How to: Finding FREE Knit & Crochet Patterns

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

Are you tired of clicking link after link, following a rabbit trail to find the knitting or crochet pattern that was *supposedly* free, but actually isn't?! Here are my five favorite quick and easy resources for legit Free Knitting Patterns!



No, I don't think we should be complaining about paying for patterns. Designers spend a TON of time designing, writing up, editing, and perfecting the patterns that they put into the world, and most of that effort is never compensated, even when they are charging for their patterns. BUT, I get it. We don't all have the money to buy every pattern that we love. We're trying to make knitting an affordable hobby for ourselves. As long as you aren't stealing or illegally copying/distributing patterns, I say have no shame in searching out the patterns that fit in your budget. The designer is offering the pattern for free.


Of course, you can search Pinterest or Google for "free knitting patterns," but that's where you find all of the broken links, or links that still lead you to paid-for patterns. To make the search easier for you, I am going to share 5 reliable resources for free knitting patterns. These are:


1. Free Pattern Search Filters on Websites Designed for Filtering Patterns

2. Test Knitting -- Trading Your Review For a Free Pattern(s)

3. Free Pattern Blogs

4. Companies that Publish Their Own Free Patterns

5. Free Pattern Forum


For most of these, I will provide a couple of examples of places to find these resources! Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies, just providing resources for you!


1. Free Pattern Search Filters on Websites Designed for Filtering Patterns


Ravelry Search & Filters


If you aren't familiar with Ravelry, it is a resource-rich platform specifically created for fiber enthusiasts. While there are many not-so-instinctive and overwhelming features on this platform, Ravelry is unparalleled in what it offers, especially when you know what you're doing! Here's a step-by-step guide to finding free patterns on Ravelry!


Please note: Ravelry recently updated their site graphics. If you suffer from a neurological disorder or migraines or seizures, please do not click through to Ravelry. For the sake of this blog, I am using screenshots of the old Ravelry view. (Note if you are able to log into Ravelry without issues, but you still want the old view, you are able to switch the view to "Classic" using the menu that pops up when you hover over your profile photo in the upper right-hand corner.)


1. Visit www.ravelry.com

2. Create a free account, or log into your existing account.

3. Click "patterns" in the upper left-hand corner.

4. Click "pattern browser & advanced search" below the search bar.

5. Scroll down until you see the "Availabilty" box on the left side of the screen, and click the box next to "Free."


In images, this is the process:







The shortcut to get to this page is to visit this URL: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#availability=free&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs, but I wanted to share how you can find it on your own! You can now use any of the filters to narrow down your search to find exactly the pattern you're linking for! (For example, you can choose the craft, the yarn weight, the yardage, and the type of project.)


Once you've found the free pattern that you love, (first click on the icon or name of the pattern to get to the pattern page) you can save this project to your favorites, add it to your queue (which is the list of patterns you want to start in the near future), add it to your library (this is like purchasing the pattern -- if the designer ever becomes a paid-for pattern, you already own it!), download it, and create your project page for it (by clicking "cast on project" or "create project"). All of these options are available in the upper right hand corner of the pattern page.




LoveCrafts Free Pattern Search


Similar to Ravelry, LoveCrafts is another website for accessing fiber-related patterns. While the website has less features than Ravelry, LoveCrafts hosts a plethora of patterns that are also searchable for free patterns. One pro is that you do not have to create an account until you are ready to download a pattern, but one con is that there are less options that you can filter by when looking for a pattern. You are also not able to search both crochet and knitting patterns at the same time.


To navigate to the free patterns:


1. Visit www.lovecrafts.com

2. In the top left menu, hover over the craft for which you are searching for patterns.

3. Hover over "Patterns."

4. Hover over "Free."

5. Click "All Free Patterns," or the category you are interested in.


These steps are all visible in this image:


And in this image I've zoomed in and circled the specific words to hover over.