I think most of us have a limited budget. A pattern has to be really special or I have to have a special reason for needing it before I pay money for it. So I am always looking for free patterns to try. Today I thought I would share some of the places I find free patterns.
A great place to start is with companies that make and sell yarn. Here are some that I have found.
Blogs are another place to find some great patterns. There are usually a few free patterns mixed in with others that you can buy. Sometimes you will even find a tutorial which I consider a bonus! 🙂 In my next post I will share some blogs that have free patterns. If you have a great place to find free patterns I’d love to hear about it!!
Here are two of my recent projects – Soap Cozies and dishcloths. Both of these projects are great for using some of your leftover yarn. The Green/Brown/white dishcloth was crocheted and the purple dishcloth was knitted. These are just two of the patterns I have been trying.
What are soap cozies you ask? They are my own personal creation. They are crocheted little bags with a tie on the top. You place either a bar of soap or leftover pieces of soap into the bag, and tie the bag shut. It’s like a washcloth and soap in one, and you no longer have to worry about a slippery soap bar slipping out of your hand. It also solves another problem that I have. I hate throwing away small pieces of soap because I feel like it is wasting them, but I also hate trying to hold on to them. This way I can use them up!! These cozies were crocheted with cotton yarn.
Today my mind has been on the annual Easter party that we have for the grand-kids each year. We dye eggs, make rise krispy Easter baskets and fill them with candy, destroy a pinata :), and have an Easter egg hunt. Sometimes the party also includes Easter crafts. Through the year I pick up things that I can use and keep them until the special day arrives. On my trip to Wal-Mart today to buy some socks I couldn’t resist picking up some candy and small toys to add to my growing list of supplies.
Since my mind was already on Easter these cute crocheted bunnies jumped out at me while I was surfing other blogs. You can find them at http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com If you would like to make some yourself there’s a great tutorial on this blog as well as links to other bunnies and patterns.
My daughter-in-law gave me some yarn that was left over from projects she and a friend had made. That inspired me to make some potholders for my Etsy shop. I want to try some other patterns later, but these were quick because I used the same basic pattern for all of them.
My latest creative project is this custom order of potholders. The customer sent me the pattern (Grandmother’s Sammy ‘N Mammy Pot Holders) and told me that she plans to use them for decorative purposes rather than actual use as potholders. She ordered three sets and I just finished this first set. I am going to send her some pictures of these to see if she wants me to make any changes for the other two sets. The potholders are made with worsted weight yarn, are double sided and are quite thick. I enjoyed making them although the pattern was not very detailed so I had to guess on some of the parts. The pattern also called for thread, but we used yarn instead.
Here’s a picture of the back of mammy.
The pattern called for a different color on the back which I did – But my personal preference would be to have the back the same color as the front. I think I would also do something different for the eyes if I was designing the pattern. I guess I will see how the customer feels about it.