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Links to Free Patterns

Please see our Current Guidelines to find out what is specifically needed and by when. We DO NOT accept all types of items at any time.

Knit or crochet your favorite pattern or try something new -- you have plenty of latitude to select the design. A few restrictions are:

1) Do not incorporate representational images such as faces and animals in your design -- Islam prohibits depicting such likenesses.

2) Do not incorporate religious or national symbols.

3) Avoid lacy stitches that do not insulate sufficiently.

Here are selected links to free online patterns suggested by volunteers. Or, use your own favorite patterns. Classics are best.

Mittens, socks, hats, sweaters, vests


Crochet patterns

  • Shelley Jonas and Lilly Vargas recommend this practical and appealing pullover in the largest size for youth.
  • Mittens, courtesy of Bev Qualheim.
  • Puff-stitch cardigan.
  • Buttoned vest.
  • Be sure to add buttons from the neck to waist on this sweet jacket.
  • Susan Wills and Sue Clark designed the crochet version of In-Vest for Peace -- a quick one-piece vest -- for Afghan girls and boys.
  • This toasty hat works up quickly.
  • Annie Modesitt shares a PDF download of her pattern for a fabulous chullo-style hat.
  • Nancy Hamm recommends these helmet caps for children.

    Crochet blanket patterns

  • Easy ripple afghan
  • Log cabin!
  • Single crochet blanket
  • Rainbow waves afghan
  • Scrumptious scrap afghan

    Do you have a link to a favorite free pattern? Send the link to afghans4Afghans at aol dot com. We'll post your suggestions here.

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    Knitting patterns

  • Elizabeth Durand offers the free use of her simple 4-needle mitten pattern.
  • Striped turtleneck for your sportweight oddballs.
  • Scarlet Knitter Laura wrote this raglan sweater pattern for Afghan youth.
  • Inge in Seattle shares her own bulky-weight yoke pullover for kids, 8-10 years.
  • Fab all-around raglan pullover or cardigan for various yarn weights.
  • Striped children's pullover vest with good chest and armhole coverage. Very easy!
  • Basic crewneck in x-small for the older girls.
  • This v-neck in x-small would work well for the girls or boys.
  • Vest,in size small, offers good coverage.
  • Basic child's raglan pullover.
  • V-neck pullover vest for children recommended by long-time volunteer Amber.
  • V-neck pullover vest in an x-small for the older kids.
  • An easy pullover with interesting texture in x-small for the older kids.
  • Children's socks, courtesy of Claudia.
  • Toe-up socks.
  • Easy worsted-weight pullover with texture for interest.
  • Try adding colors and stripes to this basic cap that uses 2 strands and sports a fold-up band for extra warmth.
  • Patti Pierce Stone's slipped stripes hat uses up small amounts of yarn and is written for a few sizes.Try Kathleen Day's worsted-weight cap -- thick, quick, and lots of good texture.
  • Ari's baby hat with earflaps is just right to make for newborns -- because she designed it especially for the babies of Afghanistan!
  • Barbara Coley recommends these quick baby socks as a great way to use odds and ends for stripes, colored heels and toes, etc.
  • Baby's first sock, classic shape with texture interest.
  • Susan Wills designed the In-Vest for Peace -- a quick-knit one-piece vest -- especially for Afghan girls and boys. Have fun adding decorative buttons, and it's an awesome wool odds 'n' ends stash buster!

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    Knit blanket patterns

  • Inge's sawtooth-edge baby blanket
  • Weevera baby blanket
  • Karen Bledsoe's garter stripe baby afghan
  • Kathleen Day's waffle blanket
  • Diagonal baby blanket
  • Patchwork afghan
  • Lacy pyramid afghan
  • Stashghan
  • The hoover blanket





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