Oakland Raiders Afghan Fail

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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As it turns out, the third time is not a charm. Ravelry still refused to publish my pattern because it makes a trademarked product.

Personally, I think the whole thing is stupid. Seriously, how much money could I make off a crochet afghan pattern? And who has the time and/or resources to actually make it.

I keep lambasting capitalism and shall continue to my last single crochet.

In the meantime, the pattern is always available on AHW Pattern Page, should anyone be interested.

Oakland Raiders Afghan v3

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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It’s been said the third time is a charm; let’s see if this is true. I have now removed the afghan image from the pattern due to Ravelry’s response:

Unacceptable image. Whether the pattern is charted or not, it is still an unacceptable pattern since it uses a trademarked image.

I have also included instructions on the Ravelry Store pattern where one can view the finished product, which would be here. Again, the pattern on my Patterns Page remains intact with an image of the finished product and a PDF chart.

Oakland Raiders Afghan v2

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:

Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.

My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.

Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price: USD $5.00.

Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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Oakland Raiders II: Half Time

Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
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Despite a couple of debacles yesterday:

  1. spilled coffee on the afghan, which thankfully washed out
  2. issue with row/stitch counts; fortunately only had to undo two rows

This time I am stranding the yarn behind the piece and sewing in ends after each row, so when I am done, I will be done!

I have the chart completed, but lost the stitch counts I had on the chart. Unfortunately, I only have stitch counts up to row 113, so I will have to recount the stitches for rows 114-192.

I am thinking of selling the pattern at different price levels:

  • Minimal Cost for the chart only
  • Increased cost for chart and a color-coded spreadsheet indicating stitch counts
  • Maximum cost for chart with stitch counts, color-coded spreadsheet indicating stitch counts

Not that anyone reads my blog, as evidence by my recent Wave Pattern request for help, but if anyone sees it your input would be greatly appreciated.

Oakland Raiders Afghan

Oakland Raiders Tapestry Afghan
Oakland Raiders Tapestry Afghan
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On da Hook: September 3, 2015
Off da Hook: December 29, 2015
Pattern: Oakland Raiders Tapestry Afghan by Hooker Leo (pending publication)
Yarn A: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01005 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Michael’s Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01044 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US H/8 – 5. 00 mm
Dimensions: 4 x 4 Feet Square

The most important thing I have learned from making my second tapestry afghan is that I don’t charge enough! Unfortunately, I have one more already commissioned and I need to re-do this one because of a bleach stain in the black area. The good news: I have sold this one, stain and all.

After all these tapestry afghans are done, I should be able to crochet right-, and left-handed. I am currently practicing by making a scarf with left-handed crochet. I have also taught my self about floating the yarn across the back. Preliminary tests have shown a significant enough vertical dip, which may be caused by additional tension upon that stitch, whereby I was tucking the floating yarn underneath the stitch. I still like cutting my ends, as I think it consumes less yarn. They might not seem as unbearable in the end if I address them as I crochet each row.

Finally, I think I may begin charging for these afghans based on time versus materials. This will greatly increase the cost of making one, which I think is fair considering all the graphic/web design that does into the project in charting a pattern.

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern: Status

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan

Having received so many request to purchase my San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern, I finally set to inquiring with the team regarding sales of my pattern and copyright infringement. Today marks day three that I have contacted them via their website and social media. Not one reply.

My feelings are that if you don’t care enough to address inquiries, you must not mind me selling my pattern of your logo – SILENCE = APPROVAL – a la Judge Judy!

So, as soon as I finish the Oakland Raiders Tapestry Crochet Afghan I am currently working on, I will set forth to publishing my pattern and making it available for sale until such time, I received official legal notification from the San Francisco 49ers to cease and desist.

Football Season

Oakland Raiders Afghan

I received another request for my San Francisco 49ers afghan pattern on Ravelry. Once again, I informed the inquirer that I cannot sell without violating copyright law. Then I thought: contact the team and verify before cutting of another source of income. Here is what I was able to write them, using the website contact form (300 word maximum)

Open Quotation MarkI created an afghan based on your logo. I have many people asking me about obtaining the pattern. Would sale of the pattern violate copyright laws? I am not a lawyer, nor can I afford one. Can I sell my pattern? See afghan here.

I also Tweeted the message and put if on their Facebook page.

Making good progress on the Oakland Raiders afghan…

Oakland Raiders Afghan
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