Because it's my 3 year Blog-a-versary I'm going to take a bit of a liberty and share with you some of my favorite free pattern sites. I have been blogging on this Weebly site for 2 years and writing about the arts of knitting and crocheting for about a year before joining Weebly. Here 3 YEARS later still going strong! (I was fairly sure I didn't have even a year in me LOL :)) I began my fiber arts journey crocheting for charity. Joining me today is my daughter @T.k. Wilson. She and I wanted to share our favorite FREE knitting/crocheting blogs and websites. Woo Hoo!
I love sharing my favorite free pattern websites because it gives me a chance to encourage people to try their hand a donating to charity. I've read about the mental health aspects of knitting/crocheting for various reasons. Here's an article about that subject from November of 2016 from the Telegraph in the UK. It really is HEALTHY :). With that being said, I know many people in the fiber arts community give to many different charities, each with different goals. I started my charity work with Project Linus and have given to many charities since that time. My daughter was very young when I began to work with P.L.. However she developed her own passion for crochet and now sewing. Many of our favorite free pattern websites have developed and run by experts in their field. This gives a wide breadth of pattern types and skill levels. So let's get this party started!
There are yarn shops with online websites that offer free patterns. One of my long time favorites is KnitTraders of Kingston. Their blog is terrific and if you sign up you can have the free patterns sent to you right in your email. Though I have not been for a visit in a long time, KnitTraders is one of my favorite yarn shops. Another great yarn shop with a selection of free patterns is Knitting-Warehouse.com. I order from this shop frequently. Love Knitting and Love Crochet are both excellent places to find great prices on yarn and tools along with free patterns. I placed an order with Love Knitting and it arrived promptly and was exactly as ordered! Of course you can check out the free patterns on the pages of the major yarn companies such as Red Heart, or Premier Yarns.
Sometimes you run across a knit or crochet designer that goes viral on social networking. Like Mike Sellick of the Crochet Crowd. He is the creative director at The Crochet Crowd. There you will find tons of free patterns tutorials, photos, contests, even events! Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me became an overnight internet smash success when some of her ultra cute patterns went viral on social networking. Of course Debbie Macomber is a must mention in this section. Her books have been a source of inspiration to many. You can find her free patterns here.
No shock that my daughter T.k. Wilson and I are both all about kids. So we'll share our favorite free pattern sites that are kid friendly.
First on my list is Daily Crochet. A curated site with so many kids links it's almost too much to bear! T.k Wilson has chosen:
Lastly T.k. Wilson and I wanted to share some resources for general ideas and patterns for charity. Even if you don't sew at all you can find something to give to others on fleecefun.com. If you are looking for patterns, ideas, directions, size charts or anything to do with giving to a charity check our go-to site bevscountrycottage.com
Of course if you need to connect with a charity we've got a site for that too. Please go to givingartfully.com a fantastic site for giving to charity and for teaching children to give to charity. Whether you are looking to share with mankind or take care of wildlife, you will find the help you need to share immediately!
Thanks to all of you for participating in my Blog-a-versary and for checking out all these wonderful sites. We know that fiber artists are some of the most giving people in the world. We thank you all for doing what you can with the talent you were given!
Lyn and T.k. Wilson
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.