My absolute favourite site of all for finding patterns is Ravelry. I love Ravelry for lots of other reasons too: like keeping track of your stash and your projects, connecting with fellow knitters, seeing what others have knit, intriguing forum discussions, seeing what the yarn you’ve bought looks like when knitted and soooo much more!
You have to create your own account, but once you have that the wonderful and extensive pattern database is all yours. There are many patterns for free and others to buy. If selecting the advanced pattern search you have many useful options for filtering out patterns. (Like knit or crochet, free or purchase pattern, what type of item, yarn weight and yardage.) It’s one of the most impressive databases I’ve come across (and I work with system development) where patterns and projects are connected. This means that you can view fellow knitter’s results from the pattern you’re considering. You can also access their helpful comments.
There are many sites for purchasing or finding free patterns. Many of them display at Ravelry as well. But we thought we could mention a few here anyway:
- Knitty is an online knitting magazine that publishes 4 times a year. The June selection of patterns were made available just last week. Knitty acts a little bit like a platform for introducing new designers. (I’m eying the Glitz at the Ritz shawlette convinced an afternoon tea shawlette is just what my wardrobe is short of).
- Drops is not only the Norwegian brand of soft alpaca yarn, but also a free pattern database. If you don’t like knitting in English Drops might be an alternative as they publish patterns in 14 different languages.
- Twist collective is an online magazine where you can purchase patterns. Their issues contain wonderful and inspiring pictures of the patterns available. A definite stop for inspiration! (I wish I had an Eiffel tower to model in the background when I photograph my completed projects… Maybe I can settle for a rune stone.)
- Knitpicks is an online knit store with their own brands of yarn and much more including some free knitting patterns. Unfortunately, for us European citizens, Knitpicks only ships within the US. (We bought some yarn for dyeing and whilst I was scampering about the neighboring woods looking for mushrooms, Tove was busy stuffing skeins in her suitcase across the Atlantic.)
- Knitting Help offers a nice selection of free patterns.
- Vogue Knitting, with their elaborate and inspiring patterns, also offers some patterns for free.
- Knitting Patterns Central is a knitting pattern database.
- Islinda is a Swedish online shop for Icelandic yarn. They have both patterns for free and to purchase.
- Tanis Knits is the homepage of the designer Tanis who has been working for Vogue Knitting among others. You’ll find a few free patterns available on the site.
- Pick-A-Stitch is a Digital Knitting Stitch Collection, so something else entirely. I came across them because of a pattern I wanted from Ravelry and I had to sign up for their newsletter to get it. What they actually do is that they’ve collected over 300 different stitches or knit structures and with a purchased subscription you can access the database.
Most of Tove’s and my pattern resources are online, but there’s quite many magazines and books as well containing patterns among other things (I’m leaving that subject to Tove…). I’m not too fond of having to purchase a whole pattern book because often there’s just one or two patterns you’re after (in my case at least). Then I much prefer sites like Ravelry and I really don’t mind paying a few euros for a pattern. There are many patterns available for free, but since I’m a bit picky (it IS my time after all, and I only want to knit the things I want most of all) I don’t mind paying a few euros for a nice pattern. I know that by doing this I’m also sponsoring a designers work.
Being online and all there’s mobile apps with patterns as well. Tove stumbled upon the Craftsy app just the other day, which is well worth a look.
Where do you get your patterns? Please tell us, we’re dying to learn all the best ways to find patterns!2