Woolly Wormheadis creating amazing knitted Hats & everything you need to know to make them
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This tier gives you access to exclusive Patreon blog posts and 10% off everything on my website and in my Ravelry & Etsy stores!
This would be the “buy me a coffee” pledge except I don’t drink coffee, so maybe you’d like to buy me a glass of wine instead? Thank you!
Exclusive Patreon blog posts, latest news & 20% discount off all of my patterns and eBooks.
Every dollar helps me to cover my business costs and make my patterns more accessible. Thank you.
Same as the previous level, but with 30% discount off patterns and eBooks and exclusive peeks into my studio and working practice by live video.
I’m Woolly, and I design knitted Hats with a focus on structure, technique and education. I create the Hats using my favourite hand-dyed yarns, write the instructions to make them, then publish them as digital knitting patterns and eBooks. You can find my Hat patterns on my website, Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, Makerist and Bluprint. I also provide many free tutorials on my website, in both PDF and short video format. For the past 15 years, this has been how I support my family. It’s a great gig, but not exactly stable.
I’ve become known as a Hat architect. I’m very much a 3D person and see my Hats as small, wearable, knitted sculptures. Education also plays a huge part, not only in the supporting material I provide by way of tutorials, but also in how the patterns themselves are constructed and written. I don’t just want knitters to create themselves a well-designed, well-fitting Hat: I’d love them to gain new skills along the way, too.
Patreon’s format of small, monthly pledges has a powerful advantage for creators. Without asking too much of you as a supporter, it delivers a steady income that can be used to boost my output in various concrete ways. For instance, I want to make my patterns more accessible, which means costs like more translations. I’d like to outsource various tasks involved in running a business to people more capable than me, so that I can spend more time creating new designs. Patreon funds would also be used to cover some of the basic costs of running this business, so that I can worry less about the financial side of things and devote more time to creating new free content. Meaning, more free tutorials and exclusive free patterns for my supporters – as well as, I hope, being able to release some of my older, premium patterns for free.
Although I do believe that knitting patterns should be priced to reflect the amount of time, money and skill that goes into producing them – designers need something to live on! – that also unfortunately means that many knitters cannot afford to knit from independently produced patterns. This is a very personal concern; I know what it’s like to live on the breadline. I want to address this problem by releasing some of my premium content, my trusted back catalogue patterns, as free content. While my new releases and eBooks may be the creative projects that draw most attention, these older designs are my bread and butter. They have been knit by hundreds, even thousands of knitters, and making them free would mean everyone can could enjoy them; but given how important they are to my bottom line, I can’t do that without your support. It’s a pipe dream, maybe, but something we can work towards together.
And what can I offer you in return?
Any and all support is so very much appreciated! I’ve set up a number of tiers that I hope suit a range of budgets. Even just a few dollars adds up to a level of stability that makes such a difference to creators.
All patrons will receive the exclusive blog posts and news, plus promotional discounts. At higher pledge levels, you also get free a pattern of your choice every month. I’d really like to use this platform to encourage as much interaction as possible, and that could mean you helping me name patterns, making suggestions for tier rewards and even voting on which patterns I make available for free – if and when we hit that goal.
One thing I’m excited about is the chance to share what happens in my studio – my process, the cats, my yarn choices and so much more! This is a creative workspace and I’d love to open it up to you. I might jump on for quick tips, to explain a technique, or show a seriously sneaky peak of some secret knitting. I am pretty new to using video in this way; we’ve not had broadband for long, and I’m pretty excited about its potential.
Thank you for your time and for considering supporting me. Happy Hatting!