As per Jan in CA permission, I would like to run an idea of a pattern generating website by this wonderful and helpful community.
In a nutshell, the idea is to create a website for selling children sweater patterns with the option of creating a unique pattern from existing elements. It all started with this sweater which I called Canadian Wilderness http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105541
So it got me thinking -- what if I make more animal silhouettes against the background that resembles their habitat? It's simple in terms of colour work and yet visually rich because of the variegated yarn. And what if I make a number of sweater designs (raglan, bottom up, cardigan, or vest) to choose from? What if I make a series of those 'habitats' like Farm, Pets, Africa, Polar region, etc? What if I give customer a choice to choose the finishing elements (cuffs, neck) for a chosen sweater?
I believe, knitters are creative human beings by nature. We have this need to make something unique and beautiful, something that didn't exist before. And it's true even when people use patterns as guiding instructions -- their creations reflect their own style and preferences and still are one of a kind.
So I wonder if I could take it one step further and give customers an opportunity to create a pattern that will reflect those preferences?
For example, if you prefer top down sweaters, you could choose a raglan with on option of 3-5 different neck lines, in a different colour, with a different animal (or without). If you don't like sleeves, it could be a vest with the same colour/animal choices.
So instead of making THE sweater that I hope people would like, I would give them a choice to create a number of variations.
I looked up the Sweater wheel and some other pattern resources and mostly all patterns come as a single file, no options. Maybe there is a reason for it? Maybe choices is not such a good idea?
ETA: I would also like to create videos how to make said sweaters (especially details like neck lines) and maybe one beginning-to-end sweater making video that would touch upon all processes.
And the patterns would have a brief process description before the row by row instructions.
What do you guys think? It would be really helpful to know before diving into the technical/business aspects of it.
p.s. If you don't feel like killing this idea publicly but have a strong opinion about it :), please, PLEASE don't hesitate to PM me, I am looking for all kinds of feedback.