Friday, January 23, 2009

Free Knitting and Crocheting Patterns

My sisters and I love to knit. I have bought a few knitting books, but they are so expensive. Then we discovered that there are thousands of free patterns on the internet! My favorite site is Knitting Pattern Central. They have a lists of patterns according to catagories such as hats, mittens, lace items, and so on. For you crocheters, there is also Crochet Pattern Central. Their site is set up exactly the same as the knitting one. I want to knit fingerless gloves with a mitten flap. Yesterday I tried googling fingerless gloves, and up popped lots of patterns.

Right now I am making a cabled stocking cap worked in the round. This is my second project to work on double pointed needles, so I am still learning how to keep the tension even.

Knitting can be an expensive hobby, but I've been able to keep my costs down by always buying my yarn on sale. Hobby Lobby is a great store for sales and clearance. Yesterday I bought several skeins of Vanna's Choice yarn 20 percent off at our local Alco. Yippee!

For lots more frugal ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood.


Katie L said...

I'm a crocheter who wants to learn to knit. My advice for free patterns is: JOIN RAVELRY! is kind of like a social networking site, but it has a fantastic search engine for knit & crochet patterns and you can limit your search to free patterns. I also like searching patterns based on the yarn I have on hand (say, from an excellent eBay find). You can also set up a queue of projects and keep track of the yarn & hooks (needles) you're using. It's a great FREE tool!

A Garden Girl said...

Thanks, Katie! I have heard of ravelry, but don't know much about it. Sounds great.

Linda said...

I haven't crocheted in a while but was thinking about it recently. Thanks for the link, I'll give it a try.