freely downloadable patterns: The Amazing Pattern Library
November 5, 2014 5:10 PM   Subscribe

The Amazing Pattern Library is an ongoing project which compiles patterns shared by designers, available to be freely downloaded and used without restriction.
posted by paleyellowwithorange (29 comments total) 113 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hot dogs, who wants hot dogs?
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:16 PM on November 5, 2014


You got me all excited there for a minute, because I thought you meant knitting or possibly sewing patterns.
posted by orange swan at 5:31 PM on November 5, 2014 [25 favorites]


Yeah, I don't know what it says about me that I assumed these would be sewing patterns. But this is cool too!
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 5:34 PM on November 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


There is a somewhat similar Android app that offers high quality free patterns, called Pattrn, if anyone's interested in this sort of thing.
posted by procrastinator at 5:38 PM on November 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was hoping for sewing patterns, too.

The site doesn't work at all on my iPad, incidentally.
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:38 PM on November 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


Between this and the noun project, there's so much cool free stuff out there for designers now-a-days.
posted by codacorolla at 5:40 PM on November 5, 2014


You got me all excited there for a minute, because I thought you meant knitting or possibly sewing patterns

I was excited too, thinking of a new Ravelry.
posted by francesca too at 5:51 PM on November 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


Yes. Excellent.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 5:51 PM on November 5, 2014


Oh. Tiled backgrounds for web pages. Of course.

I was going to send this to someone doing Sewvember.
posted by Pronoiac at 6:11 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


Don't even try it on an iPad, lol - crashed safari 3 times
posted by disclaimer at 6:18 PM on November 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


Nice stuff. Thanks for the post.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:40 PM on November 5, 2014


I've bookmarked a lot of these types of things along the way. Some more:
SVG Pattern Generator pattern building app.
Pattern Bolt svg with transparency so reusable in many color combos.
CSS3 Patterns Gallery all css.
Subtle Patterns tile background images.
Trianglify js library and svg generator.
posted by p3t3 at 7:03 PM on November 5, 2014 [12 favorites]


Beautiful wonderful thank you.
posted by alms at 7:19 PM on November 5, 2014


You got me all excited there for a minute, because I thought you meant knitting or possibly sewing patterns.
Yeah, I don't know what it says about me that I assumed these would be sewing patterns. But this is cool too!
I was hoping for sewing patterns, too.
I was excited too, thinking of a new Ravelry.
I was going to send this to someone doing Sewvember.


My people, I am among them.

I saw this in RSS and was like 'geez, why didn't they say what kind of patterns? I have a lot of free knitting patterns already from Rav, but sewing patterns would be awesome. I guess I'll have to click to find out.'

I mean, those are cool and all, but I haz disappoint.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:22 PM on November 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


I see no reason these patterns cannot be sewn.
posted by merelyglib at 7:30 PM on November 5, 2014


After I realized they weren't sewing patterns, my next thought was that maybe you could use them to make fabric on Spoonflower. Apparently I have textiles on my mind.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:34 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


Spoonflower does giftwrap now, you guys! I need to make some custom wrapping paper immediately!
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:36 PM on November 5, 2014


Count me among those who came expecting textile things. Let's play word association! I hear pattern, I think knitting.

These are cool repetitive images though.
posted by danabanana at 7:50 PM on November 5, 2014


does anyone know what the license on these is?
posted by shikkokuKori at 7:58 PM on November 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was excited because I thought it meant I could rebuild Amber without traveling to the Courts of Chaos, but I guess this is cool too.
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:29 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


I also came thinking "oooh! fiber/fabric stuff!", but these are nifty too.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:38 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


Obviously I'm not a golfer.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


these are great!!!
I have in my bookmarks a similar site run by just one guy, clunky interface but insane amounts of customizable pattern options (you can customize all colors and sizes): patterncooler
posted by ghostbikes at 8:46 PM on November 5, 2014


Help I'm lost on the subway map!
posted by rmd1023 at 8:56 PM on November 5, 2014


Dang - another one hoping for sewing patterns.

I have a story about sewing patterns: My son and some friends want to make costumes for RenFaire next year so I've been watching for suitable patterns. I was in WalMart on the day after Halloween in the fabric department and spotted a cart full of Halloween costume patterns being pulled since Halloween was now over; many of them were adult-size RenFaire-appropriate patterns so I asked if they were selling them at a reduced price. I was told that no, they're to be destroyed/shredded/crushed - all of them. These patterns averaged $8.95 each and there were at least 80 of them there. I couldn't believe they were being destroyed and the WalMart folks agreed with me - but it's the manufacturer who makes the call - Simplicity, in this case. They insist that the patterns cannot be returned to Simplicity or sold at a mark-down, or sold at all once they're removed from the rack on the day after Halloween. So WalMart and every other vendor who sells them has no choice but to shred them all.

Can you imagine how many patterns that involves across the country?

Ah, corporate decisions. Don't you just love it?
posted by aryma at 8:58 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


MUST NOT DILUTE THE VALUE OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY!
posted by rmd1023 at 6:12 AM on November 6, 2014


The comment of Spoonflower makes me really want a dress in the SCIENCE! pattern. And cocina pattern. And the bicycles pattern, maybe?

Magnus 2052 looks like a fair-isle knitting pattern!

Ooh! Special Delivery!

Uh oh.
posted by jillithd at 8:08 AM on November 6, 2014


I thought of it like a fair-isle pattern done in 8bit animation.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:37 AM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of the k10k Pixel Patterns project
posted by mgriffioen at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2014


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