When you have been knitting for a while, one of your most prized possessions will no doubt be your collection of knitting patterns.
After 40 years of knitting as you would imagine, my collection is rather large.
It includes pattern books that I have bought over the years, patterns clipped out of magazines (the patterns in the English Women's Weekly were great), hand written patterns given to me by grandmother, and old pattern books from the 30's, 40's and 50's given to me by people who know I am a keen knitter.
And these days my collection also includes printouts of patterns that are available to be downloaded from websites.
A word of caution about copyright though, there are some enterprising people out there who are scanning old patterns and offering them for sale on ebay and other auctions sites.
Many of their customers like to think that they are doing nothing wrong and are just happy to be getting a bargain by paying $9.50 for 70 odd 'vintage' knitting patterns. But just because the patterns are old or out of print does not mean that the company that created them no longer owns the copyright!
When you buy a knitting pattern or a pattern book, you are buying the right to use the information for personal use only. You cannot resell for profit unless you have a prior arrangement with the copyright owner and in most cases the copyright owner will not be at all happy if you make up the garments for commercial sale.
So, if you want to turn your knitting hobby into a business you are going to have to develop your own designs!
Dont' worry though - it is not as hard as it seems.
Are you looking for some easy patterns for beginners?
On this page you will find links to patterns for easy knitting scarves and basic jumpers for the whole family.
Are you looking for baby knitting patterns?
On this page you will find a selection of knitting patterns and books for you to choose from. Some are free - some are not, but they may be worth investing in anyway!
Personally, I have a rather large collection of pattern books for baby wear. Many of them dating back from when my three kids were babies, and I have inherited quite a few from my mother and grandmother, but most are relatively new. I just like the the fine work and delicate look of baby knitting!
On this page I have included links to all of the free scarf patterns on this site, as well as a selection of knitting patterns books that you can purchase.
Knitting Loom Patterns are reasonably hard to come by. If you buy yourself a loom you might find some basic patterns are included in your with purchase but when I say basic patterns, that is exactly what I mean.
You will find many free patterns online for hats but really they are all pretty much the same and again really basic. Good for raw beginners but they do not present much of a challenge for someone who has already made a hat or two.
Being new to loom knitting I haven't done much in the way of developing patterns as yet, but you will find links to the patterns I have designed on this page along with a few of the books (both ebooks and hardcover) that I have been able to find.
Well that's all I have so far. But keep watching this page!
Over the next month or so I will be adding many more pages including: