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March 17, 2006

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Lu

I agree, $10 seems a little too much. $6.5 or $7 would be my limit.

Jae

I agree as well. $6 or $7 would be my limit, depending on the complexity. Afterall, I would consider that steep for a simple garter stitch scarf :)
For me, it also depends on how timeless the pattern is. Today's trendy poncho is an item that won't be in style tomorrow and thus I won't be as likely to reknit the item.

Elspeth

I'm used to about $4 or $5 and that seems fine to me. I believe the one sweater pattern at sweaterbabe.com is either $8 or $12 and it's not even written out well! So I think $5 is about it for me. Especially since not only the comments you've made, but you definitely don't get a printed out copy usually, you have to spend the money to print it out yourself.

Ken

I've often wondered about this as I read your blog. Since I've got no knowledge of this whatsoever, my first wondering is how difficult is it, to create a pattern?

I would think (and I could be wrong...it's happened before) that after you've done a certain number of patterns, perhaps the need for patterns would be less? If you had the right kind of spatial thinking, you could pair that with your knitting skills (skilz?) to deduce the pattern for a particular piece that you like.

When people make patterns, is it a all-in-one-shot kind of thing, or do they tend to make the piece, then go back and edit the pattern because it didn't come out right?

I'd think that after following enough patterns, you'd begin to see...er...patterns, and you could then like, take x from A and y from B, and create something new, so that the perceived value of buying patterns would go down for you.

Just my $.02 (out of my butt, of course).

Jon

Hate to burst your bubble, poodle, but the designer doesn't get the whole $5. They sell it to the shop for like $2.50 and the shop marks it up to $5. So there's profit for the shop. Does it stink? Absolutely. Will it change? Probably not. Unfortunately, I think that's the reason why so many people photocopy one or two patterns for friends because it's just so expensive.

Which reminds me. Interestingly enough, companies like Rowan and Katia have policies that if the book is out of print, the shop can copy the pattern for the customer.

Juls

Well, I can totally understand about the mark-up for the retail stuff. But, I am thinking about the situation where people are selling from their websites, you know? Like, you don't even get a nice printout on cardstock with a photo! You get a .pdf and print your own. In those circumstances, the pricepoint of $10 strikes me as a bit too high.

Becca

Well, there's the convenience factor, and the degree of difficulty of the pattern. Your time is worth something, and you may be saving a great deal of time by following someone else's directions rather than figuring it out on your own. If it's a simple pattern that didn't take a lot of original thought and testing by the designer, than that does seem expensive.

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