The Future of Friday Freebies: It’s On You

In one of my latest emails to my readers, I announced the cease of one of my most popular series: my Friday Freebies.

“This is going to be the last Friday Freebie for a while.

This doesn’t mean there will be no more free stuff on my website – of course there will! I’m giving away most of my stuff for free. And this is not going to change. We’re providing you with free stuff better than other’s paid content since 2012, after all. And we love to.

I just have to admit that I’m getting bored with doing the very same thing every week!

Having published free knitting patterns every Friday for almost a year, things are getting boring. Most of my knitting patterns have been available as Friday Freebies already. Do you really want to see the same free stuff over and over again?

Honestly: I don’t.”

To make a long story short: I got a ton of replies to this email asking me to continue the series after sending asking me why and that I should please, please, please continue publishing my weekly free patterns.

To be honest: Yes, I got bored a bit with doing the same stuff again every week. But this blog is about you, not me.

So I’m asking you: do you want me to continue publishing my Friday Freebies? I yes, leave a comment below telling me why you want me to.

If this post gets more than 20 comments, I will continue. Simply as that. :)

Enjoy your week!

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172 comments

  1. Rose says:

    I vote yes, for two reasons. a) Some days you offer something that I don’t think I’d ever be in the mood to knit, and then the next time it rolls around I think “oooh, that would be great for _________ (insert family/friend name here). And b) It keeps you in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

    However, life is all about change, and if you want to change things up, then by all means, change it up!

  2. topher colin says:

    the friday free patterns are great, and if they are offered i’ll take advantage… but they’re not necessary for me to continue following you. you’re a busy busy busy lady, and there’s only so much of you to go around. rather than being stretched too thin, consider offering something every other week, and not just patterns. maybe week 1 is a pattern, but week 3 is a quick tutorial video, and week 5 is something seasonal- or holiday-specific, week 7 is another pattern, week 9 is a behind the scenes of your creative space or design inspirations, etc… a schedule that’s easier to maintain, and mixes things up to keep it fun for you.

  3. Chelsea says:

    Yes. I just found your site so I have not collected your patterns yet. I would love to get some more of your shawl patterns!

  4. Erika says:

    Do, please, continue your Friday Freebies, Julia. They’re the perfect reminder that the weekend’s coming and with it the chance to put your feet up and knit something lovely.
    I don’t mind a bit that the free patterns sometimes repeat – I know you’re gathering new fans all the time and why should they miss out on a beautiful pattern?!

  5. Renee says:

    Yes, please, some of us may have just started receiving the Friday Freebies! Thank you so much for doing this!

    R

  6. Fran says:

    I very much enjoy the option of checking the Friday freebie pattern; if I’m interested, I download it. How many freebies does one get anywhere? Please, please keep posting the freebies. (The shawl patterns were my favorite!)

    Thank you for allowing me to comment and for offering this service!

  7. Jill d says:

    I hope you will continue the patterns. I have just found your site a couple weeks ago. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Doris says:

    I have enjoyed the Friday freebies and only found you recently, so I would love for you to keep doing them.

  9. Toni says:

    i may not be very popular by saying this but at the end of the day there your patterns and you chose to be very generous by offering free pattern Friday if you now feel it has run its course then you have the right to say enough is enough personally i love your patterns and your blog and i want you to do what makes you happy as that in its self will make me smile massive hugs and i enjoy going on your journey and seeing what happens next

  10. margaret says:

    yes please I love your patterns –but I also love your blog and would read it without incentive of patterns. Your work is inspiring

  11. Diana Berardino says:

    I just discovered your website, so all your patterns are new to me! Please continue the Freebie Fridays! THANKS!

  12. Jeanne Swanstrom says:

    I love Friday freebies but also can see wanting to move on to other adventures. I like the comment above about mixing it up. Maybe not every week maybe monthly freebie and something else fun for the other weeks. I love your blog and courses.

  13. oogie says:

    Yes, please continue Friday Freebies! Even though I don’t always download every single one, I like receiving your Friday newsletter announcing it. It gets me intrigued and stash diving to see if I have anything suitable for it.

  14. stefanie says:

    I really like them. It is fun to see which pattern “wins”. But I hate for you to be unhappy. I like hearing from you in some way regularly, so whatever happens will be ok.
    Thanks for all your neat designs and work.

  15. Lynda says:

    I’m new to your Friday freebies. I’m in favor of you continuing them or if you have another ‘less boring’ idea.

  16. Diane says:

    I am new to your site and fast becoming a ‘serious’ knitter so your Friday freebies are new to me (and all the other people who have just discovered you). So please continue.

  17. Mia says:

    It is really your blog. And yes I enjoy them but would a solution be to maybe do it every other week? This would allow it to continue but give you a break as well.

  18. Donna says:

    I agree with Topher- switch it up as the mood suits you. I’m certain you have plenty of interesting tidbits that could be included each Friday.

  19. Rebecca says:

    I would like to see the free pattern Friday continue. I really enjoy your pattern designs. But, you need to do what’s best for you. I thank you for all your beautiful designs.

  20. Jackie Wilson says:

    Yes, I would love for you to continue the Friday freebies, but, only if it makes you happy. You have some beautiful designs and it is wonderful of you to share them.

  21. Debbie Siegel says:

    Dear Julia, You have been very generous with your freebies and design programs. However, in all honesty, now that you are in medical school I think that your education should be your priority. You have given us so many wonderful projects and inspiration to keep us busy while you concentrate on becoming a wonderful doctor. There is always time for more later on when your priorities are more flexible. I sound like a mom…that is because I am. All the best to you. Debbie

  22. Michelle Le says:

    i only found about you a few weeks ago- your stuff is all new to me. The only thing I would suggest is not repeating the same winners for several months. Mix it up so there are socks and shawls to vote on etc.

  23. Jane says:

    Please continue your Friday Freebies. I don’t download all of them, but you have lots that I find interesting. Especially the shawls.

  24. June says:

    I say continue it on perhaps a quarterly basis, maybe at the change of seasons, at least for a while. I understand being burned out on an activity. And being creative becomes a chore for me when I have to put out continuous effort without time to rest and recharge. Then it’s no fun. You have plenty going on in your life already and probably need the break. Anticipation is more than half the fun, and besides when I see your designs I want to knit them all and when they come so frequently I can’t knit fast enough. I probably dance to different music but I almost prefer to purchase an exceptional pattern to reward/thank the designer for their effort to publish it and appreciate occasional discounts as a reward for my purchase.

    • Lena S says:

      I second that. When something loses the fun to become a chore, it sucks even more energy. I for one couldn’t keep it up for very long. If you still want to offer freebies, you might have to create another form for it.

  25. Debbie Sayers says:

    Yes please continue, I’ve only just found you and your patterns are all new to me. How lovely your work is and how generous of you to share them. Dxxx

  26. Mary says:

    Whilst I love freebies, I also don’t want to overtax someone’s generosity. I hear you that you don’t want to do the same promotion, so I am going against the grain with my response, “No. No, thank you!” I think you should have that flexibility to mix it up. You are bored and I must respect that! I hope others do, as well. You didn’t say you were going to stop freebies, afterall, just that you want to do it differently. If this blog is about us, we should also respect that it is about your creativity. I certainly would not want to be a part of stifling it with any kind of boredom! :)

  27. Amy says:

    I agree with Rose above. Though if you want to take a break I’ll enjoy your posts just as much even if they’re less frequent.

  28. Lee-Ann says:

    Hinestly, I have mixed feelings about the Friday Freebies. I like the content, but I also know there’s only soany patterns you can post.

    So, my thought is this: if you’re getting a little bored, maybe find a way to rework the Friday Freebie…..something fun and new for all of us. Otherwise, I say follow what your heart wants to do with your designing.

  29. Robin D says:

    I’m a fairly new follower. I love your patterns and thank you for them. I say while I live the patterns do what is best for you.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Yes please! I love the Friday freebies. Depending onyou mood, or a new yarn o see, I can feel differently about a pattern.

    Your site is relatively new to me, < 6 months, so for me it's very exciting! I love it.

  31. Nancy says:

    I enjoy your Friday Freebies. I consider it more important that you enjoy it. When I no longer enjoy knitting, I’ll quit knitting. If you stop enjoying your pattern design I assume you’ll quit – I’d bet you’re not getting filthy rich from it. Don’t burn yourself out to accommodate everyone else, please.

  32. 1craftylady(Denise) says:

    NO! I don’t think you should continue the Friday freebies. Take a break and refresh and renew your creative juices. What I might suggest to be so bold is do a monthly themed freebie. For example January : new year/new things try something different. February : no question Valentines. March: St.Patricks and so on. Just an idea.

  33. Amy says:

    Friday Freebies have been fun. I did miss a couple because they came out on the weekend, only good for 24 hours, and I wasn’t at my computer (mostly a Mon-Fri thing for me), but that’s the way things are. I certainly understand that it’s boring to you – they are your patterns and it takes a fair amount of time to go through the whole Friday Freebie thing, so if you need to quit and move on, I totally get it. If you want to stay in touch, the suggestion above about every other week, and/or other things like a quick instructional video or something sounds like a good alternative. Let me take this opportunity to say “thanks” for the freebies and I will go with the flow on this – whatever you choose!

  34. Phina Borgeson says:

    Your patterns are excellent, and I appreciate your offering them for free. But if you are bored with this project, why not offer them less often, like once a month? Or sometimes not a full pattern, but a tip, a stitch pattern, or design idea?

  35. Roseann says:

    I enjoy enjoy and appreciate the Friday Freebies. I would like to see them continue, however, if you feel the need to move away from them and now on, it’s certainly understandable. Either way, I will continue to follow you. You’ve been very generous!

  36. Nancy says:

    I always delight in your freebie Friday patterns and greatly admire your talents and your obvious energy in pursuing all of the things that you do. Many times it tires me out just to think of them! I especially am enjoying dissecting the shawl patterns in conjunction with the bootcamp information. While I prefer that you continue the Friday tradition it is understandable that you would like to change things up.

  37. Fran says:

    Your designs are absolutely beautiful and unique! I look forward to receive “Friday Freebies” every week, though we don’t agree which pattern should be the freebie, looking at the patterns you offer and voting for them, is something I look forward to each week. Please do not stop the “Friday Freebies!”

  38. Love love the Friday freebies and share them with my followers, your designs are wonderful and I am behind and just got into them the last few months. Also wanted to thank you for your boot camp, loving it.

  39. PatriciaW says:

    No. It’s time we start paying you for your work. Do I like getting things for free? Of course. But, if the free goods don’t lead to real purchases, you won’t be able to make a living.

    I would say that if the Friday Freebies increased sales of your other patterns – continue. If sales have fallen, stop.

    You are amazingly generous with your knowledge. Thank you.

    It’s amazing how we’ve come to expect designers to give their work away when the rest of us would never do the same with our own work.

  40. stephanie szelmecki says:

    I have a lot of your patterns and love them and I like anything free-but it’s up to you. I have the shawl design books so can get as creative as my imagination will let me. You have a lot to do and your medical career has to be a bigger priority now.

  41. Linda says:

    I will follow the majority. Free patterns are nice but it isn’t going to influence whether or not I continue to follow you. I certainly take advantage of free patterns. I read your website and have the shawl design books. All of these are helping me with my knitting and design goals.

    Some designers offer their new patterns ‘free’ for test knitters. So rather than collect patterns that you might not knit, you knit patterns that you will actually wear or gift.

  42. Sandy Tabacchi says:

    Some of us are relatively new to your site and love your patterns. There’s nothing better than getting something for free! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  43. Maureenk says:

    I am also a new follower, so I appreciate the Friday freebies. If that’s too much, then a once-a-month freebie would also be great. I can’t knit a project in a week anyway!

  44. Millie says:

    I enjoy the Friday freebies. One reason is that I am fairly new to the site, but I also really enjoy seeing the vote results and what all the voters prefer.

  45. Karen Petrus says:

    I’m a newbie here — don’t have all your patterns. But i hear you loud and clear — things can get old. Is there room for a compromise that would provide patterns, but give you some breathing room? Instead of “Free Friday’s” have “Free First Friday” where you offer them on the first Friday of the month? [or quarterly, as June mentioned above] Regardless — thank you for your generosity. Your designs are just so lovely. :)

  46. I Crawford says:

    I am a fairly new knitter and recently discovered your website, so all your patterns are new to me! Some seem hard but others I think I could manage.. Please continue the Freebie Fridays! THANKS!

  47. Annamarie says:

    Yes and thank you for all the time you put into your work for us, people you dont even know. I love your designs and I saved all the Friday patterns since I found your awesome site. I quite understand though if you cut back to maybe twice a month so you can catch up on other important things in your life!!
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  48. Tatjana says:

    I think, that you need to choose, what is better for you ! I have very many patterns from different sites (sources) ! I love to knit lacy complicated and beautiful shawls, but I knit it once ! Each of my shawls is different and that’s why I am never bored to knit the same stuff ! Whatever you will choose will be fine with me ! My very best wishes in whatever you’ll chose !

  49. Marcia in Utah says:

    Julia, I love your patterns and appreciate that I’ve been able to get some of your lovely designs with the Friday Freebies. However, I know that putting all of this together takes a lot of time and I also know that you’re studying and you’ve also been providing us with a lot of other content for free so I leave the decision in your capable hands. If you want to offer the Friday Freebies, I will gladly participate, but if you don’t, then I will still be following your blog because I find your content very interesting and informative.

  50. Deb says:

    Yes, please continue. Your free patterns challenge me to improve my skills and try something I didn’t think I could do. I’d be hesitant to buy a pattern that I doubted my ability to knit, but your beautiful designs offer the opportunity to expand my craft. Thank you for that.

  51. TLCGiven says:

    You amaze and inspire me with how busy and brave you are and you awe me with how intelligent and creative you are. I truly appreciate how generous you are, and have been, so let me thank-you for all the patterns you have given away for free. I love the shawl patterns and my friend is fascinated with the socks and stockings. I hope you will continue some form of the Friday Freebie, but I trust that whatever you had planned to replace it will also be fun for us and for you. Do what you need to do to keep the site fun and interesting for you and I believe we will all enjoy it also!

  52. Connie says:

    You need to do what makes it fun for you. Doing something you no longer enjoy will eventually cause you to hate it all. I am new to your site and I haven’t seen all of your patterns yet. I want you to be happy though and do what you would enjoy! Life is to short to do things that do not bring you joy and peace!

  53. Cherie says:

    It is VERY generous of you to offer your patterns for free! I would love to see the free pattern Fridays continue, but if you are feeling bored then perhaps they don’t have to happen so often – maybe once a month? If it makes it easier, there doesn’t have to be a poll. I agree with what topher colin said – maybe there are other things you can offer on a weekly basis to make it more creative and enjoyable for you. If you are not enjoying having this business then you will burn out, and that would really be sad and unfair to you. Do what you need to do to keep yourself creative and enjoy what you do!

  54. Lynda says:

    I love your Friday freebies! Thank you for your generosity, it is very much appreciated. I hope you continue with the freebies and I particularly like that we get to vote :)

  55. Roswitha says:

    I always looking for the Friday Freebies with a smile on my face … Yes please and many thanks for it !

  56. Jean says:

    Thank you for the Friday Freebies. I have all your books and most of your patterns so the fact that I’ve probably already got the pattern doesn’t matter when the voting comes around. It does give you an idea, though, of the type of things your followers prefer. It keeps you in touch with your fans and keeps you in our minds. I love going to your Web site and certainly miss it when your weekly voting email doesn’t arrive. Thank you for the designs you have given us all. X

  57. Faye says:

    I would very much like for you to continue freebie Friday patterns please. I have only known about your freebie Friday patterns a few short months so don’t have the advantage of owning all your designs yet…So many beautiful designs to choose from. Thank you for sharing your designs with us.

  58. Ayala says:

    I always looked forward to the mail and the voting. True I have a lot of the patterns already, but maybe there will be something new coming up, which I missed last time, like I might take up socks some time when I have a shawl for every week of the year ;-)

    I also think that you could get more readers that way to your newsletter.

    But most importantly, we go into winter now (at least most of us do) and winter is knitting time. Ask us again in May, but until then: Yes please continue.

  59. Your patterns are great, and the friday freebies are a generous offer, however, they are not essential for me to continue to folllow you. Having started reading your books and following the shawl design bootcamp I’d now rather start to design shawls of my own. Your publications are very helpful, easy to understand, and I will anyway continue to follow them. Thanks for everything you share with us.

  60. Elsabe says:

    Hi, I only joined a few days ago, so am not familiar with the free patterns. But always open to new ideas and love to see what the experts come up with. Not my knitting season either, it being full summer in the southern hemisphere, but I keep the good stuff on ice to use later. Thank you!

  61. Floraline says:

    Yes yes Yes!! Continuez si ça vous donne autant de plaisir à le faire qu’à nous à découvrir vos modèles! Même si je ne les tricote pas, j’aime découvrir les points, les constructions, et imaginer ce que je pourrais faire

  62. Agnetha says:

    Please do continue.
    However, if it feels like a bit to much at times, change it to every fortnight to take some pressure of yourself (and free up time).

  63. Marion says:

    Dear Julia,

    I love your patterns. I have been getting your freebees not since 2012, but since this summer, so I don’t have them all. This is what happens, new folks find your site every time round, right?
    I can so much understand how you get bored about it, because you do do this since so long.
    You patterns inspire me to continue doing this work and also try out new things (socks!!!).
    So thank you. And I’ll leave it up to you.
    I wouldn’t mind getting tips and tricks for difficult points in the patterns as freebees…

    All the best.

    Warm regards,
    Marion

  64. Faye B says:

    Hopefully freebie Friday patterns will continue. I’ve only been aware of these delights past 4 months or so. Would very much like to receive more each week please?

  65. tamarque says:

    enjoy your freebies but do understand that it can become tedious for you. Perhaps do it only every 2 weeks or once a month.

  66. Kris says:

    Yes, I’d love you to continue, and thank you for them. If it’s too much to do weekly, could you only do it once per month?

  67. Jacky says:

    Here’s another one who loves your freebies. Thank you so much for all of the freebies I’ve downloaded so far, your generosity is really appreciated, and your patterns so much fun. Loved the shawl masterclass was brilliant, thank you.

  68. Gabriele Llewellyn says:

    I would like to receive more freebies cause I am new to this and I like your easy understanding patterns

  69. Kathy says:

    Boredom kills creativity! So, you should avoid it if at all possible. But having said that, I just discovered your site so (selfishly) I would like for you to continue. :)

  70. Beth says:

    I would love for you to continue Friday Freebies! I have not been receiving them very long, and have been out of town and unable to vote or receive some during this period. It it is too much trouble I will understand, though.

  71. Brennan says:

    I am new to jriede.com, so I do not have the attachment that others have who have been a part of your weekly gifts/pattern sharings…Life is all about change. Maybe do what inspires you, bringing fresh energy to whatever you want to share in whatever time frame suits you. Move on to the next great jriede.com phase!
    Compromise and post 2x/month or 1x /month? Maybe that would create more anticipation and excitement for everyone?
    As I said, I am new to your world and the black sheep in the crowd…;)
    Best to you in whatever decision you come you. At least you know your work is appreciated :)

  72. Tamara says:

    I love your Friday freebies and would like you to continue as I’m a new follower. I would still continue to follow you anyway ~ especially since you are so busy these days :)

  73. Beth says:

    I love your Friday freebies (who doesn’t love a free pattern?) because I get a closer, longer look at your work. It’s a part of my weekend routine, to come and see what you’re offering, vote for my favorite, and see what comes up next.

    It also keeps me browsing in the shop, finding other new and lovely things that I add to my wishlist (very handy for Christmas and birthday hintings to friends and family).

    I would personally miss the freebies if they went away. I can understand feeling tired of offering the same things over and over — you’re not about to give away the farm! But at the same time, it’s my impression that the folks here who read your blog aren’t feeling the same way.

    Looking forward to whatever the future holds–

    Beth

  74. MLG says:

    I, too, love your designs, and have not been following you as long as some others! I would love to see Friday Freebies continued, but like the suggestion to perhaps “mix it up a bit”, and not always make it a pattern – suspect that would make it more interesting for you! Whatever you decide, thanks for all you have already done!!!!

  75. Jmwh says:

    Yes, please continue your Friday Freebies. A pattern that is beautiful the first time that it appears in the Friday Freebies will be just as special if it repeats on another Friday. The interaction of asking your fan to vote is something I look forward to as well. Thank you so much for your wonderful website with so much useful knitting information. Your website is great.

  76. Patrícia says:

    I haven’t been around for long so they are pretty new to me too. I love the idea that Friday is a freebie day. I really look up to it! It’s like something good in a week where not always things go ok!!! So, for me it is a resounding YES!!!!

  77. Yvonne says:

    I can be selfish and say yes. But this is your newsletter, so if you’re burned out on doing the freebie Fridays then give it a break. Maybe once a month? This should be something fun for you as well. :) Maybe along with a freebie once a month you can do a Knit Along with that particular pattern. That way you’re able to see your beautiful patterns come to life in an array of colors. :)

  78. Jennifer says:

    I think I must have found you after you started the Friday Freebies. I love them and I vote weekly and can’t wait to see which pattern won. Keep it going, if you like. I will continue to support it!
    Thanks so much for your patterns!

  79. Marina says:

    Yes, please continue your Friday freebie. It’s fun. As a newcomer to your newsletter/blog I don’t have many patterns yet, so I am excited to download something new and beautiful. Besides, you will be inventing new patterns, therefore more to give away!

  80. d says:

    Yes, as 167 have responded out of request to have at least 20, you know you and your patterns are loved. as person immediately before said – You will be inventing more. We have faith in you. But I understand, sometimes you might be “burnt out” and sometimes you will be “snowed under” with your studies. Take care. Smiles.

  81. Darlene Bost says:

    I love getting your patterns. I’m sure there are new folks who haven’t had the opportunity to get your pattern and, of course, some of us have missed some due to family obligations etc. I hope you continue.

  82. Christine Parnell says:

    I am glad you have decided to continue with your Friday Freebies, which is most generous of you to do! I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm for your knitting design skills. My aspiration is to design too, and that is why I bought your book when I first saw it was available. I enjoy reading your blogs, but rarely interact due to time constraints. You have to do what is best for you and your family. I am glad that you can pursue your PhD without so much financial pressure! That is really wonderful! I want to encourage you to follow your heart and make your dreams come true!

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