Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns

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.

YARN COMPANIES

A great place to start is with companies that make and sell yarn.  Here are some that I have found.

https://www.lionbrand.com/

http://redheart.com/

Crystal Palace yarns http://www.straw.com/cpy/free_patterns.html

http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?NEW_PATTERNS=1

http://cascadeyarns.com/patterns.asp

http://www.berroco.com/patterns

http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/patterns/free

http://www.caron.com/free

Yarn market lists a lot of yarn companies that I didn’t know about and gives you links to their free patterns.  http://www.yarnmarket.com/knitting/Free-Patterns-527.html?CFID=15256215&CFTOKEN=57588291

OTHER

www.ravelry.com

http://priscillascrochet.net/freepatterns.html

http://www.bestfreecrochet.com

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/

BLOGS

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!!

Handmade cards

Making cards was my original inspiration for opening an Etsy shop.  I had been making cards with the idea that I would give them to friends and family members …But then I realized that I was getting quite a collection and it was going to take me a long time to use the cards I had already  made and I didn’t want to stop making cards!!  So I had to find an outlet for them, so I could keep creating.  Most of my cards are unique because I love trying new ideas.  Here are some that are currently in my shop.

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Using extra yarn

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.ImageImageImageImageImageImage 

Custom Potholders – Sammy & Mammy

Sammy & Mammy

Sammy & Mammy

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.

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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.