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Old 03-06-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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Where do you get your patterns?
I find a lot of mine online for free. I haven't found one that I love enough to BUY yet. I love knitty and I've scoured their past "issues." I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Filati and Rebecca mags. But they're kind of expensive... OH and occasionally I'll break down and actually buy a whole book. eep

Wondering if you guys had any ideas for new places to dig some up.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:51 PM   #3
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Online there's, www.knittingpatterncentral.com and www.dailyknitter.com
Yarn company websites have a lot free patterns - Lion, Redheart, Caron, Bernat, Patons, Cascade, Plymouth and several others.
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One word - Ravelry. I find all my free ones and the ones I buy there. I use the advanced pattern browser all the time to sort what I want to find.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:01 PM   #5
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Yes, LOVE LOVE knittingpatterncentral. And I'll have to try the advanced hunt through ravelry - haven't done that yet.

I DID go out and buy yet another new knitting mag today. (I'm a mag hag.) The spring/summer Debbie Bliss. It has some really cute lace sweaters in there...
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:03 AM   #6
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Ditto what Jan in Ca said: RAVELRY!

Also, great pdf patterns (not free, but reasonably priced) are found at Twist Collective.
It's a favorite haunt of mine.

I am totally into PDF patterns. I do subscribe to Knitters, Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting...however, I don't know why. Not for patterns. I think I love reading through the magazines, keeping up with what's current and fresh in the knitting world. I love the ads. I recently purchased a knitting bowl based on an ad I saw in the current Vogue Knitting!

I agree, Knitty is fantastic, as well as KnittingPatternsCentral.

You can spend a fortune at Barnes and Noble on knitting books...and Amazon...and KnitPicks...but that's a dangerous road...

I think as far as books go (for sweaters, that is)....I've been happiest with Classic Elite soft cover booklets. Almost 100% of the patterns are genuinely wearable and knittable.
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Knittingpatterncentral is one of my favs, too. Bevscountrycottage is another source I use a lot. Bev's got her own patterns plus links to great websites. Knitpicks has free and reasonable patterns. Knittingpureandsimple is another one. The problem with the books is that I usually only want one or two of the patterns. It's not worth buying a whole book for them. I think you might be better off buying a single pattern. A simple Google search will give you cool blogs for free patterns. Google mittens for instance and see what sites it comes up with.
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Oh - I need to clarify. I bought the books for the instruction - not the patterns. There just happen to be patterns in them that I've made - but yeah. No one book has more than 5 patterns I'll actually try.

Bought the spring/summer Debbie Bliss mag yesterday. I'm making one of those "romance" angel sweaters next! (The yarn only costs $55 instead of the $120 for the other one! That one can wait!)
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You don't have to use the same yarn as in the pattern, there's usually some good very inexpensive substitutes available. That $55 yarn may well be subbed for something in thr $20-25 range. Maybe $30-40 for the $120 one.
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You don't have to use the same yarn as in the pattern, there's usually some good very inexpensive substitutes available. That $55 yarn may well be subbed for something in thr $20-25 range. Maybe $30-40 for the $120 one.
You know what though, I'm still such a beginner that I'm almost scared to use a "substitute" yarn for something as major as a sweater. I think if I had been knitting for a long time and was more familiar with yarns, I could substitute better. Now for a scarf or a hat - I don't mind using whatever I've got on hand. But I want that sweater to look EXACTLY like it does in the picture.
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