The situation I am sharing happened twice and both instances occurred very closely together.
The Pin that Caused the Dilemma
|Source: Pinterest | The Actual Source: Etsy|
This triceratops is super adorable! I pinned it because I thought it was really cute and would make a great baby gift. My friend also loved it. She contacted me and wanted me to make that dinosaur. If you follow the pin, it takes you to a page called Wanelo and it displays an error message.
So, I Tried a Different Design
|Image Source: Ravelry|
This is Tara the Triceratops designed by one of my friend's on Ravelry. I pinned this pattern to my Amigurumi Board on Pinterest and asked my friend, what do you think of this one? She came back that the original one she requested was the one she really wanted because it most resembled the plastic toy her son plays with all the time.
Introducing the Favorite Plastic Dino Toy
This is the toy that the sweet little boy plays with all the time. His mom loves him so much that she wanted to buy him a huggable sized animal that resembles his wind-up toy.
I always stand my ground on respecting other people's designs and not copying. I offered to replicate the plastic toy dino in yarn.
Here is the progress photo as of today:
The Moral of the Story is....
Be careful what you pin! Pinning is fun and we love sharing what our friends' designs and finished items. But, be mindful that at some point, someone will see something that you cannot morally and ethically recreate. The only way that I justified this one is by making the animal look like the plastic toy. It doesn't look like my friend Hollie's design nor does it look like the Etsy triceratops. In the end, I think the little boy is going to love his dino.
I have been asked if I will write out and sell this pattern. For this one, the answer is no. I have had a lot of fun creating this. If you want to make a triceratops, then please buy the pattern I linked above. Hollie is working really hard to create 70 amis that will be gifted to kids this Christmas. Yarn is expensive and every pattern sale will help fund her charitable project. :)