Free Pattern…Whatever: Definitely Different

Due to the reprehensible and ongoing theft of The Hare Moon (detailed further here; if you’re annoyed by it feel free to let her know), I’m no longer posting free patterns from my personal stash. HOWEVER, as I’ve pointed out this resource before and extracted patterns from it for those who might not want to slog through an enormous PDF of free patterns (knitting and sewing), I feel it’s safe to do so again. Particularly as I knitted up a sample of the ‘new fancy stitch’ to see just how new and fancy it really was (answer: quite).

The pattern features ‘fancy stitch’ stripes along the body and a larger chunk at the shoulder shaping. The top is worked in two pieces, though this wouldn’t be hard to work in the round up to the arms for minimal seaming.

This lacy pattern would look nice repeated, creating a diamonds-within-a-diamond motif. Enjoy!

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  1. Hi! Love you old patterns – and your chatter is most amusing! I’m a new visitor and very happy to have discovered your little corner of the world :-)

    I can clearly see how much you love these vintage patterns… I’m wondering if you might be interested in some of mine? No strings.

    I can never pass them up when I find them, not an obsession that many people share. You clearly do. That in and of itself pleases me. Drop me a line if you are interested.

    It was a pleasure to ‘meet’ you!

    Kindest regards,
    Sandra Rose

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    1. Well thank you very much. I am of course always interested in expanding my already overstuffed binders of vintage patterns; email me at heythere@rarerborealis.com and let us see what can be worked out!

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    2. Hi there,

      While I was browsing the new patterns on Ravelry today, I was startled to see a vintage hat pattern uploaded with a download fee. Following the pattern link took me to the website http://www.nostalgiarules.com, where I was even more startled to see the adorable Winged Pillbox Hat pattern you posted a while ago listed for sale! I’ve made the hat, and it’s a fantastic pattern, but it’s also clearly available for free!

      Knowing the battles you’ve had with people attempting to profit from vintage patterns, you were the first person I thought of to alert. I’m not sure what (if anything) can be done, but I wanted to draw your attention to this.

      Thank you, as always, for your wonderful website and for giving knitters access to vintage patterns as it should be.

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      1. Hello there, and thanks for the heads-up. On a cursory glance, this site appears legit, in that I don’t see remnants of my watermark in the face of the image, and the surrounding patterns are from similar books. It’s quite possible this person has their own copy of the book, scanned in their own version, and is selling it.

        As always, caveat emptor when purchasing stuff online – a good rule of thumb with vintage patterns (ESPECIALLY of the ‘PDF only’ variety) is to use a site like TinEye to compare the image across the web. Then you can see if it came from elsewhere, possibly a site where some individual offered the lone pattern for free, and it was scooped up by an aggregated site.

        I’d also look into checking out the naming convention of patterns on Ravelry; if two people are offering the same pattern with the same name, it should list all sites it’s available on. Thanks again!

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