Elaine Fitzpatrick is the talented proprietress of Down Cloverlaine. One of my very FAVORITE knit designers on the planet. Why? Because her designs are FUN! She's also a really lovely person. I did a blog post on Down Cloverlaine in May of 2015. Since that time Elaine Fitzpatrick has added to her collection of designs with some super cute hats, facecloths, and bibs.
Elaine Fitzpatrick describes herself on her blog: "I've been happily married for almost 35 years and have two terrific sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. I also have three of the cutest grandsons on the planet. My home is in the beautiful Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts. I've been knitting since I was about six years old having been taught by my beloved grandmother. Every time I pick up my needles, I think of her." I too was taught to knit by my grandmother. (I'm dyslexic so it was no small project) Elaine has been knitting for far more years than I. It shows in the quality of her patterns. On her Ravelry page Elaine Fitzpatrick describes why she does not charge for her patterns: "Although I’ve been knitting since the earth’s crust cooled (okay, maybe not that long), I only started designing with the births of my grandsons. People ask me why I don’t charge for my patterns and the answer is simply that I just do it for fun. If I did it to make a living, then it would be a job and I already have one of those. Besides, who doesn’t like a free pattern?" I like free patterns :)
It is hard to know where to begin with all the fantastic patterns made created by Elaine Fitzpatrick for her readers. Bibs and washcloths are super cute baby shower gifts, or great spa gifts. Everyone has a different decor for their bathroom but if you have kids usually that carefully chosen decor is sometimes obscured by baby shampoo, fun tub toys, soaps and of course your child's favorite washcloths. Her specialty is creating images in cloth with knits and purl stitches. Her patterns range from Animal images to images to celebrate the holidays. I've made a few things using Elaine's patterns so I can assure you the patterns are extremely well made.
Down Cloverlaine is filled with adorable animal images to suit every child. Whether you've decorated the nursery in Hippos or your little one loves alligators, I'd almost be willing to bet Elaine Fitzpatrick has a bib/washcloth to suit! I love the wide range of choices. Children love being able to find their own special washcloth at bath time. You'll be the talk of your play group with the endless number of bib patterns to choose from that are just too adorable for words. What are my favorite animal patterns?
Along with adorable animals Elaine Fitzpatrick has designed some cloths with symbols and objects. Hearts, flowers, ice cream cones, pretty patterns, and a sweet patriotic themed cloth. My favorites are these:
It's not all bibs and washcloths at Down Cloverlaine. Elaine Fitzpatrick has designed some super cute hats, mittens, and even a pretty t-shirt which I NEED to make :)
There is so much more to write about Elaine Fitzpatrick's page. I could go on all day with the adorable animal patterns but maybe you'd just like to see what I've done using Down Cloverlaine's patterns.
You'll find the cow picture and the truck pattern on Elaine's page.
Thanks to Elaine Fitzpatrick for such great patterns. I hope many of you will visit her page to take a look around
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