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FAQ for LYS Owners

FAQ for LYS Owners


YES, you can print Knitty patterns and offer them for free to your customers!


Q. I own a yarn shop and would love to offer Knitty patterns to my customers. What's allowed?

A. Every Knitty reader is may print a copy of any Knitty pattern for their own personal use. LYS owners can either provide customers with the ability to print their own copies of Knitty patterns in shop, or offer a copy with purchase for free. If your shop has a fee per page for printouts, that is not considered paying for the pattern; it's covering your costs. Please ensure that the customer understands they're not paying for this pattern in any way.

Here is what we suggest:

1. Print out a copy of any Knitty pattern you wish to feature in your store.

2. Put it in a binder or plastic sleeve and make it available for viewing by your customers near the yarn you recommend they use. If you have the time and resources, knit up a sample, too!

3. If you're not able to print the pattern for your customer, use this handy 8 1/2 x 11" flyer to write out the Knitty pattern URL so they can do it at home.

4. Feel good, knowing you've helped designers continue to offer their patterns free to readers on Knitty.

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Do you want to teach a course based on a Knitty pattern or article?
Please write directly to the designer/author with your request. You'll find each designer or author's e-mail address at the bottom of their page.

Do you want to sell kits of a Knitty pattern?
In order for you to use the picture(s) that accompany each pattern, whether in print or on your website, you must obtain the designer's permission. You'll find each designer or author's e-mail address at the bottom of their pattern page so that you can contact them. If permission is granted by the designer, please add "photo(s) used with the permission of Designer Name".

Please note in the kit that the printed pattern is being provided free of charge in order to abide by copyright law.

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We have been informed that some yarn shops are actually selling Knitty patterns. This is clearly a violation of copyright and should we learn of such violations, we will inform the designer so that they may exercise their legal rights.

Knitty is a popular resource for your customers and continues to help build interest in knitting worldwide. This, in turn, helps build your business.

By protecting the hard work of the designers and authors who contribute to Knitty, you are also helping to ensure that Knitty can continue for a long time to come. It's good for us all.

We thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.