Knitting Stitches & Copyright

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capriccioso wrote
on Jul 25, 2012 5:58 PM

Are knitting stitches copyrighted? If say, I 'design' a shawl with a stitch from a "Vogue Stitchionary" or "Harmony Guide" would I be allowed to publish the design if I make my own charts, formulate instructions in my own words, etc.?

 

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ZassZ wrote
on Jul 25, 2012 6:12 PM

Hi capriccioso, 

Here is a nice little item for you to read.

http://www.vogueknitting.com/magazine/article_archive/a_matter_of_principle.aspx

 And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen.   Ex. 35:25 

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capriccioso wrote
on Jul 26, 2012 2:05 PM

I've just finished reading it. I understand that the patterns themselves are copyrighted. However, I still don't quite understand if the stitches that are published on their own are copyrighted. Of course, I'd be able to use stitches like the stockinette stitch, moss stitch, garter stitch, etc., but would I be allowed to publish a design that featured a stitch from the Vogue Stitchionary, for example?

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