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Episode 23, 8 Harsh Truths about Knitting Pattern Pricing

June 20th, 2022

Hello lovelies,

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Get Knit Done podcast.  As a pattern buyer and designer but also as someone who rambles through Knitting Twitter and other knitting communities on the internet, I think there are a few harsh (depending on your view of course and very kindly put I hope) truths that we need to talk about in relation to knitting pattern pricing and in this episode, I grasp that nettle!

As always, if you don't agree with me, let's talk about it but let's be kind too!  Knitting is definitely not intended to be a combat sport! 

My 8 'harsh' truths:

  1. There is no shame in not being able to afford something but it doesn't make the item expensive
  2. Just because knitting is your hobby doesn't mean designing is the designer's hobby
  3. Knitting patterns are ridiculously good value
  4. The more size/budget/etc* inclusive a pattern is, the more it costs to design and therefore more expensive it is
  5. Patterns have to make commercial sense
  6. Designer's owe you clear instructions but you are responsible for your own knitting skills
  7. We owe it to ourselves to ensure that women's work is properly valued
  8. Sometimes you get what you pay for and often you get what you don't pay for


Following on from this, rather fittingly, I hope, I have a couple of episodes planned to talk about knitting pattern design!  I'll be talking about what I see as the three different aspects of knitting pattern design and how they relate to one another but how they all need different types of attention! 

Take care lovelies,

Michelle

PS. If you are casting on a new project, don’t forget, you can get a project tracker here on the site!   

*For accessibility, the extra cost of that is not up for debate, patterns should be as accessible as possible and the price split between the designer and everyone who buys patterns in the community 

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