Did you have a good weekend? I did! My overlocker/serger arrived and I spent the weekend getting to know my new toy better. No it’s not a babylock so no fancy jet air threading system for me, so I spent quite a bit of time threading and re-threading, and now I know for sure, that sequence is VERY IMPORTANT when threading an overlocker. I also managed to go to the Kinokuniya sale which sadly was not that rewarding. I only bought two books, I had a list of books I wanted but most of them were not in stock. Anyway, I was looking for new books on knits since now I have an overlocker, I managed to buy one book on knits for kids, but nothing for myself. So I started looking for free patterns and look what I found!
Wildberry shop http://www.wildberry-shop.com/ is an online store selling fabrics and notions. Looks like it has a good range of knits fabrics. There are also patterns available for sale.
The photos that you see above, however, are from their free patterns page. (16 Sept 2013 – Edited to add: The free patterns page seem to have been taken offline, but I found some archived links from google. http://www.bbweb-arena.com/users/w-berry/flicepattern/flicepattern_003.htm + http://www.bbweb-arena.com/users/w-berry/flicepattern/flicepattern_004.htm
Now we have to learn how to navigate. It may be quite challenging because the links are a little disorganized, let me show you why 🙂
For the first two projects, just click on the links below the picture. A PDF will be opened/downloaded. For the next project which is a turtleneck, when you click on the link, it will bring you to this page.
Follow the links above in the picture to get the pattern and instructions. There are step by step photo instructions for this shirt. You have to click on the blue star to see the page.
There is also a 3/4 sleeve shirt that you can add a hood to to make it a hooded tee, but note that the links are scattered throughout (see above on how to click). To get the hood’s pattern, you have to click on the picture of the hood. There are some other projects where the link is from the picture, or text links. I didn’t list down all the projects here, but if you are missing any bits to the pattern, just click around the pictures and mouse over to see if any links are available. There are some inconsistencies because some of the links go direct to PDFs, some others go to pages, and within the pages sometimes the links to the patterns are text links, whereas for others you need to click on the images. But once you get it all figured out, these are pretty good patterns to have for free! 😉
The PDFs are quite professionally drawn, and being adult size pattern, you will need to print them over multiple sheets of paper and piece them together. Quite easy because the diagrams are well labelled.
This is the instructions for the turtleneck shirt, but it is also useful to the basic construction of the tee shirt, just a different finishing of the neckline.
Time for experimenting knits with my new toy!