Frequently Asked Questions

How can you share these patterns? What about copyright?

I am in the UK and here knitting patterns fall under industrial design copyright law, as they are a set of instructions to make something and not prose. Industrial design is covered by copyright for 25 years, so right now in 2021, anything from pre 1996 is free to publish.

Do you accept donations of knitting patterns?

Yes, I love donations, but as I’m disabled I find it tricky to collect big boxes. If it’s from a London area where I have friends, they can be persuaded to collect on my behalf.

Why aren’t you posting regularly?

I have hEDS (hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome) and I’m often too achey to update the website.

How can I contact you?

Email : caroline@thesunnystitcher.co.uk

What happened to those other posts that weren’t about knitting?

They are hidden from the menus, but I still have a lot of posts on other topics from when this was only a personal blog, for example posts about my cats, Agatha Christie, vintage fashion magazines. At the moment the website is too visually cluttered to add them. I really need to learn how to do a better page menu!

It’s asking me to pay for the patterns. I thought this was free

You can choose to donate zero or look at the patterns I haven’t yet added the pay form to. Eventually all the patterns will be downloadable only after clicking through the pay prompt. This is because so many people were downloading without donating.

Where is the money going?

I do not take any money at all. I fund the website myself (pay for hosting & for the URL & pay WordPress).

All of the donation money goes to a small UK charity called CureDM UK. They fund research into a rare form of muscular dystrophy that my best friend died aged only 39.

You can learn more about the charity and the condition here https://www.congenitalmyotonicdystrophy.org/. The charity is registered with the Charities Commision under no. 1191217 (https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/5162609)

They also have a Just Giving page if you want to donate without downloading a knitting pattern. https://www.justgiving.com/curemyotonicdystrophyukcharity

What is Gumroad?

Gumroad is an external website, ie. not owned by me, that allows me to safely accept donations without processing the card payments myself and delivers pdfs of the knitting pattern scans on my behalf. It’s a great help to me as this is a one woman not for profit operation.

I’ve seen your patterns on another site and someone is charging for them

Yes, I know. Sometimes someone just owns the same pattern, sometimes they have pinched it from here.