klmellow asked: I am having a semi hard time reading crotchet and knit patterns any suggestions or website I can go to?

I think most people will direct you to Ravelry. I like it because you can narrow down what you want. Like by knitting or crochet, free or for purchase, what techniques you’ll need (lace, colour work, etc), and by actual garments, so scarves, socks, sweaters, etc. Only thing is that you need to make an account for the website but that’s free. It is one of the best resources for knitting and crochet out there and really user friendly to use.

Another one is knitting pattern central, I think most of the patterns are free and you don’t have to log in, but there’s no photos so you have to physically click on every link to see what the pattern is, which can be a lot if you’re looking for something particular, and there’s no search engine, just narrowed down by garment type. Also don’t know if they have an alternative crochet pattern central but they might.

Then there’s Knitty, they’re an online magazine. They have almost fifty issues now, and there’s probably about a dozen varying skill level patterns in each issue. BUT most of these patterns are on Ravelry.

Also most yarn brands will have online patterns. I know Lion’s Brand and Redheart do, but I think you need to make an account to access them.

And let’s not forget REAL BOOKS! Most libraries have a knitting section, in case you don’t want to buy the book or only want one pattern. Just don’t be the person who photocopies a pattern and breaks the spine of the book. Or flip through them in store and see if you like the patterns and buy it either there or online (if you live in Canada/US KnitPicks has 40% off all their books). One of my favourite authors is Debbie Stoller, she has 4 knitting books at this point (recommend all but her newest one because it’s mostly sweaters, unless you’re into that) under the name “Stitch and Bitch”, and she has one crochet book called “Happy Hooker”. 

If you’re looking for a magazine you can buy in store, I would suggest Simply Knitting. It’s a UK magazine so kind of hard to find in North America (I found mine in Walmart, but of course not the closest Walmart to me carries it, so check a couple). It has a great variety of patterns from beginners to advanced. There is usually one kid pattern, two sweater patterns for ladies, a sock pattern, a pattern for a man, something home related, and then Alan Dart’s plushie patterns, WHICH ARE FREAKING ADORABLE. Plus they send you little bonuses too. It costs me around $8-9, I think it’s $10-11 in the States. I think they have a crochet counterpart, but I haven’t seen it in North America stores. The UK has the bomb for knitting magazines, I don’t like the American ones, there’s nothing I would make in them. Simply knitting has at least 1 pattern I could see myself making.

stashbustingandpatterntesting:

This isn’t a pattern review or a new project, but I do want to share one of my greatest knitting accomplishments yet.
This pattern is the Icon Dress, designed by Kari-Helene Rane for Purl Alpaca Designs. I cast this on in December of 2012 and recently finished it. On Sunday, I wore it all day at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and I was complimented many, many times (it was quite flattering, actually!)
I love this dress so much, and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. There’s not a single part to making this dress - knitting, finishing, or dyeing - that I did not enjoy. :)

stashbustingandpatterntesting:

This isn’t a pattern review or a new project, but I do want to share one of my greatest knitting accomplishments yet.

This pattern is the Icon Dress, designed by Kari-Helene Rane for Purl Alpaca Designs. I cast this on in December of 2012 and recently finished it. On Sunday, I wore it all day at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and I was complimented many, many times (it was quite flattering, actually!)

I love this dress so much, and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. There’s not a single part to making this dress - knitting, finishing, or dyeing - that I did not enjoy. :)