I was writing up the pattern for my tri-colored flecked tweed hat and was planning on posting it to Ravelry, but then a question about ethics and etiquette dawned on me. I was inspired to make this hat by a stitch I found in a stitch book...just a book full of various types of stitches. Although the hat itself was just something I improvised, I'm wondering what ethics and etiquette would dictate is appropriate when writing up (and possibly selling) a pattern that uses a stitch type learned from a book or another similar source. Am I allowed to make and sell or give away a pattern using such a stitch? Does the fact that any one stitch can have a billion different names in a billion different books alleviate the idea of "stitch ownership"? Should I be crediting this book out of legal (or moral) obligation? Or is a pattern inspired by a stitch sole ownership of the individual who created the pattern?
Now, there's also a technical question. It wants me to provide a link to a .pdf. I know of plenty of photo-hosting websites, but where in the world do you host a .pdf file? And if I do decide to sell it, does it only take people there after they purchase it? I'm so confused. I'm about to just say, "Screw it." LOL
By the way...although I liked the name suggestions from some of you, I just decided to simplify the naming of my hat and called it "The Yugidean Hat" LOL So original, right? I used up all my originality on the Floobidy Hat. LOL
I found a website called www.e-junkie.com that allows you to sell things directly through them, especially downloads. It's $5/month, though. I may need to shore up a few more patterns before I hand over money. I don't know how well patterns would really sell, anyway.