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Lascaux Fine - Call for Design Submissions

Ancient Arts Yarns is seeking Knitwear design proposals for an upcoming 8-10 pattern collection featuring our newest yarn, Lascaux Fine, to be published in the Late Fall of 2020.

Lascaux Fine ( is a perfect combination of Old World and New World wools, incorporating the bounce, spring, and cushiness of Manx Loaghtan Wool (an ancient and rare sheep breed from the Isle of Man) and the drape and lustre of Punta Arenas Wool (a modern sheep breed from Chile, related to Corriedale). Lascaux Fine is a fingering weight two-ply yarn and is perfect for all garments including sweaters, shawls and accessories (although we don’t recommend it for socks). With a palette of 75+ colours it is ideal for colour work and lace thanks to its structure and handle. This yarn keeps you warm and cosy, while still feeling great against your skin! Lascaux Fine (25% Manx Loaghtan Wool / 75% Punta Arenas Wool) is available in both 100 g (350m) and 50 g (175m) skeins, providing cost savings for the customer, and great flexibility with colourwork projects since more colours can be incorporated without increasing the overall yardage requirements to be unreasonable. This yarn also works well when knit in a wide variety of gauges, providing a wide range of possible fabrics to fit the needs of your projects.

We are looking for designs that can display the full range of what Lascaux Fine has to offer to knitters through a collection of accessories and garments, including but not limited to cardigans, pullovers, vests, shawls, hats, and mitts. We would like to see both colourwork, texture, and lace proposals (and welcome projects that mix these harmoniously). We have a particular interest in pieces that are rooted in tradition while interpreted through a modern lens; a nod, perhaps, to the 1920s that is nonetheless of the 2020s. Find the sweet spot between basic and intermediate lace, an interplay between colour and texture, exciting colour combinations in mosaic, stranded colourwork, marled colourwork, or colour-blocking; create a fresh classic with this very special yarn!


Submissions should not be under submission elsewhere nor previously published, and should include the following:

-Your name, contact information, and where your work can be found (for instance, a link to your designer page on Ravelry).

-A proposal indicating the details of construction, features, patterns, sizing, and other highlights of your idea.

-An image of a good-sized swatch (which needn’t be in the requested yarn, but that reasonably suggests the proposed item).

-Information on stitch and row/round gauge for your proposed project, requested colour(s) and quantity of yarn that would be needed for the project.

-A sketch to show us your idea as it would be worn, and, for garments, please include a schematic to demonstrate the proposed proportions and sizes.

Please send your submission in pdf format (including LF2020 in the document title) via email to Jessie McKitrick at with the header in the following format: LF2020_PatternName_YourName by the end of March 16th, Mountain Standard Time. Replies regarding accepted proposals will be sent by early April. Final patterns and samples will be due July 20th.

Ancient Arts Yarns holds an exclusivity period of one year, followed by shared rights with you, the designer. Following the exclusivity period, our tech edited pattern and photos are available for your use upon request. We retain the knitted sample for promotional use and ensure your name is always prominently displayed on patterns and in promotional materials. We offer competitive rates and pay promptly and fairly upon receipt of the pattern and knitted sample. Ancient Arts Yarns will provide the yarn for the sample, accommodating colour preferences whenever possible.

We warmly welcome and encourage submissions from designers who are members of groups that are often under-represented in our knitting community, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, disabled, and neurodiverse. If you are in need of accommodations for a disability, such as an extended knitting deadline, we will do our best to meet those needs.