Freebie Friday - 3 downloads for you

We added some really fantastic freebies to celebrate Valentine's Day on The Making Spot this week, we hope you love them as much as we do!

First, get your free Cosy Heart Cushion knitting pattern and whip up this stylish treat for your home. It may look fancy, but using a self-striping yarn making this design quick and fun!

Valentine weekend: Free patterns!

We're gearing up for Valentine's Day with a weekend of crafty treats here on The Making Spot blog! Each day until Sunday 10th February, we'll be sharing a great free project and a crafty giveaway comp for you.

Here's today's free project to get you started - Quick valentine gifts to knit. Choose from six fun designs, including a single red rose, cufflinks and cute knitted chocolates!

Our favourite pattern is for this pair of mug hugs, a lovely cosy pressie to receive at this time of year.

Click here to find your free knitting project on The Making Spot now. You have to register to download the project, but it's quick and totally free.

Come back tomorrow for another free project download - we've got a terrific treat in store for cross stitch fans!

Love this? Find more Valentine's Day craft ideas on The Making Spot now


Freebie Friday – silky shawl pattern

We've got a fantastic free knitting pattern for you today - 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, and the pattern download includes a step-by-step guide to help beginner knitters.

Click over to The Making Spot to download your free shawl pattern now.

Don't forget to come back back next Friday for another great freebie!

Free elf hat pattern & new voucher code!

It's time to treat yourself! Knit up this cute elf hat with our free pattern - lots of fun at family parties or office lunches, or just for cheering up early morning dog walking! 

Even better, we've got a new voucher code for you; you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot until 31st January 2013.

Read on to get your voucher code and a download link for your free elf hat knitting pattern...

Free pattern – knit a poppy in November

Lots of us are wearing paper poppies in support of The Royal British Legion's poppy appeal this month.

Our friends at Search Press have shared this free poppy pattern from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, so you can knit yourself a beautiful poppy to wear - click 'read more' to find the download link now.

Before you start, be sure to head over to the Poppy Appeal webpage and make a donation today. It's quick and easy to do, and you'll be helping to support serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families.

Free pumpkin knitting pattern

Welcome back to our Spooky Weekend blog party! Here to celebrate Halloween with us are Search Press, who've brought along a free knitting pattern from Knitted Fruit & Vegetables by Susie Johns.

This brilliant book has knitting patterns for all kinds of fruit and veg, from aubergines and artichokes to apples, cherries and even pomegranates - yum! We think this cute little pumpkin would look great as part of a Halloween table centrepiece, or knit lots to use as place settings at Thanksgiving!

Visit the Search Press website to find out more and order your copy now, and read on for your free pumpkin knitting pattern...

Free pattern: Spooky werewolf set!

To celebrate our Spooky Weekend, we're having a massive sale on all Halloween projects! And as an extra special treat, Miriam McDonald's Spooky Werewolf knitted set is FREE to download for this weekend only.

This fun set is perfect for Halloween parties - choose from the werewolf hat, mitts and cute headband!

Free knitting pattern: knit a sheep!

Miranda the Sheep Bahhhh-rilliant news! Rowan have created this fantabulously fluffy sheep toy - Miranda the Masham Sheep - and are offering her up as a free knitting pattern to celebrate Wool Week 2012. Designed by Janice Anderson using beautiful British Sheep Breeds yarns, we think Miranda is a must-knit and would be a fanatic fluffy addition to any home. Happy knitting everyone!

Knit 'angel pockets' for Sands

The Bath branch of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, is looking for crafters to knit special baby blankets called 'angel pockets'.

These little blankets will be added to memory boxes, to be passed on to the Royal United Hospital. Laura Rodger says that Sands would be incredibly grateful to anyone who would like to knit an Angel Pocket. “We know how important these little blankets are to parents, and sadly we don’t have enough at the moment,” she says.

If you'd like to help, visit The Knitter website for more information, plus a link to the free pattern.

You can also visit the Sands Bath homepage, as well as the national Sands website.

Cupcake knitting pattern

 knit a cupcake

YUM! We're loving tucking into this latest project for our Jubilee Street Party! This knitted cupcake is just one mouthwatering make from Tasty Knits, by Susan Penny and Susie Johns...