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Knitting Patterns to Comfort

Knitting patterns for those who need a little extra comfort in their lives.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Soothing Comfort Shawl

Soothing Comfort Shawl

This easy rectangular shawl by Christine Marie Chen features a slip stitch texture pattern in tubular bulky yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Aromatherapy Tea Cosy

Aromatherapy Tea Cosy

This clever cozy includes four hidden interior pockets for sachets filled with scented flax seeds or aromatherapy beads. When you brew a comforting pot of tea, the moist heat from your teapot will release the healing scents. One of the patterns in Mindful Knitting by Tara Jon Manning.

Free knitting pattern for Hoot Owl Water Bottle Cozy and more owl knitting patterns

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Hoot Water Bottle Cozy

Robyn Wade designed a hot water bottle cover with owl cable motifs that you can embellish with embroidery, buttons, and more to make it your own.

Free Knitting Pattern for Knee Warmer

Phil’s Knee Warmers

Sarah Peasley created these knee warmers for an uncle who had knee surgery. They also have been helpful for those with arthritis. Pictured project by reanbean.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ice Pack Socks

Ice Pack Socks

These slipper socks come with a pocket on the sole to slip an ice pack in to help relieve painful feet. The designer Denise Sutherland used the Sock of Doom pattern but says you can adapt it to any sock pattern.

Free Knitting Pattern for Heartwarmers Heat Packs

Heartwarmers Microwavable Heat Packs

These knitted hearts are filled with a microwavable rice or bead packet that makes them a wonderfully warm spot to be held or put in your pocket. Pictured project by sarahelise

Free Knitting Pattern for Prayer Shawl

The Original Prayer Shawl

This easy shawl is offered by the Prayer Shawl Ministry. The designers Victoria Galo & Janet Bristow say, “The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver… Made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer, the shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart.”  Pictured project by saskknitter who added meditation beads.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ramp Tote

Ramp Tote

This ingenious hands-free tote was designed Jodie Gordon Lucas with panels that fit beneath your legs to keep your knitting projects or other items secure but convenient. Three designs. Jodie points out it also is ideal “for knitting while sitting in bleachers, knitting while sailing, knitting on a rollercoaster, knitting on a ski-lift, knitting on a motorcycle”.

Free Knitting Pattern for Dog Anxiety WrapFree Knitting Pattern for Dog Anxiety Sweater

Dog Anxiety Wrap or Swaddle

And let’s not forget about comforting our animal companions! Chiwaluv Amigurumi Critters designed this wrap and swaddle sweater to help anxious dogs feel safe and relax. The Ttouch Mock Anxiety Wrap is based on principles of Tellington Touch to use moderate pressure to comfort the mind and body during periods of stress, travel, loud noises, hyperactivity, or injury. The Swaddle Sweater is designed for snug, calming fit like swaddling a baby.

Free Knitting Pattern for Twiddle Muffs or Mitts

Twiddle Muffs or Mitts

Twiddle muffs have a calming effect for people with dementia and other cognitive difficulties. The muffs provide simple stimulation that has been shown to reduce agitation and restlessness. Twiddle muffs have also been used as a sensory comfort aid for autism, ADHD, and anxiety. Knit the muffs or mitts with colorful textured yarn from your stash and then add buttons, ribbons, beads, toys, anything that would be fun to fidget with — inside the mitt as well as outside! Be sure to take a look at the projects for this pattern for inspiration. Check with your local nursing homes about donating twiddle muffs for their residents. Pictured project by Kipipsso.

 

Free knitting pattern for Ruched Sleep Eye Mask and more stash buster knitting patterns

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Ruched Sleep Eye Mask

Designed by Sarah Core, this sleep mask covers the eyes without laying heavy on the face.  The pattern also provides instructions for turning your mask into a eye sachet, with a detailed pattern included for making a mask backing.

Free Knitting Pattern for Heart Card

Loving Thoughts Heart Card

Show you care with a personalized card with a knitted heart by Kelly Jo Sweeney. Pictured project by fluffernutters

Free knitting pattern for Penguin Hot Water Bottle Cozy Cover

Penguin Hot Water Bottle Cozy

Designed by Marianne Wells, this adorable hot water bottle cover is knit with dk yarn held double so as to create a thick fabric to keep the heat from burning skin, and the cosy opens at the back for easy access as well as at the neck for easy refilling.

Free Knitting Pattern for Finger Labyrinth

Finger Labyrinth

This portable version of the classic Baltic labyrinth pattern by Beth Dubeck can be a great aid to meditation, prayer, and generating a sense of calm. At 17 inches in diameter, this double-spiral labyrinth is perfect fit for laps or table tops and can be customized for larger sizes. The original pattern uses eyelets for the labyrinth edges. In this project, LLWright added duplicate stitch to the eyelets to make the labyrinth more tactile.

Free Knitting Pattern for Heat Relief Mittens

Heat Relief Mittens with Pockets

These mittens feature a pocket for inserting air activated handwarmers. Michele Czekala designed these for Raynaud sufferers but anyone who suffers from cold or pain in the winter would benefit from the extra warmth.

Free Knitting Pattern for Sweater for Purse Tissue Packets

Sweater for Purse Tissue Packets

Fasty, easy pattern for small cozy to hold purse-sized tissue packets. Great for stash busting, stocking stuffers, and fundraisers. Project by breet who added a flower.

Sheep Water Bottle free knitting pattern and more sheep and lamb knitting patterns

 

Herdy Sheep Hot Water Bottle Cover and Toy

Janice Anderson creates two knitting patterns in one for Herdy Company and Rowan.

Free knitting pattern for First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Nancy Anderson designed this vintage-style first aid kit with two expanding pockets for Red Heart Cares. 8 x 8 x 3 inches.

Reversible Cloche Free Hat Knitting Pattern | Cloche Hat Knitting Patterns, many free knitting patterns at http://intheloopknitting.com/free-cloche-hat-knitting-patterns/

Not-Just-For-Chemo Reversible Cloche

This cloche was designed by Mary Keenan to work for those who are undergoing treatment. She says it “works with hair and without it, protects curls or conceals the lack of them. The softer stocking stitch can be worn inside for sensitive scalps.

Free knitting pattern for Smiley Face Cloth

Smiley Face Cloth

Add a smile to a knit cloth, shawl, blanket to cheer them up. Designed by Knit a Little Store.

Free Knitting Pattern for Pinwheel Flowers

Pinwheel Flowers

Cheer them up with flowers that never fade or die! These flowers designed by Frankie Brown are simple garter stitch flowers, knitted in one piece, from DK yarn. A pattern for stalks and leaves is also included, should you want to knit a bouquet.

Patterns for Purchase

Book of Prayer Shawl Knitting Patterns

Knit Prayer Shawls: 15 Wraps to Share

15 designs included: Southwest Color, Just-Right Wrap, Sunny Days Ahead, Comfort Abides, Light & Airy, Colors of Joy, Celtic Spirit, Wishing You Well, Swaying Cables & Lace, Tranquil Waves, Nature’s Peace, Sweet Solace, Restful Ruana, Because I Care, and The Picture of Health. Spiral-bound pages lie flat for ease of use.that would be fun to fidget with — inside the mitt as well as outside! Be sure to take a look at the projects for this pattern for inspiration. Check with your local nursing homes about donating twiddle muffs for their residents. Pictured project by Kipipsso.

Mindful Knitting Cover

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft

Mindful Knitting contains ten original and enjoyable knitting projects, each complemented by a meditation exercise.

Knitting Pattern for Pink Ribbon Lace Afghan

Knitting for a Cure

Knitting for a CureThis afghan is one of 18 designs from Knitting for a Cure. Other patterns include scarves, a hat, a headband, fingerless gloves, teapot cozy, hot water bottle cover, pillow, and more. Many feature breast cancer awareness ribbon.

Knitting Pattern for Teddy Bear Hot Water Bottle Cover

Teddy Bear Hot Water Bottle Cover

This sleeping bear cozy is perfect for children or anyone who needs a warm fuzzy. Also includes a pattern for pajama case.

Knitting Pattern for Boo-boo Buddies

Boo-Boo Buddies

These caring critters are ready to apply some cool and soothing help for little bumps and bruises. Filled with dried beans, these knitted cotton ice packs provide 10–15 minutes of gentle, cooling relief. 7″ tall x 4″ wide Also available in Love of Knitting, Summer 2015

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Hot Water Bottle Cozy

Cable Hot Water Bottle Cozy

This pattern works up to fit any standard size water bottle.

Knitting Pattern for Peanut Pillows

Peanut Neck Pillow

Quick and easy pattern for a peanut shaped neck support pillow to use at home or for traveling.

Knitting Pattern for Snake Wrist Rest

Stanley Snake Wrist Rest

This easy snake toy has a practical side — keeping your wrists comfortable while you use the keyboard or mouse.

Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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