Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to talk about using difficulty level and yarn weight symbols from the Craft Yarn Council. A question came up recently on how to credit the CYC when you use these symbols in your pattern. I found this information on their website, but it's a little difficult to find and is a bit confusing (and if you never found these instructions, you aren't the only one!). It's important to properly credit someone else's material, so I contacted the CYC to clarify the procedure for using these symbols, and am documenting it here to share it with all of you.
This is the family of symbols I'm talking about, downloadable from the CYC website here:
The instructions on their proper use can be found on the CYC's FAQ page (currently, it's the top FAQ on the list). They ask that if you would like to use their symbols, then please do these two things:
- Email them letting them know of your intent to use the symbols. You can do this through their website form here. I asked if they need to review a pattern or give some sort of approval, and they responded that no, they don't review patterns or give approval for use of symbols - simply contacting them to notify them you intend to use them is fine.
- Put this line of text somewhere in the body of your pattern to credit the source of the symbols: "Source: Craft Yarn Council of America's www.YarnStandards.com". You don't need to put this next to every symbol - just somewhere in your document. I asked if they preferred to use this source statement, or the downloadable YarnStandards.com symbol available on the symbols page, and they responded saying to use the source statement, so I'd go with that.
The CYC did let me know that they plan to update their website to make this information more accessible, so keep an eye out. If you find that they update the site and I haven't updated this post yet, let me know and I'll be sure to correct things as needed!