guide to free online knitting resources

by kath_red on December 1, 2008

in Resources

There have been a few staple online mags and resources on the scene for a while, but with new mags popping up here and there I thought I would try to do a bit of of a roundup and see how many I could find. If you know of any more please comment.

image: ‘lakeside’ lacy knee high socks from knotions magazine

knitty.com – quarterly knitting magazine with patterns and articles
ravelry.com - online knitting community – patterns, forums, wiki, and more
twist collective – new online mag with some really nice patterns [only a few free patterns] and articles
knotions - new online mag with some really cute patterns
the inside loopUK based mag – small range of nice patterns
teen knitter magazine – downloadable PDF – written by teens for teens.
meta post modern knitting
– stylish patterns
the anti-craft – lots of fun for the sinister crafters
who knits – some free patterns and articles – interesting article about the internet and free patterns
knitting pattern central – updated guide to free patterns available all over the web
knitting on the net – resource of patterns available on the web
popknits vintage inspired patterns
knitters review - resource guide and how-to articles
for the love of yarn – small online mag with a few interesting patterns.
black purl – ethnic inspired patterns
knit on the net - some nice patterns
free vintage knitting – resource for vintage knitting patterns
knitting help knitting videos
glamarama - vintage knitting patterns

Print magazines or yarn stores with a free online pattern section.
Rebecca
knit n style
coats and clark
elann
garn studio
lionbrand
lana grossa
sweater babe
jimmy beans wool
berroco
knitting daily - from interweave
vogue knitting online
knit1 magazine
rowan yarns
debbie bliss online
hello yarn
interweave knits
bernat
blue sky alpacas
yarn magazine
bead and opal wool queen
panda yarns
Patons yarn :: patons Yarns

other fibre craft online mags
spindlicity – for spinners
weavezine – for weavers
crochet uncut – new crochet mag
crochet me
joy of handspinning – for spinners

other resources:
diy life – extensive knitting tool kit guide

Languages other than English
Ulla (Finnish)
www.tejemanejes (Spanish)
pierrot (Japanese)

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 gleek December 1, 2008 at 7:06 pm

don’t forget popknits! which is also free :) and mentioned in the previous entry.

2 Brendajos December 1, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Not sure any list of knitting resources could be complete without http://www.knittinghelp.com. Lots of free video help to learn to knit and a great forum with super helpful knitters.

3 Solange December 2, 2008 at 12:05 am

Berroco also have a nice selection of free patterns:
http://www.berroco.com/pattern_library.html

4 Deborah December 2, 2008 at 4:24 am

Interweave knits (http://interweaveknits.com/) they have free web patterns monthly with each new edition of the magazine and also through their knitting daily section (http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs//patterns/default.aspx).

Vogue knitting (http://vogueknitting.com/) also has free patterns that usually change with each new magazine that is published.

Knit.1 (http://www.knit1mag.com/patterns.php)

Phildar (http://www.phildar.com/) has a couple hidden away

Rowan (http://www.knitrowan.com/whats-on/download.aspx)

Debbie Bliss (http://debbieblissonline.com/FreePattern.asp) has one that changes infrequently.

Ulla (http://www.ullaneule.net/info/english/index.html) – in Finnish.

5 kath_red December 2, 2008 at 6:19 am

thanks everyone – I have updated the list – keep the resources coming – I will continue to update the list during this week.

6 Lia December 2, 2008 at 6:40 am

Hi, you can add Tejemanejes in other languages than English
(http://www.tejemanejes.com/)
Some of the patterns are translated too.

7 M.E. December 2, 2008 at 9:12 am

A little less than a year and a half ago, I wrote up this starter kit for DIY Life — our software couldn’t quite handle the length of the article, so it’s missing a bullet point or two at the end. Supply lists, book recommendations, links to tutorial and pattern sites, etc etc etc.

http://www.diylife.com/2007/08/23/diy-toolkit-knitting-and-crochet/

8 Ingrid December 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Wow, what a great list. I can’t wait to look at the ones that are new to me.

9 Vicki December 3, 2008 at 12:06 am

Hundreds of knit (and crochet) patterns here:

http://www.bernat.com/search.php?pst=k&advps=y

10 Kerri December 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

This is perfect! Thanks so much for putting this together!

11 Delica December 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

The craft community has needed this! Thank you for compiling the list.

12 BeckyS December 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for compiling this list! You could add GarnStudio (http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/kategori_oversikt.php) all their patterns are free, and available in up to 8 different languages!

13 Emma December 5, 2008 at 11:23 pm

That is a great list – thanks so much for compiling it!

I might have another non-English one for you, Pierrot, which has lots of free patterns knitting patterns here:
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/gosyo/461397/

It’s Japanese site with some free patterns. I orignally got the link from Mariko of supereggplant.com because it has some great free amigurumi patterns too!

14 Staceyjoy Elkin December 6, 2008 at 1:26 am

Hi, I’ve got a bunch of free hat patterns and stitch patterns, including the Marsan Watchcap, and a chihuahua sweater, up in my Knitting Stitch Portfolio:
http://www.redlipstick.net/knit
best,
sje

15 Vaughns December 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I love Techknitting: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/ The illustrations are top notch, and she explains new techniques in a way I find really helpful. She also discusses the differences between stitches, why certain types of knitting curl, and all sorts of interesting topics.
Check the indexes (indices?), but I like just generally reading it; I’m not a great knitter (yet!), but I learn a lot just looking at them.

16 Cindy Pilon April 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

I thought you might consider adding our website, Yarnplaces.com to your list of knitting resources. We offer nationwide maps of yarn shops, fiber farms and all sorts of knitting and crochet events (festivals, markets, expos, retreats, yarn crawls, cruises, workshops, etc.)

Cindy Pilon
Editor
YarnPlaces.com

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