Anyone who has been knitting or crocheting very long has run into the very talented Elaine Phillips of ABC Knitting and Crochet Patterns. She's practically a legend and has been covered by bloggers with a much larger audience than I. However, I thought my regular readers would be as taken with Elaine Phillips' designs as I am therefore, I wanted to share them with you all.
Elaine Phillips' skills are wide ranging. Her website proves that she can turn out beautiful pieces month after month without duplicating her effort. I'm amazed. She writes "This page features the latest knitting and crochet patterns that I've uploaded. I add new free patterns every couple of weeks, so come back soon!" Yes you read that correctly, she turns out new FREE patterns every couple of weeks! Amazing. I'm lucky if I can knit a project in a couple of weeks let alone design, knit/crochet, write the pattern, and have it up on a website in a couple of weeks. From doll dresses to beautiful clothes/accessories for men and women Elaine Phillips does it all. Each design comes with carefully written instructions and difficulty level. No guesswork! :) She writes this about herself: "My name is Elaine Phillips and I've been in love with the hobby of knitting since I was very little. Like everybody, I used patterns from books and magazines. Pretty soon, I was modifying the patterns to suit the particular projects I was working on, and from there it was just a small step to designing patterns of my own. Then, one day, I decided to make my work available to everybody online.
The knitting and crochet patterns I have created range from the very simple to the complicated, so you should be able to find something to suit your needs whatever your level of experience.
I hope you enjoy knitting and crocheting my patterns as much as I enjoyed making them!"
Today I will be focusing on the baby and children's patterns because, as you know by now, my work is focused primarily on children and tweens. Since I discovered ABC Knitting and Crochet Patterns on Ravelry, I went back to Ravelry to sort through my favorite patterns. You do not have to be a member of Ravelry but I recommend it :) (As an aside, you can also find ABC Knitting and Crochet Patterns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest) It's really hard to choose a favorite when there are so many fantastic choices however I'll do my best, starting with baby patterns.
Elaine Phillips has created some exceptional patterns for babies and toddlers. I'm always amazed at her gift for designing patterns to suit every occasion.
There are some fantastic blanket/afghan patterns that can be made in any color and would suit a baby's room or child's first bed. They are expertly written. My favorites include
For now that's all I have to share on ABC Knitting and Crochet Patterns by Elaine Phillips. Read on next week when T.K. Wilson will join us to discuss the beautiful 18" doll patterns offered by Elaine Phillips! Stay tuned! :)
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