Sunday, December 30, 2007

Free Patterns on Pierott

There are some great free Japanese knitting patterns but if you don't know Japanese then it can be hard to find them or to know what the links to the pages say.

Luckily, I've been able to find some sites through Ravelry's Japanese Knitting and Crochet group and Yahoo's Knitting In Japan group. If you are anywhere interested in Japanese knitting and crochet patterns, I highly recommend both groups. The people on the lists are so nice and there are some fluent Japanese speakers that are often willing to help with translations of parts of patterns.

One of the best places to find free Japanese knitting patterns and Japanese crochet patterns is on the Pierott (Gosyo Co.,Ltd) website. The first time I got on the site, I was a little overwhelmed because I didn't know where to click for the patterns.

I use the Google search bar with the Translate feature turned on to help me read the words on the pages that aren't images.

Here's a list of some of the them:

Fall and Winter Patterns, Volume 1:
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit1.htm

Fall and Winter Patterns, Volume 2
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit2.htm

Fall and Winter Patterns, Volume 3
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit3.htm

Bags (knit and crochet):
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/bag.htm

Amigurumi (crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/amigurumi_tawashi.htm

Motifs (crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/motif.htm

Caps, Mittens, Scarves (knit and crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/cap.htm

Scarves
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/muffler.htm

Tops (knit and crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit3.htm

Tops, vests, ponchos (mostly knit)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit2.htm

Tops (knit)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/fw_knit1.htm

Kids and baby (knit and crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/baby_knit.htm

Men's (knit)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/mens_knit.htm

Shawls and stoles, with tops and a couple of suits (mostly
knit)

http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/hight_knit.htm

Short sleeve tops (knit and crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/ss_knit.htm

Shawls, Scarves (knit and crochet)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/syole_knit.htm

Interior (Zakka)
http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/gosyo/new/interior_zakka.htm

Just click on an image and you'll be taken to the information page about the pattern. There are usually 4 sections next to the garment patterns.

The first section is the yarn information. The second section is the needle section (Be careful! These are Japanese needle sizes, not US or metric. Use the Basics of Japanese Knitting page for a conversion of needle sizes). The third section is additional items needed. And the fourth section has the link to the PDF pattern.

Unfortunately, the PDFs don't have pictures of the items. So I just print out the information page and the PDF and keep them together.

I could spend hours looking at all the patterns and I have quite a few I'd love to knit. Hope you have fun looking through them too!

3 comments:

Obsessed with knitting said...

WOW!! Look at all those patterns!! You should post this info in the Ravelry Japanese Knitting and Crochet group!!! I was googling to find some of the Japanese Let's Knit Series/Men books that I saw yesterday at a local Japanese book store and surfed my way to your site! Hope to see you on Ravelry!

Nachtgewächs said...

hallo Rhonda,

thank you so much for linking these wonderful and cute patterns.

In January I purchased on amazon-Germany the book "Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts. Lacy Crochet". But it is difficult to get Japanese crafting books or magazines in Germany.

Best regards
Ariane

I love knitting said...

Hi,
Thank you very much for sharing us about Japanese knitting patterns. They are absolutely wonderful patterns! I'd like to share these Japanese knitting pattern websites with you too which I came across:
http://www.clover.co.jp/kyan/knit/2008teami/knititem.shtml#kou
http://www.clover.co.jp/kyan/knit/2007teami/collection.shtml#october
http://www.clover.co.jp/kyan/index.shtml

I am not a Japanese, but it seems like if you click around, there are tonnes of free patterns in PDF format.

Enjoy and appreciate your effort in putting together this website!

Best wishes!

Carmen in Canada