Posted on Wednesday, April 3 2013 at 9pm
Nothing beats a bargain, so you'll love this collection of our favourite free knitting patterns from The Making Spot. Download one of these patterns for your next project, guilt-free, and enjoy being a true bargainista!
This Cute as a kitten hat pattern is available in three sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months or 12-24 months. It makes the perfect gift for a new baby in the family, and since the pattern is completely free you can splash out a little on some gorgeous yarns.
This Cowl Trio is three designs in one: choose your favourite colour combination, and decide between vertical, horizontal and diagonal stripes.
These Tweed flower mitts are a very simple stranded colourwork project, worked in the round, with no charts to read. They will fit hands 18-19cm round and use a tweed yarn combined with a painted sock yarn.
This Waffle Beanie is great for teens and young adults, both male and female - just pick their favourite shade of yarn. It's so quick to knit, and best of all, the pattern is free!
Feeling chilly? Snuggle up with these perfect polar pals! The patterns for the fabulously fluffy penguin and seal are absolutely free from The Making Spot - so what are you waiting for? Get knitting your tiny arctic duo!
Any knitter wil be able to complete this stunning Fair Isle cushion design in no time. Designer Jane Burns has created this gorgeous cushion, perfect to keep for yourself, give to a loved one, or even make as a housewarming gift for a couple moving in together.
We all went crazy for the Union Jack after the Royal wedding and the Jubilee celebrations, but when the patriotic events were over, our red, white and blue flags got stowed away. It's time to bring them back, and what better way to start than with this super simple jolly British placemat. The pattern is free from The Making Spot - so what are you waiting for?
This great collection of free quick gifts has six projects; originally designed as Valentine's gifts, they're great for any time of year. The set includes these mug hugs, plus a single red rose, cufflinks and cute knitted chocolates.
This lace scarf is the latest Friday Freebie from The Making Spot. It has three different options within one pattern, so you can vary the look from classic to dramatic.
These quick-to-knit mittens are a free download - perfect for a last-minute gift for someone special, or a treat to cheer yourself up on these chilly days...
This handy knitted basket is made in one piece, picking up stitches and using short rows to make the shape, so it's the ideal small project to practise those techniques. We love the beautiful rustic colours and textured stitch pattern!
Covered with chunky cables, this Cool cable bag is perfect for shopping trips. And best of all, the pattern is free! The finished bag measures 30x32 cm, knitted in two complementary colours.
Another brilliant free pattern is Kirstie McLeod's Silky Elegance shawl. This soft shawl is perfect for winter adventures; dress it up with a brooch for a night out, or wear it as a scarf on frosty days. It's quick to knit, in two luxurious strands of Rowan's Kidsilk Haze (a mix of mohair and silk).
This gorgeous squidgy pocket cushion by Mary Henderson has its own heart-motif pocket to keep precious things safe. The finished cushion measures 33x33cm.
Rhian Drinkwater's free sock and mittens set for babies is ideal for a first seam-free knitting project as it'll knit up quickly.
The gorgeous colours of this Rhubarb crumble bag make it a treat to knit, and to use. It's so simple too - a great project for knitting in front of the TV...
If you're looking for a gift with a difference, this Cute Cupcake & Picture will really impress. The 3D cupcake also makes a great pincushion.
These striped socks are bright enough to cheer you up even on the greyest days. For the free pattern you'll need double-pointed needles, but if you need any help with getting to grips with DPNs just click here for our expert advice.
If you're in the Southern hemisphere, however, you'll be stripping off your socks and enjoying the summer sunshine. So this free pattern for a knitted bikini is perfect for lounging by the pool or relaxing on the beach.
And to keep tiny toes toasty on Wintery days, you'll love this free download: a pattern for Baby Steps bootees. A great stashbusting knit, they're constructed in the round with a cable effect that doesn't require a cable needle.
The Elwood hat pattern is a quick-knit hat with lace and cable patterning, worked in 4ply yarn from your stash. It uses a chevron lace stitch pattern, interspersed with cabling, and the tubular cast-on method, which is lovely and stretchy for a comfy fit.
This gorgeous Country Girl cardigan pattern is absolutely free from The Making Spot. Finished with pretty buttons and a gingham ribbon, it'll look adorable on any young girl.
If you enjoy knitting for charity, these adorable baby bonnets are designed for premature babies, to help keep them warm in neonatal units - and soften the visual effect of the medical equipment for their parents. Liz Baxter designs these bonnets for her local neonatal clinic, and stresses the importance of using very soft, high-quality yarn.
Great for yourself or as a gift, the pattern for this Cashmere Merino cowl is a free download. You'll love the delicate textures, and can be personalised with buttons of your choice.
Last but not least, these button-up leg warmers will keep you warm in style with the delicate fluted hem. They're perfect for the transition from winter jeans to skirts in spring...