Where do you find knitting patterns?

United States
February 1, 2007 5:08pm CST
What is your favorite place to find knitting patterns? Do you make up patterns as you go, buy books, or use online patterns? Do you use patterns that come with the yarn? I mostly use online patterns - knitty and magknits are two of my favorite sites. I also use some books - I have two great books by Ann Budd that gives you a basic pattern, and then you plan the colors and patterns you want to use in your knitting.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I mostly look online. I have a few books, and a couple of stitch dictionaries, which are useful. I like to sort of change the pattern to fit what I want the item to look like.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I have been interested in getting some stitch dictionaries - do you have the ones from Vogue Knitting?
• Canada
7 Feb 07
sorry, just saw this comment. I don't have the Vogue one. I have one by Mary Webb, Knitting Stitches, and I can't quite recall the other because my sister has it right now.
• United States
7 Feb 07
The Barbara Walker knitting pattern books (there are a few of them) are the greatest. She has some great cables and there is even a pattern for creating a spider in a knit fabric.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I really love looking online for patterns. It seems like the only places I get patterns I actually make are from knitting message boards, probably because I feel like I can get help there if I need it where I'd have to look for help when I get lost with a book of patterns I'm never really sure where I can go for help. And plus, I don't like paying for them. Those free patterns in the craft section of Wal-Mart always end up in my pockets.
• United States
9 Feb 07
My problem with knitting patterns online is that sometimes they don't have pictures of the finished item! I was looking online for simple Christmas ornaments to knit, and so many patterns didn't have a picture - I'm not good enough at reading the directions to figure out what it will look like!
• United States
9 Feb 07
My problem with knitting patterns online is that sometimes they don't have pictures of the finished item! I was looking online for simple Christmas ornaments to knit, and so many patterns didn't have a picture - I'm not good enough at reading the directions to figure out what it will look like!
• Canada
14 Feb 07
In the past I have used my mom's old patterns for knitting things. Often times for Christmas or my birthday I will find a pattern I like, and ask for both the pattern and the yarn to make the project to go with it. I'm currently working on an afghan that was one of those presents. :) My favourite online site for free patterns is http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/index.php check it out! Everything is categorized by type and the patterns I've used so far from there are great!! I also love Knitty and Magknits! I've made a few things from Magknits and they've turned out really well!
• United States
16 Feb 07
Knitting Pattern Central is a great site - thanks for the recommendation!
• United States
7 Feb 07
I have tons of knitting books, plus I sometimes make up my own or look online. The more I knit, the more I like to knit in the round.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I like knitting in the round too - I hate sewing seams!
@peavey (16319)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I mostly use online patterns now, but I have a lot of older pattern books that I still use for socks and things like that. Lion Brand has a lot of good free patterns online. They also have some for sale that I have been pleased with.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I look at Lion Brand's patterns sometimes, but I don't know if I've ever actually used any of them.
• United States
10 Oct 11
well when i learned to knit i was never taught to read patterns so i have always just had to come up with what to do using my own brain i would eventually like to learn to read knitting patterns but how i do it right know is working for me i do not have alot of time to dedicate to knitting right now anyways but if i were looking for any kind of patterns i would look on the internet that way i would not have to spend money
• United States
3 Feb 07
I either make up patterns as I go or search for patterns online. There's a nice directory of free patterns at knittingpatterncentral.com, which is somewhere I like to start when trying to come up with new project ideas.