Apart from buying books and patterns about knit and crochet, I often download free patterns from different websites. There are many, webs of wool brands and magazines and others just for selling and/or sharing patterns.
The reference website is, certainly, Ravelry. There you will find thousands of knitting and crocheting patterns, both free and available for purchase. Nearly all the designers and brands post their patterns at the same time on Ravelry and on their own websites.
La esencia de Ravelry es compartir, no sólo patrones sino la experiencia de tejer: puedes publicar los proyectos que has terminado incluyendo información sobre el autor, la lana utilizada, etc.; hacer comentarios en las fichas de los patrones originales; hay foros sobre múltiples temas,.. El usuario dispone de una librería donde aparecen los patrones adquiridos, además de la carpeta de proyectos que os he comentado. Hay que darse de alta, pero no te envían ni un sólo mensaje publicitario.
Ravelry‘s essence is to share, not only patterns but the experience of knitting and crocheting: you may post the projects you have finished including information about the author, the used yarn, etc.; comment on tabs of the original patterns; there are forums on multiple topics.. The user has a library where the acquired patterns appear, besides the project folder I have referred. It is necessary to register, but they send no ads.
Another quality is its search engine, very practical, with subsections to make the search as specific as possible and diverse criteria: quantity of thread you have, technique, garment, type of yarn, language…
Creado por un grupo de aficionados, Ravelry se ha hecho imprescindible para los tejedores de todo el mundo y, como dice una amiga, es difícil encontrar una página web en la que confluyan tantos usuarios, que tenga tan buen “ambiente” y funcione tan bien.
Created by a group of fans, Ravelry has become essential for knitters and crocheters from all over the world and, as a friend of mine says, it is difficult to find a website with so many users, good vibes and working well.
Among the yarn brands websites with patterns, Drops and Lion Brand are the most prolific and they both constantly add new ones. In fact, when I visited Lion Brand‘s shop in New York I thought it was very small in comparison with their website
The Yarn Loop, Knit Picks, Rowan and Love Knitting also have some interesting free catalogues. And in Spanish, we have Katia. Alternatively, there are some yarn brands that offer a few free patterns but they are wonderful, as Brooklyn Tweed, Berroco, Fringe Association, Loop Knit Lounge, Kelbourne Woolens, Hedgehog Fibres or Tin Can Knits.
Purl Soho y Marie Claire Idées no tienen muchos patrones, pero son bastante didácticos, ideales para aprender cada vez más. Y un caso aparte es Knitting on the Net, la página web de Barbara Breiter, que sólo publica patrones gratuitos.
Purl Soho and Marie Claire Idées do not have many patterns, but they are pretty didactic, perfect for learning more and more. And a special case is Knitting on the Net, Barbara Breiter’s website, which only posts free patterns.