Q. I own a yarn shop and would love
to offer Knitty patterns to my customers. What can I do?
A. Every Knitty reader, including those who own a yarn shop, is permitted
to print a single copy of any Knitty pattern for their own personal use.
Although your shop is clearly not your home, by exposing your customers
to Knitty patterns, everyone benefits, so we encourage you to display your
copy of any Knitty pattern in your shop.
Under no circumstances is it okay for
you to offer your customers a copy of any Knitty pattern or
article, including placing a printout of a Knitty
pattern in a kit. Even though your intentions are innocent,
this would be a violation of copyright and
will hurt our designers. I know you don't want to do that.
So here is what we suggest:
1. Print out ONE
copy of any pattern you wish to feature
in your store.
2. Put it in a binder or plastic sleeve and
make it available for viewing by your customers.
Your customer needs to print their own copy of the Knitty pattern
directly from this website. How can you make finding the right
page to print easier for your customer? After a great suggestion
from a LYS owner/Knitty reader, we created handy Post-it
notes to make the referral process as easy as possible for
you. You'll find the sticky notes -- and a few other
cool things -- at the Knitty
LYSO shwag shop.
We're getting great feedback
on these from LYSOs...they are proving
If you'd rather do it yourself, you
can use this 8 1/2 x 11" flyer. Simply download the PDF
file, print it and cut up the little mini-flyers for your
customers' convenience. To make it even easier for your customer
to find the specific pattern they're interested in, write the
name of the pattern and the URL of the pattern page on the
4. Feel good, knowing you've helped designers
continue to offer their patterns free to readers on Knitty.
Do you want to teach a course based
on a Knitty pattern or article?
Please write directly to the designer/author
with your request. You'll find each designer or author's e-mail
address at the bottom of their page.
Do you want to sell kits of a Knitty
In order for you to use the picture(s)
that accompany each pattern, whether in print or on your website,
you must obtain the designer's permission. You'll find each designer
or author's e-mail address at the bottom of their pattern page
so that you can contact them. If permission is granted by the
designer, please add "photo(s) used with the permission
of Designer Name".
You may not print a copy of the Knitty pattern
and include it with your kit. Instead, simply include the Knitty
pattern's URL (see note 3 above) so that the purchaser can download
a copy for themselves, and abide by copyright law.
We have been informed that some yarn shops
are actually selling Knitty patterns. This is clearly a violation
of copyright and should we learn of such violations, we will
inform the designer so that they may exercise their legal rights.
Knitty is a popular resource for your customers
and from the feedback we're hearing, is helping to build interest
in knitting worldwide. This, in turn, helps build your business.
By protecting the hard work of the designers
and authors who contribute to Knitty, you are also helping to
ensure that Knitty can continue for a long time to come. It's
good for us all.
We thank you for your help and your respect
of copyright law.