Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A Necessary (But Boring) Post About Pattern Sales

<boredom> Trying to explain the whole  EU VAT thing is getting me into a pickle, and I'm 'wasting' the only day that I have to get some things done (while everyone else is out) so  I've deleted the lot and I'm going to give you the potted version....

1. I've removed the patterns which I had for sale on Craftsy. My 'Cwtchy Cable Armwarmers' pattern is still available to download there, as it is free of charge and more popular than ever, currently in their "Top 20 Free Patterns". 

2. My 'paid' patterns are still for sale on Ravelry and also via the Love Knitting 'Indie Designer' programme. (It doesn't seem that I can link to all of my patterns together on, which is inconvenient, but they are individually listed here.)

3. Depending on where you are based, or rather where your IP address is based (and so whether the new EU VAT rules apply to the sale), if you decide to buy one of my patterns via Ravelry, you may be redirected from Ravelry to Love Knitting to complete the purchase - if that's the case you will need an account to check out. If you do so, the pattern will still appear in your Ravelry library. 

4. For the time being I have standardised the pricing across both providers, so you will pay the same amount wherever you are and whichever site you purchase from. This is currently easier to manage, but may change in the future. 

5. You can find a list of ALL my patterns (free or paid) and links to them on this page

All of the above is a headache I had not anticipated and will have a significant impact on my plans for 2015, as well as the designs I already have in the works. For the next month or two I will continue to post a few free patterns/ recipes here on the blog but this may not be sustainable. My pattern sales have helped to cover the costs of producing the free patterns I post here, but having to pay a higher percentage of the already small price to a third party may mean that this will change.

Some designers have stopped designing and have posted all their patterns for free but without ongoing support, some have removed all from sale, and some have temporarily closed their online shops while they figure things out. I'm not sure what I will do long term as I was really just getting started and wonder if it is worth the time and effort for just a pound or two on each sale. For the sake of the industry - and those whose livelihoods are reliant on income from pattern sales - I hope that a sensible and workable solution can be found.

Here endeth the most boring post I've ever written, which didn't even deserve a picture. I'll be back with pictures, knitting, journaling and ART in the new year! </boredom>


  1. I'm sure I speak from all who enjoy reading your posts, looking at your photos and knitting up your patterns - hang on in there. Hope that 2015 turns out the way you wish.

  2. Thank you Linda and a Happy New Year to you x

  3. I read about this recently. So do you think everyone will be selling only on loveknitting and not on Etsy, Craftsy, or Ravelry?

  4. Have a look at the post on
    Kerry seems to think emailing might be the solution.

  5. I will see how the pattern buying process goes ... Good luck to you as a seller! Regula


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