When is a pattern more than just a pattern? When it’s one of these free recipe knitting patterns that you can make your own
As I continue to knit, I increasingly find that I enjoy making patterns my own.
Of course, I certainly often want to turn off my brain and knit something that looks intriguing and fun. But more and more, I want to engage my brain and pick my own stitch patterns or embellishments or additions to a project.
And so I am grateful that many knitting designers who are far smarter than I have made this possible!
Introducing the Recipe Knitting Pattern
Recipe knitting patterns are some of the cleverest creations! What makes them unique is that you can adapt them. While a pattern tells you exactly how to put a project together, a recipe offers a template. You can adapt the recipe pattern to fit a particular size, include a particular design feature or knitting technique, or use a particular amount or type of yarn.
Recipes are wonderful for both beginning and more experienced knitters. For the beginning knitter, a recipe helps them learn how a pattern is put together. For the more experienced knitter, a recipe allows them to put their own creative stamp on their projects.
Free Recipe Knitting Patterns
Super Sock Calculator: This sock recipe requires only that you enter the foot measurements of the person you are knitting for; it will give you all the information you need, from the number of stitches you need to cast on to how to turn the heel. This recipe will allow you to make toe-up socks two at a time.
Diving In: This is a fun shawl recipe pattern that allows you to use up your yarn leftovers to make a truly unique shawl.
Heart & Soul: This is a very basic hat recipe that, once you’ve made a few, will enable you to understand how it works and how it could work with any yarn. This recipe will make a beanie with a ribbed brim. (Use the “Free Ravelry download” link, rather than “for more information” link, which no longer works.)
Lined Beanie: This recipe will make a pretty lined, striped beanie.
Darling Darby Dog Sweater: This is the ultimate dog sweater recipe pattern. It will work with any size dog and allows you to make modifications as needed.
Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet: This clever recipe shows you how you can make any of 5 different shawl shapes — square, circular, triangular, semi-circular, or heart-shaped. This is a recipe you can customize in any of a number of ways.
Straightforward Cowl: As the name implies, this is the most basic of cowls, and this recipe offers you a blank slate you can customize as you wish. (Again, use the “free Ravelry download” link rather than the “for more information” link to access.)
Wizard Warmers: Patterned after Gandalf’s gloves in the movie The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, these mitts are incredibly flexible and very stylish.
Fourth Day Earwarmer Recipe: With this recipe, you can make as long of an earwarming headband as you choose.
Easy, Any Size Beginner Hat Recipe: This is very much like the Heart & Soul recipe linked to earlier, except that it features a rolled brim rather than a ribbed one.
Owlish Netbooksleeve: Do you own a tablet? A netbook? A notebook computer? You can adapt this recipe to suit any (or all) of the above. (Again, stick to the “free Ravelry download” link.) Regardless of what size device you knit it for, this pattern creates an adorable owl-themed cover.
Ready to add creativity to a project? Or just ensure it fits as perfectly as possible? Any of these fantastic and free recipe knitting patterns will undoubtedly be just what you need!