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!
And if you need to buy some yarn online, Amazon has a great yarn section. If you want something more unique, Darn Good Yarn sells artisan recycled yarn, handmade in small batches. Annie’s also sells yarn, along with some wonderful online knitting classes, like this beginner Kate Atherly class for anyone who’s new or needs a refresher. Or you could choose a class for learning continental knitting, or this one on knitting finishing techniques. These classes also make great gifts if you want to introduce someone in your life to knitting. One of the great things about these Kate Atherly courses is that you can ask her questions and she will answer. And once you pay for them, you can access the course as many times as you want, for as long as you like. Or you could try this Susan Bates Knitting Kit which includes all the equipment and supplies you need to complete 16 knitting projects.
And check out this great knitting bag to store all your supplies. It’s compact, it keeps everything organized, and the dividers stand up without collapsing. It’s perfect for separating everything into its own place and keeping curious pets from getting into your knitting supplies.
You may also want to check out my collection of 42 crochet tips and resources. Now onto the resource sites!
Free knitting patterns resources
- 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!).
- AllFreeKnitting has a lot to choose from, and it’s all arranged so you can easily browse and drill down to find what you want. This one will ask you for an email signup, like most blogs, but you don’t have to give it in order to get to the patterns.
- Drops Design features patterns that have been archived from their Drops catalogs.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.
- 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.
- KnitPicks has a good selection of free patterns. It’s not particularly searchable, so you have to just browse, but there’s some good stuff.
- 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 easy 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.
- Knitting Pattern Central 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.