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.
I found myself a little torn this time around. Drops Design added a whole bunch of patterns to Ravelry this week, and I had a hard time deciding whether or not to share them. Drops have a lot going for them – the patterns might not always be to my personal taste, but they produce a variety of patterns for clothes in generous size ranges; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a clothing pattern from them that didn’t go up to a 50″ chest. They also tend to provide clear pictures of the clothes and, crucially, diagrams showing item construction – a rare inclusion that I really appreciate. But they are also notorious for providing very vague instructions that often require knitters to work together to figure out what was “really meant”. The patterns are often relatively simple in construction, but the instructions can make it hard to follow if you’re a beginner, and definitely make it more difficult to figure out where and how to make adjustments for a perfect fit.
So I’m sharing a few Drops designs today, but I’m also going to make sure to include a bunch of designs from others, as well, to balance things out.
First up from Drops is Tanja, a beautifully constructed jacket knit in DK weight yarn. love the shape of this, the collar and neckline, the length, the patterned front and back panels and the unusual shape to the hemline. It’s a very unique jacket that still has some very classic design elements, and I can really see myself wearing it. Available up to a 54″ bust, the pattern instructions are written on the Drops website, along with diagrams indicating construction, and the link can be accessed from this Ravelry page.
Slip Stitch Dishtowels
Here’s a nice non-Drops pattern. Knitted dishtowels can make lovely gifts, and I particularly like the look of these, with the traditional dishtowel patterns and colours. Thes pattern instructions for these towels are written on the designer’s website, and a link to this can be found on this Ravelry page.
Wrist Warmers With Lace Pattern
Another pretty Drops pattern, this time in fingering weight. The wrist-warmers have a nice, simply but striking lace pattern and, as you can probably guess from the picture, can be knit to match a set of hat-and-cowl/capelet available as a separate pattern. The wrist-warmer pattern can be found via this Ravelry page, while the hat and cowl set can be found here. A combination of all three would make a lovely Christmas gift, and there’s plenty of time to get knitting!
House Colours Scarf
This is a very simple, minimalistic pattern, and you could probably knit a fair approximation of it on your own. But I like the fact that the designer has done something different with an often-clichéd concept. Too often, “house colours”, or colour combinations to celebrate sports teams, schools or groups, are knit in the most basic even-width horizontal stripe. But here, the designer has worked with a very simple but pleasing combination of different stripe widths, along with a contrasting textured border to keep the finished product neat. This would be a great knitting pattern for a beginner, and is available as a free Ravelry download.
Bird Cherry Hegg
I’ll admit, I’m sharing this one not because I think it makes a great washcloth design, but because I think the pattern – both the centre stripes and the pretty border – would make a gorgeous centre-panel for a knit vest! The pattern is really pretty and unusual, and I’d love to see it worked up into something to wear. The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.