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Jimmy Beans Wool Free Pattern Contest Guidelines!

Our pattern contest is temporarily on hold. Check back in the future for more updates!
April 2007
Valerie Wallis won for Presto Chango!
April 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Presto Chango by Valerie Wallis
May 2007
Jen Small won for Pondemonium
May 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Pondemonium by Jen Small
June 2007
Hannah Merritt won for Lace Wannabe
June 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Lace Wannabe by Hannah Merritt
July 2007
Melissa Thetford won for the Slant Pocket Bag
August 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Slant Pocket Bag by Melissa Thetford
August 2007
Iris G won for her Storm Scarf!
August 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Storm Scarf by Iris G
September 2007
Ruth Homrighaus won for her Buster sweater
September 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Buster by Ruth Homrighaus
Why submit a pattern?
  • You'll be famous and the envy of your knitting friends! Well, famous to the extent that people around the world who regularly come to our site will enjoy reading and knitting (or crocheting) your pattern! I'm not sure you will be immediately invited to be on The Today Show, but your pattern will be featured on our website, in our newsletter, and will include your photo and short bio!
  • You will win a $50 gift certificate to Jimmy Beans Wool that can be used in our store or online!
  • PLUS a prize pack donated by the manufacturers (over $300 worth of goodies!). The prize pack is expanding all the time, and currently includes:
    • 2 hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn  ($20 Value)
    • A pattern of your choice from Knitting at Knoon  (Up to $10 Value)
    • An O-Wool Classic hat kit (specially packaged in an organic cotton drawstring bag) from Vermont Organic Fiber Co.  ($15 Value)
    • A copy of the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits  ($6.99 Value)
    • Your very own autographed copy of Pattern #67 (The Perfect Tee) from Ann Norling  ($8 Value)
    • A set of Pony Pearl straight knitting needles or crochet hooks from Muench Yarns  ($39-69 Value)
    • A RED kit (the kit contains 2 skeins of Red Cotton Stria and patterns for a pillow and scarf that each take one skein) from Manos Del Uruguay
    • A Tigger Toy kit from Knitwhits  ($14 Value)
    • 2 balls of Panda Cotton or Panda Wool from Crystal Palace Yarns  ($13.80 Value)
    • A Flowers to Go kit from Pick Up Sticks   ($11 Value)
    • A Suede Slipper Kit from Berroco  ($20 Value)
    • A pair of Exotic Wood Needles, an Origami Bag, and a ball of 100% Silk Gelato from Lantern Moon  ($100.00 Value)
    • A bar of handmade Knitters Soap from Alsatian Soaps   ($8.00 Value)
    • A copy of the Daphne pattern from French Girl   ($6.00 Value)
    • Top quality yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas

    Special thanks to all of our vendors for their generous donations!
Pattern Design Contest Guidelines
  • Patterns may be knit or crochet.
  • Patterns must be wholly original. An original pattern is one that is not directly modeled on an existing pattern and differs substantially in gauge (or yarn weight), stitch pattern, and design styling from other available patterns.
  • Submissions (and photos) must be designed and knitted using a yarn and color currently sold at Jimmy Beans Wool. If you have a question about whether we will be continuing to carry a yarn that is currently on sale, just email or call us and we'll let you know.
  • Patterns must be tested and demonstration items knitted before submission. The photo included with submission must be of the item knitted as directed in the pattern.
  • Patterns should be formatted with a list of materials first, followed by gauge and then directions and charts (if necessary). Please include at least 2 sizes unless your item is one size fits all. For an example of how patterns should be formatted, please use our free Diagonal Baby Blanket pattern as an example.
  • Winning Patterns will become the property of Jimmy Beans Wool and will be available for all customers on the Free Pattern section of JimmyBeansWool.com.
  • Submissions are only open to designers with a United States shipping address (the prize pack must be shipped to a United States address).
Pattern Contest Submission Guidelines
  • Patterns must be submitted by the end of each month in order to be eligible for the next month's contest.
  • Submissions must include a photo (at least 3.5" wide and 72 dpi) of the knitted item. Make sure that your photograph is clear and shows your item to its best advantage. We need to be able to see exactly how beautiful your garment is in order to choose it as the winner! If sending via US Mail, please include a photo that we can scan.
  • Submissions should include a photo and 2-3 line bio of the pattern writer - we want everyone to know a little about you!
  • You must submit a written or emailed copy of the following with your pattern:
    "By submitting a pattern to the Jimmy Beans pattern contest I certify that I am the sole creator of the work and that I have not violated the intellectual property rights of any other person in creating this pattern. This notice will serve as my written permission to allow my pattern and photos, if selected as the winner, to be used exclusively by Jimmy Beans Wool in advertising and online. Note: Jimmy Beans Wool accepts no liability for submissions which prove to be un-original by the designer."
  • Submissions may be emailed to contest@JimmyBeansWool.com or sent via US Mail to:
    Jimmy Beans Wool
    Attn: Pattern Contest
    1312 Capital Blvd. #103
    Reno, NV 89502
  • This contest is not open to employees of Jimmy Beans Wool or their families.
Pattern Contest Judging Criteria & Timeline
  • Patterns must be submitted by the last day of the month in order to be eligible for the next month's contest.
  • The winner will be selected and announced by the 10th day of the following month (i.e., 10 days after the deadline)
  • Unless otherwise requested, non-winning patterns will automatically be entered into the contest for the 2 following months.
  • Judging Criteria: each pattern will be judged on the following criteria by a panel of 5 Jimmy Beans Wool employees. For each criteria, the pattern will receive a score of 1-10. The pattern with the highest combined score wins. In the case of a tie, the panel will vote.
    • Originality
    • Clarity & Thoroughness
    • Aesthetic Appeal
    • Overall Quality
We are looking for new and exciting patterns made with yarns that we carry (and we're getting a lot of new yarns these days; take a look at our new products for some examples. The patterns can be for people (or animals) of any size/age/gender or they can be toys or home items, or anything else you can think of! Start brainstorming!
Spread the word! Do you have a knitting related website or blog? You can use the following image and sample link to create a link to this page:
Pattern Contest at Jimmy Beans Wool    (Right click and save it, then post it up to your site.)
Sample link:
<a href="http://www.JimmyBeansWool.com/freePatternContest.asp">Jimmy Beans Wool Pattern Contest</a>
If you have problems or questions about creating a link to this page, email us at contest@JimmyBeansWool.com!
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