18 Free Online Knitting Patterns Sites

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When you search for free online knitting patterns in search engines, you find a lot of sites that just lead to other sites. And many of those force you to register to get any of the patterns, etc.

Sometimes the sites are so badly organized that you end up clicking page after page and still not finding any patterns you like.

Basket of yarn with knitting needles and knitted scarf

Finding truly free online knitting patterns

Most of the following sites take you straight to the patterns, with no fuss, no logins, no special requirements. They’re well-organized, and we update this list several times a year or whenever we find one of the sites has changed or gone away.

We are now including some that do require you to sign up and log in, but never to pay money, to get the free patterns. That’s because there are fewer and fewer that will just give them away.

Get your knitting on

You can buy nearly any kind of yarn on Amazon from the comfort of your home. You can also learn to knit and buy your knitting needles there.

You’ll probably need something handy for storing all your gear. You can check out some great knitting bags here.

If you’re just starting out, check out our tips for beginner knitters. And for those of you who also like to crochet, there’s our collection of  crochet tips and tricks.

Brightly colored yarn and partially knitted socks

Sites with free knitting patterns

1. Knitty

This online knitting magazine lets you search for specific patterns or browse archived back issues with not only knitting patterns but tips, articles, and links to other goodies (hat tip to reader Sarah!). Browse categories like hats, scarves, shawls and more.

2. AllFreeKnitting

This site has a lot to choose from, and it’s all arranged so you can easily browse and drill down to find what you want. For example, the category “Baby Knits” has subcategories for baby blankets, baby hats, baby sweaters, etc., so you can get really specific.

This site will ask you for an email signup, but you don’t have to give it in order to get to the free knitting patterns. 

Be sure to check out their free knitting course!

3. Fave Crafts

The site has a fairly aggressive pop up telling you to sign up, but you can close it out and still get access to loads of free patterns. Some of the patterns are curated from various bloggers’ pages, which is great because it gives you a central hub to all the great patterns created by people who share them online.

4. Yarn.com

Yarn.com offers a few hundred free patterns, all easy to sort and filter to find the ones you want. There’s even a pattern for a teddy bear!

5. Plymouth Yarn

You’ll find loads of free patterns here, including some very creative ones. Just click the PDF to download – no request to sign in.

6. Purl Soho

The patterns are right on the page here – you don’t even need to download a PDF. They’re not searchable or sorted clearly, unfortunately, but if you don’t mind a little browsing, there’s lots of good stuff.

7. Drops Design

This site features patterns that have been archived from their Drops catalogs. Great browsing and search features make it easy for you to sort and find just what you want.

They also offer some tips and discussion about various products, which are worth reading.

8. Knitting Knowledge

Here’s a site that curates lists of good patterns in different categories. This is great if you’re done looking high and low for good patterns and want someone else to find them for you.

Some of the patterns are paid, but quite a few are free and just a couple of clicks away. The site is well-organized and easy to browse.

Womans hands knitting purple scarf

9. Knitting Help

This website is another database style collection with a robust section of free knitting patterns. This one keeps it very simple. You just click the pattern you want.

10. KnitPicks

This site has a good selection of free patterns. It’s not particularly searchable, so you have to just browse. But it’s worth it because there’s a lot of good stuff.

11. Yarnspirations Red Hearts

This site features a nice collection of assorted free knitting patterns for you to download. They have everything from knitted tops to children’s toys.

Yellow-orange ball of yarn and partially knitted scarf

12. Knitting-and

Okay, so the name is a little odd, but it’s easy to navigate and has a lot to choose from, including tips as well as plenty of patterns.

13. Free Vintage Knitting

This one has a list of categories at the top. Click the one you want, and browse what they have to offer down below.

You can see pictures of each finished product, which makes it easy to see if the pattern will be what you want before you click over.

14. Knitting Pattern Central

This is a well-organized, searchable database of free knitting patterns. Some of their links go to sites that require email logins, but most do not. 

The site is well-maintained, so you don’t run into error pages where a pattern has been removed but the links to it are still there.

In addition, the site offers tutorials, tips, encouragement pages and links to other craft sites that are worth checking out.

15. Lion Brand Yarn

With a signup, you can get quite a few free patterns. They’re sorted by yarn weight, skill level, project type, who you’re making them for, and more.

16. Ravelry

In exchange for a free sign-up, Ravelry gives you thousands of free knitting patterns. It’s very well-arranged so you can find what you need quickly and easily.

17. Free Knit Patterns

Once you sign up, you can download any of hundreds of free patterns that range from wearables to home decor items.

18. Free Patterns

You do have to sign up, but they have hundreds of free patterns waiting once you do. Also crochet, quilting and lots of other crafts for those of you who enjoy them!

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Last Updated:

June 20, 2024