It's sweater weather, finally! I thought our super-hot summer would never end. Fall is my favorite season—it's knitting season, after all (not to mention football season).
If you're like me and you love knitting sweaters, here are five free knitting patterns to add to your queue immediately. It's a nice collection of projects, with a variety of construction methods and design details.
Yoked sweaters are timeless, and you need this one in your wardrobe! This construction is so popular right now, and one of the reasons is because it's knit from the top down, so you can try it on as you go to make sure you have the perfect fit.
The Universal Design Team used a variegated yarn for the colorwork section, so the yarn does all the work, making it look like you used several colors of yarn when you only used two—the main color and the variegated. I love this technique because you get so much bang for your buck.
If you want to knit this for a little one, download the Little Yoke Sweater, it's a free knitting pattern, too.
If you like oversize, cozy cardigans, this is the one for you! And if you like a closer fit, just make one size smaller—Amy Gunderson's a-line cardigan works for everyone!
Penelope's Cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down. First, the collar extensions are knit outward from the back neck, and then stitches are picked up along the sides of the collar extensions and raglan shaping begins.
Knit this up in Universal Deluxe Bulky Superwash. This is a great yarn that's really economical, and because it's bulky, you'll be able to knit this large project much faster than you think!
This pretty pullover features a gorgeous lace detail worked on the sides. Fountain is casual enough to wear with jeans and chic enough to go with a skirt. You'll get a lot of wear out of this beauty!
In Fountain, the front and back are worked separately and the sleeves are raglan style, which is flattering on everyone. Knit in Berroco Vintage, it's easy-care, too.
Glacier Bay Poncho
This new style of sweater is quickly becoming known as the "swancho," which is a poncho that's stitched up a few inches at the underarm so it's got sleeves of sorts. Swanchos are versatile and fun, and so easy to knit because there's little to no shaping.
Amy Gunderson's version is packed with textural interest so it's as exciting to knit as it is to wear.
I have a swancho on the needles now, and I'm so looking forward to wearing it. The Glacier Bay is great as outerwear in early fall or spring, too.
Faina Goberstein's casual cardigan is garter-stitch perfection. Started at the beginning of the sleeve, stitches are cast on for the front and back and the piece is worked to the center of front and back. Then a mirror image is knit for the other side, hence the name Reflections!
Faina cleverly placed the darkest color on the side and upper arm, creating a “shadow effect” that streamlines the body even more. The slight flare at the bottom and the over-sized collar give it a modern, yet retro feel. As you can see from the photo above, you can make short or long sleeves.
I hope you love these free knitting patterns. We think one (or more!) of them will be perfect for your fall sweater knitting project.
If you're looking for more, check out all of our free knitting patterns!
A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting! I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.
Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!
I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.
Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.
Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project.
This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did.
And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.