- THE RABBIT HOLE THAT IS RAVELRY
Firstly, you can’t go past Ravelry as a pattern source for everything knitting and crochet related. It has so many patterns you can get lost for days, even with their amazing search parameters. You can find shops like Black Sheep Wool or groups in your area to meet up. You can also, of course, search by yarn choice if you have something that you need a pattern for. You do need an email address to join but they don’t send you junk emails or notices; you just need it to sign in. This is my go-to site when I am looking for a pattern. You can make friends with new people and search their patterns too if you like. PS: I am “BettMess” feel free to find me and send a friend request!
- GOOD OLD GOOGLE
Google is my next stop. I use Google images to find something that I am looking for and follow the links. This is more time consuming as you have to sort through pictures that just lead to more pictures, but if you can hold out you do tend to find some great options with perseverance.
- YOU NEED TO VISIT LOVE CRAFTS IF YOU LOVE CRAFTS!
Love Crafts is a European site that does a little of everything but has some great patterns and does do some specials. You have to sign in and get an account but be careful what you pick as they will send you heaps of emails for sales. And as it is a European site make sure prices are in Australian dollars and that you double-check shipping costs.
- GET YOUR YARNSPIRATIONS HERE
Yarnspirations is an American site and has tons of free patterns and American yarns but shipping might bite if you are not careful and some yarns are not shipped to Australia. It has had a few problems with a recent merge so be patient – if it is a Red Heart Pattern some are still happy fortune being changed to look like the rest. Yarnspirations works with designers and offers great video tutorials as well that can be a great help if you need it for a pattern.
- PATTERNS PLUS AT LION BRAND
Lion Brand is also an American site but has a nice range of patterns. Again, you have to sign in to use them, but they are pretty good at leaving you alone if you want them too. Lion Brand is also easy to come by the wool range in Australia if you’d like to do the pattern in that recommended yarn.
- BRING IT BACK TO THE BOOKS
Book Depository is where I frequent to buy beautiful books of patterns. They have great discounts and free shipping, and it’s obviously not just a knitting and crochet site, but it has a wide selection, nonetheless. I buy most of my books from here, love books of all sorts, and have a little of everything to get by with…. but who doesn’t like a new pattern and getting snail mail?! Consider them an investment!