FREE Patterns: websites in review

While hunting around today I decided to look into some of the more popular yarn producers websites to see how  their complimentary patterns measured up.  Most of these sites require a free membership, which means you have to provide some information. Hopefully these reviews will help you find the sites you that interest you.

Knitting Pattern Central:  This is a site just full of useful patterns. Unfortunately thay are only listed by name.  Have found some good stuff here. http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php

 Garn Studio – Drops:  Totally love this one!  Easy to get around it, point at a pattern and it enlarges the picture so you can see it better. Lots of Plus sized stuff, and wonderful norwegian patterns. The patterns by in large cater to the more advanced knitter and have a european flare. I guess you can really tell that this is one of the first places I visit. http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/kategori_oversikt.php

Elann.com: A dear friend turned me on to this one. The site is easy to get around, the patterns are good, lots of stuff for the more advanced knitter. http://www.elann.com

  Red Heart Yarns:  There isn’t as much available as some of the websites, but what there is interesting. The intermediate and skilled levels are worth looking at and there are plus sizes for almost all the women’s patterns. http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns

 Patons / Beehive: I found some good intermediate rated patterns, lots of patterns that have that classic look that will stand the test of time. Lets face it, you put $40 or $50 of yarn and a month or more of work into and article, it is a good thing if it doesn’t look dated a year from now. I have to admit that I prefer natural fibre choices to the yarns suggested, but that’s just me. http://www.patonsyarns.com

  Bernat Yarns:  Not a lot to inspire here, good basic patterns for children’s cloths and small projects.  This would not be the first site I would visit. Very limited supply of intermediate and advanced knitting patterns and not much for the plus sized knitter. Again the synthetic yarn suggested is not for me. http://bernat.com/

Canadian Living Magazine:  All sorts of things in this free pattern website from the sublime to the ridiculous. I found some good stuff to knit for the church bazaar. http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/

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