Freckles & Purls started off as a knitting blog in August of 2005 but quickly grew to include many forms of needlework. Allison wrote her first knitting pattern in October of 2006 and it remains one of the most popular knitting patterns on Ravelry and Craftsy. After leaving her day job and moving to Mississippi in 2009, she decided to study and pursue knitwear design full-time. Her patterns can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish. She has also been featured in Spool Magazine.


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  1. Allison, enjoying your creativity and beautiful blog.

    Gentle as you go,
    in the frogging state of the entrelac scarf … darn extra stitch!!

  2. i was looking for entrelac scarf patterns for the slaying of a pile of Boku and i came across your blog-presence. reading along you mentioned H’burg and i was thinking “no way” but maybe….”yes way??” if the yes way is so, then hello neighbor, nice blog!! if the no way is so then ah well, hopefully your h’burg is as fun as mine.

  3. I actually didn’t mind frogging … it taught me to actually see what had to be done and gave me courage to continue — until I finished!!!

    Had I not frogged and frogged, I probably would have given up and that would have meant never learning.

    Thank you for the pattern!!

    I did use a paper and pencil on a notepad in order to keep track of each row as it was finished.

    Gentle as you go,
    in southern California — but was in Germany last March to visit dear friend!

  4. Hard for me to believe that now I can knit entrelac without looking at the pattern!!!

    Only when my brain pauses do I forget and then scramble for the pattern to get jump-started again (so far, only when doing the 1/2 triangles).

    I’m soooooo grateful for your teaching me how-to do entrelac!

  5. I have been knitting and crocheting and ripping out, all my life and just learned the word frogging, Who knew? Can’t wait to tell my class!!! hehehe

  6. Cate, frogging is a beautiful thing! Honest! Without mistakes our world would be very different in many ways, not just with knitting and crocheting.

    Penicillin – think about how different things would be if Fleming hadn’t left that petri dish to mold.

    Or 6-Up! Or Silly Putty!

    Or babies who aren’t allowed to crawl – in order to get strong enough to stand up.

    Or the man who helped a butterfly out of the cocoon because he thought the poor thing was in distress — the butterfly never had the strength to fly.

    Frogging in any of the stitching I do has taught me a lot – and moved me forward. When I was afraid to do something wrong I never tried entrelac – and it took me 40 years to even try.

    I remember learning how to parallel park … in/out/in/out … LOL

  7. Hi,
    I’ve just found your blog and love the patterns. I need to start with something simple, like the scarf posted on Sept 9th 2005 using Lion Brand’s Landscapes in the colorway Rose Garden. Could you tell me the name of the stitch or a link to the pattern, so that I can find it online? Thanks very much!

  8. “My So Called Scarf” was wonderful to knit – and my male friend, who designs clothes, loved the scarf I made him out of navy blue hand spun yarn, that when he went to work in China he had a coat made to go with the scarf!! I would definitely knit this scarf again.

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