I knit this hat in June, for submission to a magazine. It wasn’t accepted, but I thought it was a strong design and decided to self-publish the pattern. I planned to publish it at the end of this month, closer to fall, when people would be thinking about hats. I wrote the pattern up and filed it away, feeling all pleased with myself for having a plan and being prepared.

Then on Sunday night I stopped by Knit and Tonic, and saw this.

Well, shit.

My hat is different from Wendy’s in a few ways – mine is a beanie instead of a beret, it is all worked in stockinette stitch instead of alternating stockinette with garter stitch – but I figure the few differences can’t be enough to make mine not look like a rip-off of hers. We even used the same weight of yarn. I hate it when this happens… and I know it happens fairly frequently. When Amy Swenson and I both lived in Calgary and used to exhaustively review the new knitting magazines together, I can’t tell you how many times one of us would exclaim “What!! I’ve been working on exactly that idea!”

Oh well. If you like my hat, go buy’s Wendy’s pattern (when she releases it). I must say her top shaping is more graceful than mine.


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  1. Posted August 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Could be my beginner’s eye, but your hat is different enough I think it should still be submitted.

  2. Posted August 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my word! Total kismet, I guess. I’ll write you an email. Maybe we can do some cross-marketing if you do a self-published one…

    : )

  3. Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Aw. Crappy.

  4. Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    I think you should release it!

  5. Linda in Chicagoland
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    And I have one that I’ve been wearing for two years! Right after I knit up my Gathered Scarf I thought the idea would work for a hat. I get loads of compliments on mine. Didn’t keep notes, didn’t even consider writing a pattern because I had ‘borrowed’ the idea. When you get right down to it, are there any truly original ideas in knitting? I’m not sure.

    I think you should release your design.

  6. Ruth Clukey
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    When and where will I be able to get your pattern. I think it is great.

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