Exploring Knitting and Crochet Techniques: 5 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns

I started crocheting as a teenager. At the same time, I tried my hands at knitting, but two or four needles were too confusing for me. Years later I again picked up a set of knitting needles. I had fallen in love with several projects that beautifully paired the solid textured stitches of knitting with the elegance of crochet lace.

This love of patterns that marry knitting and crochet is what led Knitting Daily Editor Kathleen Cubley and I to create this free eBook. As Kathleen says, “Knitting loves crochet. . . . Knitting and crochet are sisters, really, who share the same history and tradition in the world of needle work.” We hope you will enjoy the beauty of both crafts in these exquisite patterns.


The Lacy Cables Scarf by Annette Petavy pairs an elegant knitted cable with an openwork crochet edging. This simple knitting and crochet pattern is a great introduction to knitting cables, and the sophisticated edging is the perfect finishing touch.


A simple stockinette hat is the perfect background for a crochet motif band in the Snow Queen Hat by Anastasia Popova.  If you are a new crocheter or knitter, this is the perfect pattern to try your skills on. Detailed stitch diagrams help illustrate the delicate crochet motifs.


The Snowflake Sweater by Mari Lynn Patrick uses clever crochet patterning to create beautiful motifs for the front and back of this crochet/knit sweater. Knitted panels are worked around the motifs to create the sweater and inventive crochet seaming joins the pieces to create a remarkable sweater.


The Melange Turtleneck by Katie Himmelberg is a beautiful melding of knit and crochet techniques. A stockinette knit creates a solid body and shell stitch crochet sleeves highlight the ability of crochet to create gorgeous lace. Try this great knit/crochet sweater in a single color or two for an instant favorite.


The BFF Finger Puppets bring knit and crochet together in perfect harmony. One doll is knitted and the other is crocheted. Both are simple to create. The features are embroidered. Create an entire village of fiber loving friends for a little girl in your life.


Expand your fiber skills with one of the innovative knitting and crochet patterns in Exploring Knitting and Crochet Techniques: 5 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns. We’d love to see your work. Share photographs of your finished project in the Crochet Me Member Gallery.

Best wishes,

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