Stitchery Witchery

A collection of free knitting and crochet patterns from across the Internet, and photos of fiber arts projects submitted by crafters across tumblr. Feel free to submit your photos and ask for support!

Waiting for Spring, a free knitting pattern by Susan Dempster.

Frostlight, a free pattern for a knit scarf by Robin Ulrich.

A free pattern for knit Candy Corns by The Purl Bee.  Just in time for Halloween.

A free pattern for knit Candy Corns by The Purl Bee.  Just in time for Halloween.

Citrus Coaster, a free crochet pattern from Dona Knits.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Holding the working yarn higher up on the strand and closer to my work usually works for me to tighten gauge. It's a life saver on the wrist.
stitcherywitchery stitcherywitchery Said:

Thank you for the useful tip!

Eisern, a free knitted sock pattern by General Hogbuffer.
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Eisern, a free knitted sock pattern by General Hogbuffer.

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Slip Stitch Dishtowels, a free knitting pattern from The Purl Bee.

Slip Stitch Dishtowels, a free knitting pattern from The Purl Bee.

stitcherywitchery:

stitcherywitchery:

Mini Yarn Giveaway!

I’m moving across the country (temporarily) next spring and need to make space in my closets for our sublettor. One of the ways I’m doing this is getting rid of yarn I will never, ever use.

Three skeins of my superfluous yarn are pictured above: two skeins of red Baby Alpaca Lace (lace weight) from Plymouth Yarn and one skein of black Ultra Pima (worsted weight; 100% cotton) from Cascade Yarns. Purchased on impulse eons ago, languishing in my closet ever since.

Would you like this yarn? If so, and if you are following me, like and/or reblog this post between now and 8pm EST, Saturday, October 18. Doing both doubles your chances but multiple reblogs won’t. ;). I’ll pick one winner next Saturday night using a random number generator.

Good luck — and thanks for following! (I’ll likely be doing this at least once more before the end of 2014).

ETA:  The giveaway is being extended until noon, EST on Monday, October 20, as something’s come up on Saturday night and I’ll be unable to conduct the drawing then. ;)

For Misbird: I know everything I've read about knitting usually says not to pull the yarn after you've knit the stitch to tighten it but I think in your case it would be beneficial. I would try to knit each stitch as tight as you can and if it doesn't end up as tight as you wanted, give the working yarn a little pull before going onto the next stitch. I hope that helps!
stitcherywitchery stitcherywitchery Said:

Thank you for the great tip!

Asker misbird Asks:
hey, I love to play with yarn, and when crochet I almost always crochet to tight. But with knitting I knit much to loose! Now normally I would solve this by going down a few needle sizes, but once you get to a certain size needles it really isn't very practical to size down. I want to do socks but the needles are so small I really am worried. Is there anything I can to to tighten my knitting?
stitcherywitchery stitcherywitchery Said:

Hi there!

My tried-and-true technique for getting gauge is to go up/down a needle size or two myself.  But you’re right — what works for tightening knitting on a sweater with worsted weight yarn may not work so well with socks and skinny yarn.

The only advice I’ve seen online discussing this particular issue can essentially be boiled down to “just knit more slowly and make sure you’re knitting more tightly.”  Which is… not always the easiest advice to implement, even if it makes sense.

Does anyone have any advice for misbird?

The Sallah Cowl, a free knitting pattern from Bristol Ivy.

A free pattern for a crocheted Viking or Dwarven Beard by Melissa Campbell.
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A free pattern for a crocheted Viking or Dwarven Beard by Melissa Campbell.

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A free pattern for a knit Viking Hat by Becka Veverka.  Just in time for Halloween.

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Re: where to find cheap needles, Tuesday Morning has them and amazon is great to buy them (I get my clover and takumi bamboo needles from them)
stitcherywitchery stitcherywitchery Said:

Thank you so much for the tip!  

There isn’t a Tuesday Morning near me, but I’ve heard wonderful things about bargains people find there.  And I agree, Amazon is a go-to for sure for affordable knitting needles and such.

Spice and Clove, a free pattern from Knit Picks (available with knitting and crochet instructions).

Spice and Clove, a free pattern from Knit Picks (available with knitting and crochet instructions).