If you’re looking for one of your favorite yarns or a wonderful free knitting pattern, check out the yarn website Yarnspirations
Are you looking for a website for some of your favorite yarns? Yarns like Bernat, Caron, Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream, and Patons? If so, the website you’re looking for is Yarnspirations.com. And I’m happy to report that this little yarn website packs a big punch for the charity knitter!
An In-Depth View of Yarn and Other Supplies
At the top of the page, you’ll find a “Yarn” menu. Here, you can easily search the yarns available from each of the four companies by multiple criteria: fiber, price, gauge, and so on. That makes it really easy to find the yarn you need as well as compare across brands and varieties.
Accessories are for sale here, too. If you need needles, hooks, or notions, you can find whatever you need. You can also purchase looms and knitting machines. You can even find pattern books!
The Real Draw – Patterns
But what you might be wondering is, are there free patterns? That, my friend, is the best thing about the Yarnspirations yarn website. The pattern browser is unlike anything I’ve seen (except maybe on Ravelry.com).
In the main menu of Yarnspirations, you’ll find Knit Patterns and Crochet Patterns. Both menus offer seven categories: Women, Baby, Kids, Home Decor, Charity, Pets, and Men. Within each category you’ll find subcategories to help you further refine what you’re looking for.
On every subcategory page, you’ll find an additional set of filters along the left side of the page. These filters include Brand (of yarn), Free/Premium (so you can look only at free patterns, if you desire), Skill Level (from Beginning to Experienced), Weight (Gauge), and Yarn (this is where you would pick a specific line within a brand, like Caron Simply Soft or Bernat Baby).
Yarnspirations also offers what they call Lookbooks. You’ll find a wide variety of these within the menu at the top of the site. Each Lookbook offers a variety of patterns based on a theme. Some examples of Lookbooks include Snowed In, Slumber Party, and Stitch It Forward. (The last one is, as you may have guessed, full of charity patterns, and I highly recommend it.)
I found one big pro and one big con about Lookbooks. A big pro: many of the Lookbooks offer video tutorials along with printed pattern links. That can be a huge bonus when you’re creating a complex project, like the Snuggle Sacks.
A big con: you can’t tell by looking at a Lookbook title or cover whether it will contain knitting or crochet patterns. The Slumber Party Lookbook contained nothing but crochet patterns, which you won’t know without clicking to the table of contents. The 2015 Thankful Lookbook is even worse; you won’t know till you navigate to the actual pattern whether the pattern in question is knitted or crocheted. (Some of us can tell just by looking at a photo, but not all of us are completely skilled at this!)
Having said that, most of the Lookbooks have a combination of both knitting and crochet patterns. And all of the patterns are delightful. This is my own “first world problem,” and it’s certainly not a dealbreaker. It’s just something I wanted to make readers aware of. And definitely check out the Stitch It Forward collection — it’s lovely!
So why don’t you check out Yarnspirations.com? I think you’ll agree that this is a fun yarn website home for some of the best charity knitting yarns around, as well as some fantastic free patterns.
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