To our publishers and customers

[June 16, 2019] The site has now stopped selling patterns.

[April 30, 2019] After almost 11 successful years in business, Patternfish will cease selling patterns on 16 June, 2019.

We will continue to make our customers' stashes accessible to them to the end of 30 June, 2019, in order to provide them with time to save their purchased patterns to their personal hard drives.

Thank you all so very much for your enthusiastic support over the years.  It has meant an enormous amount to us.

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Welcome to the new Patternfish site, designed to make the buying and selling on Patternfish faster and easier. We love our new cleaner, brighter look and we’re especially fond of the larger pattern photos. Be sure to see our new About Buying and our new search function Shop. If you can’t find the info you need, please email us at

NEW SECURITY FEATURE for CURRENT Publishers and Designers

Your password will need resetting. Please go to Login.


Just follow this link to jump to information on becoming a new Publisher/Designer on Patternfish. New Publishers



$4.00 for all patterns submitted AFTER March 31, 2014.


For security reasons patterns have been locked (i.e. can’t be modified by pattern user). Publishers can now choose to unlock ANY of their patterns, posted or new submissions, so customers can make digital notes on their copy of the pattern.


Click Submit a Pattern for information on the new submission procedure.


What kinds of patterns does Patternfish sell?

Patternfish sells hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet, and weaving patterns.

Who can submit a pattern for sale?

Any person or company can submit a hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet, or weaving pattern subject to the rules included here (Terms of Use). By listing a pattern on the site, you're certifying that you are the copyright holder or their authorized agent, and that you have the right to realize revenue on the pattern. Any associated photographs or graphs or any other ancillary materials must be legally yours. It is also very important that your pattern be professional in its appearance and have good photography. We reserve the right to reject any pattern that does not comply with our Terms of Use or to reject any material we find objectionable by normal standards of decency.

I produce e-books, pattern collections, videos, and mobile versions of my patterns. Can I post those on Patternfish?

Yes. Submitting a video can now be done through a video tab when you create your new listing. We will need to enable your account to accept videos. E-books can be submitted just like a regular pattern.

Are my patterns copyright protected on Patternfish?

The act of submitting a pattern for sale means you have complied with our Terms & Conditions and have the legal right to sell and collect revenue on that pattern. You always retain the copyright to your patterns.

In the case of copyright dispute, Patternfish will suspend sales of the pattern until we have received a definitive statement, preferably from a lawyer, on the outcome of the dispute.

Every copy of a pattern purchased on Patternfish has a proprietary watermark that identifies the owner and indicates that it is for the exclusive use of that person.

What will I earn if I publish on Patternfish?

Patternfish always pays the minimum commission rate plus the PayPal fees when we send you money; transaction fees can cost you about 2% to 5% of your online sales income. We only use PayPal to send online payments.

Patternfish is flexible in its commission structure to better acknowledge the sales advantages of collections, large bodies of work, pattern price, e-books, charitable campaigns, etc.

Non-Exclusive Patterns  60% to 70%
Web/World Exclusive Patterns 65% to 80%
EXAMPLE (Non-Exclusive) PATTERN PRICE $6.00
Commission Rate 60%
Paid to Publisher $3.60
Savings on Paypal Fees $0.33 (3 cents (2.9%) + 30 cent transaction fee)
TOTAL PAYMENT TO YOU $3.93 (65.5%)
EXAMPLE (Exclusive) PATTERN PRICE:  $6.00
Commission Rate 65%
Paid to Publisher $3.90
Savings on Paypal Fee $0.33 (3 cents (2.9%) + 30 cent transaction fee)
TOTAL PAYMENT TO YOU $4.23 (70.5%)

What is the difference between Web Exclusive and World Exclusive?

Web Exclusives are patterns that are not available as downloads anywhere else on the internet.

World Exclusives are patterns that are not available anywhere in the world in books, as paper patterns, or online, except on Patternfish.

When do I get paid?

Payments are made for amounts owing on the last day of the month by the 15th of the following month. The amount owing to you must be $20.00 or more at the month end; otherwise, your sales will accumulate until the next payment period.

What Sales Reports does Patternfish provide?

Patternfish provides 2 sales reports under your MY ACCOUNT button:

TRANSACTION REPORT This is running record of all sales from the time of your first sale. This reports provides info on the date, time, and country of sale; the pattern price and commission rate; and the pattern name. A running balance column shows the amount due to you less any payments or refunds. You can choose your date range and download this data as a .csv file.

SALES REPORT This report can be sorted by individual designer and date range. It will show you the number of copies sold of a particular pattern and the total dollar amount that pattern has earned. Total sales for the period chosen are tallied at the bottom of the report. This report is downloadable as a .csv file.

NOTE: Any sales tax collected or paid to you is not included in the reports.

What about Sales Tax and Income Tax?

ONLY CANADIAN designers and publishers may need to collect sales tax on commissions. Patternfish is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax on pattern sales.

If you are Canadian publisher registered for the GST/HST with CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) AND you have provided Patternfish with your GST/HST number and rate for your province/territory, we will pay you GST/HST on your commissions. An email will be sent to you after a payment has been made identifying the GST/HST portion paid to you.

CRA Link: If you generate income $30,000 or above, from ALL non-payroll sources, you will need to register for GST/HST and begin collecting and remitting the sales tax. For more information click here: GST/HST_info

Patternfish does not withhold any funds for income tax purposes. Reporting your Patternfish income should be done in accordance with your own local tax laws.

What other benefits does Patternfish offer publishers?

Patternfish does not accept any advertising nor sell any of its data. The focus stays on the patterns.

Patternfish is on Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter and a member of TNNA.

We advertise frequently in many different venues. Our ads are focused on generating excitement about the patterns available on Patternfish in general, encouraging new members, and can also feature specific patterns chosen by our team.

Members of the Patternfish team attend as many industry tradeshows as possible in both the US and Europe to increase the site profile and sales.

Our very popular Monthly Newsletter is sent to all Patternfish users. We feature New Publishers, Designer of the Month, and Collections.

We have an “Also Bought” banner on the bottom of a pattern page that shows other patterns that customers have purchased in addition to the pattern on view. There are links to patterns by the same designer and the same publisher on each pattern page.

I found an error in my pattern. How do I replace the previous pattern? How do the earlier purchasers find out about the new .pdf?

Publishers can upload a new .pdf and all customers who have purchased that pattern will receive a notice next time they view their Pattern Stash that a new version of the pattern is available.

I submitted quite a few new patterns. Why don’t you post them all at once?

Customers like to see a variety of patterns on their initial view of the shop page so we mix it up. Customers can click a link on each pattern page that will show them more by that particular designer or publisher.

I have a lot of patterns in my back catalogue. Can you help me post them online?

We can certainly guide you and may be able to assist in the process. Email us at for information.

I’d like to sell my patterns on Patternfish. How do I do that?

Email the following to

  • one or two of your patterns
  • your name, publishing name, and Patternfish user name
  • email address, mailing address, and phone number
  • your GST/HST number if applicable (applies to Canadian publishers only)
  • PayPal email (that’s how we pay you)
  • a link to your web site or another site that shows all of your patterns

Once we set you up as a Patternfish publisher, you will be able to post your own patterns and will be coached through the initial process. Then you will be able to submit your patterns whenever you wish and we will post them. The more patterns you have on Patternfish the better your sales will be. We recommend that you have at least four patterns in your portfolio to begin with.

What do I need to do to make pattern ready to submit for sale?

You need a PDF (Portable Document Format) file containing your photograph(s) and the pattern. This PDF will be what your customer downloads.

Include all the detail information (yarn and needle requirements, notions, yardage, sizing and final measurement data) on your pattern cover page along with a photograph.

For the pattern's body text, make the font size large, 11 or 12 point. If you have graphs, DO NOT use grayscales for denoting different colours; different symbols are better.

Supply separate JPEGs of additional photos. Optimal photo dimensions are portrait-oriented, 1024 height by 758 width, or a little bigger. We can scale down somewhat, but enlarging is tricky and may result in a rough-looking photograph.

You will also need to supply a data page when you submit your patterns. Make a jpg out of the general information that appears on your pattern front or second page. Include yarn, yardage, gauge, sizing, needle type and size, notion requirements, and anything else you think a potential purchaser might want to know before buying. You can view a sampling of data pages on any of our posted patterns if you need an idea of what to include. You will notice that the data pages are usually cropped to provide only the necessary info.

Your pictures are the key to presenting and selling your product. Make them as appealing as possible. Digital cameras are easiest and best for our purposes.

Click Submit a Pattern for more information on the submission procedure.