Friday, January 18, 2013

Find great crochet patterns - FOR FREE!

Getting ideas for your next crochet project shouldn’t break the bank.  Here are just a few ways to find inspiration for your next crochet creation.


Love Hearts Pattern on PlanetJune Craft Blog
If you’re online and you haven’t checked out Ravelry, what are you waiting for?  There are over 100,000 knit and crochet patterns available, of which almost 30,000 are free.  Plus, you have the ability to connect with fellow chapter members to see what they’re working on, join in message board discussions, ask questions and so much more.  Check us out at (membership to this group is reserved for guild chapter members only).

Pinterest is a great way to see what patterns are out on the world wide web just waiting for you to use.  By typing “crochet” in the search box, you can see pictures of patterns already pinned as well as boards from people who like to collect online crochet patterns. 

Heart Covered Soap Pattern on Red Heart
Surfing the web
By typing in “free crochet patterns” in your internet search engine, you’ll be met with, according to Google, over 10,000,000 results.  Some of the best ones, though, will be in the first 5 or so pages of results.  Some great sites for free patterns include Crochet Pattern Central and  Most yarn manufacturers, like Red Heart, Lion Brand, Caron, Bernat, Patons, Lily Sugar 'n Cream, and others have free patterns on their sites in hopes that you’ll find something you like and buy more yarn (yeah…like any of us need help with acquiring more yarn).  You'll also find a ton of crochet blogs many of which have free patterns and tutorials listed.

Your local library
You’d be surprised at the number of crochet pattern books your local library may carry.  While they may not have some of the smaller books, larger books that usually are much more costly may be available for you to check out.  Also, don’t count out books available through other libraries.  You could always interlibrary loan them.

I Love U Pillow on Caron
Borrow a book from the chapter
The COTL has a pattern library available only to its members.  Check with our librarian on availability of certain patterns and books.

Check out any of these sources today for great crochet inspiration.

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