For beginners I found the Zeeman site a good place to start. Yes, Zeeman, the cheap blue and yellow branded clothing store, that kept selling yarn during the previous two decades when knitting was not in fashion. On their “Muts Have” web site -pun intended – they are offering a nice array of hats, scarves and mittens.
Another great source of patterns is the Knitty, an online knitting magazine from the UK. It is where I found this pattern of silk underwear called ‘1930’ and a pretty shirt called Emmaline.
The green sweater with the Peter Pan collar can be found on Miss Julia’s Vintage Patterns. Great vintage stuff!
The most extensive and best searchable site is Ravelry.com. This is a free social network website for knitters and its members share all sorts of knitting information: the projects they are working on, types of yarns and where they are sold, and patterns, many patterns. Some of those cost a few dollars, many are for free. Once you have created your account you can search the patterns with search terms as detailed as knitting technique or ethnic style, next to gender, size and yarn weight. As I am writing this there are 3,378,501 users from every corner of the world!
The Still-Light-Tunic as featured on Ravelry is different from the one shown here to the right. This one can be seen on the blog of the girl showing it and that brings me to another huge source of ideas: knitting blogs. Her blog is called Knit the Hell Out and it is very inspiring not only for the quality of her projects but also because she links her knitting to a sustainable lifestyle. Other blogs that I have liked are:
Allnightknits – quite funny, by a woman who turns her insomnia into nightly knitting adventures.
Woolwinding – great informative writing not just about knitting but also about dyeing wool, sheep and shepherds!