i have seen countless free patterns online, and these two happen to be the two that appeal to me the most, but you have to pay to download them. my question is, are they worth paying to download, or does anyone know of a free pattern like them??
any advice?? also, i would be willing to share the pattern to start a knit-along if anyone is interested!!
What you should do before you buy is go to Ravelry (it's free to join) and take a look at the sweaters there. You can see what they look like in various yarns people have used, read about any problems, etc. You can sort by helpful comments, do a search on a word or part you may be interested in... Here's a the links.
Ravelry is a great source for finding patterns, and getting multiple views of a pattern done by others. You can always see how others faired with a project before deciding to buy a not-free pattern (errata, alterations, hints/suggestions, # of frogs).
You can almost always find something similar to what you want/like for free, which you can then alter as desired.
Final advice, if you can't find something similair and you REALLY like the pattern, buy it. Not only will you have said pattern, but you will then have a reference to work from for making alterations and/or incorrporating elements from that pattern that you like so much into other FOs in the future.
Last edited by RochesterKnitter : 03-22-2012 at 08:07 PM.
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Another thing I'd suggest is to download a free pattern you like to your computer and maybe a memory stick. I had one free pattern I only bookmarked. The designer decided to offer it for sale and deleted the free copy when I was halfway finished with it. Also, computers do crash. It would be a shame to lose patterns you love. This is why Ravelry is great. You can save the patterns you like in your online library so you don't have to spend time looking for them.
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