If you download the free patterns from the pattern store, the shop system will send you through the regular checkout process and ask for your name, email address and location. It will not ask for payment information if all you “purchase” is a free download. The download link will be sent to your email address, and the system needs your location to figure out if GST needs to be added. It does not distinguish between “free” and real purchases. Your information will not be used for anything other than this process. You won’t get signed up for newsletters, I won’t sell your addresses, and you will never hear from me again (unless you contact me first).
I certainly understand that not everyone feels comfortable filling out the required fields for a free download. All downloads are available without having to go through the checkout process on my blog. I just put them here as well to have them all in the same place. Just click on “Blog” in the menu and then put the name of the pattern you are looking for in the search bar or click on the category “Pattern of the Month” to list them all. From the individual posts you will be able to download without having to officially check out.