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Deciphering Antique Knitting Patterns

So.  We’ve Gone Time Traveling, reading knitting patterns and books from a century ago or more.  And instead of neatly formatted, proofread patterns with standardized notation, we are dealing with typos, antiquated phrasing, incomplete finishing instructions, and of course the bane of every knitter’s life, mistakes in the pattern. Ugh. …

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Free Antique Knitting Books

Yup.  They exist. Now, before we get too far into this, I would like to unequivocally state that of my four favorite places on planet Earth, three are libraries.  Libraries are wonderful places, home of local knitting circles, knitting books (and other books), knitting magazines (and other magazines), knitting videos …

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Free Pattern – Tout Boutonné Leg Warmers

Free Pattern – Tout Boutonné Leg Warmers To download pattern .pdf directly, click HERE Or Download at Ravelry Finished Size The pattern is written for a 14” calf and a 15” shaft. This is easily customizable by adding in a few extra stitches (3 per inch required) in the center …

I♥Suspenders

Free Pattern – I♥Suspenders

I♥Suspenders To download pattern .pdf directly, click HERE Or Download at Ravelry Finished Size Adjustable size: Each strap is 50” long; width is 1 and 1/16 inches. Custom Size (details listed in parentheses): Length is Individual Measurement; width is 1 and 1/16 inches Shown in custom size with straps 38” long. …

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Free Spring Stitch Pattern – Butterfly Cable

Nearly Three Weeks Into Spring, and Saturday was the first day I ventured outside without my winter coat.  It was lovely.  Breezy, blowzy, with Spring’s trademark combination of post-winter damp and pre-summer warmth.  It made me want to dig my kites out of winter storage and go kite flying.  Because …

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Free Pattern – Gardenias from Knitty Spring+Summer 2013

Gardenias Pullover Pattern from the Knitty Magazine Spring+Summer 2013 Issue Copyright 2013 by Ashley Dale. Like this:Like Loading…

Chev Sweater !

New Pattern! Chemise à Chevrons

Now available on Ravelry and RedHerringKnits.com . . . This oversized tunic length sweater features a v-neckline echoed by subtle chevrons drawing the eyes downward, creating slimming lines. The ribbed stitching on the hem is repeated in long cuffs, emphasizing the vertical lines in the chevrons. The front, back, neckline …

Knit Daffodils

Free Pattern – Daffodils in Twelve Rounds

I was working on a small girls’ knitted dress for a friend and felt compelled to add some knitted daffodils to the skirt.  (It’s a Walt Whitman thing.)  The dress is long and white, very cloud-like, and cheerful yellow flowers with bright green stems seemed just the thing to rescue …

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