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So, be ready for a theme!  Knitting and Crochet!

1. Bernat. Their home webite with LOADS of free patterns, tutorials, and knitting/crochet help!  Seriously, they have dozens of patterns for hats, scarves, sweaters, toys, and house items.  If you're interested in knitting and crocheting for charity (afghans for homeless and battered women's shelters, preemie baby hats, chemo hats, or fund-raising patterns) try BernatCares.com
For both, you have to sign up to access patterns and such, giving them your e-mail but beyond that, it's easy as pie and you get GOBS of resources.  Basically, they look like every single one of their "free pattern" hand outs that you see in the yarn section of the store are available for free online.

2. Knit and Crochet Today.  A PBS TV show and a website.  They have lots of free patterns, great ideas, and links to some of the contributors' blogs and websites.  The lead gal, Brett Bara has a blog here on blogger...Check it out at Manhattan Craft Room.

3. Continental Knitting.  I've always knitted "standard" or "English" but have recently discovered "continental" or "German" knitting via Knitandcrochettoday.  Here is a GREAT series of web videos giving instruction on continental knitting by Jeanette White.  The plus side to retraining myself: less wear and tear on your hands (i.e. no arthritis at like 50) and faster knitting! :)

4. Ravelry.  It's a hybrid between knitting project websites and facebook for knitting and crochet.  TONS of patterns--some for free and some to order.  LOADS of ideas, tips, blogs, and news from fellow knitter.  "It's a knit and crochet community!"

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