Free Knitting Patterns and Other October Musings

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.  peddlers village paSometimes 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.   Knitting yarnsThere 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!

Some of the places I visit are Knitting Pattern Central, Lion Brand, and Craftsy. You’ll find more free knitting patterns on these sites than you’ll ever have time for!

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?     Climbing Vine afghan

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.

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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!  ♥

 

 

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  1. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    Alice,
    Let me say Happy Birthday even if it is late, and you share your birthday with my baby sister Anne. I had turned 15 3 days before she was born . she was the 5th child born to my mother and the 4th girl . I am the 3rd child. I have an older sister who is the oldest one of us five and an older brother and another sister between my self and Anne. My mom had 4 teenagers in the house when Anne was born so she had plenty of baby sitters when needed. But then my oldest sister got married and left home to start her home.
    Even though 15 years separate my baby sister and me , we are very close. I sent her birthday greetings on Face book and signed it with the name she called me when she was learning to talk. She loved it.

    • Thank you SO ,much, Julia! I had a wonderful day; my husband, son, daughter-in-law and 2 grand daughters headed to Pennsylvania where there is a gorgeous country shopping area called Peddler’s Village, right outside of New Hope. (That’s another town worth taking the entire day to browse thru!)
      I only have one younger sister; my husband is the oldest of 5; he was 13 when is first brother came along, then 15 when the youngest was born and he did lots of babysitting. Then we got married when those 2 were 6 and 8! And they both became uncles the following year.
      I plan on posting pictures I took yesterday on Scarf Knitting, so be sure to watch for that later this weekend.
      Enjoy your weekend and thanks again for the warm birthday wishes!

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