When I first read this post, I thought that this would prevent you from putting up free patterns, but then I realized that it didn’t. As a student, I can’t afford to buy yarn and patterns, so I also wanted to say thank you for not letting letting those jerks get in your way of posting other free patterns. I’m a big believer in karma, and though I too love and adore LYS’s, it gives me a feeling of satisfaction to know that the individuals who are STILL trying to profit off of your hard work are going to get it bitten in the ass one day…]]>
kudos for raising your voice. and that is a totally rockin’ pattern that I can’t wait to dig my needles into.]]>
I recently had a frustration of the same nature…when I was at Stitches last year I saw a beautiful pattern in a booth, and I fell in love. It was the Selbu Modern hat…and I just had to knit it. So I bought the yarn AND the pattern from this shop owner. Despite the fact that the pattern was FREE on the designers website. I can’t remember the name of the shop, because I wanted to write to her and let her know it was happening…but it frustrated me that people are so comfortable profiting from other people’s hard work.
I’m sorry so many have been jerks to you…I hope you can get at least some of it cleared up.]]>
I am so calling my LYS to make sure that they credit you with the original idea. I don’t think that we need to go overboard with crediting free patterns but admitting that it is not ours is the first step. Oh wait is that the 12 step program?
Anyways back googling!!]]>
As an independent graphic designer and illustrator, I´ve seen stuff very, very similar to my work reproduced. It doesn´t happen often - fortunately - but it has happen often enough. And basically? It sucks. It sucks because sometimes those projects are made for a call for entries and end up being a source of “inspiration” for the ones who called for entries. So, in most of the cases, I didn´t even get paid (it was a call for entries after all).
As a knitter, I ALWAYS, ALWAYS quote the source of the pattern I´m knitting and, when possible, link it. I try to thank the designer who designed it (except when no online identity is provided), something that is easy via ravelry, for instance.
I have no idea how the situation you described can be changed. It doesn´t happen much here where I live because shops don´t offer classes, but I sure hope it´s just a question of LYS not knowing (or not realizing) that they must quote their sources. I mean, it´s obvious, but giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they just didn´t realize. So I think your email is the perfect way to educate them. You go Pam!]]>