Best of Pinterest - Knitting Patterns for Purchase

A Knitting Blog by Kristen Shanna

Occasionally, I come across an irresistible knitting pattern for purchase.  I have designed enough myself to understand the work that goes into knitting pattern design.  It is so worth the few bucks it costs to support my fellow knitters/designers!  All of these patterns, which I found linked on Pinterest, are available for around $6 (US).    Now, I just have to decide which one to buy first.

Donna  by  Josée Paquin

Knitting pattern for a long-sleeved pullover in gray and blue stripes.
© Trin-Annelie
Oh...my...goodness!  I LOVE this version, by Trin-Annelie, of the Donna sweater knitting pattern.  As it just so happens, blue is my favorite color.  So, those stripes are really working for me.  (I love the fun regular/irregular patterning).  But...there are so many unique versions of the sweater pictured.  I may have to make more than one.  Be sure to check out the sweater version by knitcou2ure - that one is a must knit, if I do say so myself!

Wiolakofta by Kristin Wiola Ødegård


Complicated color work sweater knitting pattern with steeks.
© Sofie Ødegård

Now, I don't plan on knitting the Wiolakofta sweater for fun.  This knitting pattern definitely looks like a complicated piece of work.  Of course, if it were too simple, I wouldn't need to buy the pattern.  

I have managed to avoid steeks for over 17 years of knitting now, but this...sweater...is...adorable!  No...adorable doesn't do it justice.  This sweater is divine!  I may just have to stretch my skills a bit.  And I can guarantee, if I put in all the effort required to knit this sweater up, I am no doubt making the Wiolakofta for ME.

Rams and Yowes by Kate Davies Designs

Lap Blanket knitting pattern with rows of repeated sheep.
© Kate Davies Designs

I have to admit, I have become a sucker for anything sheep related.  Did I mention I am really progressing in learning to spin?  Even my carding skills are coming along quite nicely now that my youngest child is past the "I can't get anything done!" crazy, needy toddler phase.   
Along with providing a darling pattern of sheep, this little lap blanket knitting pattern, Rams and Yowes, also offers an opportunity to practice out the steek before I dive into Wiolakofta.  
I can already see it gracing my lap, in a quiet, picturesque, moment: On the couch in my living room...cozy fire, Christmas tree, pine-scented candle, my Bible, my latest counseling textbook...heck, let's throw in a little snow on the ground, flakes drifting softly across my window.  And I won't even mention the likelihood of the boys, interrupting the quiet to snatch, and subsequently, fight over the blanket...or the even greater potential of my teenager stealing it and losing it in the mass of mess that is her room. 😉  For now, we will stick to that imaginary quiet moment, while I still actually have my newly knitted lamb-themed lap blanket.

Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki

Dress Knitting Pattern done in a rainbow of colorwork.

Because, it wouldn't be a Kristen Shanna knitting blog without a spot of color! I love this rainbow version of the Still Light Tunic knitting pattern.  It might even inspire me to buy red tights!  Winter in Missouri gets dreary and super depressing for those of us who require blue skies, sunshine and lots of time out in it...and though I've made my husband apply for jobs in Florida, I've never actually talked him into moving.  So....I have found that there are a few things that help me get through the dreariest of days along with daily use of my happy light...and one of my top strategies is to surround myself with BRIGHT COLORS.  

After researching the yarn on Miss Kadri's Ravelry page, I have concluded that it might be difficult to get my hands on Aade's art yarn from Estonia...but I think I can get creative with the Drop's Design yarns (there are several options available for reasonable prices).  I will also likely add to the length and shorten the sleeves.  (I hate sleeves!  Just another reason I should live in Florida.)

Lady Bat by Teresa Gregorio

Zig Zag lace accent sweater with wide body/attached arms.
© Holla Knits


There are so many cute versions of this Lady Bat lace sweater knitting pattern.  
I like the simple complexity of the zig zag lace. (Contradictory?  I think not.)  I don't know whether I would want it in a lovely neutral or the eye-popping green or red (pictured on the site).  Of course, we all know how I feel about bright colors, and I can never get enough blue in my wardrobe.  Whatever the color, though, I think this lace sweater would make a lovely accent with either pants or skirt.

Forest Owl Mitts by Natalia Moreva

Knitted mitts with owl design in black and white and spots of color in the eyes.
© Mitt

I've had a thing for owls since my younger daughter chose to decorate her room with them.  Now, I have an eye for everything owl, and these owl mittens are AWESOME, if I do say so.  I love the color in the eyes - it wholly represents the real, haunting nature of owl eyes.  I think, too, the little spot of color in the leaves is quite a nice touch.  This mittens knitting pattern is definitely in my must knit queue.


Toughness Pullover by Brome Fields


Large stitch accent pullover with deep, open sleeves and a large cowl.
©Brome Fields

There is something about the sweet simplicity of the sweater in this knitting pattern.   I'm not sure I could wear it, because, to me, anything touching my neck is worse even than sleeves.  However, the cowl on this one looks loose enough to try.  Of course, it would be so sweet on either one my girls, and it looks like a pretty quick knit.  Maybe one for each of us?


Gweneth by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Simple cropped cardigan accent piece in gray.

What more can I say than this sweater is adorable?  From the name to the presentation, I don't think there is anything I would change.  I love the way it is paired on the model with the longer white top on black pants.  Classic look for a classic girl...I think I know which of mine might appreciate it.

Second Story Tee by Debbie O'Neill

Short sleeved, feminine sweater tee with diagonal stitchwork.
©Interweave Knits
This sweater knitting pattern reminds me of the day I met my husband.  I worked with his mom, and she set us up for a guitar lesson.  He had on this blue t-shirt with diagonal white stripes on the shoulder.  My first thoughts were, "He's cute...but he needs a haircut." 💖 😂 

Regardless, the lesson lasted 4 hours, and (long story short) we have been married now for 18 years (and have added 4 kids to the mix)!  The memory alone makes this sweater a must knit for me.  

Ooooh...ooooh...ooooh...I have a sweater he gave me the first time he said, "I love you."  Maybe I could repurpose the yarn to this sweater?!!!  That one would be a definite for the knitting blog...

North Fork by Melissa Schaschwary

Light weight sweater worn with shorts on the beach.
© alie982
When last is most certainly NOT least!  I love both of the versions of the North Fork sweater knitting pattern, but this one by Alie982 seemed closest to making it seasonally appropriate for posting.  Mostly, though, I just want to pretend that is me in the picture...standing on the beach...not experiencing 20 degree temperatures along with those gray skies.  But seriously...the North Fork sweater looks simple and comfortable.  I would likely go with the short sleeved version, but the color choice might not be so easy.



I hope you appreciate these knitting pattern designs as much as I do.  Feel free to add your own links in the comments.  Thanks for checking out my knitting blog.  Happy Knitting!

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