Photo courtesy of Rowan Yarns

A few years ago knitnscribble wrote about Rowan’s free knitting pattern ‘online only’ offerings for teen pullover sweaters by Sarah Hatton.  Since then, the links have been removed by Rowan, because their KidSilk yarn has been discontinued. Still looking for the unisex sweater jumper pattern called ‘Bria’? …a  good answer for everyday casual wear for ‘tweens,  depending on the yarn used, can be appropriate for girls or boys.

A reader from New Zealand brought the dead links to my attention and with a few emails was able to get the sweater pattern from Rowan. Kindly sent and now posted here. Please download it and print it out for future use.

Knit with US 8 (5 mm) and 10 (6 mm) needles, it should be easily finished in no time and also a good beginner sweater pattern.  Sized to fit ages 10 to 16:  S, M, and  L.

Bria sweater pattern by Sarah Hatton from Rowan.

copyright Sharon Watterson

I was about to put my sweater on this morning, the “Levenwick” cardigan knitting pattern, a top-down raglan design by Gudrun Johnston, mentioned way back in September, when I remembered that I hadn’t written about its finish. Christmas came in between Levenwick and a whole bunch of other knitting, so it was side-tracked for quite a while, but finally finished in early February, and I wear it all the time. (Here, it looks a little lop-sided, March’s wind is blowing this morning.)  Read on…. (more…)

There is nothing sweeter than spying a child in a baby bonnet! When our children were little, there was the most wonderful children’s shop on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. A trip to Amy Janes’ The Viking Shoppe was a time-travel adventure each time I stumbled through the old green Dutch door with four children in tow. Then, there wasn’t much time for knitting, so ready-made traditional baby hats and toddler clothes with vintage style for our little ones were on my list. (more…)

It’s a new year, and for me, it has meant, thankfully, new followers here on WordPress, many thank yous. Also, I’m  returning to some enjoyable knitting projects of long ago when knitting for our children as teenagers and young adults and just finished this Fair Isle pullover or jumper.

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Fair Isle design gets a once every 20-year push and is all the craze again this year as it was in the 60’s and 80’s.  (more…)

You probably thought I’d forgotten, frogged, or fallen off the edge of the earth after my post, “two free shawl patterns”, re: the Holden Shawlette free knitting pattern, at the end of July. What with an earthquake, a hospitalization, a wedding and a hurricane, it’s a near wonder, not one of those “3 f’s” failed to happen.  Please read more…
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A knitting pattern for a warm earflap balaclava hat with a monkey face and ears—

Sock monkey stuffed animal toys have been around since Victorian times, believe it or not. Victoriana became enraptured by monkeys and their exotic world in the 1890’s. When the Rockland, Illinois wool work sock factory started making socks with red heels, that’s how the arts and crafts creation got his red mouth and behind.

Rockland still celebrates a “Sock Monkey Festival” in the 21st century.

Last winter when my granddaughter’s middle school friends latched onto the sock monkey hat craze,  I designed this sock monkey hat knitting pattern with earflaps for Charlotte, who is  eleven years old. The pattern has now been knitted for adults, teens, and children alike.

Cheeky sock monkey hat pattern (more…)

Have just included a schematic for stitches for the 3 button shawl, and wanted to include the free knitting pattern here. It’s a similar one to a very popular 3 button shawl as featured on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathy Lee.

A very easy knitting pattern, great for beginning knitters,  just a rectangle you can add your own creativity to. Very versatile in the different looks you can get by buttoning the shawl differently, and a most practical knitting project for spring and fall.
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As a beginner sock knitter, just this summer, these strawberry socks were a breeze, using a free easy sock pattern I wanted to share with you. If you are wondering what knitting socks is like, how to turn the heel, graft the toe, and afraid to try, don’t be. This is a great beginner sock pattern that still has enough stitch definition, really doesn’t look like a first attempt at knitting socks, does it? Well, it’s the pattern, not the knitter, for sure.

Socks are a wonderful knitting technique, easy to learn, mesmerizing and addicting needlework…. (more…)

Thought I would update the blog to include several free baby and toddler knitting and crochet patterns that I have recently written about on Examiner.com and InfoBarrel.com as Sharon Watterson, Knitting in Providence. Rarely do I write about anything other than free patterns, so please subscribe, if you haven’t already. Rose bonnet pattern for little girls and Monster face pants or longies for girls and boys. InfoBarrel subjects are varied, but there are many knitting and crochet patterns there, too. (more…)

Just finished this circular vest. It’s an easy, free knitting pattern once offered by Elann.com you can knit with no problem and it’s fun to do. The free pattern is available here for personal use only. (more…)

Stay on baby booties

These baby booty patterns are great, because they stay on baby’s little feet. This was a much visited article I wrote a while ago, plus a special heirloom pattern and another new crocheted one, just wanted to make it available to you again. Knit and crochet Baby booties free patterns…

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These are just the cutest strawberry baby booties, with little crocheted flowers and will be the hit of any baby shower. They will fit a baby 0-3 months and can be knitted in cotton or a wool blend, when the gauge of the yarn is the same. This free knitting pattern is an original by Hrönn Jónsdóttir, Knit Strawberry Baby Booties. (more…)

Bucket of Roses Felted Hobo PurseDomestic-DivaOnline has graciously featured this free pattern for my felted hobo purse, Bucket of Roses. (more…)

We’ve always been big watermelon fans…partly because watermelons are so refreshingly tasty in the summertime, and often, a nickname for our Watterson family.

I do remember sitting on my grandmother’s back steps with the rest of my cousins in the summer time, eating watermelon and spitting the seeds in the garden. Granny always “toted one home”, as she called it, on Fridays, after sewing upholstery in the furniture factory. It’s a wonder there wasn’t a watermelon farm growing in Granny’s backyard. Simple pleasures and great memories.

Baby watermelons

Recently, with a new baby in our North Carolina family, I have knit two new watermelon hats, different from the one I made ten years ago for Baby Charlotte, our first grandchild. Free baby watermelons here, a hat pattern (more…)

Winsor Tyrolean Sweater

This design by Louise is one I have made in all different sizes, great for little baby boy gifts. Knits on a size seven needle. However, that being said, this one is a size 42….. (more…)

This is a great free  baby hat pattern for beginning knitters, it’s quick and easy. Also a terrific free pattern to knit lots of baby hats for charity. With so many charities in need of infant hats: hospital maternity wards, women’s shelters, the homeless shelters, for those of you who do charity knitting, here’s an easy, quick baby hat pattern, it’s free and I’d better get to work myself. Winter’s coming again!

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copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

I have always been amazed by crochet and knitted amigurumi toys and dolls, but have never ventured in that direction. This little Easter chick and egg knitting pattern caught my eye this week, and I thought it would be the perfect Easter basket keepsake for our twelve-year-old granddaughter… something she would cherish forever, since her mother is a lover of all things Easter, too.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

It’s an Alan Dart free pattern from his website. Dart is a UK maven for amigurumi patterns. He has every sort of knitting pattern imaginable in story-telling props for children.  And none of his patterns are more than $5.00. This little chick and egg pattern is free, even better.

Knit tightly on US size 3 needles with DK gauge yarn, the pattern works up really quickly with Dart’s well-written pattern and photos. One mistake I made initially was in sewing the head to the tail, realizing later that the head belongs across the top of the body, exposing the cute little duck’s tail.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

Nothing is difficult about this pattern which uses knit front and back in the same stitch (KFB) as “Inc1.” After you are finished, you can “decorate” your egg, if you wish, with a bit of Easter embroidery. This was quickly done, but I should have taken the time to search for some thinner embroidery floss; but alas, it stands as is. The two eggshells are sewn together in the back, which I haven’t done yet in these photos.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

The chick and the egg knitting pattern is here, a free download on Alan Dart’s website. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

I have spent this week writing about new styles and new patterns for Fall Fashion 2011. Find out what’s new, get free patterns for big yarn, and oh, so stylish easy floofy or straight knitted skirt patterns for little or big girls and women. Lace is big, but so are slouchy chic sweaters knit with bulky weight yarn. New scarf patterns, as well as shawls and shrugs and jackets to knit or crochet up to size 3X.

Enjoy these free pattern links, all with pictures:

Slouchy chic pullover patterns

Knitted skirt patterns

Jackets and shrugs to knit and crochet with big yarn

Fall Fashion 2011: Vogue Knitting

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