Selling your work


I hope someone can help me. I hoping to start selling the hats and scarves and things I make when they turn out well but I don’t know if I would be breaking the law, or breaking knitting etiquette, if I sell something based on someone elses pattern - either from a book or from a website.

Some patterns seem fairly basic - a plain ribbed hat or a simple pair of gloves, and I imagine no one would mind if I used their basic pattern and sold it - should I say where the pattern came from though maybe?

But some patterns are more distinctive - a certain lace patterning round the trim or even more so - gloves and scarves and hats in the shapes of animals or flowers etc. Is it the done thing to ask permission?

Any advice about broaching the professional world appreciated!


You should get written consent from the designer before selling a piece based on their pattern. Usually it says right on the pattern that it is only for personal use and not for resale. If you dig around here there’s been a few threads on copywright laws and selling work. IMHO, you’re far better off with your own original pattern if you want to sell your work. GL!!!

What newbie said check with the person who published/wrote the pattern. Most people will tell you its okay to sell the things you make from their patterns as long as you don’t sell the pattern itself. I had an etsy store at one point. so I had to check into all of this fun stuff.