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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!  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!
Wiolakoftaby Kristin Wiola Ødegård
© Sofie Ødegård
Now, I don't plan on knitting the Wiolakof…

Best of Pinterest, Free Knitting Patterns - November

I have officially fallen in love with Pinterest.  It took me awhile.  I used to get really frustrated with all the lovely images that lacked links to instructions.  Now I view these as inspiration.  (...if I like a photo enough, I can always write my own knitting pattern for it!)  
I had to come up with a way to preserve those pins that do actually have knitting pattern links, though...and here is my solution.  My own personal "best of" collection.  Enjoy these free knitting patterns from Pinterest, Ravelry and more.  They are definitely going in my queue! #1.  Jasseron by Becky Wolf  Do I dare hope this beautiful sweater knitting pattern is truly free?!  Yet again, comes through with a masterpiece I am sure will become a favorite of mine.  This is the perfect match of classic casual meets phenomenally feminine.  I can not wait to get started!

#2.  Quick Like a Snow Bunny by Alexis Adrienne
I don't tend to be a big fan of winter, but I am fi…

Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern - Scallop

Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Blanket in Scallop Pattern

I fell in love with the scallop pattern, while making a baby hat that included it.  It has such a lovely cable appearance, and the 4 round repetition is so easy.  I don't have to pay close attention to my knitting.  I try to keep a repetitive pattern going all the time, because most often, I just want to knit and NOT THINK!  (I am a mother to 4 kids ranging 15 to 3!  Sometimes I just need quiet, uninterrupted rhythm for goodness sakes!)

The baby blanket is the perfect solution.  The first one I made for my son (which was blue and did not include a border).  I loved the scallop in blanket form so much, I decided to make it a pattern.  I chose to make the pattern blanket larger than my son's - it is about twice as big and can grow into a lap blanket or a spread for a toddler bed.

I am so happy with the end result, I plan to keep this project on repeat for awhile.  I don't even have to know who I am knitting the blanket…

Best of Fingerless Gloves Free Knitting Patterns

I have become a bit of a fingerless gloves pattern connoiseur.  I made my first pair of fingerless gloves about 10 years ago.  I rarely used quality yarn at the time.  I tended toward middle end acrylics...think Michael's and Wal-Mart.  Then, I had this friend who wanted to learn to knit Fetching fingerless gloves by Cheryl Niamath, and she had found these lovely skeins of yarn online for $18.  I almost choked, but...I splurged, for my friend's sake.

Thus began my affection for fine things - especially fine yarn.  I still only splurge on fine yarns occasionally.  (I have a mountain of second-hand acrylics I use to make blankets and items for donation...projects I work just to keep my fingers moving.)  When I do splurge on a high end skein, I love to make fingerless gloves.  They feel so nice on my hands on a spring or fall evening.  They keep me warm and keep my fingers free, so I can continue knitting...or typing.  And above all, I love to give them as fine gifts to my prec…

Upcycled Knitted Socks

Thrift Store Sweater Socks

I saw this knit sweater at a local thrift store and fell in love with the colors.   I had the idea in mind that I would look for cheap sweaters to recycle the yarn. The tag on this one claimed it to be 100% shetland wool. It is a little scratchy and it the sweater was stretched out, so I thought it would upcycle nicely into a pair of knee-high socks. I purchased the sweater for less than $10.

Step 1:  Find the Seams

On each side of the sweater, I stretched the seam to find the yarn that bound the front and back together.

Step 2: Remove the Seam Stitches

On this sweater, it was not too difficult to find the seam stitches, since they were done in gray, and there were a lot of other colors in the sweater.  I used a darning needle to pull out the seam yarn section by section, so I could salvage it, as well.

Once I got the seams separated, I looked for a starting point on the bottom hem of the sweater. Whenever I had trouble finding a starting point, I would simp…

Pocket Scarf and Fingerless Gloves: Free Knitting Pattern

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I designed this pocket scarf and fingerless glove knitting pattern set to match my original earflap hat knitting pattern.  The pocket scarf is super long, so that it can wrap around your neck and still reach to hip length - a handy little feature that allows you to keep your fingertips warm when you are not using them to knit...or text...or any other activity that typical gloves won't allow.  Happy Knitting!

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern


8 stitches and 12 rows per 2 inches


One skein Impeccable yarn

5 US size 7 dpn (double pointed needles)

Small stitch holder (or large safety pin)


Main Glove

Cast on 28 stitches and divide onto 4 needles (7 sts. per needle).Join round and knit in rib (K1, P1) 12 rnds.Continue knitting in stockinette (knitting all stitches) M1, k14, m1, K14.Knit 2 rounds.Continue as established, increasing at the beginning of the 1st and 3rd needles every third round, six more increases and a total of 42 sts. (Balance the stitc…

Free Knitting Pattern - Earflap Hat

Free Knitting Pattern Flashback: August 28, 2012
Earflap Hat Knitting Pattern

This hat was one of my first original free knitting pattern designs.  It is knit in single rib stitch with pick up stitches to add the earflaps.  The ties are made from 3 braided i-cords.  The hat is finished with a border and home-made pom-poms on the top and tails.  (Learn how to make a pom-pom with Vickie Howell here).

I haven't made an earflap hat from this knitting pattern in awhile...may have to add one in my Ravelry queue.  I remember it as a fun knit.  I enjoyed experimenting with fun color combinations (see more pics below).  As always, I would love to see your finished products!  I hope you enjoy the free knitting pattern.  Happy Earflap Hat Knitting!

18 sts and 24 rows per 4 inches


Impeccable Yarn - 1 skein mc, 1 skein ccUS size 7, 24 inch circular needles5 US size 7 dpn


Cast on 104 stitches.Knit in 1 x 1 rib for 28 rounds.Begin decrease. *K k2tog. K11 skspk2tog.* …