Yesterday, I was browsing through the new pattern listings on Ravelry, when I noticed that a designer had put up a design previously published in Magknits. If you follow the link, you'll see why.
I doubt many people are surprised. To be honest, Magknits was not run well. I had an email from an Italian designer who never got paid; I had to chase after Kerrie to get my own fee for my December '07 pattern. Links were regularly broken, and organization was lacking. Their advance notification to designers was nonexistant.
However, it's sad that such a large database of free patterns is now vanished. Some of them were quite good; I'm currently finishing up my first true colorwork project, courtesy of the Fake Isle Hat, and the Saturday Market Bag brought in some nice change at a charity auction. There are more I had my eye on.
For a freelance designer who doesn't have time to turn herself into the next big Interweave phenom, it's a bummer that there's one less quick-and-easy opportunity to publish our work for payment. However, the internet is not forever.
I will most likely offer the Reasonably Hip hat pattern soon as a free Ravelry download. Until then, please email me at lizcobbeATyahooDAHTcom, and I'll send you the pattern in Word.