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Time for inspiration: Free knitting patterns

Time for inspiration: Free knitting patterns

As Fall is approaching, it is time for inspiration and find new free knitting patterns for your new cozy garments to craft.

And while waiting for the novelties of your favorite local yarn store, you may start looking at your stash and browse through your preferred on-line magazines and/or Ravelry for inspiration. I find Ravelry particularly useful to combine inspiration and stash. I use to go directly to the advance search and start selecting the craft (knitting or crochet), weight, total yardage and number of colors of my stash, and keep browsing into the advance filter sections.

One of the interesting features of this advance filtering, is the “difficulty” rating. This is a good start for beginners, as most of the scored patterns are within the 3/10 threshold (easy) in this search option, and this rating is given by the actual ravelers that made a project out of the pattern. However, only 20% of the patterns are rated in this option. That means that either nobody has yet added a project or, in most of the cases, they forget to fill the “difficulty” attribute in the “about this pattern” section. Thus, dear ravelers, let me encourage you to fill as much information as possible on your projects to help our community!

Still there is another option to get the level of difficulty/skill level of a pattern, that is opening the pattern cover page. Here you will see more details about it, and some designers add this description in the notes section (end of the page). The difference here is that the scoring is made by the designer, and not the actual end-user. Being in both sides myself, I tend to believe that the designer scoring use to be biased towards the easy edge (:=).

In my designs, I like to combine colors and to offer easy and not too much yarn-consuming proposals. In previous posts I already added ideas useful for the fall ( Co-inspiration, Sari Wrap, Twisted Capelet, Greeny Poncho)l. Now, let me add some FREE new additions from my Ravelry store to help on your inspiration.

Texture Wrap: A collaboration with Infinite Twist with an ethereal texturized winged-shape shawl that combines different yarns, contrast color gradients and stitches to make a unique piece that will definitely will not go unnoticed. Skill Level: Intermediate.

Pi Poncho: A collaboration with Knotions Magazine with a basic poncho pattern is the perfect introduction to circular needles, knitting in the round, and easy lace patterns. Skill Level: Intermediate.

Happy crafting!

Tied Fringe Shawl

Tied Fringe Shawl

Lidia Tied Fringe Shawl

When Nicole from I Like Knitting asked me to do something little different with the fringe of this winged wrap, I was not sure how it was going to end up. Finally, the double knot fringe along the top edge brings a stylish way to wear the shawl. In addition, the piece is big enough to be wrapped around the shoulders and tied with a vintage leather belt.

The combination of cotton and linen of Drops Belle, provides texture, lightness, rusticity and a subtle shine. Being knit in basic double seed/moss stitch, the shawl is reversible and ends with a simple eyelet pattern.

The Lidia Tied Fringe Shawl pattern is available in I Like Knitting Magazine, August 2021 issue and in Ravelry. From August to Autumn, this ILK issue is full of patterns to inspire you as you knit for what’s left of summer, while still prepare for chillier days ahead.

Happy knitting!

Sari Wrap

Sari Wrap

The Sari Wrap is my first collaboration with Knotions Magazine. The suggested themes in the call for submission were India and Garter Stitch.

My inspiration came from the colorful and ethereal saris from India. Saris are probably one of the most versatile outfits, as one size almost fits all and can be used practically all year around.

Since silk is the usual fiber used in their fabrics, I suggested a combination of Mohair-Silk to enhance the lightness and to allow enough dimension to be draped in different shapes. The piece is knitted in garter stitch with a needle size large enough to enhance this vaporous effect.

A distinctive feature of this piece is the color combination. Mohair-Silk gives a subtle glossy effect and texture that smooths the transition between the reddish and golden colors that you can see in this typical outfit. As a contrast in color and texture, black narrow stripes and a crab stitch finish in Alpaca-Silk are added as a nod to the kohl eyeliner.

The Sari Wrap pattern is available in Knotions and Raverly. In Ravelry you will also see several pictures of different ways of how to wear it. This is really an easy to make and with some imagination you can use all your mohair left overs !!! As with my previous suggestions (Mestral Purse & Top) , leave some free room in your stash for new goodies!!!.  

Kairi Tank

Kairi Tank

Kairi Tank is a semi-cropped and loose sleeveless garment perfect for summer that can be also converted to a vest for late spring or end-of summer colder days. Its oversized shape allows it to easily fit any body type without too much effort in sizing. Mostly knitted in basic stockinette,  this piece incorporates eyelet sections in the shoulders and hip to provide some fun during your knitting.

Start preparing your summer outfit!

The Kairi Tank pattern is available in I Like Knitting Magazine, June 2021 issue, that features other lovely summer tops, cardigans and accessories.

As you have seen in may previous posts (Maya Bag & Espadrilles), I have collaborated before with I Like Crochet Magazine. This is the first time I publish in I Like Knitting, and I hope it is not going to be the last one!

Twisted Capelet

Twisted Capelet

En este nuevo patrón, el Twisted Capelet, he utilizado una técnica que me parece muy útil para acabar con un final que facilitará unir los dos extremos. Y tambien interesante si se necesita ajustar el tamaño del proyecto y tejer (o destejer) algunes filas: El Cast-On Provisional.

Hay varios métodos para crear un Cast-On Provisional y en estos enlaces encontrarás unos vídeos breves que os mostrarán los que considero más útiles:

El método en un solo paso (un vídeo de 7 minutos en castellano) que monta los puntos directamente a en la aguja,

El método de dos pasos con ganchillo (un vídeo de 3 minutos en inglés) que utiliza primero una cadeneta de ganchillo y luego recoge los puntos de la cadeneta con la aguja.

Y finalmente el de un paso con ganchillo (un vídeo de 2 minutos en inglés) que tambien utiliza el ganchillo, pero luego  monta los puntos directamente a en la aguja,

En todos los casos, se deberá utilizar un hilo adicional de grosor similar y con un color de contraste para facilitar su retirada.

En esta imagen puedes ver cómo esta técnica proporciona un buen acabado al Twisted Capelet.

Provisional cast on

El Twisted Capelet es un patrón multicolor trabajado en plano, en una construcción a bies que luego se gira y se une para imitar la forma “Moebius”, añandiendo un pico triangular en la parte posterior.

Encontrareis mas información sobre este patrón en Raverly.

Twisted Capelet

Twisted Capelet

En aquest nou patró, el Twisted Capelet , he utilitzat una tècnica que em va semblar molt útil per tenir un acabat que facilita unir bé els dos extrems. A mes a mes també serveix per si es necessita ajustar la mida del projecte: El Cast-On Provisional.

Hi ha diversos mètodes per crear un Cast-On Provisional. En aquests enllaços trobareu breus vídeos dels que considero més útils:

Un sol pas (un vídeo de 7 minuts en castellà) que afegeix els punts directament a l’agulla

Dos passos amb ganxet (un vídeo de 3 minuts en anglès) que utilitza primer una cadeneta de ganxet, i després agafa els punts de la cadeneta amb les agulles de mitja.

Un sol pas amb ganxet (un  vídeo de 2 minuts en anglès) que també utilitza el crochet, però que afegeix els punts directament a l’agulla

A tots els casos, haureu d’utilitzar un altre fil de gruix similar i amb un color de contrast per facilitar-ne la retirada.

Aquesta imatge mostra com aquesta tècnica proporciona un bon acabat al Twisted Capelet.

Provisional cast on

El Twisted Capelet és un patró multicolor treballat en pla, en una construcció esbiaixada que després es gira i s’uneix per agafar la forma Moebius” amb l’afegit d’un pic triangular a la part posterior.

Trobareu mes informació sobre aquest patró a Raverly.

Twisted Capelet

Twisted Capelet

In this new pattern, the Twisted Capelet, I have used a technique that I found to be very useful, not only to finish with an ending that will facilitate to nicely seam two pieces together, but also to keep these stitches again later if you do not know how long to make something: The Provisional Cast-On.

There are several methods for creating a provisional cast-on. In these links you will find short videos that will show you how to make the ones I consider more useful:

One-step method, (a 7 min video in Spanish) that cast stitches directly onto the needle.

Two-step crochet method (a 3 min video in English) that uses a crochet chain first and then pick stitches upon from that chain.

One-step crochet method (a 2 min video in English) that also uses a crochet, but cast stitches directly onto the needle.

In any case you will need to use a spare yarn of similar weight and with a contrast color to facilitate its removal.

In this picture you will see how this technique helps in making a nice finish on the Twisted Capelet.

provisional cast on

The Twisted Capelet is a multicolored flat-worked pattern in a bias construction that is finished twisted and joined to form a fake Moebius shape with a nice triangle shape in the back.

You will find more information about this pattern in Raverly.

Greeny Poncho

Greeny Poncho

Following with my Pinterest inspiration (Board de Pinterest: Inspiration: rectangle knitting & crochet patterns), here you have another idea with a rectangular design: The Greeny Poncho.

The Greeny Poncho needs about 75 gr of Mohair, which makes it especially light, and with a simple lace stitch and 6 mm needles, which allows it to be used practically all year around. And as in other previous suggestions, useful to decrease your leftover yarn.

The pattern is available at Raverly in 3 languages ​​(Castellano, Català, English).

And remember that by subscribing to my NEWSLETTER you will receive the Pinky Poncho pattern by FREE!!

Greeny Ponxo

Greeny Ponxo

Continuant amb la inspiració de Pinterest (Board de Pinterest: Inspiration: rectangle knitting & crochet patterns), us proposo una altra idea amb un disseny rectangular: El Greeny Ponxo.

El Greeny Ponxo es fa uns 75 g de Mohair, que el fa especialment lleuger, i amb un senzill calat i agulles de 6 mm, la qual cosa permet que pugui utilitzar-se pràcticament durant tot l’any. I com en altres suggeriments anteriors, serveix per disminuir els “leftover yarn”.

El patró el teniu disponible a Raverly en 3 idiomes (Castellà, Català, English).

Recorda que si et suscrius a la NEWSLETTER rebràs de forma gratuïta el patró del Pinky Ponxo!

Pinky Poncho

Pinky Poncho

Siguiendo con los proyectos con estructura rectangular, aquí tenéis otro patrón que transforma dos rectángulos en un veraniego poncho: El Pinky Poncho.

Este poncho únicamente necesita unos 50 gr de Lino y 15 gr de Mohair, está tejido en punto jersey. El patrón está disponible en Raverly en 3 idiomas (Castellano, Català, English) y de forma gratuita si te suscribes a mi NEWSLETTER!    

Puedes seguir encontrando otras ideas sobre proyectos “rectangulares” en mi Board de Pinterest: Inspiration: rectangle knitting & crochet patterns.