Free Patterns: Yea or Nay?

Filed in Out of Our Head by on July 19, 2013 20 Comments
Graphic by Alan O’Rourke via flickr

The interwebs are filled with free patterns for crafters.  All you have to do is Google a craft and a few descriptive terms and you can nearly always find a shared or free version of something you want to make. In fact, it seems there are more free patterns available than can ever be knitted or crocheted or beaded or stamped or painted or whatever, on and on and on…

Do you use free patterns? If so, do you still buy patterns or subscribe to magazines?

If you’re in the industry, what are your thoughts about free patterns? Is there room for everyone?

Can a free pattern be an effective marketing tool to get someone to take a class you’re offering or give you a leg up in the crowded world of designers?

I’m not trying to stir up controversy, I’m just honestly curious. I see free pattern offerings that run the gamut from the most basic garter stitch scarf that took 20 minutes to type up and spell-check to gorgeous lace shawls that are completely professional in terms of design, layout and presentation.

In a world increasingly concerned about the free flow of information, is selling patterns eventually going to go the way of the dodo?

Speak friends!


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