KnittingParadise.com is one of those websites I visit Very often. However, the reason for my first visit is not why I continue to go back. I went there looking for Free patterns .
In fact I discovered KnittingParadise.com while I was doing research for my article, 100 Free Round Loom Projects . I started with my usual search on Google and Google images. Since Adsense banners react to web searches, everywhere I went the banners would show the same thing. Advertisement for FREE Patterns with the website address www.KnittingParadise.com were everywhere. I mean every where . It was crazy. How could I just ignore it? I went on a hunting trip through KnittigParadise.com.
Please don’t quote me because unfortunately I can’t remember exactly, word for word, what the banner ads said. All I remember was that I got the impression I could find hundreds or even thousands of patterns. Well, are there hundreds or even thousands of Free Patterns at KnittingParadise.com?
Yes, I believe there are thousands if not tens of thousands, I could be exaggerating but I don’t think I am. You will find these in the User Submitted How-tos, Patterns and Tutorials section of the site. But you may have a bit of a hard time finding the one you specifically want. First, you need to know that KP is a forum and not a standard website or blog. It depends on the titles given by the person that uploads or types in the pattern. An example: You crochet or loom knit, and you want a pattern. You type baby blanket in the search bar. The person posting the blanket pattern might not put the words knit, crochet or loom on the title. He/she only puts two words, Baby Blanket. You could find rows and rows that only say Baby Blanket. Oooh no ..
Here is the upside to that dilemma, you can Request a Pattern and you specify in the Pattern Request Forum that you want a Crochet pattern for a Baby Blanket. Doesn’t that notion just tickle you pink? I love it. Wait there’s more, people will respond! The members of this forum will go to work for you. These are some awesome folks.
Whoever made the decision on how to breakup and categorize the site did a really good job. The Forums work well. I believe they fit the needs of most users. You have a place for stuff you’re searching for, a place for fun and a place to share. They’ve even made space for non-sense (General Chit-Chat) which I think is GREAT because sometimes you feel like non-sense.
You can sell your stuff for FREE! They have a Members Buy/Sell forum. Isn’t that just too good ? Considering that every body wants to nickel and dime you to death with fees and after that you have to give a quarter in taxes for selling the stuff, free listing is an awesome deal.
I am big on telling my readers what I like most about what ever I’m reviewing. The Pictures forum is my favorite spot on this site. It is so much fun. I discovered yarn bombing here !
Like all humans, I also love pictures of babies and pets. You will find a lot of those where ever you find knitters. I think that’s part of the law of nature.
Email Alerts After Comments
I think I should also share something small but irritating. If you comment on any post you will begin getting emails every time someone else post a comments. Most of the comments are: wow, great, so cute, love it. Very annoying. But this can be fixed. After you post a comment go to the My Watch Topics and click Unwatch. Unless you like the emails than just leave it alone.
They have an issue with what they call ” Self-Promotion “.Look I understand that if someone comes to my site and leaves a link about their shoe shop I will need to delete it because it’s irrelevant. However if Beverly from Bev’s Country Cottage, Brenda from LoomLore or Kristen from Good Knit Kisses wants to drop a link here – NO Problem. I invite that because it is relevent. I think the allowance of Self-Promotion is what has made Ralvery such a great place for knitters that blog
So bloggers, be aware that KP is not friendly grounds.
The party van never made it to this Forum. This bunch is the most quiet. I have posted in the Loom Knit forum a few times but the response is not at the scale of the general community. I don’t know why. Maybe they need YOU.
The forum overall has a great layout. Navigation is a breeze. I have been to many knitting forums and right now in 2013 , this is the best. If you’re looking for free patterns, I think you could do better with a Google or Google Image Search. What Google can not give you are the people who make themselves available to you at KnittingParadise.com. It’s a community of lovely people who share a common love of yarn art and are willing to help you, guide you and share with you. I think that beats any FREE pattern offer anywhere.
My Personal Conclusion
I enjoy my time at KnittingParadise.com. I have cut back because I am an initiator. I like to create topics instead of just participating and I am to often accused of Self-Promotion for it so I don’t frequent as often as I would. But I love the people there and that’s what takes me back. They know each other, care that someone’s husband is suffering from cancer and someone elses daughter doesn’t like school. I love the pictures people share. Some are professional looking but most are down home sweet. It’s like going for a virtual visit to the nice neighbors house. How can I not go back?