Free patterns, How-to Help, etc.

Online knitting magazine, tonnes of free patterns!

Knitting Pattern Central
Extensive free pattern link collection.

Spun Magazine

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Knitting Daily
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Yarn Over
Resource for lace knitting, some free pattern links

Yarnival! @ Blog Carnival
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~ Issue ?.? Includes my DYI Drop-Spindle post!



How to help, etc. (primarily for drop-spindle handspinning)

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An online spinning magazine, drop-spindle focused, full of great articles, tips, and project patterns (many knit).

Spin Off by Interweave Press
Several useful .pdf brochures and articles full of information about spinning.

I Can Spin
Directory of instructional videos; good if you’re a “show me!” learner.



Do It Yourself!

Why spend a fortune when you can do it yourself? You can always use the money you save on more fiber-stash!

PVC Niddy-Noddy
How to construct a niddy-noddy from PVC tubing, for hand-winding your yarn into skeins.

Homemade Yarn Swift
Tired of using your knees to keep that skein untangled as you wind it up? Make yourself a swift!

TinkerToy Yarn Swift
The above link too technical for you? Surely you can make this swift from TinkerToys.

DIY Hackle
A hackle is used for blending fibres and colours, to make roving for spinning.

“Making Judi” Instructions
If you have access to a woodshop (you lucky little so-and-so), you can turn your own “judi” drop spindle.

David also has fantastic ‘ultralight’ spindle-making instructions here: Lisard Ultralight (.pdf). No woodworking required!

NB: see the above “Spinning” links for further DIY drop spindles (quick to obtain materials/household objects/etc.).

DIY Tensioned Lazy Kate
Make this Lazy Kate for evenly plying your spun singles.


Other Crafts

Black Purl Magazine
knitting, crochet, and other needlecrafts, with emphasis on ethnic stitches and spiritual crafting.

Sharon B’s Stitch Dictionary
Possibly the most comprehensive embroidery stitch dictionary there is, all with photos!

A fascinating website devoted silkworms and silk, including journals of home cultivation and things to do with the cocoons after!



Duirwaigh Gallery

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