Community Supported Patterns
Knitting patterns are not necessities, they are small indulgences. But small indulgences can be surprisingly important! And I very much understand that not everyone has room in the budget for indulgences at the moment.
At the same time, writing knitting patterns is my job and how I pay my bills. Creating patterns isn’t free (I spend thousands of dollars a year on website hosting and software licensing and sample knitters and editors and illustrators). Creating knitting patterns isn’t quick (each pattern takes dozens of hours to create). And it’s totally reasonable for me to be paid for my work.
These things are all true, and it can be tricky to balance them. But I have a few ideas!
I can afford to give away a handful of copies of new patterns as they come out. To supplement the copies I can give away, I’ve created a pay-what-you-like listing in my payhip shop so folks who have extra room in their budget can help buy additional community supported patterns for folks who need them.
When each new pattern comes out, I’ll see how many community supported copies have been donated since the previous pattern came out, add those to the patterns I can give away myself, and set up a code that will allow for that many free downloads of the new pattern. I’ll include information about those codes and how to use them in the email that goes out to mailing list subscribers when new patterns come out.
If you really want a particular pattern and it’s not in your budget, you’re welcome to use one of the codes while they’re available. If you want to provide patterns for someone else to use, you can do that through that payhip listing.
This feels like a reasonable compromise. It makes patterns available to some folks who couldn’t otherwise get them. It gives folks who are able to help someone else out an easy way to do it. And it makes sure I’m getting paid for my work.
You can donate a community supported pattern or sign up for the mailing list below.
This is new, and it’s always possible something will change and I’ll have to stop or modify the program.
My biggest concern is that I’ll get a lot of nasty messages about how quickly the individual pattern codes get used. That’s happened in the past when I tried something similar, and it’s tremendously disheartening.
It takes time and work to set this up. It takes time and work to manage it. And it feels pretty awful to get nasty messages saying that the time I’m spending doing this and the things I’m giving away free aren’t enough. It feels awkward to say this so directly, but it hurts my feelings when folks do that.
So if that happens too much, or if we run into problems with folks posting the codes on free pattern sites, I’ll have to make changes. But I’m hoping that by just asking folks directly to play nice, we can avoid it. Because I think this can be awfully nifty if everyone plays nice!