Free knitting patterns: where to look online

Knitting is a challenging and inexpensive way to get creative – and with the added bonus of being able to make everything from clothing to gifts and things for around the home, it’s little wonder it has been a popular passtime for hundreds of years.

Whether you’re a master of cardigans or just embarking on your first scarf, there’s never been a better time to be a knitter. The more popular knitting gets, the more websites crop up offering specialty yarns, knitting tips and even free patterns.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next knitting project, head to these websites and take advantage of fantastic online knitting resources, including free, downloadable patterns.

This popular site has a massive directory of free knitting patterns—enough to keep you busy for years. It also features free knitting tutorial videos, an online shop (for all your knitting needle needs) and an active message board where you can swap ideas with fellow knitters from across the globe.

Knit Rowan

Yorkshire-based luxury yarn brand Rowan has a reputation among knitters for its gorgeous, modern designs. If you register on their website, you can download a lot of their patterns for free, including this cuddly snood and this stunning mosaic jumper.

Knit Picks

This yarn and knitting supply retailer, based in Washington State in the US, has one of the best collections of interesting knitting patterns available online. Although they don’t yet ship their products outside the US or Canada, they do allow anyone to download their free knitting patterns, such as this charming snowman draft excluder and this dropped-stitch shawl.

UK Hand Knitting Association

The UKHKA is Britain’s go-to authority on all things knitting related. Its website also happens to feature a user-friendly pattern directory, which is organised by season or occasion so that you can easily plan your next project. For example, you can browse their recommended patterns for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just winter in general.


Social image sharing site Pinterest has quickly become a brilliant resource for anyone who likes to design, sew, crochet or knit. Searching the site for “free knitting patterns” will bring up loads of inspiring photos of trendy, handmade knitwear. Clicking on the photo you like will direct you to the website it came from, where you can download the pattern for yourself. If you’d like a bit of a head start, check out this comprehensive collection of free knitting patterns compiled by a fellow knitting enthusiast.

Where do you like to find new knitting patterns? Share your wisdom in the comments below!

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31st Mar 2018
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Ravelry is the ideal place to find knitting/crochet patterns and forums to join too.
20th May 2017
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I've been a member of Slimming World for over 5 yrs and when the winter months/dark nights are approaching I ask the group if anyone has any wool they'd like to donate to me. From Oct - Feb I knitted 26 babies cardigans and donated them to Knit for Peace. They were a mix and match of many colours - and even though I say it myself - They were beautiful - smiles ........
18th May 2017
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23rd Apr 2017
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I use, also join Loving Hands and plenty of patterns, chat and advice.
Been knitting for years, but not very good at knitting toys or rather finishing them to look like the picture!
Busy knitting for baby grandson as daughter in law loves hand knitted goods as she has just started knitting herself as have a few of her friends, which is good. Our local knitting group have tried to get others interested but no takers so far.
2nd Apr 2017
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At the moment the main project's are Thomas the tank engine for my grandson and his cousin, and a triangle Aran multi coloured shawl in garter stitch that requires minimum attention.
1st Apr 2017
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1st Apr 2017
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I find the knitting patterns in the Peoples Friend magazine are very good.I belong to a knitting group and there are always lots of patterns to share
2nd Apr 2017
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Hi is your knitting group held in Drumoyne , are new members allowed to join
19th Sep 2016
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At the moment I am knitting a Santa Claus toilet roll cover for my son.

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