Today I am full of questions!
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?