free knitting patterns from craftsy

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately. I've been in the process of moving and all my cooking and knitting supplies have been packed away for the last few weeks. I've been living on green smoothies and quesadillas with mango and avocado. And while those are two things I really love, I'm really excited to start cooking in my new kitchen now that everything is unpacked. But in the meantime, I have something really exciting to share with you! I know that many of you love finding new sources for free patterns. (Who doesn't?) So I wanted to let you know about a cool site I discovered a few months ago.

Craftsy is an online community with free and paid patterns. They also offer online classes and sell supplies. You can find all sorts of patterns and classes for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, photography, cooking and more. I made my patterns (free and paid) available through Craftsy a few months ago and have seen quite a few downloads so it's a great place for those of you who also design patterns.

You know what else is cool about Craftsy? They're based in Denver. (Obviously I'm not biased at all as a Denver native.)

If you haven't checked Craftsy out, create a free account and see what's available. Here are a few of the free knitting patterns that I'm excited to try...

Free Knitting Patterns

1. Zig Zag Mittens

ZigZag Mittens

2. Woodland Cowl

Woodland Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

3. Woven Cowl

 

Woven Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

4. Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan

Baby Afghan Free Knitting Pattern

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns from paintinglilies.com #knitting #yarnTake a second and think back to when you first started knitting. Were you intimidated by difficult techniques? Was it hard to find patterns at your skill level? Did you want a list of beginner knitting patterns? Preferably free beginner knitting patterns?

I remember being frustrated by all the terms and techniques. I wanted to knit items I would actually use or give away, but I didn't think I could create those unless I knew all the stitches and advanced knitting techniques.

If you're a beginner knitter and need some easy patterns to start out with, this list is for you.  You also might be an experienced knitter that just wants an easier pattern for some mindless knitting.

The following 25 patterns don't involve much more than knit and purl stitches. Some require you to knit in the round or do simple increases and decreases. They all leave you with a beautiful knitting creation and best of all, these patterns are all available for free! (Some are from Ravelry, so you'll need a free account there to access them.)

For each pattern, I included some of the skills you'll need and where to find the pattern. If you like this list and find it helpful, I'd love to create more. What patterns would you like to see? Top cable knitting patterns? Knitting patterns for the adventurous knitter? Beginner crochet patterns? Leave a comment and let me know!

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

Cowl & Scarf Knitting Patterns

 

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round on circular needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Purl Bee
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting patterns
Where: Madelinetosh
Techniques: Knit, purl, slip stitch
By: Madeline Tosh
How to get it: Free download from Madelinetosh.com

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit
By: Elisa McLaughlin
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

5. Spiral Cowl Pattern

spiral cowl

Where: Knitty Gritty Thoughts
Techniques: Knit, purl, yo
How to get it: Free PDF download

 

Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

free baby blanket knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit, purl, joining a second color, knitting in the round
By: Whit's Knits
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting pattern
Where: TLC How Stuff Works
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free from TLC

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Painting Lilies
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Specific instructions by me, though I can't really take credit for creating this simple pattern
How to get it: Instructions from Painting Lilies

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and join new colors
By: Whit's knits
How to get it: Free from Purl Bee

 

free baby blanket pattern
Where: Ravelry / Lion Brand
Techniques: Garter stitch
By: Lion Brand Yarn
How to get it: Visit Ravelry and click on the link to Lion's website. Free registration required to access pattern.

 

baby blanket
Where: JCasa
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Instructions from the JCasa Blog

 

 Baby / Kid Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free from Knitty Gritty

14. I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bib

free bib knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Random Stitches
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, knit with two colors
How to get it: Free PDF on Random Stitches

 

Hat & Glove Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

18. Rikke Hat

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Happy Knits
Techniques: Garter stitch, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
By: Jessa
How to get it: Free download from Happy Knits

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free hat knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, yarn over, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

easy knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knit in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

Misc. Knitting Patterns

22. Three Dishcloths

knitting pattern dish cloth
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern shawl
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

boxy cozy
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knit with double pointed needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

knit washcloth
Where: Tricksy Knitter
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, decrease
By: Megan Goodacre
I'm sure I missed quite a few...great patterns, so share a link to your favorite pattern for beginners in the comments. 
Looking for more free knitting patterns?
Happy knitting!

fresh basil pesto

One of my friends describes cities as if they were his girlfriends. He says New York is the city he loves and wants to be with, but isn't sure would be good for him. He loves Denver and is having a good time here now, but isn't sure whether he wants to commit for the long term. If cities are people, then Seattle is my ex-boyfriend.

Whenever I go back to Seattle, I feel like I'm going back to my ex. Seattle is comfortable and familiar. It greets me with sunny skies, amazing lattes, fresh seafood, delicious produce from the market, a beautiful skyline. I only remember the good parts.

But the longer I'm there, the more I realize why I left. It's rainy and cloudy. It never gets very warm. It's passive aggressive. And while there are things I love about Seattle, there are things that never quite fit or feel right.

During the "I-love-Seattle-why-did-I-ever-leave" phase of my visit last week, walked to Pike Place Market on a perfect, sunny Seattle afternoon. I explored the rows of fresh berries, veggies and peaches. I bought berries to snack on, flowers for the friends I stayed with and some other things I knew would make it back to Denver in my carry-on suitcase.

basil pesto

Then I saw what I really wanted. Piles and piles of basil. Fresh basil. Basil that you can smell from 10 yards away. Basil with the roots still attached.

I paid $2 for a huge amount of basil that might have cost me $20 in Denver. And I figured that if it arrived back in Denver wilted and unusable, at least I tried.

Fortunately for me, it (mostly) survived the journey in my laptop bag. I knew it wouldn't last much longer before wilting, so what to do with tons and tons of fresh basil? Make pesto of course!

basil pesto
basil pesto
Fresh Basil Pesto RecipeIngredients:

2 cups fresh basil (packed down)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts (or walnuts work, too)

3 garlic cloves

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine basil and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Add garlic and pulse a few times.

Add in olive oil and mix together.

Add in the grated cheese and mix until all the ingredients are blended together.

Serve!

I thought this basil would last forever. I dreamed of making spaghetti sauce, pesto, bruschetta, pizza...but I only had enough for a double of the pesto recipe above. After using it on pasta and on crackers, I barely have any left. It certainly won't last me through the weekend. (Note: you can freeze pesto if you have more than you can eat. Or if you have more self-control than I do.)

My fling with Seattle and its food, cool weather, beautiful views, ferry rides, lattes and hipsters is over for now.  I'm happy to be back in Denver. But that doesn't mean I won't be planning my culinary delights for my next visit to the Pacific Northwest!

basil pesto

hot weather treats

As I mentioned in my last post, it has been super hot in Colorado this summer. We've consistently had temps in the high 90s for the last few weeks with no rain. You've probably heard about the terrible fires we have burning all around the state. The dry air, gusty winds and hot temps have created terrible conditions for the fires. It's hard to complain about the heat when I see the destructive fires harming so many. It's hard to think about cooking when it's so hot out, so I've been looking for cold food and easy to make recipes. Turning on the oven is out of the question and I can't even think about things like soup.

This week, I made cold rice noodles with peanut lime chicken from smitten kitchen.

cold rice noodles

Don't let the recipe intimidate you. There are quite a few ingredients listed, but most of them are for the sauces. This is a perfect summer meal. It's light and summery with fresh basil and mint. The noodles are cold and the sauces are perfect. I loved this recipe and it's definitely going into the keeper pile.

Grapefruit-and-Strawberry-Greyhound_Endless-Simmer-333x500

For dessert, I made popsicles. I'm a sucker for anything with grapefruit. When I saw this simple recipe with grapefruit juice and strawberries, I couldn't resist. Especially since I had a few grapefruits and some fresh strawberries.

This recipe would be great without the alcohol, but if you want an adult popsicle, put in the vodka or gin. Mmmm. Refreshing, tasty and healthy!

What are you doing to stay cool this summer?