Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Knit-Along, Free Pattern Sites

Lion Brand Yarns Knit-Along

For the next two weeks, Lion Brand Yarns will be offering their Tree of Life Afghan pattern for free as part of its first Knit-Along. You can get the pattern, read comments, and get info on how to listen to the accompanying podcast by clicking HERE. This is an Expert level pattern, so it may not be appropriate for beginning knitters, but requests have been made for easier patterns in future Knit-Alongs, so check the site for updates!

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Sites for Free Patterns

Speaking of free patterns, there are plenty of nice sites online to find them. My favorite is the Berroco Pattern Library which features over 100 fashionable patterns in all skill levels for all manner of knitwear and home accessories. Other favorite sites include Knitty.com, which not only has a impressive archive of beautiful patterns but is essentially a top-notch online knitting magazine with inspiring design and a treasure trove of articles. Knitting Pattern Central has hundreds of patterns covering all categories, including an impressive section of cute knitted toys. On the Crystal Palace Yarns free pattern site I found my go-to patterns for booties - seriously cute cabled baby socks. I've already mentioned Lion Brand Yarns. Their site has trendy and classic patterns suitable for any level knitter. Megacraft store joann's site has too many patterns to even try to describe; essentially they've amassed patterns from a wide variety of yarn manufacturers and put them together on their searchable database. Interweave Knits, a superb knitting magazine, publishes a few of the featured patterns; by going to the site you can also sign up for "Knitting Daily," endlessly helpful daily emails on a variety of knitting topics.

When searching for free patterns on the net, try yarn manufacturers, knitting bloggers (who usually publish one or two original patterns), and knitting magazine sites. There's so much out there, you may never have to buy a pattern again!

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