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« on: June 18, 2008 07:53:18 AM »

how much do knit/crochet patterns generally cost?? i dont even use free ones so idk  Cheesy

i also dont plan on writing them the traditional way (short hand, row by row, etc.) instead i plan on giving step by step pictures and guidelines rather than specific instructions [cast on 100, 110, 120 stitches].

can anyone give me a general price range?? is $20 too little? too much? thanks


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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008 10:51:41 AM »

I would say it depends on the pattern, and also on the type of instructions you have.  For example, the the pattern for the top I designed is only in XS because I don't know sizing tricks.  I just offer mine for free because it requires so many mods to make it fit. 

I know that I wouldn't pay $20 for a pattern, but I basically only use free ones.  But $20 seems high to me.  Especially if the instructions are going to be in pictures and not actual pattern form...that requires more calculations and work from the buyer/knitter.  I would suggest less than $10, but maybe someone else will have some input.

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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2008 08:34:22 PM »

I wouldn't pay 20 for a pattern, it just seems like WAY too much to me.. but then again I get most of my patterns for free.

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008 09:05:32 PM »

I have purchased several patterns on line - some were PDF files that I could download immediately (my favorite kind) and some had to be mailed. The most expensive was $7.50 and the cheapest was $5. All of these patterns were from established designers and companies.


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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2008 09:40:13 PM »

Riki is right.  I've seen them for $4.50-$7.50.  Full books (with photos and play by play) cost around $15-$25, so I agree that $20 is way too much.  Good luck with your patterns.  I love the idea of nontraditional instructions, so once you have them going let us all know.  I'd definitely be interested, and I'm sure other people would be too.

« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2008 06:26:32 AM »

ok thanks. i wish i could give you an example of what i mean. the finished pattern will end up around 20 pages, which is a lot more work for me but actually less work for whoever buys the pattern because like i said its not specific so you can make it to your own measurements but at the same time you wont have to grab a calculator and figure it out yourself (I also leave spaces throughout the pattern for the person to write in their measurements and gauge, so the math will practically do itself). there will also be tons of pictures, just to be clear because i use a lot of methods that arent really familiar (just came up with them myself). so i figured a little more pricey would be appropriate but i guess not i see what you mean. thanks


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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008 07:06:48 AM »

All the patterns I have bought have been between $1 (washcloths) and $5.

I have seen a pattern for Soakers that sales for $12. But that includes like 4 different patterns and options for making them many different ways.
(I haven't bought it but I know someone who has it. I WILL NOT pay $12 a  pattern.)

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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2008 06:21:40 PM »

For $20, there had better be extensive but very legible charts, yarn sub suggestions, no errors, a wide array of sizing options, and (of course) an interesting finished product.  for perspective: $20 buys three issues of interweave knits off the newstand, it will buy a pattern booklet or two from a source like rowan or berocco, etc.  lots of patterns, in hardcopy format with pretty pictures.

alternatively, you could market your patterns as a training course -- not just a pattern, if you're writing up guidelines that will help teach techniques (i.e., detailed writeup of how to do double-knitting in order to create the project, or something like that).  the soaker pattern referenced above includes a lot of pictures, a lot more sizes than you think 'babies' would need, and very detailed instructions with photos for short rows, picot hems, picking up stitches, making a knitted hem, a peasant lace stitch pattern -- plus, theresa makes herself available in various forums for pattern support (and she gets asked a lot of questions, which she always answers gracefully). 
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