Free Knitting Patterns
In 2021, I drafted several knitting patterns that had been available for purchase on my Etsy Shop. Now that it's closed, I've decided to offer all my patterns for free. Happy knitting!
You can find the links here:
Each of these is made with either a single or double strand of laceweight yarn.
Basic Beanie and Matching Cowl - want to create the look of high end hand painted yarn? Laceweight mohair and silk yarn, especially the handpainted or variegated kind, can be carried along with a DK weight yarn to create beautiful color gradations. I used budget friendly Patons Classic DK Superwash Wool (Wisteria) and Sugar Bush Drizzle (Periwinkle) that I bought on sale to create a high end look.
Barnacle Slouch - this pattern uses Dk wool and a laceweight mohair/silk together to create the same delicious colors as in the Basic Beanie and Matching Cowl.
One Ball Wonders: Barnacle Wrist Warmers and Short Cowl Each of these projects uses a minimal amount of yarn, making them great stash busters.
The Manos del Uruguay was bought from a fellow knitter who was de-stashing, so I got a bargain. If you haven't discovered the buy and sell option on Ravelry yet, I encourage you to check it out. Also, Facebook Marketplace (under Arts and Crafts) will also yield some treasure from time to time too.Knitter's Kozy is an improvised pattern based on the wonderful shawl geometry of Holly Chayes. I was looking for something to use up some yarn from previous sweater projects and came across Holly's second book. The Octagon Donut shawl was my inspiration.
Decided to get my inner princess on in honor of birthday and make something pretty for myself. Enter the Barnacle Fingerless Gloves!
Made with two strands of laceweight yarn (38g in total used for mine), this was a fairly quick and decadent project. The mock cable ribbing is very forgiving so I used the same number of stitches throughout. These are easy to size up or down.
This could also be a stash buster project as they can be made shorter, or using a base color and picking out secondary strands from your scrap stash of partial balls.
This is a simple top-down knit. I used a narrow band of mock cable for the neckband and a wider one for the edging. If you've been using my knitting patterns then you already know this one. The rest is straightforward knitting with regular increase rounds.
You will need to take some body measurements and knit a swatch as this information is needed to calculate your cast on stitch number and desired finished measurements.
I knit it over several evenings. It is a great stash buster project and would make a lovely gift.
If you've followed this blog, you know by now I like to build my skills as a knitter, and that involves practice. As a result, elements and construction methods keep reappearing in my blog posts and patterns, and that is by design.
I decided 2023 was going to be about top-down construction and, in particular, top-down sweater yokes. Many clothing items are modified tubes, so learning to knit in the round is a game changer for most knitters. Understanding methods that allow for seamless construction, while allowing you to try on your garments in progress, makes it much easier to make a well fitting and polished looking garment.
How to Knit a Top-Down Sweater Without a Pattern builds on skills used in previous projects featured on this blog. I hope it will inspire you to stretch your knitting skills.
That's how this little project came into being. If you have between 45 and 50 yards (5 grams) of a leftover laceweight yarn and some 2mm steel double pointed needles, you can whip one of these up over an evening or two.
The stitch pattern is called the Hurdle Stitch. It is a simple four row repeat and works with any even number of stitches, so you can make your bookmark any size you want. Just be sure to stick with yarn that will highlight the lovely stitch texture (mohair silks may not work for this one).
You can find the Hurdle Stitch Bookmark here.
Barnacle Slipper Socks
This is a quick and economical project for a single 200 m skein of worsted weight yarn that may be gathering dust in your stash. I made a women's large and had plenty of yarn to have made it an XL.
This features the same pattern stitch as the other "Barnacle" patterns above. It is a great four row/round repeat that is easy to remember. And as it also a variation of the K2, P2 rib, it lends itself well to a variety of applications. It looks far more complicated than it is!
You can find the Barnacle Slipper Sock Pattern here.
Sawtooth Shawl Pattern
I like mixing strands of laceweight yarn to create new colors. This time, I used two strands of laceweight throughout, but changed up the second strand regularly. The effect of blending a variegated yarn with different solids turned a stocking stitch shawl into something special.
The finished garment weighed in around 137 grams so you will need one full ball of laceweight as the main color, but can use small amounts of other colors as you desire for your second strand.
This is knit on a size 4mm circular needle (flat), and uses stocking and garter stitches.
This project started out as an exercise in shopping from my stash while working on my Christmas 2023 knitting. I used leftover Cascade Eco Duo from two other projects I completed last year. Any soft Aran weight yarn will do.
It was made on a 4 mm 24-inch circular needle. The total weight of the finished garment was 111grams so it used just over a full skein (if you were knitting a solid color cowl). If you have scraps weigh them to ensure you have enough and sub-divide them according to your colorwork plan before you begin to avoid episodes of "yarn chicken" during the project. (Ask me how I know!)
This is a fast project suitable for any gender. You can find the pattern here.
This is my second attempt at an improv, top-down sweater pattern. This one is made with two strands of Malabrigo Merino Lace held together throughout. I used 3.5 and 4 mm circular needles. The body of the sweater is stocking stitch with Barnacle stitch (i.e. mock cable ribbing) at the neckline, cuffs and bottom band.
This "recipe" produces a women's 42 inch bust, but includes tips on making other sizes.
This is a variation on the Barnacle Fingerless Glove pattern as this one has thumb gussets.
Made with two strands of lace weight yarn or one strand of a fingering weight yarn.
What do you do when you're snowed in? Knit warm woolies of course! Just posted the patterns for both the Snow Day Cowl and Snow Day Slouchy Hat here on my blog.
Both use Rico Design Luxury Light Yarn (alpaca/wool/nylon) and Sugar Bush Drizzle (mohair/silk) held together. The matte appearance of the Rico yarn is the perfect background for the mohair/silk, and makes a cozy set perfect for real winter weather.
Knit up on 6mm needles this project works up fast. I got both items from two balls of the Rico yarn and one ball of the Sugar Bush Drizzle.
Instructions are included for customization.