launch of the pattern.

Key Dates

The deadline for submissions is November 4th 2019. We will be in touch by November 18th 2019 if your design has been successful.

October 2019 - Designers develop ideas, sketches, make swatches, submit ideas.
November 2019 - Designers to be notified if successful.
End November 2019 - Terms agreed with successful designers.
December 2019 - Designers will receive yarn for their project.
December 2019 - January 2020 - Designers will start writing their patterns and knitting their final deliverables.
Early February 2020 - Designers’ patterns and samples due.
February/Early March 2020 - Designers must be available to answer any technical editing queries.

The first pattern will be published in August 2020.
Other release dates will be discussed at a later date.

Contact

Please send your expression of interest to Becky Baker at becky@rosygreenwool.com and you will be provided with our individual style briefs.

When submitting your final design submissions, please send these to becky@rosygreenwool.com by 5pm (GMT) November 4th 2019. Any questions or queries can also be sent to the above address.

If you are sending multiple submissions then please attach these to one email. Please use the subject heading “Rosy Green Wool 2020 Collection Submission”.

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