Finding plus size knit and crochet patterns is difficult. When you try to find free patterns, it seems the search is impossible. Most patterns cover sizes small through large. If you are a size XL, there are plenty of options out there. For curvy women, pattern choices are few and far between. I took the time to search for free patterns that included plus sizes. Here is the result of that search. In my search I excluded patterns for scarves, hats, and one-size patterns because curvy women know that one size does not fit all.
This is the number one place to go for free plus size patterns. If you search for ‘plus size patterns’ in the search box and choose patterns from the drop-down menu, pages of patterns appear. The choices are truly plus size, not just patterns that include large or XL sizes. There were too many patterns for me to list individually. The choices for both crochet and knitting are many.
This website is full of free books on knitting and crochet in digital format. It also has podcasts and other media. Search on either crochet or knitting and you will get a list of free ebooks and other media to choose from. Everything is free to download and keep. You will need either a program that can read ePub formats or you can read the books in plain text—but you lose the illustrations and photos. Some are in Nook and Kindle formats, and sometimes pdf format. Most e-readers use some form of ePub, first generation Nooks and Kindles may have some issues with ePub.
You have to register with Lion Brand if you want to download patterns. If you are interested in the patterns listed, go to the website and search for the pattern names. The patterns are free. Plus size options are few and far between. If you search for plus size patterns, you get plenty of one-size scarves, shawls, and hats.
My search came up with a pattern titled Five-Yarn Jacket, which is a crochet pattern specifically for sizes 1X through 4X. One of the yarns used is discontinued, but you could substitute Vanna’s Glamor yarn for the glitter yarn.
Knitting patterns include a Voyager Vest which covers sizes small through 2X, Plush Patchwork Coat in sizes small through 1X, and Peplum Sweater in sizes small through 1X. I excluded the few patterns which called only for discontinued yarn.
Two patterns in particular stand out for plus size women. The Adrianna Top covers bust measurements up to 50 inches. The Cropped and Casual top covers bust measurements up to 70 inches. Registration is not required.
Red Heart’s site does not allow you to search for specific sizes. A search for knitting patterns for women only turned up scarves and a pillow. Crochet options are a little better but still the patterns are few and far between. If you are larger than 2X, you are out of luck with Red Heart.
For crochet, plus size patterns include: Delicate Coral Tee in sizes up to 2X, Crafty Crochet Top—a granny square type project—in sizes up to 2X, Warm Weather Jacket in sizes up to 2X, and a Bridal Shrug in sizes up to 2X.
Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.