I had just finished a new mitten pattern called Boxing Day Mittens (another story on another day about the pattern and the naming) and decided for one week I'd make them be free. I figured it was a nice holiday thing to do and I also wanted to have a little experiment.
Here's my learning - free is what works. It has been less than 24 hours since I released the pattern (it went up 12/26 around 9:15 am)...in that time it has been downloaded over 570 times. A level set here - my other free pattern of mini Santa hats has been downloaded over 900 times and it has been on Ravelry since October 2013. People started buzzing about it too - it's turned up in 7 forums as something to go after and I've received so many nice comments and thanks.
I started checking out the "hot right now" late yesterday afternoon and took great glee when I saw my mittens on page 2! Then I saw them moving up on page 2 and by evening, they had moved to page 1! Made my day, confirmed my experiment and got a fun pattern into a lot of hands.
When I woke this morning they were at #25...an hour later they are at #8! I love this and I love that people love my pattern!
|Page 1 and as they would say in the newspaper business - above the fold!|
If you haven't seen the pattern, check it out, add it to your queue, download it before it stops being free. Let's see if we can move it to the top 5?!