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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.

 

Tanja

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.

 

 

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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.

Ah Knitty, how you like to torment me.  I spent most of this last week growing concerned that I wouldn’t have any great free patterns to share.  That’s not to say there weren’t any released, of course.  Plenty of free patterns were uploaded to Ravelry.  But a lot of them felt too similar to patterns I’d shared on here before, and others didn’t meet my rules.  Then, yesterday, Knitty released the June 2013 edition of their free, online magazine, complete with twenty gorgeous free patterns.

And I found myself torn.  Each Knitty pattern is created by a different designer, but they are all in the same publication.  Would I be adhering to the spirit of my rules if the entire post for this week consisted of Knitty patterns?  Or merely the letter of it?

In the end, I decided it was fine.  The designers are each unique in terms of how they construct their patterns and the style they like to emulate, and how often do I get the chance to share this many sweater patterns in one go?

 

QR Key

The first Knitty pattern I wanted to share is this rather awesome example of technology and crafting coming together.  The QR code on this scarf isn’t just decorative – it can be read by a mobile phone, and directs people to the Knitty pattern page for the scarf itself!  What a great way to share the pattern!  It also leaves me wondering what else you could do.  I already know a cross-stitched QR code can be read, as well as a code written in rolled icing on a cake or cookie.  Maybe people could design their own knit accessories with their own, custom QR codes on?  This scarf pattern is available for free on Knitty, and a link to the pattern is available from this Ravelry page.

 

Lewis

Lewis is a lovely, light Summer sweater with an attractive and comfortable wide, elbow-length sleeve and a pretty bit of lace at the bust.  It’s knit in fingering weight yarn, making it a comfortable top for wearing in warmer weather, and I love it.  The neckline is perfect, sweeping in a low, deep V to show off a bit of décolletage while the delicate clasps prevent it from being immodest.  The hem sits at just the right length for me – low enough to just barely reach the hips with a sweeping curved front and back,  It’s a very pleasing shape that sits loosely across the hips and stomach rather than stretching across them, and I imagine it’s very cool to wear.  Like all Knitty clothes patterns, this has a decent range of sizes and is available up to a 58″ bust!  This pattern is available at Knitty and a link to the pattern can be found on this Ravelry page.

 

Jackaroo

Now here’s another great item, and with a more classic style that can be modified to work well whatever you’re likely to wear it with.  A worsted-weight knit jacket with sleek shaping, 3/4 length sleeves and lots of little professional touches like icord edges that give it a really high quality shape and finish.  Another generously-sized pattern available up to a 54″ chest and with a whole host of shaping options to ensure a perfect fit.  Once again, this free pattern is available at Knitty and a link to the pattern can be found on this Ravelry page.

 

There’s a whole load more patterns in the latest Knitty, and I recommend you  check them out for yourself!

This is what happens when you save a draft of a post but fail to schedule it to publish on time.  Oops.

Summer is here!  Summer is here!  And it’s instantly too hot for me to cope.

I’m a cold-weather girl.  Short, stocky, pale and grey eyed with ancestry solidly in the colder parts of Europe – Scotland and Lithuania.  I don’t do well with the heat.  Knitting at this time of year always starts to become a bit of a chore for me if I’m working on anything above DK weight, so you’ll probably see a lot more embroidery and sewing for the next few months, except my Ravenwing of course.  I’m determined to finish that soon!

I’ll still keep on with my Ravelry Mondays and Freebie Fridays, though!  Just because it’s too warm to knit until after dark doesn’t mean I can’t add new patterns to my to-do list!

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.

 

Muh Muhs

What could be better for knitting in the hot Summer weather than a thick, solid shawlette knit in bulky weight wool?  I kid, of course,  But the Muh Muhs is a very nice shawl pattern, something handy to work on in preparation for the colder weather on the way, and as a bulky weight item would be fairly quick to knit, so could be worth saving in your library for emergency Christmas gift!  This shawlette pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

So Sweet Shawlette

This is very much the Week of Shawls for Freebie Friday.  There were other patterns available, but many didn’t meet the requirements as listed above, so shawls are very much dominating this post!  The So Sweet Shawlette is as sweet as the name, knit in fine laceweight yarn with thick stripes and an airy lace pattern.  This is a perfect Summer shawl – the solid design keeps the sun off delicate shoulders, but the whole thing is light enough not to weigh you down or leave you overheating.  This shawl is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Uncommon Ivy

Something a little different, this time.  An unusual, aran-weight scarf with striping in a colour gradient and a pattern of leaves and stems running along the length.  It’s certainly an unusual pattern and I’d be interested to see how knitters play with the design.  The pattern is not avalable for download on Ravelry itself, but the Ravelry page here links to the download website.

I’ve given up.  I haven’t had the time or the brain energy to deal with trying to work out why I can’t get into my Ravelry account, so I’ve just decided to go and make a new one.  It means losing my projects to-date, and although I have copies of purchased patterns saved on my computer it means losing access to any updates to those, but it has to be done.  I’ve not been able to do my Freebie Fridays or Ravely Mondays in a month, and that is far too long to go without sharing new patterns with all of you!

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.

Because it’s been a while, this Freebie Friday is going to break from tradition in three ways.

  1. There is no theme, because there have been so many freebies since I last did one of these.
  2. There is no limit.  I will share as many of the best free patterns as I feel like.
  3. The patterns will not just be from the last week, but since the last Freebie Friday

So, without further ado, check these out!

Razorback Brioche Cowl

The Razorback Brioche cowl is an excellent example of how to achieve a very striking effect using a simple, repeating pattern and limited palette.  It’s a great gender-neutral cowl knit in a warm worsted weight, and is available as a free Ravelry download.

Stash-busting Monster

I don’t often post patterns for toys or fun items like these, simply because I so rarely make them myself.  But the stash-busting monster pattern is a fantastic, simple design that’s great for using up small amounts of leftover yarn.  While the pattern is written up for worsted-weight, it could be made in almost any yarn and is available as a free Ravelry download.

Ylva

Ylva is a pattern for a simple, understated pair of fingerless mitts.  The pattern has a nice, classic look that can be worked up in all manner of different colours, and easily modified with additional colourwork or striping, making it a very versatile pattern to work from.  If you’re thinking of starting your handmade Christmas gifts soon (I know I am!  I need the time!), these would be a great gift.  The mitts are knit up in fingering weight and are available as a free Ravelry download.

Larch Bark Dyed Felted Knitted Bag

This is a really cute pattern for a felted bag with a simple, repeating colourwork pattern.  The original pattern uses hand-dyed, handspun yarn dyed using natural ingredients, but it could easily be worked in any aran weight yarn that has a high wool content. Colourwork items are another great stash-buster, as you often find you only need a full skein or multiple skeins of the main colour.  This pattern is on Ravelry and can be viewed at the designer’s website linked from this Ravelry page.

Cool Breezes Summer Lace Sweater

Regular readers will be well aware of my plus-patterns rule.  Simply put, I will only share clothing patterns here if they are available in plus as well as straight sizes.  I stand by my rule, although it often means I don’t share many free clothes patterns, simply because I refuse to promote patterns from designers who clearly don’t want my business.  So I was delighted to note that this simple, cool Summer cover-up top is available up to a 54″ chest.  The full pattern is written out on the designer’s website and can be accessed via this Ravelry page.

Shandon

Shandon is a very attractive, aran-weight jumbo cowl designed to be wrapped twice around the neck.  The unusual zig-zag pattern that almost resembles cables from a distance, looks great knit in a singl colour or a yarn with a very gentle variation in colour, and is another fantastic Christmas gift project.  The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

Northshield Pouch

Only a colourwork chart is shown on the pattern page for this pouch, but I can tell from this alone that it’d make a gorgeous finished pattern.  Intended to be used as a colourwork knitted pouch bag, it could also be added to the front of a large pocketed scarf, worked into a cushion or made into a square as part of a larger blanket-making project.  This is another great stashbuster and Christmas gift pattern offered by the Society of Creative Anachronisms, and is available as a free Ravelry download.

Things are kind of in turmoil, right now.  Amongst other things, I seem to be having some rather serious difficulty accessing my Ravelry account.  I don’t know why.  In the meantime, here is this week’s Freebie Friday post, with patterns accessed thanks to a relative’s account.  Apologies if the post is a bit short on words, Stuff is Happening.  Sufficient to say I’ll be sorting out the problems with my Ravelry account when Stuff calms down enough that I have the time and energy to do so.

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!

 

Lace Shawl with Diamond Pattern

A very pretty, delicate lace-wight shawl with an attractive leafy border.  Available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Tschuss Frau Holle

A simple but pretty aran-weight toque, with an attractive striped and spotted pattern.  Available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Construction Site Cowl

A unusual worsted-weight cowl with a fun pattern, ideal for working up in bright, contrasting colours.  Available as a free Ravelry download.