I put together this link collection because when you search for “free 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.
The following sites take you straight to the patterns, with no fuss. If you know of any other sites like these, please let us all know in the comments!
You may also want to check out my collection of 42 crochet tips and resources. And if you need to buy some yarn online, Amazon has a great yarn section. So does Annie’s, along with an online knitting finishing class.
Free knitting patterns resources
- Knitting Pattern Central is a well-organized, searchable database of free knitting patterns. 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.
- Knitty is an online knitting magazine that lets you search for specific patterns or browse archived back issues with not only patterns but tips, articles and links to other goodies (hat tip to reader Sarah!).
- Drops Design features patterns that have been archived from their Drops catalogs.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.
- Craftown’s smaller collection features unique patterns contributed by users. Browse one big page (scroll down a little) of categories with links to patterns under them. At a glance, you can see what they have and grab what you like.
- Crystal Palace Yarns arranges its mostly free knitting patterns by yarn type. Please note that the “Indie Patterns” lead to paid patterns for sale. But everything on the main page is a free pattern. This is yet another site that’s well-maintained with a lot to offer. They also have little graphics that let you know if new patterns have been added to a section in the past 60 days, and whether that section contains felted and/or crochet patterns.
- Knitting Help is another database style collection with a robust section of free patterns. This one keeps it very simple. You just click the pattern you want.
- Classic Elite Yarns has a newsletter archive which links to a lot of free patterns. Sometimes the actual pattern is hosted on Ravelry or another third party site, but so far I haven’t had to create an account to download any of them. It’s not searchable, but there’s some very nice stuff on there!
- Knitting-and is east to navigate and has a lot to choose from, including tips as well as patterns.
- Free Vintage Knitting 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.