I’ve become a bit addicted to knitting over the last 2 years since I taught myself to knit again. To start with I was always on the look out for free knitting patterns, so I thought I’d share a few with you here. A lot of my original creations are still around but I’m pleased to say I am very gradually getting better.
As I’ve got better at knitting I find I’m happy to pay for some well written patterns and to spend more on beautiful yarns. Here are some of my favourite autumn knitting patterns.
Knitting is brilliant for so many reasons and becoming increasingly trendy.
Knitting does have its dark side of course. I’ve become a yarn addict and most of my spare cash now goes in secretive yarn purchases. Mr B&B’s heart sinks when I spot a new yarn shop when we’re out and resigns himself to spending an hour in a local café whilst I indulge. I have even started planning excursions when we’re on holiday around new and exciting yarn emporiums.
If you’re planning a trip to Shropshire here are my favourite local yarn shops
The other downside is that I have stopped racking up so many steps on my Fitbit. I have solved this by perfecting my walk’n’knit technique.
Knitting also has lots of surprising health benefits, some of which are described here in the New York Times
If you’re new to knitting or want to improve your skills, the internet is full of great knitting resources. I taught myself from videos on YouTube. There are lots out there but I recommend Very Pink Knits
If you want to buy yarn then check out your local yarn shops ( LYS ) but you can also buy some fantastic wool online ( sorry non UK people this is a bit UK centric ).
My very favourite is Loop in London – I paid an in person visit there a few weeks ago – oh my.
Otherwise I like Love Knitting.
Here are some free knitting patterns to inspire you!
1. It’s not too late to knit yourself some Christmas decorations.
2. If you’re fasting and still want some gingerbread then knit yourself some – guaranteed calorie free!
3. The shops are full of big chunky scarves these days but so easy to knit
4. Is your Kindle feeling the cold? Then knit it a jumper
5. Or a jumper for your favourite 4 legged friend
6. Welly toppers are a super quick knit and great stocking fillers
7. Is the family expecting a new arrival this year?
8. Want to keep chickens but don’t have the space – knit yourself some
9. Feeling adventurous? chunky jumpers for the whole family
10. Treat yourself to a pretty lace shawl
11. There are lots of things you can knit for charity too
12. I just love this little Miffy rabbit
13. Reading 50 shades of grey on the train – then this knitted book cover may come in useful
14. Some little heart coasters ready for Valentines Day
15. Wash and dish cloths are a popular starter project.
16. I needed an easy knit for a trip abroad that involved lots for planes, trains and automobiles. This cowl was very quick and very effective in a beautiful hand painted variegated yarn