Writing a pattern?

Today I am full of questions!

Celtic Cable Scarf - cropped out the row instructions to keep the mystery ALIVE

Celtic Cable Scarf – originally

Ages ago I started a scarf for my friend Nate. He requested a cable scarf in green. I originally chose the Celtic Cable Scarf by Vanessa Lewis. It’s a beautiful pattern, good yarn but dang it made my hands hurt. So it languished. I’d put one or two rows on every few weeks…or months.

Each time, I’d pull it out, figure out the directions and where I was, find a cable needle and then put a row on then go “nope” due to the pain.

So I had to really consider the piece and I decided to rip it out and start over. I couldn’t find a pattern that I wanted to go with so I decided to try my hand at cobbling together a design of my own. I pulled out my copy of A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and found a cable I liked. From there I did some simple stitches around the panel to make up the scarf and this is what it currently looks like:


Which brings me to my question – at what point does a pattern become your own? I don’t think this one in particular is different enough to be original. But let’s say I design a different scarf…or a shawl…or whatever but I use a stitch pattern from a stitch dictionary. At what point does that design become original and I can write it into a pattern and put it up on Ravelry? How does that work?

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One Response to Writing a pattern?

  1. steph says:

    good question. lots of people incorporate patterns from stitch dictionaries into their designs….so the fact that you took a pattern from a stitch dictionary doesn’t mean the resulting scarf isn’t YOUR own. You decided the number of total stitches, you decided how many stitches with which to frame the cables, you decided the type of cast on and bind off….so I think the combination makes this your pattern. ???

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