The Best Knitting Websites that share all free patterns online
Do you love knitting but hate to pay for knitting patterns? Who doesn’t, right? As a creator and maker myself, let me just say that it is very important to support the indie pattern designers.
Having said that though, I do also enjoy trying out fun patterns for free.
The last few years, I have expanded my knitting (and crochet) projects but I still mostly knit socks. This is my absolute favorite Sock Yarn.
Also, Wool of Andes makes a super affordable worsted yarn.
Have you noticed? Knitting is all the rage again. No longer seen just as “Grandma’s” hobby, knitting has gone mainstream and become a chic fiber art no matter what your age or walk of life.
These days, you will even seen men knitting in public, which is really awesome.
And not only has it become fashionable, but we are now knitting more than just scarves and sweaters.
Have you seen some of the extreme knits using giant knitting needles? An afghan knitted with huge needles is definitely on my to-do list.
Not to mention, with all of this knitting comes the need for lots and lots of patterns.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of craft, fiber art and knitting websites offering free knitting patterns online to download for just about every project imaginable.
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Best websites for all free knitting patterns online to download
Nowadays, you can find not only free hat patterns but also patterns for babies such as blankets, sweaters and baby booties as well as knit shawls, gloves, socks (I love knitting socks), cowls and boot cuffs.
And, many of these sites also offer knitting instructions, How-To Knit videos, classes, tutorials and free patterns to download and print.
Furthermore, you may even be able to find free crochet patterns at these sites.
And speaking of crochet … for you Crochet Fans, here are 21 Sites for Free Crochet Patterns
I hope you find this listing helpful! If you know of any websites offering free patterns that I may have missed, please let me know in the comments below.
Knit Picks has a nice selection of patterns, most of which are also created by Indie Knitting Pattern designers.
Plus, you can get awesome complete pattern kits which include yarn and a pattern. Knit Picks also sells Fiber Project Kits and Yarn Sampler Boxes.
By the way, Knit Picks is also my go-to site for buying yarn. They have a huge selection of high quality yarn and they offer free shipping with a $50 purchase.
Make sure and check the Clearance Yarn section.
This is a huge website where you will find over 1,000 free knitting patterns and some great deals on yarn.
I think the name speaks for itself. AllFreeKnitting is a website dedicated to everything knitting from videos to Giveaways and free patterns and instructions.
The Lion Brand Yarn Company has been a staple in the knitting community for years. I’m sure most knitters have created a project or two using Lion Brand Yarn.
Their website is a great resource with oodles of free knitting patterns and more new patterns being added daily.
LoveKnitting is actually a new website for me but I’m impressed with the selection of free knitting patterns on this site.
This site also has lots of How-tos, Knitting Guides and Video Tutorials. Sign up to their mailing list for exclusive coupons on yarn and knitting needles.
The Leisure Arts website has tons of resources for knitting and crochet as well as a bunch of free patterns.
aka WEBS America’s Yarn Store also has a great selection of free knitting patterns altho finding them is a little bit awkward.
Their website has a main pattern page and then it’s a matter of clicking on the different yarn links to see the various patterns.
Not only does Berroco offer a wonderful line of luxurious yarns, their website shares quite a few knitting patterns.
Knitting Pattern Central
This website is nothing but free knitting patterns and tutorials… thousands of patterns!
The only drawback is that they are only links which don’t include photos of the projects. This makes finding the right pattern a little cumbersome.
The Garn Studio yarn company’s website boasts over 90,000 knitting patterns translated into 17 languages.
Their comprehensive search engine should make it easy to find just right pattern for your knit project.
Rowan yarn company is well known for their upscale, designer knitting patterns. Some of their patterns are for purchase only but they also offer some of them for free.
BONUS!!! This one surprised me! Amazon is a surprising source where you can actually find many, many knitting patterns for free in Kindle format.
Mama In A Stitch
This has quickly become one of my favorite websites not only for knitting patterns, but crochet patterns as well.
You will also find a bunch of how-to videos and tutorials so it is a valuable all-around resource.
We Are Knitters
I just discovered this fun site although it has been around for almost 10 years by now. In addition to free patterns, they also offer knitting kits, yarn, tools as well as informational and tutorial videos.
B Hooked Crochet
Even though the name says ‘crochet’, this website is a great resource for knitters, also.
In addition to patterns, you will find techniques and stitch tutorials, videos, merchandise and even a podcast!
This site has grown into a huge resource for all kinds of hobbies from paper crafts to the needle arts and much more. At this moment, you can find a couple thousand knitting patterns including baby and children’s patterns, sweater, hat, blanket, afghan, cardigan patterns and much much more.
You can search their patterns by holidays, skill level, user rating and several more filter options.
I just discovered this fun website which is chock full of patterns, close to 1,000 of them for free. While you are there, make sure and check out their How-to section for helpful tutorials on various techniques and methods.
What is the easiest thing to Knit for Beginners?
Good question! Obviously, what is easiest to knit will vary from person to person. However, in my opinion knitting a scarf may be easier for beginners if the scarf has a simple knit and purl pattern. The repetition of the rows helped me to learn.
Quickest would be something square or rectangular when you use basic knit and purl stitches with a heavier yarn and larger needles. This would include trivets, potholders, table runners, simple purses, scarves and more.
Really, any small pattern that calls for thick yarn and big needles should work up quickly. These patterns are also a good idea for beginning knitters to practice their basic stitches.
Is Knitting or Crocheting easier?
Again, very subjective depending on the person. Personally, I found crocheting easier to learn. Knitting with two long needles was a little harder for me to get used to. I’m not that coordinated lol.
If you are trying to learn how to knit or crochet, I recommend starting with large needles or crochet hook and thicker yarn. Pick a simple pattern that repeats the same stitches over and over.
Learn how to crochet with these step by step crocheting tutorials.
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What is your favorite knitting site for free patterns online? Please let me know in the comments below and I will happily add it to this list.