Symbols and Emoticon Knitting Patterns
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Free Knitting Patterns
Spoons Up Mitts
Spoons have special meaning to those who suffer from chronic illness or disability and use Spoon Theory to describe how they face the their daily tasks with energy limits. These mitts feature spoons with a twisted chain motif between each. I think it might be interesting to knit them as arm warmers without the thumb and then turn the spoons up or down depending on how much energy you had to signal when you needed to rest or when you could keep going. Designed by Christine Terramane who was inspired by a variety of spoon meanings.
The perfect gift for the tech lover in your life, this scarf incorporates binary code into stranded colorwork knit as as a tube so the reverse is hidden. You can knit random 1s and 0s or use a binary translator to create a message for your scarf like “I love you” or the recipient’s name. Ravelrers have adapted this pattern to hats, mitts, cowls, baby clothes, and more. Designed by by Christine Dumoulin for Knitty Pictured project by Neetstoo who knit the names of her family in binary in her scarf.
Slouchy beanie with peace symbols in stranded colorwork designed by FogKnits
Peace, Love, and Happiness Wash Cloths
Set of quick cloths with peace sign, heart, and smiley face. Designed by Heather Mountain. Pictured projects by sweetp and mavmama
This long-sleeved pullover features a peace sign motif on a sweater with a modified drop shoulder and a rounded neckline with reverse-stockinette rolled edges that also appear at hem and cuffs. Designed by A. Karen Alfke. Sizes XS – XXXL
Long-sleeved cropped cardigan with a zip front and a colorwork peace symbol on the back. Sizes S/M [M/L]. Knit with two strands of worsted together. Designed by Jenifer Stark.
Egyptian Horus Block
This chart features the falcon that symbolizes Horus in Egyptian mythology holding ankh symbols. You can use it for double knitting, intarsia, duplicate stitch, or knit/purl relief techniques. Use for afghan blocks, pot holders, cloths and other projects. approximately 12” x 12” Designed by Phoebe Leigh-Suelflow
Grammar Police Props
This versatile toy softie can be used as a comma, apostrophe, or air quotes if you put a band on the back. Designed by Morgen Dämmerung. Pictured projects are by kantknitstraight, marimba, and Lily-Lemon
ASL I Love You Cloth
Amy-Lynne Mitchell designed this cloth with American Sign Language for “I Love You.”
Pink Ribbon Hat
This beanie features six cabled ribbons, separated by mini cables that work their way all the way up to the crown and join in the center. This hat could easily be made in a different color to support various causes. Designed by Carissa Browning. Pictured project by SandyHam
Smiley Face Cloth
Designed by Knit a Little Store.
Smiley Bobble Beanie Hat
This easy pompom hat pattern by madmonkeyknits features an intarsia smiley face.
Smiley Baby Blanket
Happiness Is Baby Blanket is a round baby blanket that’s a quick knit in super bulky yarn. 34″ Diameter. Designed by Robin Anneken
Easy wash or dish cloth with a treble or bass clef. Designed by Blue Pegasus Designs. Pictured project by Rosenresli
These fingerless mitts designed by Rabbit Zielke are worked flat and seamed. Pictured project by singingstitcher
Binary Baby Blanket
Double knit baby blanket with alphabet in binary code. Designed by Miranda Humphries
Patterns for Purchase
Awareness Ribbon Cloth
Includes instructions for 2 sizes: LARGE: 12″W X 12″ H – SMALL: 7″W X 7 1/4″ H
Peace Sign Hat
Beanie with cable peace symbol.
Cape of Invisibility
The stranded colourwork in this cape is based on an Icelandic magical stave for disguise; in Icelandic, it is called Hulinhjalmur. The spell was supposed to prevent your enemies from seeing you. Sizes 36/38/40/42/44/46/48/50/52/54” around chest
Knitting for a Cure
This 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.
Awe Spell Hat
The Helm of Awe beanie is an Icelandic sigil to induce fear in your enemies and to protect against abuses of power.
Flight Spell Sweater
The Take Flight Pullover Sweater colorwork is based on an old Icelandic spell for bewitching a horse to fly. SIZING: 36/38/40/42/44/46/48/50/52/54” around chest
Terry 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!