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Pattern Submissions

Does it have to be my pattern?
Yes.  Or you have to own the rights to it.

Does it have to be original?
Yes.  That's sort of the point.  Free, original crochet patterns.  Besides, if it's not original, that's copyright infringement and/or plagiarism and I will not encourage that or participate in it.

Does this mean you own my pattern(s) once I send it to you?
Absolutely not, I run this website for the simple reason that I refuse to surrender ownership of the rights to my patterns. Your pattern is still yours.  This site is to share information, not for me to take it from you.  I will maintain the copyright to the page design (all patterns posted to this site will be a part of this site and posted on my template) and you maintain the copyright to the pattern, and the photo if you provide one.  If you wish to use your own page design then I will link to your pattern(s) from my links pages (See link submission policies.)

(How) Do you intend to copyright my pattern for me?
Copyrighting something is easy.  You say it's copyrighted.  If you want physical proof of your copyright that's your responsibility.  All you need to do is print out a copy once it's posted, and send it to yourself via registered mail.  When the envelope arrives, do not open it.  Store it somewhere safe.  If a question ever arises about the ownership or copyright of your work, take your envelope to a lawyer and ask them to open it.  The postmark on your sealed envelope is proof your work existed prior to that date.  This should get you basic copyright protection.  If you need more information, I suggest you research it yourself.  I'm not an expert.

Can my pattern be taken down?
That's sort of a two sided question.

Do you want me to take it down?
Sure, it's your pattern.  I do ask that you notify me in advance if it needs to be taken down due to copyright changing hands or other similar situations.  Likewise, do not ask me to continue hosting a pattern if you no longer hold the rights.  Email me and give me a day or two and your pattern will be pulled.  I'll email you a notification when it's gone.

Will I ever make the decision to pull a pattern?
I might.  If I find that it is not original, or I am questioned about the copyright or source, I will immediately pull the pattern.  I will notify you of the situation and where appropriate, put you in touch with the person who has the concern.  In other words, you are responsible for your own pattern.  That's part of what you maintaining the rights means.

How do I submit a pattern?
The short of it boils down to this: email it to me (strngbn@lycos). 

The long of it is as follows:
1)  Email me.  Drop me a line letting me know that you have a pattern you're interested in submitting.  Establish a relationship with me.  Let's face it, at this point we're strangers.  Are you an axe murderer?  Am I? (just kidding)

Seriously, I don't open emails with attachments if I don't know the person it's from.  I'll most likely end up deleting your pattern if you don't at least drop me a note prior to sending it.

IMPORTANT!  Please include a valid return email address so I can get in touch with you.

2)  Email me your pattern, as well as a photo if you have one.  (Photo is not required.)  Let me know how you would like to be credited on the site as well.  (ie. what name you would prefer - Sue, J. R. Smith, Golthar - defender of England, etc.)

3)  Give me a few days for research.  I will verify to my satisfaction, before posting, that it is indeed an original pattern.

4)  Give me a reasonable amount of time to work up my own sample.  I verify Jessy's patterns and one or the other of us double checks mine.  Sometimes if you crochet very loose or very tight you can make things work that may not happen for everyone.

5)  If I have any edits or questions, I will email you.  I will not make changes to your patterns without your permission.  I do, however, reserve the right to include notes (ex.  I found that an extra chain stitch here helps) and I will indicate that they are from me..

6)  If you have included the photo, I will use your photo providing that it is of reasonable quality and a file that can be optimized for the web.  If you have not included a photo, I will include the photo of my sample.

I don't know how to write a pattern.  Does my pattern have to be in proper "pattern-speak" for you to accept it?
Not necessarily.  While clearly written, properly punctuated patterns are a plus, I will gladly consider your pattern as long as I can figure out what you mean.  Depending on how your pattern reads, I may ask you for permission to reword things for clarity.  Or you could do was Jessy does - give me detailed notes and permission to "translate."

What if I don't like your site design?
Seriously, then get a free Tripod or other web account and I'll link to you.

What if I don't like your sample/photo?
Let's be for real here, make your own.  Or ask nicely and I might make another.  If you provide a reason, I'll likely oblige.  I will make most samples in neutrals (ecru or white) unless the pattern name indicates otherwise.  (I will not make a pattern called Blue Skies in white.)

I sent you my thing forever ago and it's still not posted!  WHY?!?
I'm not trying to be mean here, but probably because I have a full time job.  I'm a department manager at a craft store.  Yes, it means I get a discount.  It also means that at least 40 hours a week, I'm doing something other than this website.  If you're really that concerned about what I'm up to check my blog or email me.  I usually post there if there's something keeping me from something I promised to do, whether related to this site or not.

It could also mean that your pattern was more complicated than you thought and the pattern check is taking a while. 

I'll agree to let you know what's going on, if you agree to ask before you get angry.

 

Link Submissions

I have a link that I bet you'll think is really cool. Will you link to it?
Sure, if I like it. Send it in. I check all of the links that are submitted to me before I post them.

Do I have to link to you?
I would prefer it, but no, I won't make you.  I think reciprocal links are common courtesy, but I also know they're not always possible, or appropriate.  (I won't put up a permanent link that doesn't pertain to the purpose of this site.)

Does it have to be a crochet link?
Not necessarily.  I would prefer it.  But it could also be knitting or yarn or tatting.  If it's a cool site, I may feature it temporarily on the homepage - related or not.  Links must be crochet related, at least somehow, to gain a permanent home on the site.

 

Photo Submissions

I have a photo of something I made from one of your patterns will you post it?
Gladly, under a few conditions.

1) The photo must be of reasonable quality and able to be optimized for the web.  I will not post blurry photos or photos that I cannot reduce to a reasonable file size.  My Tripod account has limited storage space.

2) The sample must be in reasonable condition and represent my pattern to my satisfaction.  I will not post photos of stained, inaccurate or damaged samples.

3) If it is a photo of a pattern contributed by someone else, I will optimize it and forward it to the designer for the final decision.

Can I submit just photos of other stuff I made?
No.  Sorry, kids.  This is a pattern and resource site.  Not Show and Tell.  Go to Yahoo!Groups and post it through the old Newsletter group. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crochetpages)

If you don't like that option, check Ravelry or some other community site for that.

 

 

 

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These patterns and photos may be reproduced for personal use only.  If you are interested in any other uses, please contact me at the above email address and I will gladly discuss permissions.  Thank you.

All information, site design, and graphics 2000-2009 Adrienne R. Congdon, unless otherwise indicated. This does not include link buttons/graphics for links to outside pages. These are the property of the site that they are linked to.