I’ve designed a few patterns for squares over time, mainly just to see if I could write a pattern that people could follow! I always give them away free because I really don’t think they’re so innovative and different that I could really feel good about taking people’s money for them.
The last pattern I designed was Geometrica (shown here). That one was designed by request of Melinda Miller, a pattern designer that I admire. So I was pretty chuffed to have been asked to design a pattern for her showcase. I still offer that one for free, even though the terms were that it could be changed to a paid pattern once the showcase was over.
Personally, I think the pattern ended up being a bit more fiddly and complex than I intended. I was thinking to do a whole series of squares modeled after quilting, where you join a series of motifs then go around the outside and turn them into a square. I may still ponder that idea in the future.
Anyway, the other day a yarn store owner wanted to offer the Geometrica pattern for sale in her store. I guess Ravelry has a way you can set that up, though I’ve never explored it since my patterns have always been free. She needed it right away for an event and I ended up declining. I was torn about selling a pattern that I’ve been giving away. But it was flattering that a store wanted to include my pattern in an event they were having!
So, have I been…er…SELLING myself short by not selling my patterns instead of giving them away? If you were to buy an individual pattern for a crocheted square, would you expect the pattern to be over the top and totally unique? What would you expect from a square pattern that you paid money for? If you buy such patterns do you only buy from established or “name” pattern designers?