Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free

When I started this blog, the one big question that I was having trouble addressing was whether or not I wanted to sell my patterns. As a crafter, I love free patterns. I love going on websites and finding a fabulous new project. I feel even more joy when that project comes with a free pattern.

I can understand why people sell their patterns. It takes a lot of time and effort to design one. There’s a lot of working and reworking that goes into making the perfect project. Even with something as simple as the Little Crocheted Purse, it took me a few tries to get the size and shape just right. And even then, I had to make a half a dozen of them to make sure the pattern was flaw-fee.

At the same time, I can understand why people post their patterns for free. For yarn companies, like Lion Brand or Patons, the likelihood of someone buying their brand of yarn for a pattern designed for their brand of yarn is pretty high. Most knitters & crocheters don’t want (or don’t have the skills yet) to do a yarn substitution so they use the yarn stated in the pattern. Therefore, it makes sense for them to post their patterns for free so that it can increase their yarn sales because that’s where they make their big bucks.

Although I have stacks of books & booklets that I have paid for in my library, I have never paid for a pattern online. My main goal for this blog is to share my creations, thoughts, and ideas. And sharing shouldn’t come at a price. As such, the decision to post my patterns for free was an easy one to make. At least until I can get Justin Bieber to tweet about Yarn Over Mo and send over thousands of followers. Then I may just start charging for my pattern. LOL!

So please feel free to use my patterns for personal use. If you plan on selling finished projects from my patterns, please credit me (Yarn Over Mo – Mo King Low) with the design and link back to my blog page. Please do not alter or distribute my patterns without prior permission from me.

Thank you and happy crafting!

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