It’s amazing just how much technology has changed over the last few years. While knitting has been around for hundreds of years — and textile-making has been around for much, much longer — some people might think of knitting patterns as being a thing of the past. You used to be able to get all sorts of knitting patterns and guides from magazines and books, and they could be handed down and passed along from one knitter to another.
It’s hard not being nostalgic for that time and the kind of knitting magazines and pattern books you’d find stowed away at your grandma’s place. But we’re living in an incredible age for sharing information and finding the things you need in a flash. Knitters who are skeptical might wonder: can you really get knitting patterns for free online? The simple answer is yes. Here are just a few ideas for gorgeous garments that you can make yourself with a free pattern from your favourite online yarn retailer and blog.
Sleeveless Top Using Bamboo Yarn
Caron yarns come in a variety of weights and textures, with some lovely options for lightweight clothing. Consider making a sleeveless summery top with a boatneck for a little elegance. You might want to go for a pattern that lets you make a striped number, or you might want to go your own route with the colors.
The great thing about knitting with the bamboo variety of Caron yarn is that it’s breathable enough to keep you cool in warmer weathers. It’s also so soft that you’ll want to wear it all the time. Bamboo fabric is also antibacterial and sweat absorbent, which will keep you dry and smelling fresh. What’s more, bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic, so those who have sensitive skin can rejoice!
Knit Quilted Blanket for Picnics in the Park
Who doesn’t like a good picnic? Good weather needs to be enjoyed, and you can do exactly that with a knit blanket that you can make in your favorite colors. Knitters will need Bernat blanket yarn to create their perfect picnic blanket. A pattern that uses a slip stitch to achieve a quilted look can add some flair to your creation without requiring master knitting skills.
Knit Shawl Cardigan
Good weather and plenty of sunshine does wonders for our mood and wellbeing. One tiny little downside to the warmer weather is that it can be hard to find just the right clothing for days where the temperature swings from low to high and then back down to low with possibly some rain thrown in the mix.
A shawl cardigan made out of merino wool yarn is a great warm weather knitting project to undertake. It’s less heavy than a jacket or a cardigan, and the flowy style can work for any occasion. It’s pretty enough to work like a shawl would at a party or baby shower, but casual enough for a Sunday afternoon brunch. It’s time to explore the world of knitting patterns. There’s so much that you can make, it would be a shame to miss the chance to learn how. Good luck and happy knitting!