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What I really like about the knitting stitches below is that they are made up of only 4-6 rows making them easy to memorize after a couple rounds. Some stitch patterns are in the range of 18 rows or more - beautiful but you need to pay attention. Once you know the basic knit stitches - knit, purl, slip stitches and yarn overs, then there are hundreds of stitch patterns based on combinations of these that you can use to knit unique scarves, blankets, shawls, even hats and socks. See
See the new links recently added to Knitting Pattern Central. Cascade Yarns has a wide variety of free patterns designed with the yarns they offer. Drops Design offers a multitude of free patterns that have now been translated into English.
Printer-friendly version (includes charted pattern) My original scarf was made with Mountain Colors 4/8 Wool, a worsted weight yarn, on size 7 needles. But you can do this on any size yarn and needles you want - even lace weight yarn. This pattern is very easy to memorize after a few repeats, making for quick and fun work. And don't forget to block it after you're done! That is the key step in making the leaf pattern lie flat and become really defined.
( edit ) I have made myself a knitting symbol font, and it is fixed width, and it allows for increases in the middle of cable crossings, and it makes "knit" and "purl" look very very different. And so I have charted out the branches of my tree using my font. (The previous version used the Aire River Design font. ) (There are some minor differences between the tree in the picture and this chart.
Aren't these illustrations just wonderful? They can be found in the book 'Ameliaranne at the Circus'.