Free Pattern Friday December 16, 2011 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays

While most of our customers use Ravelry regularly, we are often surprised that many are still not aware of this incredible resource specifically designed for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers, etc.  In addition to providing a platform for users to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, Ravelry is a searchable repository of thousands of patterns providing endless ideas and inspiration. We encourage all of our customers to sign up at – although you will need to register a username and password, you won’t ever be bothered with e-mail advertising from the site.  Ravelry hosts a mixture of both free and paid patterns which are immediately accessible via PDF download to your computer.  Pattern payments are made through PayPal

Each Friday, I will be selecting a few patterns from Ravelry which I think are awesome – particularly as the designers have generously offered them up for free.  Many designers work extremely hard to earn a living developing patterns for the rest of us – the knitting community would be lost without them!  While we will be highlighting free patterns on Fridays, we hope you will also be inclined to support  designers through the purchase of their paid patterns at other times.

Featured patterns above (in clockwise order):

  1. honey cowl by Madelinetosh
    “A simple slip stitch pattern cowl creates a dense waffle-like fabric for warmth and supple drape.”  We think this would be gorgeous in Yellow Label DK from Tanis Fiber Arts or, for a heavier version,  SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted (arriving next week!) – both hand-dyed 100% merino.
  2. A Little Ruffle by Jennifer Lang
    A perfect cozy scarf knit up in softest alpaca – the designer recommends Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca (we have lots of colours in stock).  Our store sample is knit up in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport – soft and drapey!
  3. Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho
    A simple and chic cowl with minimal bulk. We’re knitting one now in Cascade Eco Cloud.
  4. Falberry Mitts by Anne Hanson
    “These cozy fingerless mitts in two sizes feature a fitted thumb gusset and deeply-textured openwork pattern. Inspired by the shapes and colors of berries that accessorize bare branches during winter, these mitts add a similar touch of bright freshness to winter outerwear.”  – Anne Hanson
    We have lots of yarn suggestions for these in store!  I’m dreaming of a pair in Blue Sky Alpacas – Alpaca Silk.

Happy knitting!

– Melissa