my 6 favorite free patterns on ravelry

These are my 6 favorite patterns from ravelry, a fantastic treasure trove of a site! You’ll notice that these are all baby-things and accessories, which are fairly quick and doesn’t use a ton of yarn, and those are things that makes me happy with a project. Instant gratification! And maybe some last-minute Christmas-gifts? Well, here they are:

Aviatrix baby hat

Aviatrix baby hat

This is a great little baby-hat. It is a quick knit, with adorable details, and clever construction. All the shaping is done with short-rows, and there is no seaming! I wouldn’t recommend it for the complete novice however, not just because of the short rows, but also because the pattern covers a large range of sizes and yarnweights and can be a little cryptic to decipher.

my ravelry project page | the pattern

Baby Sophisticate

Baby Sophisticate

I *love* this little baby-cardigan. It’s worked top down, with the collar and front button-band worked last (and easily in one single piece). It’s cute, and pretty easy, and.. did I say cute?

my ravelry project page | the pattern

Shifting sands

Shifting sands scarf

This, however, was anything but quick. Not in a bad way, just the slow-and-steady kind. I also used a thin yarn, which made all the cables tiny. Yes, those are hundreds, maybe thousands of cables. But they’re not hard! And this scarf has about the loveliest texture I’ve ever seen.

my blog post | my ravelry project page | the pattern

Robin’s egg blue hat

Robin's Egg Blue Hat

Another quick knit, with a seed stitch brim, and decorative flap with button. This really was fast, and would make a good, easy gift-knit. Check out the pictures of all the hats on the pattern page!

 my ravelry project page | the pattern

Pebble vest

Pebble vest

So cute I can almost not stand it! I haven’t seen this in action, but the buttons on the side and on one of the straps apparently makes it easy to get on and off little wriggling babies. The garter stitch and stockinette stitch combination is lovely, and outside of sewing on buttons, there is only one seam to join!

my blog post | my ravelry project page | the pattern

Cabled watchcap

Part of why I like this hat is the very soft, very fine yarn that I used, but most of all it’s the pattern. It has cables of two different sizes, and the repititon of the cables against the purl background is enough to make it feel interesting, instead of overly symmetrical. It’s just plain pretty!

my blog post | my ravelry project page | the pattern

Shamelessly promoting my own free patterns:

Reversible biking hat

My first attempt at writing a sharing a knitting pattern! It’s a lightweight hat with eyelets, it’s reversible, and pretty easy. I called it a biking hat because John (that’s him in the picture) said it’d be perfect underneath a cycling helmet in the colder months. I’m at three hats made from this pattern now – I’m sure there will be more!

my blog post | my ravelry project page | the pattern

Elvish leaves scarf

And my second free pattern, a lace scarf in fingering weight wool. It has an elegant leaf pattern repeat, and makes for a good intermediate lace project. The thin scarf is perfect for slightly chilly days where you just need that extra little warmth and comfort around your neck!

my blog post | my ravelry project page | the pattern

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Free pattern: reversible biking hat

I knit as I sew – making things up as I go along. With a penchant for using what I have lying around, faithfully matching needles and yarn and gauges to patterns has never happened very often. Though, when I’m knitting these invented things, I tend to write the pattern in my head – a sort of storytelling to myself. But since these self-designed things usually start with “take some yarn, cast on an appropriate amount of stitches (which you will figure out what is after starting over five times), and knit until it’s done”, writing up patterns for others to use seems quite pointless.

I’d like to make an attempt with this one, so with trumpets and fanfare, I present to you:

the Reversible biking hat

Why reversible biking hat you ask? Because the first edition of this hat has made such a perfect underneath-the-helmet hat for winter-time biking, it covers the ears, it stays put quite nicely on differently sized heads due to the ribbing, *and* there is design interest both on the inside and the outside (which I guess makes both sides the outside?).

Measurements
– Gauge: 24 sts to 4 inches in stitch pattern (6 repeats)
– Sizes: S (M)
– Circumference: 18 inches/46 cm (16 inches/ 41 cm)
– Height: 8 inches/20 cm (9 inches/ 23)

Materials needed:
– Sport weight yarn (12-14 wpi), 30 grams
– Circular knitting needles 16 inches,  and double pointed needles, both size US #2 ½/3 mm
– Tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Techniques
Casting on, knit stitches (k), purl stitches (p), yarn over (yo), knit two together (k2tog),  slip one stitch, knit the next, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch (skp), slip one stitch, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitches (sl1, k2tog, psso).

Pattern

With circular needles, cast on 96 (112)  stitches and join.
Rw 1-6: *k3, p1, repeat from * until end of row
Rw 7: *k2, skp, yo,  repeat
Rw 8-11: *k3, p1, repeat
Rw 12: *k2, skp, yo, repeat
Rows 13-62: repeat rows 8-12 ten times, or until piece measures approximately 7″ (8″)

Decrease:
row 1: *k2tog, k1, p1, k3, p1, repeat (there will be 84 (98) stitches left)
row 2: *k2, p1, k2tog, k1, p1,  repeat (72 (84) sts)
row 3: *skp, p1, k2, p1, repeat (60 (70) sts)
row 4: *k1, p1, skp, p1, repeat (48 (56) sts)
row 5: switch to double pointed needles, *k1, p1, repeat (48 (56) sts)
row 6: *sl1, k2tog, psso, p1, repeat (24 (28) sts)
row 7 & 8: *k1, p1, repeat (24 (28) sts)
row 9: *sl1, k2tog, psso, p1, repeat (12 (14) sts)
row 10: *k1, p1, repeat (12 (14) sts)

Cut tail, pull through remaining loops, tighten, and weave in ends.

He’s not really sad, I promise.

Download the pdf: reversible_biking_hat

Ravelry link here

And now, as an added bonus for the people out there that enjoys the Zimmerman-approach, here is an alternate pattern:

Grab a yarn you like, grab some needles you like, figure out your gauge. Measure your head, cast on accordingly (I like to measure the stitches stretched out, so the hat fits slightly stretched when it on). Make sure the number of stitches cast on is divisible by 4. Knit until long enough. Decrease in your favorite way. Finish.

A note on free patterns:
This pattern is protected under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License, and is for
personal and non-profit use only. This means you are free to knit for yourself, gift, or donate items made using this pattern to non-profit events and organizations, but please do not sell items made with this pattern for profit, and you may not sell the pattern itself. Please link back and credit designer appropriately. Please email me at indigorchid@gmail.com with any questions or comments.