Archive for the ‘Freebie Fridays’ Category

Maybe it’s just bad luck, but it seemed like there was a serious shortage of qualifying free patterns this week.  Fortunately, there were still some lovely patterns to choose from, so after much deliberating (and drafting this post but forgetting to actually publish it yesterday – oops!) here’s this week’s Freebie Friday!

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!

 

Old Shale Shawl

This is a lovely, simple shawl design with an attractive scalloped lace section repeating through the body.  It’s triangle shaped, knit in a warm, ample aran weight, and is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Fair Isle Wrist Warmers

Sometimes you don’t want a pattern to knit up something large.  Sometimes you have lots of little leftovers from other projects and just want to make something quick and pretty.  The fair-isle knitting design on this delicate, feminine wristwarmer is very sweet, and a great stash-buster.  The fine, fingering-weight pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Erasmus

Here’s something a little different.  An unusual pair of fitted, DK-weight long armwarmers with a unique charted colourwork design.  These look really different, and are available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Misty Mountains Scarf

Knitters release free patterns for all sorts of reasons.  Some knitters like to release freebies simply because they enjoy sharing their designs.  Others release free patterns to encourage people to like and enjoy their other, for-sale, work.  And sometimes a knitter will come up with a really great design that ties in with their fandom.  The Misty Mountains scarf is gorgeous, with Tolkein’s Elvish running along the length of it,  and is available as a free Ravelry download.

That’s it for this week’s Freebie Fridays!  Disagree with my selection?  Come across a pattern since Friday 20th April that’s free, on Ravelry, and worthy of next week’s post?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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.

Leafy Vs

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.

Remember Glasgow

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.

Pirate Cowl

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.