Today I treated myself to a copy of Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I usually use stitch dictionaries as a way to understand how different stitches interact on the final knitted fabric. Then I'll create my own version of the stitch or mix a few together. Although there are plenty of great designers that plug the stitches directly into a pattern.
I'm not knocking putting patterns from stitch dictionaries into new patterns, but I am curious about how people feel about that kind of pattern writing. Are you happy to see a beautiful kind of stitch put together into a pattern for you? Do you feel ripped off when you find the original stitch pattern? Does the type of garment influence your feelings? (A sweater with a readymade stitch pattern vs. a scarf with the same pattern)