Commercial use of patterns

I was delighted to see that one of my testers had a piece in her local magazine in Atlanta, Giorgia, outlining her work, which is mostly creating knits for paying customers. She mentioned in the article that most patterns are not available to be made for profit. I find this ridiculous.  I immediately sent her a message saying that she was more than welcome to use my patterns and sell the result!  Why wouldn’t anyone do this?  It would be good if there is a mention of the designer but to be honest, if someone is paying for a finished item, they are unlikely to be in the market for the pattern costing £5.  

I’d be interested to hear what others think?  I am currently reworking the Counterchange shawl in double knit and have been fortunate to get some yarn support from a local dye company.  It really does help. I think that any small business really needs to work with others to support each other.  

close up of a mat created in tunisian crochet.
Tunisian Crochet mat

In other crafting news, I’ve just finished a cotton table mat done in Tunisian crochet. I am really quite pleased with it though it does have a slight utilitarian look to it. Tunisian crochet is different from the standard variety in that in one direction, the stitches stay on the needle/hook a bit like knitting. In the other direction you take them off again, more like basic crochet stitches. You don’t change direction either, it’s a sort of push and pull movement and is very soothing. I have lots of ideas for other items – using wool this time I think.  

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  1. I would also feel honoured if anyone wanted to use my design, but it would be nice to be mentioned though. I like your Tunisian crochet mat — I will try this technique out once I have finished the cardi that I am crocheting and have mastered a few more stitches (once my classes with the ‘abuelas’ have recommenced).

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  2. I go back and forth on this. I have a note at the bottom of my patterns saying they are not for commercial use because I was advised a long time ago to have it there. But I have also considered taking it off, because I am not sure that it really means anything. Do we really have the right to tell people they can’t sell things they made with their own two hands just because they followed our instructions for making it? I’m not so sure we do. Plus, I’ll be honest, I have a drawer full of knitted items I’ve made (from when I started knitting and followed other people’s patterns) that I was considering selling because really, how many pieces can one person wear?! But handmade knitwear is not something I’m just going to stick in a box for Goodwill. Either way, as a designer, I’d definitely appreciate people giving me credit for being the designer. I think giving credit where it’s due is always a good thing.

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