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Contrast and Color Knitting Patterns

by | Nov 18, 2017 | Featured

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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Villiviini Socks

 Villiviini Socks

Cuff down socks with a striking lace panel knit with intarsia in the round. 3 sizes. Fingering yarn. Designed by Tiina Kuu. Available in English, Finnish, and French

Free Knitting Pattern for Nordic Pop Mitts

Nordic Pop Mitts

Black and white fair isle pattern gets a pop of color. Worsted yarn. Designed by Ann Weaver for Red Heart.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Brioche Cable Cowl

Brioche Cable Cowl

This reversible cowl features a brilliant contrast between variegated yarn and a neutral black or gray. Worsted yarn. Designed by Vanessa Ewing for Plymouth yarn. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s

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Free Knitting Pattern for Snow Valley Hat

Free Knitting Pattern for Snow Valley Hat

Snow Valley Hat

Easy hat in two colors with easy slip stitch colorwork and corrugated ribbing. Designed by Anne Gagnon

Free Knitting Pattern for Neapolitan Mitts

Neapolitan Mitts

Fingerless mitts in 3 colors with stranded colorwork for transitions between colors. 3 sizes. Designed by Tracy Hill

Free Knitting Pattern for Pipevine Cowl

Pipevine Cowl

This infinity scarf alternates rows of stockinette with a simple two-row lace pattern in ribbons of color. Designed by Joanna Cosgrove

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Brighten My Day Shawl

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Brighten My Day Shawl

Brighten My Day Shawl

Triangular shawl knit side to side in garter stitch alternates a self-striping yarn with contrasting color like black for a striking effect. Rated easy by Red Heart. Designed by Nancy J. Thomas

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Melinda VerMeer designed this shawl to be knit with contrasting colors to resemble the wings of a butterfly. Because this is cast on with few stitches and expands, it easily can be adapted to different yarns or sizes.

Free Knitting Pattern for Sista Claudia Cowl

Sista Claudia Cowl

Stranded cowl with a geometric pattern in neutral and contrasting gradient yarns. Designed by Claudia Eisenkolb. Available in English and German. Pictured project by bex_inreallife

Free Knitting Pattern for Hiking Reindeer Cowl

Hiking Reindeer Cowl

This colorful cowl depicts a landscape of conifers silhouetted against a fiery sunset inspired by designer’s view on the way home in the Oxfordshire countryside. Fingering yarn. Designed by TheTwistedYarn

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Mitres in Motion Throw or Shawl

Simple decreases create the squares. The patchwork technique of adding squares as you go is done by picking up stitches along one side of the square to begin the next one. Each Square: 71/4inches x 71/4inches. Finished Dimensions of Shawl/Throw: 60inches x 30 inches.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Horizon Brioche Cowl

Horizon Brioche Cowl

The combination of solid and multi-color yarn adds extra dimenion to this Brioche stitch cowl by Julie Hines.

Free Knitting Pattern for Royal Quilting Hat

Royal Quilting Hat

Betty P Balcomb’s 2-color pattern is surprisingly easy. Strands or floats are laid down on the right side of the fabric and then a couple rows later you lift the strand and catch it in a stitch to form the slightly draped diagonal lines.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cirrus Cardigan

Cirrus Cardigan

Long-sleeved raglan sweater with double knit shawl collar and front bands. DK yarn. Designed by Dagmar Lutz. Available in English and German

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Half-Tone Cowl

Half-Tone Cowl

Stranded colorwork cowl with contrasting graphic pattern inspired by photo half-tones. Three different edging options:  garter stitch, tubular rib, and icord. DK or worsted weight yarn. Designed by handmade by SMINÉ

See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Etsy

Knittting Pattern for Rosie Accessory Set

Rosie Accessory Set

Despite its appearance, this matching set with neck warmer, wristers and beanie is knitted with only 2 strands of yarn: a solid main solid color and a contrast variegated color, in a pretty rose/heart fair isle pattern, plus a simple picot edging for a feminine touch on the neck warmer and wristers.

See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annie’s

Knitting Pattern for Stonehedge Cowl

Stonehedge Cowl

A series of angled stripes in unpredictable colors fills this graphic infinite scarf cowl by Kyle Kunnecke

Knitting Pattern for Pysansky Cowl and Mittens

Pysanky Cowl and Mittens Set

Colorful accessories inspired by the tradition of Eastern European pysanky (Easter eggs)

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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, 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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