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

8 Yarns for Your Next Knitting or Crochet Project

Do you ever wonder how days are declared official holidays or celebrations? Who decided to create Social Media Day or Flag Day or Bring Your Teddy Bear to School or Work Day? There's a whole website devoted to these special days...some are fairly well known, like Earth Day. But then you have Morse Code Day, Hug a Plumber Day, No Housework Day, Vitamin C Day. Today happens to be I Love Yarn Day. Even though I think all of these special days are fairly ridiculous, I do love yarn so I thought I'd post a list of some of my favorites here to commemorate the very special day (sarcasm implied).

Before we get to the list, let me share with you my yarn bias. I love knitting with real fibers. Once I started knitting with cotton and wool and alpaca, the synthetic yarns just couldn't compare. The problem is that real fiber yarn is more expensive than synthetics. In an attempt to be practical, the yarns below are listed in two categories: (1) Yarns That Won't Send You Into Debt and (2) Yarns to Buy When You Want to Splurge

Yarns That Won't Send You Into Debt

1. KnitPicks Shine


KnitPicks is a great place to find affordable yarn made from real fibers. They have a great color selection, too. One of my favorite yarns from KnitPicks is Shine. If you've ever felt the softness of Modal, you know why. This yarn is so soft and perfect for making baby items, snuggly blankets and other projects that you want to touch. It's also easy to work and displays patterns well.

Content: 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal natural beech wood fiber

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 75 yards / 50 grams per ball

Care: Machine Washable

Sample Projects: Sand Cable Baby Blanket, Modal-ly Baby Blanket, Lace Beanie

2. Cotton-Ease

cottonease yarn

Cotton-Ease is my favorite synthetic blend. The colors are amazing. It's also a perfect yarn to show patterns. This yarn is durable and will work well for projects that need to be washed often. You won't feel like you're using a synthetic blend. This yarn has all the feel of real cotton.

Content: 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 207 yards per ball

Care: Machine Washable

Sample Projects: Baby Blanket for Quirk, Basketweave Blanket

3. Wool of the Andes Sport

wool of the andes

This yarn is a great go-to for wool. It works well for a variety of projects because it's a really strong fiber. Make accessories like gloves and hats or use it for a durable wool blanket. The yarn drapes really well after blocking.

Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Weight: Sport

Amount: 137 yards / 50 grams per ball

Care: Hand Wash

Sample Projects: Twin Leaf Baby Blanket, Bias Blanket


If you need a durable yarn made from cotton, this is your solution. It comes in all sorts of colors and is great for household items like dishcloths, potholders, rugs, etc.

Content: 100% Cotton

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 120 yards / 70 grams per ball

Care: Machine Wash

Sample Projects: Ballband Dishcloth, Baby Beanie

Yarns To Buy When You Want To Splurge

1. Shelter

Shelter Yarn

Oh my. I love this yarn. It works perfectly for projects that require color work. It drapes perfectly. It's delightful. Did I mention the colors are beautiful, too? Buy a pattern from Brooklyn Tweed and make it with this yarn. You won't regret it.

Content: 100% Targhee-Columbia Wool

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 140 yards / 50 grams per ball

Care: Hand Wash

Sample Projects: Seasons Hat, Tawny Owl

2. MadelineTosh


My favorite thing about MadelineTosh yarns is the lovely selection of colors. The yarn comes in all sorts of weights and fibers, but one I really like is Tosh Merino.

Content: 100% Superwash merino wool

Weight: DK

Amount: 225 yards

Care: Machine Wash, Air Dry

3. Malabrigo Yarn


I made a cowl in this pattern that I never want to take off in the winter. It's soft, cozy and warm. And somehow it's squishy, too. The color selection is extensive and will leave you wanting to by skeins and skeins.

Content: 100% Merino Wool

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 210 yards

Care: Hand Wash

Sample Projects: Linear Cowl

4. Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton


This is a totally different type of cotton yarn. It's soft and easy to use and has a smooth finish to it. Because it's so smooth and even, the yarn looks perfect for any stitch pattern.

Content: 100% Organic Cotton

Weight: Worsted

Amount: 210 yards

Care: Hand Wash

Sample Projects: Baby Sweater


How about you? What's your favorite yarn?