Free pattern

October is Breast cancer awareness month if you are planning an event and fancied knitting a boob to raise awareness you can get a pattern (and donate your finished boobs) from Bliss or from Loving Hands  They are certainly conversation starters. If they can be used to demonstrate how to breastfeed there is no reason why they can’t be used to show women how to check their breasts correctly too.

Knitted boob

Have you heard of  I’d be very surprised if you haven’t as everyone’s been whispering about it for months.

It’s an online knit and crochet community which works as a personal organiser for your projects, stash, needles, books and patterns. You can link up with other ravelry users in the many forum groups. It was started in 2007 by Jessica and Casey Forbes in Boston, USA and has an international following – over 190,000 users at the last count.

To join you need to sign up for an invitation – which takes around 4 days to land in your inbox – this is so that they can control the amount of people who join each day and so they can answer any queries from new members quickly.

It is also totally free!

There is an abundance of free patterns on there (plus ones that you can buy) and lots of ‘big names’ in the knitwear design world are there. If you like the look of a pattern you’ve got in a book or a magazine – chances are you can find it on ravelry and see how other people’s experiences of knitting the pattern were – and it satisfies my nosiness to see what my online friends have been knitting. You can link your completed items to your blog posts and have your blog showing on your profile page (though only one at the moment – I have 3 4). I’ve still not explored ravelry to it’s full potential but I will get around to it.  You can find me here.

Now I just need to find somewhere to satisfy the stitcher in me 🙂

In fact this is the first pattern I’ve ever written. I caught the preemie knitting bug whilst knitting for Loving Hands and have been experimentintg with different designs and stitch patterns.

A couple of months ago Knitting Magazine (from the Knitting Institute) ran a competition to design and knit a preemie set. The result was this:


Bee Stitch preemie set

Bee Stitch preemie set

It is my first ever attempt to write a pattern and you can download it either by clicking on the patterns box on the right hand side or from the link on the Free Patterns page.

It looks a bit complicated but once you get used to the stitch it is easy and the end result is really cute. Please feel free to comment with your tips and experience in writing knitting patterns.