Free Knitting Patterns by Donna Druchunas
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All free patterns and lessons can be printed. Look for the “print this post” link on each pattern. For beginners and intermediate. Most of the patterns are from my old blogs. I now have collected them all into one area of this website.
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Free Pattern: Beaded Christmas Wrist Warmers
This pattern is inspired by the red, green, and white beaded wristwarmers made by Lithuanian knitters in the 19th century.
Lesson: Double Knitting
Double knitting is a very easy technique to master, even though is sounds difficult and looks like magic.
Lesson: Single Crochet Edging
Working a single crochet edging along a piece of knitting is quite easy -- if you already know how to crochet.
Free Pattern: Two Dishrags
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These dishrags or washcloths are so easy to knit, you...
Free Pattern: Ethnic Knitting Adventures Made in the USA
For those of us who live in the Western hemisphere, sumptuous fibers spun into luxurious yarns in faraway places touch our imaginations the way "Made in the USA" never can.
Lesson: Sewing Seams
Alot of knitters are afraid of sewing seams, but it's actually quite simple once you learn when to use each type of sewing technque. Here are the three that I use most frequently.
Lesson: Knitting in the Round
Knitting in the round is quite easy, and many people love it so much they never knit back and forth once they try circular knitting. It eliminates the need to sew seems, which can be an added bonus if you don't like finishing.
Free Pattern: Garter Stitch Scarves and Origami Hat
This easy scarf and hat set makes a perfect gift for someone homeless, or anyone needing an extra bit of warmth on a cold winter day.
How much will your knitting shrink?
Pieces knitted in stockinette stitch will shrink more in length than in width during felting. To calculate how much your piece will shrink, knit a good-sized swatch and use this table to "do the math."
Lesson: Knitting Mohair
Working with mohair yarn can be a challenge. Because the yarn is so fuzzy and the fibers are clingy, the yarn will stick to itself as you knit, making it almost impossible to rip out. If you do have to rip, slowly unknit the piece stitch by stitch, using a sharp scissor to separate the furry halo if it gets stuck together. But be careful not to cut the core of the yarn!