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Old 01-22-2008, 03:19 PM   #9
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It's a really difficult area, that no-one really knows the ins and outs of. A basic hat pattern is one that starts off big and reduces in stitches, and no-one can really copyright that - the only thing they can copyright is the exact written instruction. If you take a stitch pattern (which aren't copyrightable anyway) and do a few repeats in a circle, and reduce either in normal st st or try to reduce the pattern in a way that looks good, then it's yours and no-one can have a go at you for it. You know how many stitches to cast on for a hat already, so just choose a suitable stitch pattern and play with it until it works :-) Good luck!!
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