I am not sure if this is the right place to post this but I have a question regarding selling knitted items on e-bay. If I have followed a pattern from a book etc. knitted the item myself not necessarily in the same colours as the pattern suggests would I then be able to sell that item on ebay and not infringe any copyright stuff cuz i know that is all complicated.
It would be considered copyright infringement even if the color is different. Check all the pattern info in the book or on a pattern for info. There are patterns that allow it, but most have strict rules.
Yes, it is a breach of Copyright. Most copyright conditions including making money from the sale of the pattern and or finished item.
Thought it might just wanted to be 100% sure.
What about free online patterns?
Hadn't thought about them would be good to know that.
There is a Copyright Group on Ravelry. Here is a thread I found that pertains to your question. Another Raveler/knitter had your same question, but did some copyright research and share her findings. Then other knitters have commented on the subject.
Many if not most free patterns still do not allow you to make money from their patterns. Some do, but you always need to check.
So basically overall if I follow a pattern I have to have permission to sell the item. If i create something myself off the top of my head like a striped scarf plain knit i can sell it?
Yes. There are patterns that allow you to do whatever you want and they usually say so onthe pattern. I know of a few and will find the links.
These patterns are not free, but you can sell the finished item. I think most allow this, but check the pattern page to be sure.
This one says you can sell it. I don't know about the other patterns for this designer though. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/molly-bubble-romper