How original is original? I have recently started to try my hand at designing; I have quite a few patterns in the works, a few still to write up, one already crocheted and one on the hook. These are all mine from start to finish sometimes with a little help in between but still mine.
These are for another story.
How about those where I’ve tweaked someone else’s pattern? I changed yarn weight, or hook style. How about where I converted from regular crochet to Tunisian crochet? Am I still following someone else’s pattern or has it become mine?
I often wonder this as I download a pattern I like but want to change it to suit me. If the original pattern is a baby afghan but I want to make it for myself, obviously I need to make it bigger. I’ll change the hook size and the yarn weight from baby to worsted, is the pattern now mine.
I see a great pattern but it’s done with single crochet and some other regular stitches. I change the single crochet Tunisian simple stitch and I adapt the others to a suitable Tunisian stitch, is it still the original pattern?
Most things begin with a template. Prototype is a word bandied about in R&D. Everyone wants to build a better something.
However plagiarism is also a word thrown around development companies, schools and the publishing world.
I remember when I was in school and I didn’t do my homework and I had to copy someone else’s I word change a few things so the teacher couldn’t accuse us of cheating.
So is it innovation, a better afghan?
Is it cheating, changing a few things so people won’t know?