Sage Yarn

Jen and I face copyright questions on a daily basis — whether it’s a customer hoping to knit an item for sale at a local fair, an instructor wondering whether a published pattern may be used to teach a class, or wanting to make a “working copy” of a pattern to write on as we’re knitting on a project!  Copyright laws can be intimidating and confusing,  so we wanted to help clarify things!

Our example is my most recent pattern, which appeared on the cover of Interweave’s Holiday Gifts issue.  Currently, Interweave holds the rights to the pattern.  In their words, the “instructions we publish at Interweave are intended for personal use and inspiration only – not for commercial purposes.”  This means that even as the designer I am not allowed to sell the pattern on my own, or sell finished items made using the pattern.  I am, however, allowed…

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