25 Feb 2016

Love fishing for patterns

We are so lucky as knitters these days to have a vast range of resources available to us, and so many ways to find new patterns and ideas. I have recently started selling my patterns in two new pattern outlets and wanted to add a note here in case anyone has not yet explored what they have to offer.

The first of these is LoveKnitting, which was started only a few years back in London. I remember meeting the team at the Knitting and Stitching show at Allie Pallie (Alexandra Palace) when they were first launching their company and was immediately impressed with their drive, enthusiasm and customer focus.

What is especially good at LoveKnitting is that you can not only purchase patterns, but also the yarn, needles, buttons and other accessories you might need to complete your project. This is great if you want to start your project straight away with all the items you need, or if you want to put a complete kit together as a gift for a fellow knitter.

Click this link to see all my patterns on the LoveKnitting site.

The second shop is Patternfish - a veritable treasure trove of patterns for knitting, crochet and weaving. It prides itself on being completely advertising free and just concentrates on patterns - all 21,453 of them as of today's date! You can also sign up for their monthly Newsletter which always includes some interesting features and pattern selections. 

One of the things that I especially like about Patternfish is that you can add filters to search for items that will really suit you. So if you wish to make an item for your home using worsted weight yarn, then after just a few clicks you will see all the patterns that fit those criteria. Or if you like one of the designer's patterns then you can follow the link to see all of their offerings. Simple, neat, clean, easy.

I hope you enjoy exploring these additional pattern resources when you are looking for your next designs,

Happy Knitting!


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15 Feb 2016

The iBookstore is open!

I'm pleased to announce that my iBookstore is open with - wait for it, wait for it - one pattern so far! Well you have to start somewhere don't you. This has been a fun expansion of my current pattern outlets and I am hoping to have more patterns uploaded there soon. 

The advantage of an iBook is that is an excellent format for hand-held devices such as iPads and iPhones. Traditional patterns are great when they are viewed on a full-size computer screen or if they are printed out. However, they can be a touch difficult to see on hand-held devices with small screens.

Having a book designed for a landscape iBook format gives the best readability for iPads and smaller units, so you don't have to spend time expanding and manipulating views to read the next part of the pattern.

Another advantage of the iBook format is that you can quickly navigate to the section you want: Go to the point where you left it last... Quickly find what yarn you need while you are at the yarn store... Check an abbreviation... Add a note or highlight something... All very easy.

So if you have any kind of Apple device, you can download the iBooks app (if it isn't already pre-installed) and then choose to read your next pattern as an iBook instead of a standard pdf.

To find the Ryedale Bracelet iBook and download a free sample book, please click hereI will be adding more iBooks to the iBookstore soon!

Happy Knitting!


. 17/5/17


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