Designer Support

Nerd Girl Yarns loves to see original works created with our yarns by fibers artists around the world. We believe that the best way to stimulate the creative process is to support designers at all experience levels. If you are a crochet or knitting pattern designer working on developing a pattern from Nerd Girl Yarns, please feel free to contact us. We sometimes do seasonal design calls for new colorways but we also offer general ongoing yarn support in our existing colorways or work with independent designers to create colorways to coordinate with their design.

Designs need not be new but in order to qualify for yarn support the published pattern must be updated to list NGY as the only intended yarns. When requesting yarn, please remember we specialize in dyed to order yarns and do not typically carry stock. It may take 2-4 weeks for us to dye up the yarns for your project.

To submit your request for yarn support please include the following in your email:

  • Sketch of your design (don’t worry about being an artist, we just need an idea of your plan).
  • Clear photo of a swatch of your stitch pattern (using our yarn is helpful but not required).
  • Detailed description of your project
  • Designer bio, tell us about yourself. Does your heart beat faster at a cupcake sighting? We’d love to get to know you.
  • Project timeline.
  • Contact info and Ravelry username.
  • Your choice of yarns/colorways and quantities requested.
  • Compensation level you are requesting.
  • Information/links to your previous designs or portfolio of your fiber arts work.

Nerd Girl Yarns carries many different bases for nearly every type of project. Please see our Yarn Information page for details. All colorways currently available for dyed to order are displayed here. If we offer you yarn support, you will be required to list Nerd Girl Yarns as the exclusive recommended yarn for your design.

Compensation for Designers

Yarn support only

We provide the yarn and you create your pattern. You agree to only list NGY yarn as the recommended yarn for your pattern and you are free to publish/sell your pattern how you like. We do ask that you keep us informed of your progress/when you are planning to publish. Patterns must be available to retail yarn shops through Ravelry in-store sales, the magazine publisher, or other distribution medium.

Distribution Partnership

Nerd Girl Yarns provides yarn support and you create your pattern. You agree to only list NGY yarn as the recommended yarn for your pattern and you are free to publish/sell your pattern how you like. We do ask that you keep us informed of your progress/when you are planning to publish. Additionally we sell your pattern through our website, brick & mortar studio, and retailers with a percentage of sales (50%) being paid to the designer quarterly.

Pattern Kit

This level is much like yarn support only however, in addition to you having full rights to sell your pattern however and wherever you like, we ask for the rights to sell your pattern in our online and brick & mortar studio and to promote to our retailers as a kit bundled with our yarn. You will receive wholesale compensation quarterly (50%) for your pattern sales as part of this kit. Initial agreement term is for one year with the option to renew if both parties are in agreement.

All patterns designed in conjunction with Nerd Girl Yarns will be promoted within our Ravelry group, our newsletter, our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Email your proposal and any attachments to creative@nerdgirlyarns.com. All patterns remain the right of the original designer.