Monday, May 30, 2016

Sophisticated lace, cable, and Aran lace knitting patterns

Refined Knits is a brand new knitting book by Jennifer Wood and Interweave Knits. It is beautifully written with lace, cable, and Aran knitting patterns in all gauges, types of yarns, from extra small to plus size patterns. There are eighteen patterns in all to be cherished by intermediate knitters and beyond.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Cotton swing sweater pattern for girls

Searching for just the right knitting pattern for
photo by BlueSkyAlpacas
our granddaughter's July birthday, found this sweet cotton
swing sweater pattern for girls, sizes baby thru 5th grade, 
that's 12 months to 10 years. Written by Erica Flory, 
it's a trapeze design with just enough
Faire Isle swing at the hem and cuffs.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Easy new baby blanket patterns - knit with three skeins or less

Tanis Gray's new Three Skeins or Less: Modern Baby Knits is a top new offering with tons of sweaters, three new baby blankets, hats, and more, baby to 5T sizes.
Twenty-three knitting patterns wonderfully photographed on glossy paper with stitch-pattern details and easy to understand charts and schematics, a heavyweight paperback in more ways than one. It's more than 125 pages and will be your go-to pattern book as your child grows, and perfect for cherished new baby gifts.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The perfect big sister ticks all the boxes

Always wished I had had a popular big could have been... This big sister is a knitting pattern for one very trendy, long open cardigan sweater with a cute little notched collar. It's another perfect companion, published this month, and very popular with almost 3,000 likes on Ravelry. If you prefer a belted cardi version, add some loops and a belt and voila! an equally stylish wrap sweater complete with pockets.
©von Hinterm Stein/

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Knitting and crochet pattern books for free, online library

It took me a while to figure out openculture's new offering, because it is too good to believe. A crafter's dream come true, an online library of knitting and crochet pattern books, free patterns dating from the nineteenth century to almost present day, well 2015, free downloads with a click. Knitting and crochet magazines with titles like Jane Austen Knits, Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, etc, etc.  Print out a single pattern or an entire magazine.

Monday, April 4, 2016

One skein Reyna - a shawl for all occasions

Reyna by MeenaWeena
The "Reyna" shawl knitting pattern was designed to finish with one skein of sock or fingering yarn, specifically a variegated yarn. But knit this large triangle in black or glitter yarn and voila! an evening shawl for the whole year through and a real option for Mother's Day gifts, birthdays, etc.

It's an easy, free pattern, one you'll want to download now; patterns don't always remain gratis, as the Holden Shawlette, which is now available for purchase but also includes three different sizes.

Please read on...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pastille baby blanket pattern is late Easter gift

This baby blanket pattern uses an easy waffle stitch, which creates a lovely mosaic of Easter colors perfect for baby. Using two balls of the trim colorway and four single balls, each of a different colorway, "Pastille Baby" knits up soft and squishy at 25 by 29 inches. And the designer warns, this pattern stitch is "addictive" and has a knitting skill level of beginner to intermediate.

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