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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Easy Sweet Caroline baby blanket pattern

So precious, and easy to knit is Sweet Caroline, a scalloped design free knitting pattern baby blanket. Knitted with two strands throughout on US size 15 circular needle (10 mm), only 6 rows of pattern, this freebie is offered by Plymouth Yarn Company and a quick knit up in several pastel colors of soft cotton yarn, or choose a solid colorway. Finished size is 18" by 20", which is the perfect size for a stroller or car seat, but you can knit it larger adding stitches in multiples of 13 plus 2.

Download and printout the free pattern for Sweet Caroline to knit quick baby shower gifts now. For a more recent post re: baby blanket patterns to knit and crochet, please visit this link: "Baby patterns spring eternal".

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Susies Reading Mitts found among the missing

"Three little kittens have lost their mittens.." is the song some knitters are singing on Ravelry. A popular mitten wrist warmers pattern: Susies Reading Mitts has been archived as a free pattern. With over 5,000 projects for the fingerless mittens already, the lost pattern seems to have caused quite a clatter among knitters.

One resourceful knitter has found Susie's fingerless gloves at this link, which is still live.

These Susie's Reading Mitts at the left are by AliceKathryn. Knitnscribble's grandchildren call them "texting gloves". Find more fingerless mitts free patterns to knit and crochet here.

And just published Dec 13, 2012, even more free patterns for fingerless mitts to knit and crochet here.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Famous mitten patterns in the limelight

As practical as they are stylish, fingerless mittens and wrist-warmers, have been in the limelight for a few years now. Here are some of knitnscribble's favorite mitten patterns, full-on and fingerless, free patterns, like Bella's mittens from the Twilight saga, owl mittens, and one at a teeny tiny price.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Not so ordinary knit and crochet holiday gifts


'Tis the season for Christmas crafts, knitting and crocheting holiday gifts for those special people on your list. A scarf, mittens, and hats are always welcomed, but here are a few ideas you may have not thought of.

Many of these smaller knitted ideas can be knit or crocheted with yarn bits and pieces and used for Christmas party hostess gifts, too. A Christmas crafts free pattern for every day until Santa comes.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Big knit and crochet ponchos are back

The comeback of this season has to be ponchos and capelets, which six years ago were also a hit. Classic style, this time, the design adds a turtleneck for warmth and practicality. Often worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, turtleneck ponchos to fit any age or size person on the planet.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dogs and cats on your needles


Amusing and loyal, just as man's best friend in real life, dog and cat patterns for oodles of different pedigrees of little stuffed animals. Amigurumi knitting patterns that appear so life-like, meows and yaps are expected to commence any second. Two creative UK designers have also remembered dog coat patterns and jackets, too, and not just for dogs!.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chunky cowls, big scarf patterns with pictures


Interesting, ever popular, and yes, oh, so practical neckwarmers make great holiday gifts. Big scarf patterns for big needles. Knit or crochet some of these free patterns for a big chunky cowl infinity scarf in no time. Cowl patterns for lasting coziness....

Friday, October 21, 2011

New pattern for Kate's shawl is a beauty

A newer version of Princess Kate's ruffle shawl is roaming free on Ravelry and it is a beauty. Knit and designed by Vera Sanon, who also writes an interesting story of her knitting experience. Vera immigrated to the United States after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. German by birth, she learned to knit at age six from a master teacher, her great grandmother, then moved to England as a teenager where she absorbed British knitting. Now living in Los Angeles and designing for Cascade Yarns, Vera has recently posted Princess Ruffles Shawl. She has many beautiful knitting designs, this delightful new shawl is a free pattern. Read on...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

No surprise that EZ's BSJ has a twin

It comes as no surprise that an industrious knitter has written a pattern that mimics Elizabeth Zimmermann's popular Baby Surprise Jacket baby sweater in garter stitch. This little knitting pattern is probably one of the most popular all time knitting patterns. Knit sideways, the free pattern for BSJ look-alike is available in sizes 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4 - 5/6) years. Link below.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stay-on Fair Isle baby booties

These baby booties or baby socks are just the cutest free pattern from Classic Elite by Edith Murphy. Knit on a size US 6 (4.25 mm) needle, the pattern is a sweet find and a free download. Gauge is 22 sts = 1 inch, so they'll be finished in no time at all. The booties require 50 g of DK yarn and bits and pieces of stash yarn for the three other colors. So cute and useful for baby gifts. One size = 4 inches or 6 months.

Friday, September 30, 2011

How buying handmade grows the economy and greens the earth

Hat Harvest at Wattery Totteries
For months now, knitnscribble has been knitting furiously, preparing for an arts and craft fair at a local Newport church this month. As the stack of handmade hats, cowls, and scarves grows, I often wonder how many people realize why buying handmade knits and woolens is important to our environment and fledgling economy.

There are countless reasons why handmade is a much better purchase than foreign mass-produced products.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sports team logo charts knit and crochet hats, mittens, and a scarf

Football and hockey, baseball, too. Popular NHL, NFL, and MLB team logo charts for creating knitting and crochet hat patterns, mittens, afghans, a warm scarf to wear at hockey and football games, for personal use only, or to give as holiday gifts. Click on the team logo of your choice and download the chart to use in a free hat pattern.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Halloween costume hats


Halloween costume accessories like hats and masks can be knit or crocheted to complete an amusing or scarey persona for Halloween parties and trick or treating. Recently, knitnscribble came across some original Halloween costume ideas, some free patterns for Halloween crafts, others at minimal cost, knitting and crochet projects that will give your costume the perfect finished look.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Baby hats, plain and simple patterns


Now's the time to start knitting those easy baby hats and beanies for holiday gifting or the occasional new baby shower. Knitnscribble keeps a stash for single son whose friends become new parents. These free knit baby hat patterns are plain and simple, elegant little hats, easy for beginning crafters, and great for charity donations, too. Free knitting patterns for baby hats

Friday, July 22, 2011

Earflap hat patterns solid color, stranded, or amusing

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Hats with ear flaps are not just fashionable, the earflaps keep you warm and are very practical knit in a solid color, a Fair Isle (stranded) pattern or as an amusing animal hat. Earflap hat patterns are easy knitting projects for any time of year, so get ahead of the winter rush now. A free knitting pattern by Kirsten Kapur, designer of some extraordinary shawls, is available as a free pdf download and print out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sideways cardigan patterns are fun and easy

Knitting side to side cardigans can be fun and allow for easy striping patterns in a finished sweater. Or crochet or knit the cardi sideways in a single main color yarn. Find adult and children's free pattern links below for side to side crocheting and knitting.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Free fish patterns to knit and crochet

More Live Phish to knit and crochet, new adult and children's fish hat patterns, a new fish scarf, half a fish hat, and a pullover pattern with stranded colorwork yoke for babies to size six with fish everywhere.

You'll find a very 'fishy' knitting jumper pattern at Petite Purls knitting and crochet children's website. A brilliant pullover knitting pattern for all kids who love the water and everything that swims within. It's called "Beach Baby" by Christine H.Wilkins, sizes 0-6 years with the link below for the free fish pullover knitting pattern.

Knitted on a US size 6 (4.5mm) circular needle with fish all around the yoke, it's the perfect match for the "free Phish hat" pattern, which can be knitted or a crochet fish hat pattern as well. There's even a 'scarfish' fish scarf pattern now, a free download and print out pattern.

A crochet fish hat pattern by Jessica Flowers, too.

The sweater and hat set will be the favorite of little girls and boys who love the beach and the water world of worms, bugs, and deep sea creatures. These fishy hat patterns can be knit and/or crocheted in cotton for the spring and summer, or soft wool for cooler Vermont-like climes.
Beach Baby Stranded Colorwork fish sweater pattern for boys or girls.


The 'scarfish' fish scarf knitting pattern and 'half a fish' hat knitting pattern are both new free patterns. Original 'deadfish' fish hat patterns are available in English, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Easy beginner sock knitting pattern - I love these socks!

There's no question of which sock belongs on left and right feet with this easy sock pattern. Knit with DK sock yarn, a knitting project perfect for beginner sock knitting, so much fun and a great summer project. One four stitch cable runs down opposite sides of the socks, a simple free sock pattern named just that "So Simple Silk Garden."






Hubby likes the tops long enough, so his leg doesn't show when he crosses them, so these tops are measuring knit cuff down about 11 inches to the beginning of the heel flap, before blocking.


Knitting with DK sock yarn as a beginner sock knitter, gives the knitter quick fulfillment so you get the confidence to move on to smaller needles. If you are knitting with dpns for the first time, it's also a great introduction to double point needles. Knitnscribble used US 4 (3.5mm) for this project. If you have never knit socks before and want to give a whirl, you won't regret using this pattern.

You'll find the DK sock yarn at GrittyKnits.com. Read about how knitnscribble started the project about two weeks ago. Could have finished much sooner, but for 12 days of visiting grandchildren, which we thoroughly enjoyed.


 Find the So Simple Silk Garden sock pattern on Ravelry. 

                               The original sock pattern is knit with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.
Any DK sock yarn will do for this pattern, just make sure it is sock yarn and not regular DK yarn. Sock yarn usually contains a little nylon for durability in the heels and toes.  You don't want your beautiful socks to wear out too soon.



Here's another free easy first sock pattern knit with US 2 (2.75mm) dpns.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Knitting socks for Alice

How can one's passion for intrigue woven with words have semblance to a knitter's passion to create?
Profile of an exciting fanciful enchanting sock pattern book, knitting socks filled with origins rooted in legend, myth, and fairy tales.

"Legendary sock patterns for adventurous knitters."

Fantasy woven in verse
It is known that Alice in Wonderland was written by Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1865, when a Sunday afternoon boat ride was a familiar and tranquil recreation. Dodgson was accompanied by another cleric friend and three little girls, ages 13, 10, and 8, all daughters of the headmaster at Westminster School. The little girls, as little girls tend to do when not stimulated by conversation or activity, became bored, so he told them a story about a little girl named Alice as they rowed up the River Thames in England. Later the Reverend Dodgson wrote the story down and published it under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became a favorite of Queen Victoria and has never been out of publication since.


It was an an adventure story spun in a dream while Alice slept. She, too, was bored, sitting on a riverbank while her sister read a book. Alice saw a rabbit wearing a coat and followed the rabbit down the rabbit hole where the adventures began underground.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland continued with a myriad of dreamlike creatures: fish and frog footmen, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar smoking the hookah, the Queen of Hearts, and on and on. The dream finally ended by the riverside, as Alice's sister woke her up for tea, and the precocious Alice tripped off leaving her sister to wonder for herself.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

An easy free sock pattern on larger needles

Socks are a great summertime knitting project, small and quite portable, a sock pattern will keep you knitting at the beach, on a road trip, watching a movie, or commuting on a plane, train, or bus. If you are a beginner sock knitter, a perfect easy adult sock knitting pattern in small, medium, and large sizes for larger needles and DK yarn is the So Simple Silk Garden by Glenna C. free sock pattern.








The pattern is a quick knit up,
easy to remember,
no constant pattern-minding,
with ample definition
and a small four-stitch cable
that runs up one side of each foot.

Knitnscribble likes knitting socks in bright colors and thank goodness her hubby grew up wearing alpaca golf sweaters with bright color-coordinated socks and still enjoys warm colored socks. Knitting with bright colors, especially socks, makes her happy.

Recently purchased GrittyKnits 'daffodil' superwash sock yarn in a DK weight is the yarn of choice for this free sock pattern. Having never knitted socks on anything but US2 (2.75 mm) needles, knitting on US4 (3.5 mm) dpns is a breeze. GrittyKnits also offered to roll the hanks of DK yarn into 'cakes', which saves a ton of knitting time.






The So Simple Silk Garden pattern calls for separating the cast on stitches for the cuff down onto three needles. Because knitnscribble prefers to knit on four needles from the cuff down, you'll find the photos here with four instead of three.


She also decided to cast on an even number of stitches, so the 12 rows of k1, p1 cuff would have an even number of knit and purl stitches, decreasing the extra stitch in the last row of the ribbing before starting the pattern. Because hubby likes his socks a little longer, knitnscribble ordered three skeins of GrittyKnits' Foot Fetish yarn, and will knit the top of the socks to about 14 inches, instead of the seven called for in the pattern.

Can't tell you how easy this pattern is, there's really no need to look at the pattern again after the first few rows. Just knit the knit stitches and purl the purls. Every seven rows, you'll do a four-stitch cable. Socks in a jiffy.

You'll find the So Simple free sock pattern on Ravelry as a pdf download you can print out.

Another easy free sock pattern for US2 needles knitnscribble used all last summer is the Simple Skyp sock pattern by Adrienne Ku you can read about here. Knitting socks is fun and can become addictive after the first beginner pair. Happy knitting and Happy 4th of July weekend!

See knitnscribble's finished socks on larger needles.

For a whole bunch of 5-star rated sock knitting patterns try Knit Love Sock by Cookie A.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Free top down patterns for all seasons

A favorite design technique of many knitters is top-down, when the knitting cast on stitches are started at the yoke of the sweater and knitted with raglan sleeves. Seaming up is easy, as there is almost none whatsoever. Therein lies the beauty of top down patterns. There are several free choices here.

Knitnscribble recently found expert knitting designer, Naganasu from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, who knits beautifully and predominantly from the top-down with raglan sleeves. Her top-down knitting patterns are gorgeous, written in English and Japanese, available in Naganasu's native Japanese on her blogsite. You'll find these lovely top-down patterns in English on Ravelry. This easy, top down gilet, sweater or vest can be worn many different ways as you can see here.


This top down toddler garter stitch sweater vest is among the free patterns offered by Naganasu and can be enlarged upon for an adult top down sweater vest seen below, knitted by azzuknits. Very versatile, can be worn all year long and the top down vest knit from the yoke is a free pattern.


Naganasu's photos used with permission. Find all of her patterns here.

Top down free shrug pattern, so cute, Sm - 3X

Another easy top down free knitting pattern.

February Lady top-down free knitting pattern

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Audrey jewelry to knit, crochet or bead


The chunky bracelets, necklaces, and cuffs, baubles Audrey Hepburn, the beloved film star, made so famous and wore so well in all her movies and stage productions seems to ever play on in the fashion world. Wouldn't Audrey be surprised how her classic style has endured? Jewellery, no matter how you spell it - big bead necklaces, bangles, and cuff bracelets to knit, bead, and crochet quickly for yourself or resale are a great way to accessorize your year round look and/or fatten your wallet. Free jewelry patterns for easy knitting or crochet, using stash yarn are a thrifty way to get started making holiday or birthday gifts you can stow away until you need that special handmade 'ice.'


This beaded cuff pattern, a real beauty at left, is offered on Etsy by 1beadweaver using the square stitch in a pdf pattern for $2.50. There are also many free Audrey-like jewelry pattern links here in this posting you might want to bookmark.











Lion Brand has a particularly smart and trendy bobble bangle, knit with US 4 and 6 needles (3.5, 4.25 mm) and a small amount of yarn stretched over a ready-made wooden or plastic cuff form you can purchase at Michael's or any local craft supply store.


To make the bobble, knit a series of sts all in the same stitch, turn and knit again, then turn and purl and so forth. Here's how LB instructs: Make Bobble "(K1, yarn over, k1) all in next st; turn and k3; turn and p3; turn and k3, turn and k3 together - Bobble made." You'll find the free knit bracelet pattern link below.





Here's another free pattern for a knit necklace, which could easily work for a color block bracelet, too, with smaller wooden beads, recently seen in Vogue Magazine for over $100. With a few contrasting beads of different shapes and clarity, voila! The free summer necklace pattern is here.



Jude Butterworth offers some glorious crochet jewelry at her Etsy shop. Jude's beautiful work has been exhibited in art galleries and much of it is done in free form crochet, but she does offer this Tunisian crochet beaded bracelet pattern. Jude allows you to resell jewelry made with her patterns as long as the pattern is attributed as her work.







Rosemary Hill of designs by Romi has designed knitted and crocheted jewellery and included 26 designs in her pattern book Elements of Style. Rosemary gives you complete instructions for quantity and size of beads to create lovely works of art like this beaded cuff of her design, a free pattern on Knitty. Free pattern link below.








Beth Todd offers her knitted stretchy bracelet pattern on Etsy for $3.50 and allows resale of items with design attribution. Beth says this bracelet pattern is a great way to use up stash sock yarn. You'll find BethToddCreates here





1beadweaver has several pdf patterns for beaded jewellery, mostly bracelets necklaces, for sale at minimal prices. She offers the Peyote stitch US flag motif bracelet in a pdf for $1.60 or the whole kit and kaboodle, that's beads, star button, and instructions for $29.00. Just think what a hit this flag bracelet would be on the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday like today, June 14th, Flag Day!




Beaded crochet jewellery box by Julianne Eisel


Lion Brand Bobble Bracelet cuff pattern
DesignsbyRomi free beaded cuff pattern
Another friendly source for free jewelry patterns is Domestic-DivaOnline, who sews, glues, paints, airbrushes, you name it, Diva does it and gives advice freely and concisely. You'll find several free jewelry patterns with well-written and photographed instructions at domestic-divaonline.com.
Copyright Sharon Watterson at knitnscribble.com, 2012.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Knit one cute hat in brioche stitch

This past winter, knitnscribble wrote an article about the fantastic Baby Brioche cardigan knitting pattern by Jen Hurley. Having never knitted with the brioche stitch, was intrigued by the lofty result of the fabric, so decided to try it in an easy short cowl knitting pattern and was pleasantly surprised by the rhythm of the stitch and calming aesthetic while knitting brioche. BriocheStitch.com offers very helpful instruction. The free pattern link below for the Brioche Hood cloche hat pictured here illustrates the stitch definition of this soothing exercise.

You can see the brioche stitch cowl in the header of this blog; it's the multicolor green one on the bottom.

This darling hat is knit from side to side on US size 6-7 (4-4.5mm) needles, depending on your yarn gauge and uses worsted or two strands of fingering yarn held together.

The Brioche stitch begins with an even number of stitches and one set up row, then multiples of just one row  as in this hat: k1 "yo, sl1(pwise), k2tog (next stitch with the yo from previous row)" (repeat "---") slipping the last stitch to make a nice crisp finished edge. The hat requires a short row approach for the top decreases. For more hat patterns, check out this previous knitnscribble post.

Exploring the fabrics that can be made with simple knitting stitches is another aspect of the craft, which only enhances the beautiful world of knitting.If you love knitting brioche, this chunky Honeycomb Brioche cowl pattern is for you and knits a lovely quick gift.

For a short cowl knitting pattern using the brioche stitch, try this easy recipe, using a nice soft chunky yarn like Misti Alpaca. You'll need 1.5 skeins. CO 36 sts on a US size 13 (9mm) needle, using long tail CO or "continental" method.


Row 1(set-up row): K2, *yo,sl1, K1, repeat from* to last two stitches, K1, sl1.
Row 2: K2, *yo, Sl1, K2tog,repeat from* to last two sts, K1, Sl1.
Continue with Row 2 only for 22 inches. Finished width before blocking is about 14 inches.
BO with a very loose stitch: sl1, K1, psso, *P1, K2tog, pass P1 over K2tog decrease and repeat* to last 2 sts and BO. Block, then use the blanket stitch to sew the ends together for completed cowl.

The Brioche Hood cloche hat pattern is written by Valdis Vrang and is available free on Ravelry.

You will find the Baby Brioche Cardigan Sweater knit from the top down here. It's a free pattern link.
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