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Downloadable ePatterns

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If you prefer to have immediate access to your patterns, we have a couple of different types of downloadable patterns available for purchase.

If you're looking for vintage crochet and knitting patterns, as we reproduce vintage pattern leaflets, we publish the patterns on our Free Crochet Pattern and Free Knitting Pattern websites. You can print these patterns directly from the website for free.

Additionally, we've been turning the entire leaflet into a a convenient eBook that is immediately available as a download as soon as payment is received. For only $1.49 each, you can save the entire eBook to your computer's harddrive for easy access anytime you want it.

Browse through the Pattern eBooks we now have. We continue to add new eBooks every time we reproduce a new vintage leaflet.

Partnering with Leisure Arts has enabled us to bring you their collection of Leisure Arts downloadable ePatterns from their previous publications, many of them now out of print and very hard to find, but still much sought after!leisure arts

Founded in 1971, Leisure Arts is one of the world's largest publishers of lifestyle and instructional materials. Through the years, Leisure Arts has published thousands of how-to books, leaflets, magazines, and other publications. LeisureArtsLibrary.com was established to give you access to Leisure Arts designs that are not available in print anymore.

Many of the downloadable designs at this site are from publications for which Leisure Arts no longer has inventory in their warehouse. Some downloads are special projects that have never been published in a traditional format. They have made available thousands of patterns from their archives.

Whatever type of project you're looking for and need right away, you're sure to find one available in one of our downloadable options.


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Hundreds of free patterns available from copyright holders who have given us permission to reproduce them here for you, including Coats & Clark, Teresa Wentzler and Plaid Company. You are free to print and share all of these free patterns as many times as you'd like, but please be respectful of the copyright.

You are not allowed to profit in any way from the use of the patterns published on the Purple Kitty website without express written permission from the copyright holder. Copyright information can be found on each pattern page.

Comments

Thank you for your considered reply. I appreciated the thought that went into it. I have thought about your response, and in the spirit of dialog and respect among women, I am sharing some of those thoughts. In this day and time, especially when there is such a backlash of racism, I think we stitchers can work together better to unify women across racial and cultural divides. Stitching is such a powerful narrative of women's lives and history, and we can choose to build community with a sensitivity to that shared narrative without inadvertently exacerbating difference. One of the great ironies of "stitchery" is that we are reclaiming and transforming traditional women's work, and valuing that work differently, as an art or "hobby" when for many women in history it was a form of endless drudgery and worry, and at best a constrained method of expression, when we are so free. I pose these questions: Even though film historians agree that D.W. Griffith's Birth of A Nation has value as an example of developing film technique, and film students study the film as an historic object, should it be replicated? Should skilled directors and actors or learning students replicate the shots and dialog, and spend their precious time and resources recreating not only the technical triumphs but the horrific racism of it? (Even for its time and place, the film was regarded as racist, by the way.)Through the process of replicating something that is racist, are we affirming its message as well as its technique? When we recreate the work of the racist past identically, are we then stitching ourselves into that past, again? When we recreate the work of "primitive" Appalachian stitchers, I believe we are doing so out of respect, and affection for women who tried to bring beauty into their lives despite great odds. When we recreate racist imagery, are we doing so out of respect for the persons who were objectified by that imagery? I know that many of the younger stitchers are fascinated by the printed patterns of the 30s -- 50s for tea towels and such, are entertained by the imagery, and ironic (as well as ironing!) in their approach. The "retro" movement in popular culture among young women I know is about transformation and humour. When we work Ruskin Lace, or the Hungarian and Russian popularized patterns of the past, (many "old" Eastern and Central European patterns were created, as was Ruskin Lace, as a means of providing income for rural populations) I doubt that any of us are truly nostalgic for the days when women did so out of desperate need to feed their families and working by sputtering candlelight long into the night was the best option for a little money. When we admire the hand sewn and embroidered "waists" of those who worked in sweatshops, or on home piece work, we are not begging to return to such times. But seldom are or were those women the stereotyped objects of the patterns we re-create. When we present a "Mammy" doll pattern, are we not suggesting that recreating such a stereotype is a valid form of self-expression, despite that self-expression being based on the stereotyping of Black women? In affirming our past, in understanding our past, and in deciding to re-create our past, do we not want to choose to re-create the best parts of the past? Use our modern technology, thought, and knowledge to inform ourselves and learn from the past in order to grow from it? I think of those in re-creation groups. Seldom does one find persons fully re-creating the world of the time involved. Few are truly ready to go back to the time of smallpox and scurvy and the lash in the British Navy, and seldom does a person choose to be a serf of Medieval Times. Even national and international historic sites do not fully re-create the reality of the brutality of slavery. Who now could gaze upon a true slave auction in all its inhumanity? We can edit and change, unless we are academic historians, preserving reality for study rather than emulation.
I tried to set up an account, but the system did not like the strength of any password I tried. This is ONLY a simple knitting site, NOT A BANK OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY for heaven's sake! Needing to think of and learn a complicated password for a hobby site simply makes logging in too much trouble. Also, I find it very cumbersome that the email sign-up comes up at the top of every page. One needs to page down everytime to get to where one wants to go. It makes the site even more of a hassle. In addition, there is no easy way for "contact[ing] me" as other sites have that one can click on at the top or bottom of their pages. What started this tirade is something simple. I just wanted to let someone know that there is an error in the Red Heart Newsboy Hat and Fingerless Gloves pattern. The instructions for C2B say to put 1 K on a cable needle, K1, and then K the stitch on the cable needle. After knitting a couple of inches, I realized that no cable was appearing. I think it is supposed to read "slip TWO stitches knitwise onto a cable needle and put it to the back. K 2 stitches then K the 2 stitches off the cable needle (or better words to that effect). Now it is over an hour later, and I frustrated at your site and frustrated with the supposedly simple pattern. It has been a long time since I cabled, so I missed the fact that cabling one stitch is basically useless. Thanks for considering my input.
Also it would be nice to get some patterns and designs that have some neat appliques. The holidays are upon us and I need to start making gifts asap.

I've double checked the original pattern and it's printed as I've reproduced it. The pattern is a Coats & Clark pattern (stated at the bottom of the pattern with a link to the Coats & Clark website). Here is their contact information: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Contact+Us/. You'll need to check with the copyright holder to see if there is a typo in the pattern itself.

I'm very interested in the pattern for women's mittens ("Girls and Ladies Mittens" published by Nomis Yarn Co., vol.21, 1948), but I don't see where the number of stitches is given for small-medium-large. I see just a single figure for casting on, and that's it. Please help me. Thanks!
I've checked the original patternbook and it appears as published. The only thing I can see in the pattern that is different for small, medium and large looks like the length of the mitten. Otherwise, the mitten itself looks like it's the same size.
I always enjoy the mailings from PurpleKitty! It's such a great service and often very inspiring. However, I noticed in today's mailing that you are including patterns for "Mammy" and "Pappy" dolls. There are some vintage patterns best left unrestored for mass consumption, and certainly not something that you talented, sensitive, knitters, crocheters, stitchers and crafters want to promulgate. What may appear as a "quaint" reminder of the past to some readers and crafters can be considered very insulting and demeaning to others. I'm sure that wasn't the intention, but please be careful. After all, you were very careful in your approach regarding Hallowe'en -- surely you want to be just as careful regarding the reminders of slavery and oppression and the ruinous tenant farmer regimes. Instead of those dolls, why not put up information and patterns for the "freedom quilts"? There was a recent controversy in my town regarding a shop that imported dolls that were pre-WWII reproduction "logo" dolls for a still-popular brand of syrup in the UK. The owner proudly displayed these dolls in her front window. The shop owner and many of the shop's patrons were shocked and even angry to discover that the unfortunate caricature of a Jamaican person was very offensive to others in our community. The debate became very divisive. The shop owner certainly hadn't meant to insult people. Nor had this shop owner a reputation for prejudice. She just hadn't thought about how times had changed and how what was once considered socially acceptable and "normal" was no longer so and should never have been. Conversely, some didn't think that her actions were an "honest" mistake, rather that it was an on-purpose attempt to keep some potential customers away from her store. That was wrong, too. Please be a tad more conscious.

While I appreciate your perspective on the issue of the doll patterns, I must respectfully disagree. I reproduce vintage patterns during times in our history (late 1800s through mid 1900s) when some people were not treated equally simply because of the color of their skin (among other reasons). That history is not something that can be changed, as horrific and despicable as it is.

I have no desire to censor what is in the vintage pattern books that I reproduce and will leave it to each of you to choose to work with them or not. These doll patterns are in the public domain and I encourage everyone to experiment or change the patterns however you may see fit - that goes for all of the patterns that I reproduce on the two vintage sites.

You are not the only reader who feels this way about the patterns, however there are readers who told me that the patterns brought back comforting memories and there are other readers who told me that they will change the pattern, quite a few of them on the Purple Kitty Facebook page.

You will notice in your example of Halloween that I did not avoid the topic. I gave my readers a choice, just as I did with the doll patterns, and that is what I will continue to do in the future. I hope you can see this from my perspective. :)

in your afghan patterns from the email you show a crochet sampler afghan - years ago a similar knit afghan pattern was published - it had 99 squares in 50 patterns - do you know of this pattern?
I'm not sure if this is the leaflet you're thinking of, but I've recently reproduced a Knitting Primer with 100 easy-to-knit stitches.