I was going back through my Ravelry favorites (269 pages of them to be exact) and weeding out things that I no longer felt in love with. While I was doing that, I noticed a pattern develop over several pages: I seem to like patterns and projects that look like sewn quilts. A thinking man wouldn’t have been surprised by this considering I’m a long fan of the Mason-Dixon Knitting girls and wish I had the capital to rescue all the quilts I see for sale in thrift stores and antique malls. But there I was, amazed that I’d faved so many quilty knitting and crochet patterns. I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites and share with y’all since I know a fair few Yarnhousers are also quilters as well.
1. The Mitered Crosses Blanket FOR MERCY CORPS by Kay Gardiner (knitting)
Oh, Kay, Kay, Kay. You speak to my soul. Something about the patchworky nature of this blanket plus the fact that the sales of this pattern have nearly netted $20,000 for Mercy Corps strikes deep for me. It works best with yarns that change color as you knit them, but there are several solid color ones in the project gallery that will knock your socks off. This one is available for $7.50 on Ravelry.
2. Bear Claw Blanket by Veronik Avery (knitting)
I love the old school feel of this design. Something about the nearly flowered design appeals to the almost girly part of my nature. This one is an oldie but a goody. You can get it through patternfish for $6.95.
3. It Takes A Village by C.L. Halvorson (crochet)
The great thing about this pattern is that it is made up of little squares, so you could get away with using scraps to make the pinwheels. You could also use this as a palette cleanser project: do a square or two here and there between projects. I have a hard time committing to large projects made up of tiny things, but I think this would be a great loooong term project or a great way to try your hand at making crochet covered pillows. This one is a free Ravelry download (be warned: there are only 5 projects, so this pattern may have bugs).
4. Spools by Frankie Brown (knitting)
Another free pattern here. I love the use of a color changing yarn here as well. The spool motif gets me because I love finding old wooden thread spools in thrift shops. I may have jars and jars of them at home on my bookshelves, or I may have self-control. You can guess which of those things is true.
5. Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Sharon O’Brien
Finally, this quilt makes me think of my Granny. She was always talking about wedding ring quilts and searching each Cracker Barrel we came across for their offerings. Today, I own one of the last ones she slept under, and I love it both because it was hers and because of the pattern. I think this knitted version is lovely and holds true to the shape and form of the wedding ring quilt. You could knit yourself one, and I’ll bet it will be something passed down through the ages. What a knit!