As a seller of patterns on Ravelry I always try to put as much information into the notes (which a reader will see before paying for the pattern) as I can. People like to make informed choices.
What I’m wondering is why a lot of designers fail to do this. There are a few nice patterns that continually crop up in my searches, which cost money, and I finally bit the bullet and bought two of them. One pattern cost twenty dollars! For one shawl! I don’t even pay $20 for a book full of patterns, most times. I thought there was some unique and intricate method that was involved, and I certainly would like to support people developing new methods, so I did it. I paid $20 for a shawl pattern and discovered there was nothing unusual at all. Just a sideways-knit rectangular lace shawl, where the designer used different colors and different lace patterns for each stripe. $20 down the drain IMHO. I could have whipped something up from my stitch pattern books in about 20 minutes to come up with a similar design.
Well, I tried again later with a $7 pattern. Short shawl. A load of people have knit this; a fair number of them complain about the way the pattern is written, but I figured it was better to spend $7 than to try to reverse-engineer a similar design on my own. There’s weird shaping and so forth. And…those people are right. I look at this pattern and I.Am.Daunted. I don’t even know where to start! (I mean, obviously I know where to start, start with the cast-ons. But you know what I mean.)
And, of course, there is no way to get your money back on something like this. For a long time patterns have been non-returnable (even before the internet), because of the copyrights, I guess. So I’m off to un-daunt myself. Might be a while before y’all see me here again.
(Just for the record, my patterns are either free or $4. I really don’t believe in charging outrageous prices for them. People do pay the $4 – I hope they’re not dissatisfied with my work.)