Submission guidelines for designers

Thank you for your interest in donating a pattern to p/hop. Without the generosity of designers donating their patterns  we would not be able to raise money and awareness for Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

We welcome designs from novice as well as more experienced designers and are looking for fresh, original and exciting patterns. Please read our submission guidelines and information on how to donate a pattern below:

Submission guidelines:

Please follow these guidelines when you submit a pattern. It makes the process much smoother and increases the chances of your pattern being published. If you have any queries please get in touch.

1) Patterns must not specify a particular brand of yarn or company in keeping with MSFs principle of impartiality. What you can do is include the yardage/meterage, weight of yarn and type of fibre used.

2) Patterns must have been test knitted and pattern checked just as they would be for publication in a book or magazine. If you need test knitters there are plenty of volunteers in the p/hop group on Ravelry.

3) Patterns must used recognised terms such as those outlined by the Yarn Council of America. If you use any unusual terms or charts please include abbreviations or a key.

4) You are welcome to submit a pattern which has previously been offered for free or after regaining ownership after publication in a magazine.

5) Please include metric and imperial measurements in your pattern.

How to submit a pattern:

Email us (p-hop@london.msf.org) a copy of your pattern as a Word or other editable document along with any photos you have of the finished item. Please let us know if you’d be happy for us to use your photos in any publicity or media work we do.

We’ll add the p/hop headers and footers to the pattern then email you the PDF to make sure you are happy with everything. When you’re happy with it we’ll publish it on the website. You retain copyright of your pattern and can publish it on your blog or on Ravelry. All we ask is that you included information and links to p/hop so people know it’s to raise money for MSF and not a free pattern.

Thank you very much. We look forward to hearing from you.