So I was captivated by YH’s pic of the baby surprise jacket, which I knew was some kind of marvel… when I saw her pic of it unfolded, I was intrigued, but couldn’t find a local source for the pattern. I though it would be interesting to see if I could work out something similar myself (yes, interesting, slow, and riddled with ripping). I thought that I could see how it worked, at least you start off with double decreases to make the CO edge into the neck/top and wrist cuffs. Later, increases to make corners… some other stuff… although I would quite possibly have chucked it all in and bought the pattern. With trial and error, I might be able to work out something similar, from the unfolded photos I found on the net (I have no moral problem with this). At least I was thinking about trying it. Then I found this.
~deleted link by Jan in CA~
Row-by-row instructions. The woman specifically states that she is not posting the pattern, that the notes will only make sense in conjunction with the pattern. But they make sense to me. Is she being sarcastic (like those blogs where someone posts 'if you have a copy of Rowan Summer ‘0X DO NOT contact me offering to send me a photocopy or scan of the Dragonfly pattern because if you do I will not accept’. Hint hint.)? Or does she think it’s legal? If this is okay I must have a serious misunderstanding of copyright as it applies to knitting patterns.
And now an ethical dilemma… I might or might not have ever gotten around to actually trying to work out exactly how to make this or something similar, but after coming across it, do I just ignore it? I still want to try to work it out what with not having a local source… but I don’t know if I have the willpower to do that knowing the instructions are available online, even though I totally believe that when you write a pattern it is a possession and if someone doesn’t want to buy it off you they don’t have a right to it. Regardless of whether you actually lose money or not from them having the information.
Don’t we have a lawyer with copyright knowledge somewhere on here? I’m really curious about how this is legal!