How much would you pay?

I don’t buy quilting patterns and rarely purchase a book or magazine anymore. I’ve got more books here than I need to inspire me and most of the time I just draft my own quilts anyway. I also spend quality time on eBay looking at antique quilts for ideas.

Knitting however is another whole different kettle of fish … I’m amassing quite the collection of books and have even purchased a few shawl patterns online recently. Of course, Ravelry leads you to lots of free patterns also which I’m grateful to the designers for providing. I’m not confident enough to design my own (yet) although I am acquiring stitch dictionaries and have some ideas floating around.

So my question is how much would you pay for a single pattern?

I’ve paid $3 for a couple I found through Ravelry and I thought those were a good value, I paid $6 for this Calla Shawl pattern but only because we saw one at the quilt show in Hampton and I bought yarn to make one for my sister and one for me (or another gift) but otherwise I wouldn’t have paid that much for it.

I love this Lakeshore Shawl but I’m definitely not paying $7 for it.


10 thoughts on “How much would you pay?

  1. Patti

    Patterns at quilt shops around here are all at least $6.00. Some are more. I paid $9.95 for Evelyn Clark’s Manzanita Shawl (I see she has dropped the price to $7.95). It seemed like a lot, but I’ve made it 4 times and will definitely make it again. $7.00 is on this high side, but it isn’t outrageous compared to other quilting patterns I’ve seen. Most of Anne Hanson’s patterns seem to be $8 now. I guess it depends on how badly you want to make it. I would pay $7 if I really wanted to make it.

  2. Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter

    I have paid anywhere from $3 to $15 for a pattern. It really depends no several things…how much I like the pattern, if I think I can make it on my own without a pattern, do I think I’ll ever see the pattern again! I write and sell patterns myself and can personally attest that pattern writing can be very time consuming and labor intensive with no guarantees that you’ll ever recoop that time or cost in revenue. Most of us who aren’t big time designers are doing it for the joy of sharing and earning a little extra spending money. So, for me, when purchasing patterns just like paying more at a quilt shop, I’m making a choice to support fellow crafters. At the same time, I cannot hold it against anyone for not wanting to spend that kind of money. I’m a thrifty gal myself and I do what I can to save too! 🙂

  3. HeatherS

    I think good knitting patterns for a complex project are well worth a higher price. Particularly, well-written patterns with lots of photos, additional instructional material for techniques that may be unfamiliar to some folks, etc. Writing a knitting pattern clearly and correctly is difficult. Taking good photos is also harder than it looks. Patterns also have to be knit-tested and tech-edited as well as formatted nicely (if self-published), and for clothing items in different sizes, there’s a good deal of figuring involved in making sure that stitch counts for colorwork, lace, cables, etc come out correctly in the 30″ chest size, the same as for the 46″ chest size, and all in between. I know I couldn’t do it!

  4. ruth

    I have a little experience here. I design and sell patterns on Ravelry. Sock patterns cost $5, and most lace shawl patterns run $6. This seems to be about average for these kinds of patterns. I do have one shawl pattern for $7, but it was a complicated and large pattern. Freebies are a great way to get to know the designer’s work.

    What you are paying for is the time it takes to design, knit up, and write out and chart the patterns. I have to tell you that it is a pain in the neck to write out the patterns. More work than you can imagine. And then I need to have the pattern test-knitted, and mail out the yarn for the test knitter, etc, etc. So, it is a very time-consuming process. The knitting part is delightful, the rest is just what you have to do.

    I suppose if I were a big designer, I’d charge more. Lots of these folks are supporting themselves with their design businesses. But having a little business and not wanting to be bigger, I’m comfortable at the lower end of the range.

    I rarely pay a lot for patterns. But this week I bought the fancy circular stranded yarn edition of the Baby Surprise Jacket – $12 + shipping. I figure it will be well worth it, it’s certainly a challenge. But then anything done by Elizabeth Zimmermann or Meg Swansen are well worth the money.

  5. Nancy

    I’m with you about quilting or knitting books: I don’t purchase them anymore because more times than not they are not used other than to scan from time to time.

    I seldom pay more than $5 for a knitting pattern although, like Ruth, I purchased the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern. It was well worth the money.

  6. Lynne

    I’ve never bought a quilt pattern but I do have some books and magazines for inspiration. I have many knitting books and some crochet books. I am knitting from a pattern I bought on Ravelry for $7. The cheapest individual quilting patterns I’ve seen here are $15 and that’s way too much! Usually I can work it out for myself!

  7. Mariel

    That is a very pretty pattern. I guess my most expensive was the Baby Surprise Jacket. One night I was surfing the net and I was on some knitting site and I’m pretty sure I saw a pattern for $47.00! I can’t even remember what the pattern was. I guess I was so shocked at the price. I really wish I could remember where I was when I saw this. A bit out of my range.

  8. Evelyn

    I think I paid $4.50 for my first sock pattern, but didn’t like the toe so bought another for $5 and have used that one pattern every since for lots of socks (it has different sizes). Well worth the $5. Then a friend taught me how to make socks without a pattern. Right now I am looking for a sweater pattern – our library has some nice books so I look there first for a pattern. If I found the “perfect” pattern though I think I would pay $5, maybe $6. When my son turned one my mother-in-law came to visit and she knit him a darling sweater with little buttons at the neck – with no pattern. I think if you knit your favorite thing enough that eventually you don’t need a pattern, but you need a pattern to start out with to get to that point! If I pay for a pattern, then I like to make it more than once and with a sweater you have to figure in the extra cost of all that yarn…

  9. Sara

    Hmm, I really have no problem paying for patterns, but there is a limit. The Baby Surprise Jacket pattern was $10 but it was so worth it! That said, I do prefer to buy entire books so I feel like I am getting more choices.

  10. Michelle

    It depends on the pattern. If it’s something I really want to make, I’ll splurge and spend $8-12. But I’ve been burned by patterns with poor instructions, so I do try to look and see if other have made the same project and been happy with it.

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