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


Eddie and his six incarnations

This was my Eddie Bauer sweater when I had thrifted him, before he turned into six different things:

Eddie is on the bottom. A little submissive and unassuming, you can say.

Then I started to take Eddie apart, and he looked like this:

And now, a digression. There is a traditional folk song in Norwegian called Kråkevisa (text, and youtube-video). I believe it’s a very common song to learn as a kid, and I remember very proudly answering “recycling!” to the question of what this song was about.  In hindsight I think the answer is much closer to “resourcefulness”. You see, there is a farmer, and a giant crow out to kill him. So the farmer shoots the crow (with bow and arrow!) and makes use of the entirety of the bird. He puts up the meat for the winter, then makes shoes, ropes, horns, and of course, from the beak, fashions a boat to go to church in.

The last verse of the song, by the way, goes like this: Og den som kje kråka han nytta så, han er ikkje verd ei kråke å få. — And he who cannot make use of the crow like so, is not worthy to have a crow.

So when Eddie, after being completely disassembled, turned into no less than six new knitted things; a sweater, three hats, a scarf, and a pair of socks, well… He is my crow.

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1. A sweater.

And not any old sweater – my first ever! And for my boyfriend. Who is still my boyfriend (take that sweater curse!). Blogged here, ravelry link, Pattern is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless hybrid sweater.

2. Socks

Another first – first toe-up socks! As the first, second, and next pictures show, there was some light grey yarn in the sweater, which was pretty textured, and as far as I could tell, spun with some sort of nylon-thread. Perfect for socks! (Ahem.. the socks in this household acquire holes pretty quickly).

I went with toe-up construction so I could just keep knitting until there was no more of the grey. I knit with a strand of the main yarn, so they were even thicker, more reinforced, and a little more comfortable. I used a mash-up of several different toe-up patterns I found online, I don’t remember how I even did the heel (which was a headache), and I’m not sure I’m a toe-up convert. Even if it was extremely convenient to use up all of that grey yarn.

3. A hat

And not just any hat – my first ever published knitting pattern (hat)! Hop on over to this blog post introducing the Reversible Biking hat, and here is the ravelry link (38 projects so far – woo!).

4. A baby hat

(Photo by Rogue Sheep)

And not just any baby hat, my first ever baby hat! Just to clarify, the hat in the picture is not the hat I made. I don’t actually have a picture of the hat that I made, but this unbelievably cute hat is made with the same pattern, the Aviatrix baby hat.

5. Another hat

I’ve run out of first. This was just a hat, enjoyably knitted for a friend. Blog post,  and raverly link to the pattern.

And finally…

6. A scarf

This is the Shifting sand scarf I recently posted about, and it’s making itself into my wintertime staples! What was great about this scarf, was that I could keep knitting up everything that was left after all these other projects were done. There is rarely a limit to how long a functional scarf could be, so it became my leftover yarn scarf! It also took me more than a year to knit this… but I blame in on waiting on all these other projects! Blog post, and ravelry link.

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Thanks Eddie, you’ve been a dear.