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!

10 things to make in an evening

We've been juggling so many big makes lately that we're feeling the need for a crafty quickie! There are times in life you want to curl up and really spend weeks making something, but what about all those last-minute makes when you need a gift idea for your aunty's birthday tmrw or you just want the satisfaction of finishing off something? With this in mind we've rounded up 10 of our favourite craft projects for you to make in just one evening - let us know how you get on!Knit bangles

How to sew a girl's dress

Treat a little girl to this cute summer dress, perfect for parties or just playing in the garden. It's so easy to make, you can sew one in every colour! Read on for more info plus a link to our free tutorial...

Craft ideas for kids

School's out for summer! Here are some of our favourite craft ideas to keep kids busy over the holidays, including 4 great freebies for you...

10 makes for Father's Day!

We'll be celebrating Father's Day on 17th June! We've rounded up some of our favourite men's gift ideas, including some great freebies, so you can make something special for your dad this weekend...

Quick birthday gift ideas

Time flies! We all have great plans to craft up the perfect birthday gifts for family and friends, but it's just too easy to leave it until the last minute. Luckily, we've got lots of super-speedy gift ideas right here on The Making Spot, including some great free ideas. Read on to find out more...

Mostly making: knitted bunting

We've swapped our embroidery needles for the soothing clackety clack of knitting needles this week - and have been busily spending our evenings knitting triangles to make knitted bunting. The plan? To festoon our stand at next months' Stitch & Craft Show with some lovely homespun decor! We'll hosting The Making Spot lounge at London Olympia at the show, and can't wait. We're using Amanda Jones' Quick Knit Party Bunting pattern (first seen in Simply Knitting's Royal Wedding Supplement), & swapped the colours from red, white & blue to The Making Spot's colour palette. Read more to find out how we're getting on...

Loving this bunting knitting pattern

Special thanks Karen Whittock Flannigan for her photo skills - she took this close up shot of our bunting in action!

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5 great stash busters

Wondering what to do with all those half-finished balls of yarn gathering in your stash? We've rounded up these quick knitting & crochet patterns to use up odds & ends and turn them into stylish accessories and gifts to treasure. Read on to find our 5 favourite stash busters...

Cushion free crochet pattern

Free knitting pattern!

Mmmmn knitted chocolates! We don't know about you but we're feeling a little fed up of diets and detox... so we're turning to our crafting for a little light relief. Feast your eyes on this free knitting pattern - our early valentines gift to you. These knitted chocolates are the handiwork of Kirsty McLeod from Simply Knitting magazine. They're kindly letting us feature this free pattern in a guest post. 

Free knitting pattern - knitted chocolates

Quick-stamp thank you cards

To make or buy? That is the question whenever a huge craft mission looms which I'm not sure I'll have time to complete. Such a dilemma cropped up last weekend, when I had to make 100 thank you cards. The answer? Try this quick card idea and rubber stamp them! I managed to finish the entire batch in just 2 hours - not bad eh?