I thought I’d do a wee post on the knitting and crochet links that I reference all the time. I’ve shared most of them on my Facebook page but thought it would be handy to have them all in one place. I will add to it if I come across any other links. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section below. I am going to do some separate posts on my favourite sites for finding patterns, buying yarn etc.
http://yarnsub.com I love this site as it’s so handy. It has a massive database of yarn for you to search for alternative/substitute yarns if the one recommended in the pattern isn’t available etc. It gives you a list of alternative yarns and how closely they match on different categories (e.g. FIber content, gauge etc).
http://www.knittingfool.com This page provides a database of different knitting stitch patterns – perfect if you fancy designing your own patterns, or embellishing an existing pattern
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html This site has loads of useful information on it (patterns, tips etc) but the part I reference all the time is their yarn weight blog as I always forget what the different weights mean. It gives you hook/needle size recommendations for various standard weights as well as rough gauge etc.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit.html Another link from the Craft Yarn Council. This is a pretty comprehensive knitting abbreviation list. Particularly useful for any newer knitters out there.
http://blog.tincanknits.com/2014/06/06/how-to-read-a-knitting-chart/ I happened upon this page when I was working on a project that required me to read a knitting chart. I found it really clear and useful. The rest of the blog is worth checking out too.
http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2013/07/04/uk-and-us-crochet-conversion-chart/ I found this page not long after I started to crochet. I don’t know about anyone else, but the first time I tried to read a crochet pattern almost became my last. So many abbreviations! I was seriously regretting being so hasty buying all those hooks… But then I came across this page and it really helped. It has a UK/USA conversion chart and a pretty comprehensive abbreviation list. Fab. The page also has tutorials on it and some patterns.
http://www.purlbee.com/2007/10/28/duplicate-stitch/ One of the projects I was working on required me to do some duplicate stitch. Sounds much scarier than it actually is, and this link made it really clear and simple.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-notice-knitting-and-sewing-patterns UK guidance on copyright for patterns.
Please feel free to add your own links in the comments section