I love this time of the year. Maybe because October 22nd is my wedding anniversary and the 24th is my birthday. That, and the fact that we usually take a ride out to Bucks County, PA and tool around Peddler’s Village with a stop at the winery and it all adds up to a pretty special week. Sometimes I even find time to knit!
“The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can’t teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.”
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Of course just looking at all my knitting “stuff” here in the living room and there’s no doubt as to what hobby I love best. In the spare bedroom there’s a bench piled high with all my Etsy creations. I LOVE knitting for Etsy! Who would have ever thought there would be such a venue available for all of us? Then again, who ever thought there would ever be an Internet, back in 1969! Basically everything at our fingertips!
Knitting for free is fun!
One of the things most of us knitters love to look for online are free knitting patterns. There are tons of them out “there”; some better than others, and you don’t have to look very far to find them. Just browsing around Scarf Knitting, you’ll find lots of patterns and many more to come!
Benjamin Prescott would be proud!
When my husband and I were innkeepers in NH I knitted an afghan for every guest room. Coordinating each afghan with the room color, these knitted afghans were all different. Some were eyelets, some were knit and purl, others were cables and lace. All were beautiful! They gave me lots to do in our slower winter months, and always when I was finished, there was something sublime to add to the room’s atmosphere. (Not to mention the “ghost” who lived with us; you can visit her here.)
To get you started with free knitting patterns, here’s one I just finished this week. It’s a small afghan, for a child, approx. 30″ x 43″.
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn, a 100% acrylic and very soft, in Red Hot, White, and Kelly Green. Now isn’t this pretty?
One skein each, 4.5 oz. The knitting pattern is as follows:
Climbing Vines Child’s Afghan
With 10-1/2 needles, cast on 98 stitches.
Row 1: * K2, k2tog, yo, k3 rep from *.
Row 2 and all other wrong-side rows: Purl.
Row 3: * K1, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from *.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 7: * K3, yo, skp, k2; rep from *.
Row 9: * K4, yo, skp, k1; rep from *.
Row 11: Knit.
Row 12: Purl.
SKP = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over.
Knitting is the BEST hobby!
So, as October makes way for November and bright, beautiful leaves turn to old yellows and browns, there’s STILL fun to be had in a knitting hobby! Be sure to check out the carousel BELOW for some of my favorite yarns that were used to knit those pretty Inn afghans.
As always, take your knitting to heart! ♥