under development...I get a few more uploaded here & there, so...keep checking back (click on the pattern name to get to the page with the pattern)
Nota Bene: these patterns are free because they are things I've knit without intending to sell the pattern buy customers have asked for them when seeing them on the floor so I oblige and share what I did. But I realized recently that because they are freebies and I didn't take the extra time I do when writing a pattern to sell to check every detail and have others test knit the pattern, there may be some typos. So, I don't think there is anything glaring, but I have to say that I knit by "reading' my fabric a lot and I am not a knitter who needs to (or wants to) follow line by line every detail instruction. I look to see what I've done and knowing the pattern, then know where to go. So sometimes my crib notes/short hand is too short handed for knitters that mark off stitch by stitch or line by line. I put the time into checking and rechecking and being accurate in the patterns I charge for, but these freebies may not have all the details and specifics that newer knitters may want/need.
Icelandic Wristlets I originally designed these wristlets a few years back for my Vermont Yarn Club. I think at the time I worked solid blocks of each color. This time I played around a bit with more color alternations.....so you can see the difference between changing color on a knit row and on a purl row (cuff is clean and neat; fingers are "blurry"). In the past I've ALWAYS changed color on a knit row because I usually like neat/sharp demarcations....but as I worked my way thru this project I was getting bored with the neat transitions and decided to add a bit more interest.....anyway, you can do as you please and keep it neat or make it more textural (you probably have to look at the larger image of the photo to see what I mean by that). Enjoy!
Marlowe Cowl: I worked up this cowl using Marlowe by Juniper Moon a couple of years ago and guess I never got it online. It was given free with the yarn purchase, but I've since cleared the yarn out .... you could use any soft yarn with a gauge of about 4-4.5 sts/inch
Eco Duo Headband:I worked this pattern up last year for a fellow felter who had purchased a headband like this out west and wanted to knit some up but didn't know how to reverse engineer a pattern. So I used her commercial sample as a starting point, chose a different cable and adjusted for the gauge I was knitting at. I used Eco Duo....this is the small size and I could get another small from the single skein. This size fits Ariel, but is a bit too tight on my head. So to make the 22" size, you can only get 1 from a skein (or you could buy 2 sks and make 3!)
Summer Chevrons. I knit this up using Taiyo Sock.....this narrow width took 1/2 skein. So you could make it wider, but I figured it was more a piece of "jewelry" to pull together an outfit than it is a "scarf" to keep the neck warm. Although with the chilly spring we had, it could have been useful!
Here's the pattern: Using US 4 needle, cast on a multiple of 18 sts ( I used 360). kfb means knit into the front and back of the same stitch before removing it from the needle; skpo means slip 1 stitch, knit the next stitch and then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.
Row 1:*kfb, k6, skpo, k2tog, k6, kfb*
Row 2: knit
Making Waves Infinity Scarf
I used the incredibly soft and silky Miski Baby Llama for this infinity scarf and chose this pattern because it is completely reversible....waves on both sides. And if you block it out, you can make it quite lacy!
I learned while visiting Estonia in May that this sort of sock is popular in Japan, so I worked up a pattern that gives you several options for patterning at the anklet. I had some Border Leceister (plus 20% nylon) spun up into a 3 ply sock yarn to make these (or other socks) wear really well.
Cables can make for a dense fabric....not what I like for a scarf....but using Eco-Wool Bulky on a larger needle with this pattern is great. One skein gives you enough yardage for a great size scarf AND....it's reversible, so when the scarf flips over you still get the same pattern on each side!
This is a simple "mistake rib"....one of many variations out there. It has been a popular and simple scarf pattern in the store....the texture is handsome and makes for a nice man's scarf. I love it in Lana d'Oro for a light weight scarf or in Sulka for a luxuriously soft and slightly heavier version.
Rasta Braided Cowl...this pattern is the result of first knitting up a Ravelry pattern that everyone was talking about (something lik Wham Bam Thank you Lamb?). But I didn't like it, so I ripped it out and knit it up again, but in stockinette stitch instead of the garter stitch it called for - I guess thinking that it would be less stiff and chunky. But I still didn't like it....just too plain for me I guess....so I ripped it out and knit this. It's still chunky....it is after all a chunky gauge yarn....but at least in stockinette stitch it is a bit less stiff and adding the braid gave a little more interest ... well, for my taste anyway.
Banana Silk Cowl - This simple migrating rib adds a bit of interest to a really simple quick knit project.
Crochet Sunhat - I wear sunglasses all the time but still need some sort of brim to shield the sun's glare when I'm out walking or working in the garden. Since I finally retired my most favorite golf visor last year and the straw hat I bought years ago on the Riviera, tho' adorable, just doesnt' have enough brim, I decided to make one with the Katia Paper (no longer available, but Euroflax Linen or Hemp would be good alternative) yarn. I had envisioned a wider and more dramatic brim, but wanted to keep it to one ball. That set me on a path of using a more open mesh stitch for the top and a larger hook. Then I switched to single crochet and a small hook to make the brim stiff so it could be manipulated to turn up or come down or go straight out....variety for each mood! This brim, tho' not as large with just 1 skein as I'd originally envisioned, turns out to be just right for me....enought to shield the glare and yet short enough that it can be turned up & out for differeent looks!
I had my hand slapped for including the Patriot's logo on this pattern a couple of years ago when I originally worked up the design! The Pat's had made the Superbowl and since many customers up here are Pat's fans, I thought I'd offer this free pattern so customers could have fun knitting up a bunch of these beer cozies for their Superbowl parties. But apparently, you can't use an NFL logo...even if you aren't using it commercially (I was offering it free). So I put the pattern in the circulating file.
But the other day when I was going thru my patterns I decided that the basic pattern, without the logo graph, is ok to use. In fact, it fits a bottle of beer perfectly....it's nice and snug so you get a good grip and it keeps both your hand warm and the beer cold!
So for those of you interested.....here is a basic beer bottle cozy.....you could add your own fair isle design if you want.
Toconao Twisted Stitch Headband- knit in Toconao merino yarn this headband has lots of natural spring and resilience so it has a nice snug fit even after stretching it out to put it over your head and take it off! A great way to keep your ears warm and not get hat hair...
This series of Crochet Espadrilles I started at the end of last season....just a quirky little adventure to see what could be!
They're quick and fun to make and are fun ways to play with small amounts of great yarns! The Costa del Sol (far left) one was knit with Patagonia, the Gladiator in the center I used Noro's Taiyo (I'm not usually a pink person, but I needed to do something with this colorway....its just too fabulous!) and on the right, I used Debbie Bliss Eco-Aran for the Peep. The sole is quite thick and, actually, pretty comfortable. I didn't build any arch support in....way beyond what I wanted to experiment with for this non-mainstream sort of project. Anyway, here's the pattern if you want to have some fun!