Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Free patterns

I'm a frugal  crafter and never pay for patterns.  Libraries are great places to look for books about knitting, crochet, sewing etc.  The Internet is also a rich source for free patterns.  The following is a list of links that I have used:

All Free Crochet
Charity Sewing
Crochet Geek
Crochet Pattern Central
Greenfields Africa
Halfknits (6 inch crochet squares)
Halfknits (6 inch knitted squares)
Heavenly Angels In Need
KasCare Free Crochet Patterns
KasCare Free Knitting Patterns
Knitting For Charity
Knitting Pattern Central
Lion Brand Pattern Finder
Loving Hands
Mama's Stitchery Projects
Red Heart
Seamen's Church Institute
Tipnut (fleece scarf patterns)

....and here are some patterns that I enjoyed writing: 

The Precious Moments Gift Bag.

The Joanne Gift Bag

Purse Stitch Blanket Edging

The Warm-At-Home shawl



  1. Thanks for this. My mum will be in her element when I show her this!
    Congrats on featuring in todays netmums new to the network email with me.
    Drop by sometime @afieldsomewhere

  2. One of my go-to websites for free patterns is:

  3. I have just read the article about you in Woman's Weekly so I had to check out your blog. I am a 64 year old woman from Donegal, Ireland and have been knitting all my life. I was taught as a small child by my great aunt Annie, a retired schoolteacher, who lived with my family. The first jumper I remember knitting was for my new cousin Paul when I was about ten. I still have the simple pattern from Woman magazine. I also remember knitting a garish yellow and blue cardigan for my youngest brother when he was a baby. I made many knits for myself as a teenager and when I married I kept my three children in sweaters and cardigans which they didn't always appreciate. Later I began knitting Aran jumpers for a company that supplied the wool and patterns. Nowadays I enjoy knitting fir my grandchildren and I also knit baby jumpers for our local branch of Country Markets Ltd. I am never without something on my needles. Like you I rarely buy patterns, I have a large collection of favourites from magazines and I also use many of the sites you mentioned. I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing some of your work. Thank you. Audrey S

    1. Hello Audrey. Thanks for your lovely, long reply. My family are from Galway and Mayo. I have been there often, but never as far north as Donegal. One of my colleagues used to go there a lot and told me how beautiful it is. It was really interesting hearing all about your knitting. Why not start a blog to show it off? You will have lots of readers very soon.


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