for a knitting pattern? In the last few years, I've seen a wonderful homegrown phenomenon of knitters supporting knitters. Talented fiber folks have been able to sell their handpainted yarns and stitch markers and handsewn needlecases on eBay or Etsy or their blog, and same with their patterns.
Now patterns are slightly different from the other things I listed because the creator can make only a finite number of skeins, accessories, etc., but can sell an infinite number of patterns.
So how much would you pay for a knitting pattern? Some excellent patterns are free and that no doubt contributes to their popularity. When purchasing a pattern book, you could pay anywhere from $12 (for Stoller's SnB) to $25 for a Rowan book with Hargreaves patterns. Assuming you were to knit 3 patterns from the book, you are down to an average cost of $4 to $8 per pattern.
Single patterns that I've purchased seem to fall into the $1.50 to $6 range per pattern.
What does that mean for the designer? If s(he) sells 100 patterns at $5, they've made $500 off that pattern. That's pretty nice for a hobby, but won't exactly let you quit your day job. If s(he) sells 500 patterns, then they've cleared $2500. That's pretty good, and would help you with your rent (unless you lived in Silicon Valley).
The price point is good, and it's a bit like the lipstick factor. Even in times of stash diets, or between jobs, a $5 cost is not pricey enough to stop you from buying it. That price point also assures higher volume of purchasing.
Lately, I've seen a few single patterns selling for $10. For some reason, I balked. Logically, I know it is no different than buying Rowan Vintage Knits and only making 3 of the patterns from the book. But at least I have the possibility of swapping the book after for another book or more yarn. It has better resale value, so to speak.
However, at that $10 price point, I had the following responses:
1) I could probably just figure it out myself;
2) How many of these was I planning to knit? one? two?
3) Is there anything really novel or unusual about this pattern?
4) and the ultimate Spice Girl decision matrix -- How much do I want, do I really really want that pattern?