I realise that I have been talking about Payhip a lot lately but that I probably haven’t really explained what it is.
So what is Payhip?
Payhip is a site for purchasing PDFs and other digital files online and was been chosen by many designers as a safe alternative for knitters to buy patterns, after Ravelry became inaccessible for many last summer.
How does it work?
It’s really straightforward to use. You don’t even need to create an account in order to make a purchase. Simply add items to your basket or use the ‘Buy It Now’ button, enter your email address when you check out and pay for your patterns via PayPal with a debit/ credit card or your PayPal account. The files will then be emailed to you, for you to download and save however you choose.
can I search for designers or patterns?
While Payhip may not be a searchable site, there are a number of databases that have been set up to provide an accessible way of searching for designers and patterns, which also include links to their website, Payhip or Etsy shops. Some include:
- The Fiber Indy List created by Carrie, aka Carrie Craftgeek, has both knitting and crochet designers and their patterns.
- Fasten Off Yarn-Along founder Kathleen has created a database that allows you to ‘search and shop’.
- The Accessible Patterns Index also has a long list of designers whose patterns are accessible for crafters with visual needs.
When you come across a designer who’s work you like you are able to follow them on Payhip by clicking the ‘Follow’ button in their profile. You will then receive a notification whenever they release a new pattern, meaning you will ever miss out!
Why have you chosen to use this site over something like Love Crafts or Etsy?
You can find all my patterns on Love Crafts, but unfortunately they don’t currently offer the option to add more than one pattern file to each listing. Payhip does allow me to do this, which means I can continue to include a second version of each pattern that is low vision accessible, suitable for anyone who may need a larger font or full written instructions.
I am also able to create discount codes on Payhip which allows me to run sales and offer money off certain patterns now and then. Using a discount code is also really simple. Underneath where you enter your email address on checkout, click ‘Add Coupon’, enter the code in the box shown then click ‘Add Coupon’ to receive the discount.
Payhip also allows me to continue sending pattern updates to my customers, so you can always be sure of having the most up to date version of any pattern that you purchase.
And unlike Etsy, Payhip doesn’t charge me a listing fee, so I can keep my prices the same wherever you like to shop for them.
It’s a new platform for many knitters, including myself, but so far it’s working really well for me and they have been very open to feedback, particularly if you have additional needs.
While it works well from my point of view, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Take a look around and let me know what you think.