Monday, July 23, 2018

Top-down cardigan pattern, infant to 4XL, WOW!

Just discovered this top-down cardigan knitting pattern from Tin Can Knits. It's a very versatile design, easy pattern, and is written in sizes infant to 4XL. The sweater pattern is called "Harvest" and it is a free pattern. The unisex design is a great school sweater for children, minus the pin. What a great way to begin your fall knitting with a one-piece, no sewing up sweater! That's right, once it's off the needles, this cardi is finished! With a very generous plus-size range, it is equally a generous gift from the designer.

Monday, July 16, 2018

New knitting designs from dishcloth stitch patterns

Years ago, knitnscribble realized after knitting the old smocked dishcloth that favorite stitch patterns could be used to knit new original designs. Pattern stitches aren't just meant for dishcloths; they can actually serve as big swatches of inspiration.

This morning, I stumbled across these lovely baby blankets on Instagram knit by Norwegian, Strikkly Speaking, and realized the stitch was the same as Windbreaker, the sweater I had just finished. The star stitch has been relaxed in the blanket to achieve a softness desired for baby.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gathering Place celebrates Knitters Day Out

© Irina Lawrence
"Gathering Place" is the new cowl pattern celebrating the 33rd annual Knitters Day Out to be held at Central Penn College in Summerdale near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, September 28th and 29th, 2018. Knitters Day Out offers classes, shopping, and a community gathering, devoted to the fiber arts and knitting craft that we all love. The cowl knitting pattern is smocked in a beautiful stitch pattern, and offered as a free pattern on Ravelry.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Adah shawl pattern has picot edge bind off

Australian-based knitting designer, Ambah O'Brien, has posted a new shawl pattern you can wear as a triangle scarf that has a picot edge bind off, one of two bind offs available. As usual, this talented designer has included a wealth of information for this knitting project, including a KAL, types of yarns, colorways, videos, and discount options.

Mermaid doll pattern to crochet - sea creatures for little ones

If your granddaughter or grandson is a child of the sea and disciple of its creatures, this little mermaid will be a favorite new doll. An amigurumi mermaid rag doll free pattern, with easy to follow directions, by Spin a Yarn Crochet, it's finished size is 12.5 inches (32 cm) "from the top of her head to the bottom curve of her tail."

Spin a Yarn Crochet has an abundance of amigurumi sea creature patterns and other themes including Harry Potter and holiday ornaments offered as free patterns for crochet toys.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Easy, portable new one skein triangle scarf pattern free

Noble Knits has posted a free knitting pattern for a lovely triangle scarf, using only one skein of self-striping yarn, Berroco's Nebula in luscious colors at just about $20.00. The shawl pattern is easy to remember, one that won't keep you counting on the beach, or whilst commuting, or watching tv, and portable, great for stuffing in your purse.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Care hat pattern for RAICES

The "I Care" hat pattern created by Lisa McFetridge is about a passionate longing for reuniting immigrant families with their children. The hat pattern can be knit from your yarn stash: use worsted, DK, or fingering yarn and comes in sizes infant to adults  The pattern can be yours for a tiny donation. Lisa has designed many hats, the proceeds of which benefit organizations that help those in desparate need. This hat pattern benefits RAICES - the well-respected non-profit, Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services in Central and South Texas. Knitting for charity, donate, and you get to keep the hat

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Knitted Knockers are free for breast cancer survivors

Knitted Knockers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are available free worldwide to breast cancer patients who don't undergo breast reconstruction. If you knit or crochet, there are free knitted knocker patterns in several languages and breast prosthetic kits you can purchase. And, yes, there are endless possibilities for charity knitting and crochet for hospitals and doctors. Yesterday, knitnscribble posted a link to a video from one knitted knocker organization on Facebook and the reception from breast cancer survivors and their friends was overwhelming, so thought it needed more explanation.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wonder Woman wrap - You are stronger than you believe

Yes, "you have greater powers than you know."

The Wonder Woman wrap shawl pattern has been published in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese for knitting and crochet. It's a free pattern, an easy pattern, "kept as simple as possible, so it would be accessible to a wide range of knitters," by Carissa Browning.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Learn how to knit or crochet this summer

"Snakes and Ladders" by Michelle Krause
In the early days of summer, way back in the dinosaur age, I learned to knit at about age 8. This post contains links for easy free patterns, perfect for vacations. Summer is the perfect time to learn to knit or to crochet, away at camp, sitting at home in the AC or vacationing. You can even teach yourself with YouTube videos. There is an abundance of free patterns, easy patterns like a dishcloth, which offer a quick path to success, and make useful gifts as well. Cotton yarn can be purchased for about $2.00, a pair of US 8 (5mm) straight needles, or an H hook, and you are on your way. Read on for other easy knitting projects paired with links for free patterns to knit and crochet.

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