Looking for free knitting patterns for shrugs? These five are selected for their simple design and use of different textured stitches.
According to Wikipedia, a shrug is a cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves cut in with the body. It is typically knitted for women. It is worn as the outermost layer of an outfit, with a full shirt, tank top, or dress beneath.
I have noticed that they are usually made up of simple rectangles or squares with part of the edges seamed up to make up the opening for the arms.
Since they are rectangles or squares, creativity is focused on the textured stitches chosen and the way they are made up.
Rolled Collar Shrug
Designed by Marcia Cleary and appears in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2008.
The Rolled Collar shrug is a fitted shrug that is great for pairing with a smart sleeveless dress.
It is knitted as one rectangular piece from sleeve edge to sleeve edge. Marcia uses alternate bands of stockinette and reverse to stockinette to achieve a horizontal ribbed look.
Another shrug knitted from cuff to cuff. The texture stitch for the cuff is called Rich man’s garter stitch. I have never heard of this type of garter stitch before and I am quite excited to have found it.
This shrug is knitted from cuff to cuff. Skills needed including increases and decreases into each stitch, picking up stitches, and knitting in the round using circular needles.
Take the opportunity to learn the elongated garter stitch with this shrug. I think it is pretty straightforward. Knit for 4 rows. For row 5, wrap yarn twice for each stitch knitted. For row 6, knit each stitch and drop the extra wrap. Repeat these 6 rows.
It is definitely more complicated than the Rolled Collar Shrug and Tanja Steinbach cosy shrug.
Looking for free knitting patterns for slippers? The first five slipper patterns use garter stitch because it produces a thick squishy texture.
Three of the patterns are Youtube tutorials without any written instructions. I think they are quite easy to follow so I decided to include them. I may transcribe them later when I have time. 🙂
Simple garter stitch slippers
Designed by Hanna Levaniemi.
I tried this pattern and really enjoyed it. The slipper starts out like a garter stitch square with a little shaping for the toe. The heel is formed by seaming up the cast-on edge. I think I can substitute this with a Turkish cast on and continue with knitting back and forth.
The instructions could include a few more pictures on how the slippers are seamed together.
Seam up the toe and crochet the 2 sides of the squares together to form the instep. Quick and fun.
How to knit a bunny you ask? Learn with these 10 free knitting patterns for rabbits.
Start with a pattern which is basically a knitted square with carefully placed stitches. Next, 2 or 3 patterns cleverly shaped using increases, decreases and short rows. Then we have the classic ones with all parts individually knitted up and put together.
There are patterns with accessories like caps, dress, poncho, jumpers, carrots and balloons. All opportunities to make something quick and cute.
One Square Stuffed Bunny
Designed by Gina Michele, this bunny is a knitted square. A cleverly stitched triangle using durable yarn pulled up to create the head and ears. Gina provided pictures of how the triangle is stitched.
Sew up the seams for the body and bottom. Attach a pom pom as a tail. Totally doable.
Designed by Sara Elizabeth Kellner. The body is knitted up using short rows and increases.
The pattern calls short rows and increases for the body. To knit the head, stitches are picked up from the neckline cast-on edge. I think a provisional cast-on might be easier than picking up stitches from a small neckline.
The ears are tricky which is why designer took pictures and with step-by-step instructions. The model bunny is not very big: the size of my palm. It could be made larger if bulky yarn and bigger needles are used.
Designed by knitterbees, this bunny knitting pattern features bunny ears that are perky and straight rather than big and floppy.
There is a gap in the pattern. It didn’t say how you should attach the head to the body. The usual method is probably to sew the head and the body together.
A knitter mentioned that she picked up stitches from the head to knit the body. Not a bad idea. Or we can use a provisional cast-on for the head so you get live stitches later to continue with the body.
Designed by Val Pierce and collected in a book called Knitted Rabbits. The book has 20 cuddly bunny knitting patterns. This one with the bunny is my favourite. I like that it is more realistic yet toy enough for a kid.
The recommended yarn is a luxury baby alpaca. This gives it a furry coat as soft as silk. It uses a yarn colour change to mark out the nose and belly of the bunny.
Unlike the patterns before this, the parts for this bunny are knitted separately and sewn together later. There is quite a fair bit of sewing as the parts are knitted flat initially.
Val gave sufficient information for the making up. The position of the seams, the placement of the parts for attaching. This definitely helps with making the finishing of the bunny more polished.
Designed by Sarah Youde, Sunny bunny is a kid-friendly cuddly bunny.
This pattern, like Bunny with Carrot, has different parts. I personally prefer knitting a larger single piece with shaping. However, sometimes, you just cannot avoid knitting many parts in order to make a nice toy.
Sarah included instructions for a dress and a jumper. Obviously for a girl bunny and a boy bunny. Sarah left it to the knitter to decide a colour combination for Sunny.
Looking for knitted owls? These 7 owl knitting patterns are arranged from easy to advanced.
Owls are wise animals and are favourite knitted toys for children. Knowing how to knit a few could prove useful for knitters who have children to knit for. What am I saying? Even adults love owls. 🙂
The first two patterns are knitted flat in one piece and sewn up. The rest are knitted in the round in a variety of ways.
I like knitted owls because there are fewer parts to work with. Some of the patterns like Amanda’s stuffy owl only 1 piece.
The patterns are arranged according to the level of difficulty. If you start from the first pattern and work your way down (yes, I believe you can try out all 7 patterns as they are all quick knits), you shall become an expert owl knitter.
1. Amanda’s Stuffy Owl
Designed by Amanda Berry, Stuffy owl is knitted in one piece, folded in half and sewn up.
The eyes and beak are added after the knitting is done using the duplicate stitch, also known as Swiss darning. This technique gives the features a pop-up effect. I like. The colourwork chart is included.
Other knitting skills you need to know include: stockinette stitch, increase 2 by knitting into front and back (KBF) and decrease by knitting 2 together, and mattress stitch.
The pattern is well written with helpful instructions for making up. For example, Amanda tells you to sew up using mattress stitch and that the cast-off and cast-on edges is the bottom of the owl. She presented pictures of the bottom and side seams of the finished project so that you know what to expect.
You need to sign up for an account with lovecrafts in order to download the free PDF pattern.
Designed by Gina Michele, Easy Plush Owl is knitted using Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick and 8mm needle. The main body is knitted flat in one piece, folded in half and sewn up. It seems Gina “borrowed” from Amanda’s Stuffy Owl to create the body for Easy Plush Owl. I say this because the instructions are exactly the same.
However, that’s where the similarity ends. Easy Plush Owl’s eyes, beak and wings are knitted separately. Eyes are crocheted circles, although they can be knitted (if you know how) or cut out felt.
The cast on row is missing from the pattern but it should be obvious since the first row says to purl 15 stitches. 🙂
Gina did not say how to sew up the seams which I think could affect the shaping and finishing of the owl.
When Purl Soho called Snowy Owl big, they meant it. This is a humongous project, as big as an adult cat. It requires Super Bulky yarn and US size 15 needles. I tried knitting this with a worsted weight yarn. It still works.
It is knitted in the round. The beginning increases is similar to the owl puffs but Snowy has a longer body and clever shaping for the ears. It is knitted in a single colour and used a simple textured stitch to give the owl’s body more interest.
The eyes are knitted circles and attached to the body afterwards. I find it a tad challenging placing them in the right place so that they would not look funny. The beak is knitted by picking up stitches directly between the eyes.
It was a little awkward in the beginning but I got the hang of it soon.
The pattern is well-written. There are even questions and answers at the comment section which are helpful.
Designed by Katknits, Little Black Owl is basically a knitted ball with felt circles and black buttons as eyes using chunky weight yarn and 5mm needles.
The body is really quite straightforward especially if you already know how to knit in the round and do increases and decreases. The wings are knitted separately and attached. The ears are stitches picked up from the head and knitted in shape.
The eyes are cut out felt and black buttons. The beak is yellow felt. These are glued on to the body. This is also the only finishing I do not like. I think they will fall off if children play with it.
The remedy is simple though. Just stitched the felt pieces in place instead of glue and use child-safety eyes.
Cordell is knitted in the round from bottom to head. The recommended yarn is Ondina from Mafil, a type of boucle yarn. Cordell has a ruffled look because of it. The needle sizes are 3.5mm and 4.5mm.
The cast-on and shaping of the body are similar to the other knit-in-the-round patterns here. The difference is the way the eyes, beak and wings are made up. Last but not least Cordell has feet and spectacles.
Designed by Corinne Fourcade, Bubo looks more like an owl-inspired cushion rather than a knitted toy owl.
The pattern contains instructions for 2 sizes and Corinne interspersed the instructions for both throughout the pattern. I am not sure that is a good idea because knitters might not realize they have just followed instructions for the wrong size.
Bubo looks simple but the gauge is given and, I suspect, needs to be followed. It also called for the Turkish cast-on which is a way to create a seamless cast-on. It is commonly used for toe-up socks where the cast-on stitches are fewer.
This pattern calls for a Turkish cast-on of 76 or 150 stitches (small and large Bubo). That’s a lot of stitches to manage. Challenging then.
The patterns I selected here offers both methods. Try both and see which one you like. Knitters who hate sewing up will most likely prefer the one-piece patterns, but they need to like knitting in the round.
The pattern is knitted in the round. Begin at the neck with a K1 P1 ribbing and stockinette stitch for the body. The body shaping is created using increases and increases at the belly portion followed by another K1 P1 ribbing for the hem. The openings for the front legs are made by casting off and casting on prescribed stitches.
I think the design is quite straightforward and simple.
Recommended yarn is Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/Heavy Worsted Yarn
Recommended gauge is 20 Stitches = 10 cm on size 8 needles
The dog sweater is knitted flat and then seamed together. The leg openings are created by splitting the piece into 3 parts where they are worked on separately and then rejoined. It features a mock cable running down the back of the sweater.
Looking for a balaclava knitting pattern? Find 10 free patterns for children and adults. From purely functional to the quirky.
A balaclava is described as a hat that exposes only part of the face. For example, only the eyes are exposed. Or both eyes and nose are exposed. Or only the eyes, nose and mouth are exposed. I think a head-covering is a more accurate name. It serves as both a hat and a scarf, providing warmth and coverage for the head, ears, and neck.
Most balaclava feature an opening in the front. Depending on the size of the opening, the bottom part can be stretched to reveal or cover different parts of the face. The top part can also be pulled behind your head revealing the head.
Why is it called Balaclava?
This head-covering is named after the town of Balaclava during the Crimean War in 1854. It was originally worn by Russian soldiers. It is now popular with skiers, climbers and bikers because it is flexible and warm. The design and colours have also developed from there.
The Balaclava lends itself well to knitting since knitting provides the stretch required.
There are 10 balaclava knitting patterns here: 5 for adults, 5 for kids.
Bulky Yarn Knit Balaclava Pattern
Designed by Louise of Handy Little Me, this is a cosy head-covering suitable for winter using super bulky yarn. The recommended yarn is Drops Eskimo Print – 27 Rust Print.
Knitting techniques that you need to know would be knit, purl, k2tog and knitting in the round.
The instructions could do with headings to signpost which part of the balaclava you are working on. But I think it is basically cast on for the neck and work all the way to the top of the head.
Made available by the Seamen’s Church Institute. According to them, seafarers who work on ship decks and gangways love this. I have no idea why they call this a helmet.
It resembles Travs Balaclava. The pattern offers two ways to knit this balaclava. One way is similar to Travs: knit in the round. The other way is knit flat. For knitters who do not like knitting in the round, this is a good pattern to try.
This pretty balaclava is knitted in the round from neck up to the crown. A branching cable travels up the balaclava from the neck up to the crown. I am always curious how decreasing work with cables. Nikol has a neat way of doing it.
Nikol provides step by step instructions together with pictures on how to knit the branching cables.
The opening is created by leaving live stitches and casting on stitches with the cable cast-on method. Again, Nikol provides detailed instructions on how to make up the opening with a neat edge.
Designed by Saskia de Feijter, this pattern is both a pretty cap and a scary Halloween head-covering inspired by Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Knitted in the round starting with 8 rows of garter stitch at the neck. This is followed by a 3-inch stockinette stitch, 4-inch 2×2 ribbing, 5-inch stockinette stitch up to eye holes, eye holes, and decreasing stitches to shape the crown.
The closure at the crown of the hat is interesting. Like a cross.
People who have experienced dressing young children for cold weather can appreciate and understand the charm of the balaclava. It acts as a hat and scarf or cowl in a single piece. Pull it over the head of the child and it stays there securely. No anxious fumbling with the scarf or picking up beanies for active fussy children who like pulling their hats off.
5 balaclava knitting patterns for kids here. All of them feature a single opening for the face.
Seamless Kitty Cat Balaclava
The seamless kitty cat balaclava is designed by Valerie Johnson of Wandering Cat Studio. The pattern has instructions for children from age 2, 4 and 6. Gauge is 5 stitches and 6.5 rows to 1 inch in stockinette stitch.
Start at the face opening with ribbing, followed by flat knitting for the head. Shaping for ears and back of the head is achieved by increasing and decreasing stitches and short rows.
Valerie included helpful notes and abbreviations in the pattern. I like how she created clear sections for each part of the balaclava: face opening, head, first ear, second ear, back of the head, and neck.
Her pattern also included pictures of the balaclava which helps knitters check whether they are on track.
We have a cat and gnome-inspired balaclavas, how can we leave the bunny out?
Designed by Wendy Poush. It is free until further notice. 🙂
Bunnyclava is worked in the round starting from the neck up to the top of the head. The opening is shaped using short rows with increases and decreases over the forehead. The opening is big enough to tuck under the chin.
The ears are not knitted separately and then sewn into the hat. It is firmly attached to the hat because it is picked up and knitted directly onto the hat.
You will need to have 5mm circular needles about 16 inch or 40cm long. Instructions are only for a single size. The finished product measures about 17.75 inch in circumference but we all know this depends on our knitting tension, and yarns used.
This three-colour balaclava has an unusual construction. Gretchen gave an overview. There is a knitted strip where stitches are picked up from both sides to create the sides of the head. After the head is knitted flat, the work is joined in the round to knit the neck. The opening for the face has a ribbed edging. It cannot be adjusted.
In my opinion, this pattern is for a seasoned knitter. You have to take care of the colourwork and the shaping work.
Looking for a baby mittens knitting pattern? Here are 6 free ones.
Baby mittens are more advanced projects than baby bibs or headbands. Nonetheless, they are great yarn busters.
They can be knitted from top-down or from cuff down but almost always knitted in the round. So, it is also a good way to learn knitting in the round. I have tried knitting in the round using double-pointed needles and I am not a fan. I prefer the magic loop technique with one long circular needle or using 2 long circular needles.
By using 2 long circular needles, I can also knit both mittens at the same time. Knitting 2 mittens at the same time rather than one at a time mean that I will make 2 identical mittens and finish them at the same time.
The shape of the mittens is quite straightforward, there isn’t much one can vary. The type of yarn one can use is also limited. So, the only creativity one can exercise is with colour.
The collection here reflects that.
Infant mittens knitting pattern
Purlsoho always offer really good patterns and knitting ideas. These infant mittens are attached together with i-cord so that they don’t lose each other. 2 rows of colours against a background of white make up the basic and understated look. The colour is then repeated at the bind off row. A simple way to create a look. I like.
This Marius mitten’s colourwork is inspired by the Norwegian Marius sweater. The sweater was designed by Unn Søiland, a Norwegian knitwear designer and made famous by an actor called Marius Eriksen. Even though I admire fair isle or intarsia projects, I can’t imagine doing one on a big project like a sweater. The Marius mitten is an ideal project to try out a Norwegian colourwork on a small scale.
Make 3 different mittens with the same 3 colours. This will certainly cut the boredom. It is fascinating how different the same mittens can look in different colours, blocks of colours and colour stripes.
All the patterns before this one all use stockinette stitch with colourwork. This one uses a few purl rows to create a wide garter. Knitting garter stitch flat and in the round is different and this small project is ideal for appreciating and understanding the difference.
Looking for free knit diaper cover pattern ideas? Here are 5.
I was introduced to knit diaper covers by another knitter on Facebook.
The author of www.thinking-about-cloth-diapers.com wrote a comprehensive article on different types of diaper covers. There is a section on wool diaper covers also known as wool soakers. The benefits of a wool diaper cover are absorbency, breathability and anti-bacterial. It is not only good for winter but summer as well because it helps regulate body temperature.
When I was a young girl, our family used cloth diapers. I still remember having to fold so many white muslin sheets into the classic triangular shapes for my baby cousins. If only I knew about diaper covers, I could have knitted cute ones for them.
The compilation below contain diapers knitted in various different ways.
Marianna’s Hideaway Nappy Cover
Knitted flat in one piece from the back-ribbed band to the front-ribbed band. The 4 buttons are sewn onto the front band to correspond with the buttonholes at the back. No seaming required.
The pattern is free on Marianna’s website. There is no printable version but you should be able to copy and paste into a word document. She has more patterns for babies on her website. Check them out.
Marianna provides knitting instructions for a practical and pretty diaper cover. It uses 4 buttons to secure the diaper cover. There are 5 sizes from pre-mature to babies from 0 to 3 month old. It is not a professional pattern, just a generous lady sharing her patterns.
This is a pull-up diaper cover with eyelets for an i-cord or a drawstring. Pattern includes sizes from newborn to toddler. I went through the instructions and thought the construction is interesting.
Knitted in the round from the ribbed band down towards the bottom. Knit to the top of the leg opening before placing the live stitches on the front of the diaper onto a stitch holder and continue to knitting flat according to instructions. Join the live stitches on the stitch holder and those on the knitting needles using the Kitchener stitch. The pattern is available free on the Punk Rock Knitters website.
Isn’t this adaptation soaker just too cute to use? It reminds me of a retro bathing suit.
Knitted flat in garter stitch from waistband to waistband in a single piece. It is then folded and seamed. It has a ribbed waistband and leg cuffs. The length of the leg cuffs is adjustable. I think a longer leg cuff might be nicer.
Looking for poncho knitting patterns? 3 for adults and 7 for children.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a poncho is “originally, in South America: a cloak made of an oblong piece of thick woollen cloth, with a slit in the middle for the head. Now frequently more widely: any garment in this style.“
Ponchos made great layering pieces. There are no sleeves to work through. Easy to put on and pull off.
They are also easy to knit. Make an oblong piece with a slit in the middle for the head. Here are a few knitting patterns using this shape.
Rectangular Adult Poncho Knitting Patterns
Caravan poncho is designed by Alexandra Tavel.
The pattern is worked from the bottom up to the front. It is then divided into two for the head and neck opening. Once the head opening is done, the two sides are rejoined and worked all the way down for the back. The neckband is picked up afterwards and knitted up.
Alexandra uses 6 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Mushroom. Suitable yarn substitute is worsted weight. The length required is about 1080 metres. Needle sizes are US 10 or 6mm. I recommend using circular needles.
Loose is a rectangular poncho designed by Siew Clark. She made this otherwise plain poncho more interesting by making one shoulder length longer than the other. She also made the back in garter stitch and the front stockinette stitch.
Cirilia chose to use Berroco Linsey to make this poncho with size 8 or 5mm knitting needles. Gauge is 16 stitches by 22 rows to make a 4-inch square. She highly recommends checking gauge.
It is a rectangular poncho but unlike the first two patterns listed here, the poncho is worn width-wise. Because of this, the colour stripes run from front to back instead of side to side. It is more flattering.
This hooded baby poncho is knitted from front to back. The neck opening is created by casting off and casting on more stitches. The hood is created by picking up stitches at the neck and the top of the hood is shaped by stitching by folding the top edge of the hood piece into half and stitch together.
What a unique baby poncho design. Classic looking. The usual poncho is knitted in the round, this one is knitted flat. The back and front pieces are knitted separately before being sewn together. The turtleneck collar is then knitted from picking up stitches.
This is the first poncho I came across that is made up of 2 garter stitch squares joined together. What a great idea because I like making garter stitch squares on a bias. LOL!
I would consider this the best project for a beginner. Unfortunately, the pattern isn’t in English but I don’t think this is a deal breaker. You can learn how to knit a garter stitch square on a bias from my garter stitch dumpling bag pattern. Make 2 of these to a suitable size and join them together. Embellish away.