Knitting patterns – Bella Knitting Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:30:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Knitting patterns – Bella Knitting 32 32 Cute toy knitting patterns to make Fri, 10 Jun 2022 10:12:02 +0000

Looking for toy knitting patterns? Our free patterns are perfect for intermediate knitters who have mastered basic knitting stitches, like stockinette stitch.

From an adorable teddy bear to an awesome Womble, we’ve rounded up some of Prima’s favorite knitting patterns to create.

Whether you’re looking for a new knitting project or wanting to give a gift to a loved one, a knitted toy has plenty of charm and could be a beloved teddy for years to come.

If you’re looking to grab something with everything you need why not try one of these knitting kits. From foxes to puppies there is a huge selection and they would also make a unique gift for someone. It’s up to you if you do it for them or let them enjoy the creative process themselves!

Enjoy our selection of free toy knitting patterns below.

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Teddy bear knitting pattern

Make your own teddy bear, complete with a cute little jacket that you can take off. Worked in reverse stockinette throughout, it’s ideal for those with basic knitting skills.


Koala comforter knitting pattern

Looking for a toy knitting pattern? Welcome to what might be the cutest of them all – a cuddly knitted koala. This free pattern shows you how to create the perfect plush toy as a keepsake or gift.


Hedgehog knitting pattern

We love hedgehogs, so we created this knitting pattern for fundraising. This little creature would always look great knitted for your home or as a gift.


Prima has teamed up with The Wombles to create this fabulous Orinoco knit. It makes a fabulous gift for a friend, or why not make it just for yourself! A good pattern for intermediate knitters.


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National Library digs into archives to recreate vintage knitting patterns for new crafters Mon, 30 May 2022 21:24:54 +0000

When the National Library of Australia (NLA) started scanning old newspapers and magazines and adding them to its Trove database, a search term was surprisingly popular.

“We started to notice that one of the most commonly targeted headings was knitting patterns,” Kathryn Favelle, director of community engagement at the NLA, told Christine Layton on ABC Radio Perth.

“What was happening was that a large online community of knitters was starting to dig through old newspapers and magazines for inspiration.

“We started looking and thinking, ‘What could we do with these knitting patterns and how could we bring them to a new audience?’

A modern take on the Judith sweater, featured in Vintage Knits.

The result was a book, Vintage Knits, recently published by NLA Publishing, which contains 25 knitting patterns from the 1930s, 40s and 50s along with stories about the history of knitting.

But Ms Favelle said creating the book was not as simple as copying the designs directly from archival documents.

“Often in old patterns only one size is provided in the journal or pattern book, now we are used to getting pattern books which give you four, five or six sizes to choose from”, a- she declared.

“The knitters they advertised for knew how to knit and fit [the size].

“Most of us don’t have that skill anymore, so Vintage Knits takes those old patterns and adapts them for modern knitters and also gives us some tips and tricks on how we can make our own adjustments.”

A 1939 sportswear sweater in Vintage Knits
A 1939 sportswear sweater in Vintage Knits(NLA Edition)

Have we stretched the time?

When development of the book began, the NLA approached volunteer knitters to test the original patterns and made a startling discovery.

“Their first attempt at knitting these vintage patterns, using the same ply of yarn and same size needles, often resulted in something much smaller than we expected for that pattern,” he said. she declared.

“Whether it’s a wool quality issue or the fact that our body size has changed and people are taller and broader, bigger in the shoulders than they were maybe 50 to 60 years ago. We had to experiment with the model to see what would work and give a similar effect today.”

Yarn has also changed and many fibers and brands recommended almost 100 years ago are no longer available, while knitters now have many other options to choose from.

The Margaret top, featured in Vintage Knits, page
The Margaret top, featured in Vintage Knits, was designed in 1936 to mimic a silk blouse.(NLA Edition)

Styles of a more constrained era

Styles from those decades were also significantly more fitted than modern knitwear, she said.

“One of my favorites in the book is called Margaret. It was created by a woman called Margaret Eaton and she was in response to a request from knitters for something that would replace a silk blouse.”

Published in 1936, in the midst of the Depression, the pattern responded to difficult times when readers were perhaps looking to reuse wool from an old garment and make something themselves.

It’s also quite simple.

“One of the reasons I love the Margaret is that it’s very simple garter stitch. If you only know one stitch in knitting, garter stitch is the one you learn first.”


Knitting is for everyone

Although traditionally a women’s craft, Ms Favelle said men also had a long history of knitting and it had seen a resurgence in popularity among all ages with the pandemic lockdowns.