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KnittyGrittyGal
Chatty Knitter

USA
235 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  10:54:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnittyGrittyGal's Homepage Send KnittyGrittyGal a Private Message
I'd really love it if some of you could mention some of your favorite sites that you go to to get free knitting patterns.
I'm sure that I'm like most and would rather save money to buy yarn with than waste it on buying a book that is $15.00 or more just because we like one pattern in it.
I'd like to find some trendy patterns that my teenage daughters would love(shorter waisted sweaters that would go with the low rise jeans etc.) and also some trendy baby patterns for my 3 month old.

Thanks in advance

KnittyGrittyGal


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Beckyh
Gabber Extraordinaire

471 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  11:05:58 AM  Show Profile Send Beckyh a Private Message
Other than knitty.com, I would recommend Berroco.com and elann.com. Both have good free pattern sections.

Becky
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Mandy
New Pal

46 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  11:29:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mandy's Homepage Send Mandy a Private Message
try knitting.about.com
Sometimes i just Google free knitting patterns and it comes up with a lot of good places to look around at.
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ceecee
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1896 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  11:42:18 AM  Show Profile Send ceecee a Private Message
This site has free patterns that might appeal to your teens:

http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/index.html

Rebecca magazine is now available in English and it costs $16 but the #29 issue has some very nice summer tops you can check out:

http://www.rebecca-online.com/

This site has baby clothing but I don't know if any of it is trendy:

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby.php
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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  2:22:24 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I hear what you are saying about not wanting to spend a lot on a book for one pattern. I like there to be at least two or three that I might make, or a lot of instruction on techniques. On the other hand, I don't consider paying for patterns a waste when I think of the time and effort that goes into designing the garment. The workman is worthy of his hire.

Anita
My completed projects
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kadiddly
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USA
3076 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  2:28:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
I have found several patterns here http://freeknittingpatterns.blogspot.com/. I generally just run "<general project name, afghan, sweater, baby blanket, etc.>, free knitting pattern" through google and have always come up with something that I've liked

WIPs: Winter Night Afghan, Homespun Stripes Afghan, scalloped baby afghan
USO: Catch the Wave Afghan, Checkerboard Afghan, Ripple Afghan

If you could be guaranteed money, wisdom, or love, which would you choose?
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azknitter
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5539 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  2:29:38 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
www.straw.com is one of my favorites!

Trish
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Jane
SustaYning Member

USA
4368 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  2:34:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
Why, (hristinac, of course!

Jane

"Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things." Denis Diderot

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SerMom
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Canada
6412 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  4:41:19 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by jcc28

Why, (hristinac, of course!

Yeah! And other links here. And the library. I don't think I've ever hunted for a pattern on my own.

Barbara
Remember, we're self-selecting!

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ellen@advancedlogix.com


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Posted - 06/02/2005 :  5:26:54 PM  Show Profile Send ellen@advancedlogix.com a Private Message
I love www.chicknits.com. She has some free patterns and some that cost $4.95.
Ellen
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busygirl
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New Zealand
1673 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  6:11:12 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message

There are some good free patterns on www.cleckheaton.biz and www.patons.biz.

Leslie
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AusTexSusan
Chatty Knitter

USA
345 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2005 :  7:06:52 PM  Show Profile Send AusTexSusan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by jcc28

Why, (hristinac, of course!

Jane

"Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things." Denis Diderot

My album: Jane's Pages




There are other ways to find patterns? Who needs them?

Susan
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Maybird
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
155 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  02:22:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit Maybird's Homepage Send Maybird a Private Message
I'm a fan of knitty.com myself, but I also like making patterns up.
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franna724
Seriously Hooked

USA
633 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  04:05:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit franna724's Homepage Send franna724 a Private Message
I find patterns via google search, forum posts, and through my daily blog visits.

Anna
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KnittyGrittyGal
Chatty Knitter

USA
235 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  06:17:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnittyGrittyGal's Homepage Send KnittyGrittyGal a Private Message
Thanks to everyone who replied. Now I have somewhere to look that have some good trendy patterns.
You all are great!

KnittyGrittyGal

www.KnittyGrittyGal.blogspot.com
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/knittygrittygal/my_photos
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azblueskies
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2361 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  07:14:06 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
I always check out the patterns from Christinac but if I'm looking for something in particular, I google it and usually come up with something.

I've been copying the patterns and pasting them into Word so I can save them on my hd in folders. I'm afraid if I just bookmark them, they'll eventually go away.

I do bookmark the free pattern sites, though - and thanks to all who posted the sites in this forum - there were lots I didn't know about.
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birdgirlsherri
New Pal

28 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  08:37:41 AM  Show Profile Send birdgirlsherri a Private Message
OK, I'm in the dark, someone please enlighten me! What are the patterns at (hristinac? What's the addy, please?
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BastetG4
Chatty Knitter

USA
200 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  08:58:17 AM  Show Profile Send BastetG4 a Private Message
If you don't mind translating a bit, Bergere de France has amazing patterns for men, women and children - all free.

If you click on Truc (far right, top menu), they even have a small lexicon of terms that you can put into Babelfish for translation.
http://www.bergeredefrance.fr/tricotheque/home.html
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clover
Chatty Knitter

USA
147 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  09:19:22 AM  Show Profile Send clover a Private Message
Well, Knitter's Review in general and (hristinac specifically!

Try your hand at designing your own stuff. Read up on basic sweater design, for example, then study photos of sweaters you like. A lot of the commercially available patterns are so simple - I wouldn't pay good money for a drop shouldered pattern. Going it alone is fraught with risks, but to me, it is so much more fun and satisfying. You can always start small, with mittens, hats and socks, to get your confidence up. Once you understand how to make them, you don't really need a pattern. A pattern is nice if you want a color chart, or a stitch pattern chart but you can design that too.

I know this is going to make a few people mad around here but I constantly steal ideas from magazines and books and patterns. I'm not standing there with a pencil, copying it exactly, but I look for inspiration all the time. With the recent surge in knitting interest and the demand for simple patterns I've seen patterns so basic I can't believe it. How can somebody 'own' the rights to the pattern for the utilitarian mittens my grandma taught me how to make 40 years ago? I don't get it.
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Meadra
Chatty Knitter

USA
259 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2005 :  10:47:28 AM  Show Profile Send Meadra a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by birdgirlsherri

OK, I'm in the dark, someone please enlighten me! What are the patterns at (hristinac? What's the addy, please?



(hristinac is a poster here who can find just about any free pattern you could want.

I really like most of the patterns at www.magknits.com (I just found that site the other day!).

Christy
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Buckeyeknitter
Gabber Extraordinaire

364 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2005 :  4:43:33 PM  Show Profile Send Buckeyeknitter a Private Message



try this one

Pam



http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php
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