7 Fantastic Websites Every Knitter Will Love To Know About

 Knitting

Knitting is a popular hobby and has a long, fantastic history around the world. Here are seven fabulous websites for the knitting enthusiast.

AllFreeKnitting

AllFreeKnitting wants to offer the best free knitting patterns for knitters of all skill levels. The site also supplies tutorials, tips, and articles for the knitting enthusiast. You’ll find free product reviews and giveaways of "all the latest and greatest products including yarn, knitting books, totes, and more." Subscribe to any of several free email newsletters including, Knit Picky Patterns, which features knitting photos, free knitting patterns, and video tutorials in every issue. Create a free account, and you can: 

  • Comment on and rate patterns. 
  • Add private notes to patterns. 
  • Save your favorite free knitting patterns.

Antique Pattern Library

The Antique Pattern Library (APL) is a project of New Media Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization. "This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them so that we can keep our craft heritages in our hands." Patterns for all kinds of crafts are available for free, including knitting, crochet, woodworking, and cross-stitch.

Center for Knit and Crochet

The Center for Knit and Crochet (CKC) is on a mission to "preserve and promote the art, craft, and scholarship of knitting, crochet, and related arts.” The Center offers online exhibitions, and you can become a charter member to support the efforts. Your membership will help: 

  • Development of a standardized knitting and crochet terminology 
  • Launch of a Virtual Museum 
  • Establishment of preservation and exhibition guidelines 
  • Development of online and physical exhibitions 
  • Development of educational outreach, materials, and programs 
  • Promote or publish research on knitting, crochet, and related arts 

All of the CKC’s online resources are free to use.

Craft Yarn Council

For over 35 years, the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) has represented the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazines, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. The Council sponsors various promotional and educational programs, including: 

  • The acclaimed Certified Instructors Program 
  • Discover Knit and Crochet 
  • The popular I Love YARN Day event -- a virtual meeting place for the nation's knitters 

Find free patterns, discover classes, and access standards and guidelines for knitting and crochet, including: 

  • A uniform list of crochet and knit abbreviations 
  • Guidelines for ranking the skill level of crochet and knit patterns 
  • Measuring, fit, and sizing guidelines for babies, children, women, and men 
  • Categories of yarn by weight, gauge ranges and recommended needle and hook sizes 
  • Millimeter and U.S. size ranges for hooks and needles 
  • Graphic symbols for skill levels and yarn weights 
  • Chart symbols for knit and crochet 
  • Understanding yarn label information 
  • Tips on reading knit and crochet patterns 

You'll find answers to many of your knitting questions, along with tips and other helpful information.

Knit Your Bit

During WWII, knitting was a way that many people supported the war effort.  According to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, the cover story of Life magazine on November 24, 1941, explained "How to Knit" and included instructions and a pattern for a simple vest. The article advised, “To the great American question ‘What can I do to help the war effort?’ the commonest answer yet found is ‘Knit.’” Thousands of Americans did just that to provide soldiers with warmth and loving reminders of home. The museum website also notes that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was often photographed knitting for the war effort. 

Since 2006, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has coordinated the Knit Your Bit service project—a volunteer-based effort to collect and distribute hand-knit scarves to veterans. Knitters in all 50 states have taken part in this project. As a result, tens of thousands of scarves have gone to veterans' centers, hospitals, and service organizations across the country. 

There are patterns to print out, information on starting your local effort for Knit Your Bit, and you can join the Facebook group to hear the latest news, get information on Knit-Ins at the Museum, and more.

The Knitting Guild Association

TKGA is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated specifically to knitting. The organization offers the help of seasoned experts to guide you in mastering the art of knitting. You can sign up to get free updates from TKGA. To get the most out of the association, you'll need to become a member. As a member, you will have access to: 

  • Quality technical information 
  • Cast On magazine, the educational journal for knitting 
  • TKGA correspondence and mini courses 
  • Certification programs like the Master Hand Knitter and Master Machine Knitter Programs 
  • Monthly K2TOG newsletter

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s leading museum of art and design has some unique resources for the knitting lover. View and download patterns, including a collection from the 1940s, view many articles and read about regional knitting history in the British Isles & Ireland. There’s also a reading list of selected books about knitting.

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