I’m really enjoying researching the latest offerings for my next Ravelry Monday. The only problem is, as I should have expected, there are too many to choose from! Not just individual patterns, but themes. This week has brought an explosion of shawls, socks, sweaters, hats, mitts and children’s clothes and I am finding it very hard to choose just one theme, knowing I’ll necessarily be disqualifying some beautiful patterns no matter which theme I choose.
To salve my pain just a little, I’m starting another weekly event. Freebie Fridays. So many of the patterns I’m falling in love with are not only beautiful but free! And I feel particularly terrible disqualifying some patterns that are as good as many paid ones just because they fell into the wrong category.
Freebie Friday rules are a little different to Ravelry Monday rules, and are as follows:
- The pattern needs to be free.
- The pattern does not HAVE to be a Ravelry download, but must be listed on Ravelry.
- The pattern must have a photo clearly showing the item.
- The pattern still needs to produce a professional looking item and have the necessary information for potential makers.
- Clothing for adults must still be available in plus sizes.
- An item showcased on Freebie Friday may still be showcased on Ravelry Monday, if it fits the brief for that day.
So, without further faffing, here are my favourite free designs of the week!
Danielle Shawl Eng
Lovely lace pattern, with a bit of texture from the bobbles and a very attractive repeating leaf pattern that works as well in the border as the body. A pattern I would gladly pay for, available as a free Ravelry download.
Worsted Merino Superwash Spring Beret
An attractive, slouchy beret with a lot of fun details in the pattern to keep things interesting, an attractive and unusual cabled twist on the brim, and the colour chosen for the sample grabbed my attention immediately. This is not available as a download on Ravelry, but the Ravelry page includes a link to the free pattern.
This is a very pretty scarf, using a simple but effective lace design. It looks light, and perfect for Spring, not too bulky on the next but with enough substance to keep the chill out. The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.
A lovely, solid shawl in a light fingering weight, with attractive textural patterns. The pattern will prevent it from being a boring knit, and breaks up the shape and bulk of the shawl nicely, while the use of a fingering yarn ensures that, although it’s solid and substantial enough to keep you warm, it won’t weigh you down. Another pattern available as a free Ravelry download.
Sometimes it isn’t so much the complete pattern but the inspiration that people want. This cowl was a personal project by the designer, making use of free shareware colour knitting charts online to create an item for herself. But what she made proved so popular with other knitters that she elected to share how she made it with the rest of us. There isn’t a download, but there is a clear description of the construction involved and a link to the knitting chart she used for the skull and cross-bones design. A lovely, wearable piece.
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