Fall is upon us, as is evident by the Pumpkin Spice Latte emerging from hibernation. It’s actually getting chilly here and leaves are starting to turn, which means it’s the perfect time to start on fall knitting. In this quarterly column I’ll be bringing you links to some of the coolest FREE knitting and crochet patterns I’ve found online that tie in with the season.
For me, fall is all about scarves, cowls, arm-warmers, and getting started on making holiday presents. Actually it’s mostly about scarves, cowls and arm-warmers, because inevitably I’ll wait until the last goddamn minute to start on my holiday knitting, staying up all night to finish, fueled by caffeine and drinking my own tears. This year, this year, it will be different! I’ve found the patterns nice and early!
The Jagged Triangular Scarf by Leah Michelle Designs is perfect for autumn. I was immediately drawn to the design because I love the color of the sample in the picture–and I have a ton of toasted gold yarn.
This pattern uses about 440 yards of fingering weight yarn which means it’s perfect for using up a skein of sock yarn.
I love The Plucky Knitter, mostly because their Instagram features an adorable Boston Terrier named Ox. They also have a great library of patterns.
Of my favorites is the Conversationalist hat. This hat is nice and long which means you get a lot of coverage in cold weather and you can fold the brim if you want.
If you’re comfortable doing cables in the round, this pattern is a quick knit, perfect for a last minute gift. The technique is more advanced beginner to intermediate level.
Crocheters, don’t feel left out! I have a few for you, too!
Now, I don’t do much crochet, but that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the gorgeous patterns out there.
Check out the Double Layer Braided Cowl. It reminds me of Challah bread, actually. I can see this looking great layered under a fall jacket.
This pattern is a little bit complicated, but it comes with a video tutorial to help you out.
I loved the colors on this simple chevron cowl so much that I requested one from my crocheter aunt, and I wore her finished product all winter long. The pattern for the Winter Waves Chevron Cowl is fast and easy and relies on contrasting colors to give the pattern pop. It’s also nice and thick so it’s perfect for staying toasty.
Finally, check out these amazing Kreisel Fingerless Gloves. Crocheted in the round, these gloves make the most of variegated yarn to create a fascinating swirl pattern. The pattern is a little bit complex, but the instructions are extensive to help you along.
I’ll be back soon with more free patterns to help you use up your stash (Ha! I know, so funny.) Got any free patterns you’d like to share? What projects are you knitting or crocheting this fall?