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KnitClickChick 06-27-2009 09:00 AM

Copyright question
I'd like to make some dish cloths to sell at a craft show. There are some nice stitch patterns I'd like to use from the Harmony Guides Knit & Purl. But, by incorporating a stitch pattern into a dish cloth design, does that infringe in any way on a copyright?

suzeeq 06-27-2009 09:16 AM

No, most st patterns have been around for a while and many people use them in their designs. If you want, you can say "X lace st pattern from Harmony Guides, Knit and Purl, pg z" to give credit.

KnitClickChick 06-27-2009 09:39 AM

Perfect, thanks!

princessmomma 07-01-2009 10:22 AM

What about more detailed patterns? If I found a hat pattern I really liked, could I use that to make and sell at craft fairs, or would I have to make modifications to the pattern first?

ArtLady1981 07-01-2009 01:44 PM

You'd have to carefully read the designer's copyright wording.
For example, Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits is VERY CLEAR that you cannot knit her items and sell them anywhere, anytime.

But, honestly, if you found a hat pattern, and if you were going to sell it at a craft fair, why not just change one thing?

I think where people get into hot water is when they try to sell things over the internet. Person-to-person at a craft fair doesn't seem very dangerous.

However, I'd personally try to change something even for selling at a craft fair.

We all know that it is impossible to make money at selling hand knits, that's why designers are so protective of their designs. It is the only way they make a living on knitting, and a hard one at that! I've 'designed' a few things, and believe me...I'd cringe at the thought of converting it to print for someone to purchase and follow my train of thought! :eyes: It is a hard thing to do, IMO! (writing out a pattern design that makes sense!)

scout52 07-01-2009 04:06 PM


If you end up selling one of your men's sweaters patterns I'll be one of the first in line to buy!! There are not enough stylish men's sweaters out there and you have designed some gorgeous ones.

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