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Let's face it: patterns are the reason we knit. The crafting community depends on a vibrant, diverse ecosystem of pattern designers, and we want to help. Eat.Sleep.Knit regrets that pattern designers must be responsible for purchasing yarn for each pattern they develop, and we wonder how many more wonderful patterns would be available without this burden. That's why we have created the Pattern Academy Design Fellowship. Each quarter, the Pattern Academy accepts a new class of pattern design fellows, who will each receive a monthly stipend of support to offset the cost of purchasing yarn, as well as access to professional photography and layout services. Because we are members of the fiber arts community ourselves, we are excited to make this commitment to support pattern designers.

In addition to the monthly stipend, Pattern Academy design fellows can also distribute their work in the exclusive Eat.Sleep.Knit Dash Designer's Showcase, a marketplace for the freshest patterns from up-and-coming designers. Eat.Sleep.Knit subsidizes the marketplace by providing the patterns for free to Eat.Sleep.Knit Dash subscribers and pays pattern designers $1 in store credit per download. After 100 downloads, the marketplace entry reverts to a Ravelry link and serves as a driver to boost traffic to your traditional sales channels.

We are thrilled to announce that the ESK Pattern Academy is now accepting applications for quarterly pattern design fellowships with the following levels of monthly support, payable in ESK store credit:






amy singer Amy Singer is the editor, publisher, & founder of Knitty, an ever-popular online magazine featuring patterns from the knitting talent Amy has seen in her almost 2 decades of work in the fiber community. Each quarter, Amy sets out to find patterns she knows her Knitty readers will love, giving her an unparalleled eye for design. She has taught on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and is now enjoying staying put with her cats, rabbits, & partner Mark in Hamilton, Ontario.
Adella Colvin Adella Colvin is the owner and head (and only) dyer over at LolaBean Yarn Co, located in Grovetown, GA. She first learned to crochet a little over 7 years ago and knitting soon followed. She became obsessed with all of the different colors, textures and compositions of the different yarns that she'd come across. Dyeing came very naturally to her and she was encouraged by friends and family to start her own business and sell her hand dyed creations. The rest is history. As a woman of color, Adella prides herself in speaking up about important issues that impact marginalized groups in this country and around the world, and her ultimate goal is to show her children and hopefully show others, that they can achieve success regardless of the circumstances.
katie Katie is the dyer behind Yarn Love : a hand dyeing studio located just outside Des Moines, Iowa. A self-taught dyer, she has honed her craft in her 14 years as a professional dyer. Yarn Love is available online and in a select number of yarn shops in the USA and internationally. When she's not dyeing yarn, Katie can be found knitting socks, creating new sock patterns or plotting the next sweater cast. Frequently, her design aesthetic can be categorized as "The more colors, the better!" She's has designs published by Knitty, Twist Collective, Interweave Press, as well as self-published designs. Katie shares her life with her husband, Nick, and their four children, who make life quite busy and enjoy stealing any unattended skeins of yarn.
amanda Amanda Jarvis lives in Chicago with her dapper husband Derek, along with their pooch Pedro and turtle, Taco. Amanda has spent the last 18 years hustling yarn and making knitting magic happen. Now she has transitioned to owner/operator of Lorna's Laces and Mrs. Crosby. Color and fashion are her obsessions.



If you're interested in the Pattern Academy, but you're not a designer, you can still join our community as a Pattern Academy Purler. You'll test-knit or crochet patterns from Pattern Academy Fellows before anyone else. You'll be part of a team with the designers, sharing your progress along the way, posting your finished projects on social media and making sure patterns are as error-free as possible. In return, we'll reward you with your choice of a three month subscription to our accelerated free shipping DASH program, or stars in the Yarnathon for your Yarnathon star bank. For more information, complete the signup form below and we'll contact you.

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