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The Knitting Section

The hand–knit items below are just some of the many projects that I've completed. You will see not only the finished item, but where you can get the free knitting pattern, if available. If you're experiencing a problem with one of these items or have a special knitting pattern you'd like me to help you with, me. Knitting ideas can become a reality.

Hand–Knit Sweater for Mom

Does your Mother or someone you love feel chilly? Mine did — but not any more. This hand–knit sweater was the perfect solution. The free knit pattern has directions for a size 37 to a 57 inch bust.

Easy Hand–Knit Sweater for Mom done in Worsted Weight Yarn

Made with a machine–washable worsted weight yarn, size 6 & 9 needles.

A close–up look at the detail.

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Download the knitting pattern here at >>  and search for the "Mosaic Sweater".

Various Hand–Knit Projects

This knit bolero pattern was easy and simple to make. I took the Free Pattern and changed the sleeves to a long rib instead.

This Lacy Green Scarf pattern is a simple knitted pattern that was quick, easy and completed in just a few hours. The knitting pattern is in the Free Patterns Section.

Beautiful summer top in crochet cotton. Front and back were crocheted. Knitted sleeves worked with large knitting needles.

Custom Hand–Knit Sweater

This is a knitted project I recently completed for a nurse who wanted to be a bit warmer while on the job. I used Bernat Soft Chunky and Sizes 9 and 10 1/2 knitting needles. She requested to have 2 pockets so I found the perfect pattern but had to adjust the sizing a bit for a size 1X–2X.

Intricate cables in the bodice area.

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The picture to the left is a close–up picture of the pocket area.

The last picture is a close–up picture of the intricate cable pattern in the bodice area.

This sweater was easy to work up. The pattern was simple to follow and using large needles and a chunky yarn, it worked up very quickly.

Hand–Knits for Babies

Here are some wonderful ideas for hand–knitted items for babies. They make great shower gifts, too. * To view larger images, hover your mouse over the pictures.

Make A Sweater For Nothing With Free Knitting Patterns And Recycled Yarn

If you have been keeping up with the trend to use free knitting patterns for your knitting projects then you probably have been searching the internet for web sites offering them. It is not just by collecting free knitting patterns that you can save money. You need to look around your house for knitted items that you no longer use. Look at any old sweater and ask yourself if you still like the style, maybe you never really liked it in the first place. Maybe you still love the color or the texture of the yarn. This will probably be a good candidate for re–using the yarn and knitting a whole new sweater using one of those free knitting patterns you have been collecting. I have done this often because I hate to waste money. Once you have made the decision, and the size of the sweater is approximately equal to or larger than the one you will be making from your free knitting pattern, then the decision is's time to re–use the yarn.

The first thing I do is unstitch all around the seams. Take your time and be careful where you cut so you don't keep cutting the pieces of knitting. First you need to find the end where the knitting was cast off, not on, because the way the yarn is knitted, makes it very easy to just pull and unravel each row. It helps if you have a helper with their hands about a foot apart. I have many memories of sitting with my hands apart while my mother wound yarn around them. If you don't have a willing pair of hands then just use the back of a chair to wind the yarn around. If you find that some of the pieces of yarn are short you can just tie the next piece to it and continue on. I usually tie a couple of pieces of yarn loosely around the bundle to stop it tangling. This is the stage you look at it and wonder how you will knit with this crinkly yarn. If you used it this way it would give a bumpy texture to your knitting and could cause problems with your tension.

I have had some success with washing the yarn in bundles (washable yarn only of course). I wash yarn as usual leaving the yarn quite wet. I hang the yarn over the back of an old chair outside, or inside in the bath tub in the winter. You can use anything that will let you hang it. A stick across two boxes will work. Because the yarn is wet it will pull itself down while it dries. When it is dry I wind it with my yarn winder, but if you don't have one just hand wind into balls. I like to use my yarn winder because I can pull the yarn from the inside which stops it rolling and catching. Some people have success winding the yarn around a small object to make a hollow inside but make sure you can get it out. If not then hand winding it is!

Now take your yarn, which cost you nothing, and take your free knitting patterns, which cost you nothing, and start creating. The pride of wearing something you have made yourself will be so much more when you can say that you didn't spend any money to do it!

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Louise Nova loves knitting and teaching people how to knit. She also loves to blog. Knitting for 30 years, she has taught many young family members how knitting is fun and easy. Visit her blog at Free Knitting Patterns.

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