Inspired by the series Outlander, these gorgeous fingerless gloves are absolutely lovely! Like the designer Louise Bollanos, I too enjoy of the show and have noticed the great hand knit items that Claire wears throughout the series. The Hobbit was also pretty awesome and had knitters right onset knitting stuff. For real. It was in the extended version behind the scenes if you’d like to see for yourself. But I digress…
These fingerless gloves are knit in the round on double point needles (dpn) and the use of a cable needle. If you are comfortable with both techniques, then this pattern should be no problem for you to make.
“Increase stitches evenly across” – dreaded words when reading a knitting pattern.
If you have ever needed to decrease or increase stitches evenly while knitting and have a difficult time calculating how many stitches to leave between the increases or decreases, then you’re in luck! There’s a handy dandy calculator that I found online that can do the math for you and make your life so much easier.
If you go to this link – Knitting Stitch Calculatoryou can easily enter the number of stitches you have to what your final number of stitches need to be; both increase stitches or decrease stitches. It will even calculate how many rows to do the knitting increases or decreases.
As an added bonus, it will even calculate the knitting decreases required to make a standard sleeve. And all of this math is done for you at absolutely no charge. Who could ask for more!
I have used this page innumerable times ever since I found it and has saved me so much time from doing complicated math, that wasn’t right anyways, and having to frog everything I had done. The frustration it’s prevented is almost incalculable!
Valentina shares step by step instructions for knitting this beautiful lace knit shawl. It would look gorgeous made with all of the self-striping yarns that are out there. The triangular shawl shape, with a diamond repeat pattern features a border edge with a series of romantic floral bouquet motifs.
If you’re looking to knit something different than a pair of slippers, sweaters, socks or mittens, look no further (and I bet you didn’t even know that knitted jewelry was “a thing” 😉). Well folks, it certainly is and here are a few of my favourite designs that I found online to share with you.
I really like the look of this one. Simple and cute! Be warned. I’m not sure how long/if the link will continue to work. This was apparently uploaded to the internet a while ago and is actually in an archive section. It may take a while to load the page.
Love the title for this one 😅. This is another one of those knitting patterns that really can be made to suit the wearer with something as simple as choosing a variegated yarn. Regardless, this lacy necklace would make a great gift, even or yourself 😉
As a blogger and pattern creator myself, I always have a soft spot for my fellow online posters of great patterns. I think there is something to be said for folks that go out of their way to design a pattern, a ton of work btw, and then give it away for free! So here is my latest shoutout to those I’ve found on the “intertubes” that deserve a a few extra page visits, views, likes and shares thrown their way.
I’ve always been a fan of crocheted mittens of any style, but I REALLY like the looks of these. I’m a fan of both the design and the colour. Bit of a sucker for the cooler shades… You can read the pattern on the blog here.
I actually like this purse/basket so much that I’m going to share this one again. I did once with another website I was running, but that’s a story for another day. The basket is going to turn out based entirely on the yarn colour selections. I know that the yarn cakes are really popular right now but the colour changes may not be short enough to get this fabulous colour transition. But enough on my views, get to making this now! Read the pattern here.
This is a great project for anyone! If you’re learning how to crochet or even if you’re an experienced crocheter (is that even a word) you’ll find the final product super useful. I have one sitting by my kitchen sink right now. And it was from a fellow crocheter (still not sure if that’s a word 🤔). I’m including the how to video and the link where you can read the pattern online – The Best Kitchen Scrubbie
Sometimes it’s nice to have smaller projects that use up our stash ends. Sometimes we want to give something to that favourite child in our lives. Maybe we are sill looking for an excuse to make something a little more on the fun and whimsical side. Whatever the reason, knitting patterns designed for children seem to involve all those factors. Here’s a quick sampling of the few things I’ve found lurking about on the web.
So not necessarily a kid thing, it’s a bit more on the whimsical side by not being your basic square washcloth. It looks like tit’s knitted in the round but in reality, it’s knitted flat on 2 needles. The swooping effect is created by leaving a few stitches on the needle. Very ingenious. Click here to read the pattern online.
Remember the stacking rings that children played with years ago? MThat was the first thing I thought of when I saw this. The star motif for the pattern is the same regardless of the size. What creates the difference in the sizes of the star is how many repeats you do. Available as a download only, You can get the pattern through Ravelry here – Stacking Stars
Awesomely super cute! Knit up this toque (I’m Canadian, that’s what we call these here 😉) that’s sure to make all the preschoolers a little envious. You can read the pattern in full online here. There is also a PDF download but there is a fee required for that. The links to the downloads are on the website.
Knitting patterns that either help raise awareness for a cause or charity or are to give to someone comfort in their time of need. If you can’t directly help the organization that provides the pattern, maybe you can start a similar group to help those that live in your community. Let this page be an inspiration to you.
These “knockers” are useful for ladies as a prosthetic after a mastectomy. These are especially useful if the surgery is recent and the patient is tender. Just about every country out there has a chapter of this group. A little research will certainly turn up something near you. The link provided here offers complete step-by-step videos and has both crocheted and knitted versions of the patterns to download for free. Download the pattern – Knitted Knockers
These are for babies that have been lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth and other complications. There is both a crocheted and knitted version of this pattern. Click here to get the pattern – Baby Angel Pocket or Blanket Why you may want to make these for your local hospital (as taken from the page linked to this entry) :
The babies are treated with dignity and respect just as a live baby would be wrapped up when it is born.
The blankets and angel pockets help hospital staff present babies to their family in a respectful way.
The angel pockets allow parents to ‘hold’ their baby without touching their skin, which is very fragile and deteriorates quite quickly.
A dead baby’s body starts to seep fluids shortly after death and the blankets help to ‘soak up’ some of that fluid.
Some parents want to keep the blankets they have bought for their baby so choose to bury or cremate them in the donated blanket.
The blankets may be kept as a keepsake. When there is very little to show for a baby, a pretty angel pocket or blanket will often be treasured forever.
It can get pretty dull for anyone who’s stuck in a hospital for any length of time. It’s even harder if you’re a young child. Why not whip up these cute inner puppets. You probably have enough leftovers in your stash to make them right now (I know I do). Read the pattern in full here – Five Finger Puppets
These are perfect for the tiny little newborns in the hospital. They look super cute and help keep these new additions warm. Just about every hospital with babies can use these. Get the pattern here – Hello Preemie Free Baby Hat
I do like a nice pair of slippers; I certainly do design a lot. But for some reason, maybe because all my spawn are older, I don’t get around to making children’s sizes very often. I actually don’t get around to designing much of anything for kids. Maybe I should… or better yet, I’ll let all the other good people out there design for kids and I’ll share their patterns on my website!
So with that, here is this week’s instalment of some fun, cute and quick to make knitting patterns for children I thought may tickle your fancy. And because I didn’t want anyone to feel left out, there is a treat for you adults in here too. Who doesn’t love Bunny Slippers 🐰😍
OMG! How cute are these!! A basic sock design with a few extra embellishments at the end to create some genuine mouse-y goodness. Now I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but if you want to make something similar for an adult, I have a knitted sock pattern for adults all ready to go on here. Just sayin’ is all… You can read the pattern for these super cuties here – Knit Mice Socks
Possibly the most fantastic knitted toddler pants to ever be created. And though the original pattern was more like the purple and green ones with the teeth, with a bit of tweaking, you could personalize these to be like the Elmo ones. But of course that would be Elmo inspired or a tribute to Elmo. Not the actual Elmo himself because that would be copyright infringement and we don’t want none of that sorta stuff ’round here. Read the pattern here – Das Monster
I’ve shared these awesome slippers or socks before because I love them so much! This version is written for toddlers, but you can make them for adults too! Go to Ravelry and you can download the PDF from the same designer. The pattern is written in full here – Knitted Duck Feet for toddlers and here – Duck Feet for Adults.
Yet another super cute pair of what really are tiny socks with ears and a bit of extra embroidery. But gosh, darn it! Look at what you get! The pattern ranges from 1 month to 4 years. I haven’t tried this pattern yet, but it’s done with very fine yarn and small DPN. If you used a larger gauge of needle and some thicker yarn, it may magically transform into adult sized socks. The number of cast on stitches is the same as my socks, so technically, it should work… let me know if you try. Read the pattern here – Bunny Toes – Knitted Baby Booties
I’ll be honest, I had no idea what “thrummed” or “thrumming” was (or that it was even a word) until I found this pattern. Thankfully, this pattern not only explains it, but shows you how to do it. In this instance, it makes a cushier, thicker sole. I may need to keep this in mind for future designs… The pattern is in adult sizes only and can be sans bunny parts to make a more sophisticated slipper for those with discerning tastes. Read the pattern here – Bunny Hop Thrummed Bunny Slippers
It’s been a while since I did a little research and found some great patterns that are available to read online or to download. As always, this short list is curated and all of the knitting and crochet patterns linked to are free. If you find that a link isn’t working, or the pattern is no longer free, please leave a comment below.
“What is a Soccasin? It is a unisex moccasin-style slipper with a built-in sock leg to keep little feet very toasty and warm.” You can also switch up the pattern to make a ballet slipper or Mary Jane’s. I’ve given the link to the main page. The link to the pattern is here.
Not necessarily falling under the “cute” title, I think many of you will find this incredibly useful. This is a great collection of various knitting stitches to use in upcoming projects. Some are for texture, some use colour, but the collection of various stitches a guaranteed to impress.
When the wind starts to blow and temperatures get cold, it’s time to bundle up and keep warm with these knitted scarf and cowl patterns. All are free and available as either a download or to read online.
Make a lovely scarf with this pattern. The pattern itself forms the pleats with no folding or ironing involved. If I don’t have to iron to make it look like this, I’m sold! Get the download on Ravelry here – Arisaid Pleated Scarf
A bit of a different design that makes for a lovely, drape-y kind of feel. The pattern is online and can also be downloaded. The link to see it says download, but it will open up in your browser window. Read it here – Twin Flowers Scarf Pattern
This cowl made with a soft wool would feel absolutely amazing! The pattern is written out in full on the website. And it’s so easy, it’s literally 2 rows repeated over and over. Read the pattern here – Textured Knit Purl Cowl
Another pattern that’s great for a beginning knitter. As long as you know how to Yarn Over and have your basic stitches down, you’ll do great at this! Read the pattern in full online here – First-Timer Knit Lace Scarf
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