Here are the rules for the Design Contest
1. Your design should be made for an average adult size.
2. The yarn your pattern calls for should be readily available for purchase by along participants through one of our sponsors.
3. The pattern should be written and submitted in Word or PDF format.
4. You should use standard abbreviations in your pattern as listed here.
5. Your design should be completely of your own making and not infringe on the copyright of others in any way whatsoever. Violation of this rule could have serious consequences.
6. E-mail your pattern as an attachment with the subject “Design Contest” to summerofsocks2007 [at] yahoo [dot] com and include the following information in the body of the e-mail:
- Your name as it appears on the SOS2007 blog side bar
- Your blog URL
- A statement saying that you agree to the rules listed here, you have not infringed on the copyright of another to your knowledge and that you agree to have your pattern (should you win the contest) released to the participants of this along before it is available anywhere else.
- Anything else you think the judges should know about your pattern.
7. The deadline for pattern submissions will be 10pm EST on September 1st, 2007.
8. One entry per person please!
Please remember! Submissions that do not follow the proper e-mail format or meet the requirements listed here will be rejected and you may not resubmit. No exceptions!
Some additional notes:
You may blog about your design process if you wish.
You will retain copyright on your pattern but you must agree to have your pattern released to the participants of this along BEFORE you release it on your own website or through any other avenue. If you cannot agree to this, please do not enter the contest.
Please make sure you have your pattern tested by someone you trust. We all make mistakes!
Added 6/21: The question was asked if you can use a stitch pattern from some other source (such as Barbara Walker) in your design. Here is my response -
It is my understanding (and while I am a librarian I am certainly *not* an expert on copyright law) that if you use a stitch pattern from someone else and “modify” it so that it is included in a garment, that usage would be not be an infringement of copyright. You have taken the original idea and changed it in some way because you have incorporated it into something else. Or in the case of some stitch patterns, you have also taken something knit flat and changed it to be knit in the round (in the case of a sock).
Some examples that immediately come to mind are these two knitty patterns. You’ll see in the descriptions that they site stitch patterns from other sources (one of them Barbara Walker in fact). I would encourage you to give a very complete citation with your pattern if you choose to use something like this in your design including information about the book, page number etc.
Most of all, have fun and be creative!
If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at Jessica [at] zarzuelaknitsandcrochets [dot] com. This post will be updated as necessary throughout the along.