Patons is a line of knit and crochet patterns designed and manufactured by the yarn maker and distributor J.P. Coats. The company has created thousands of designs, many of which are free.
Free Patons patterns are available online at MakeItCoats.com, AllFreeKnitting.com, Knitting-Warehouse.com and Ravelry.com. Patons patterns include clothing, toys and hobbies, accessories, and home items. They cover nearly every yarn weight, skill level, age and fit, in unisex, male and female appropriate pattern options. Some selections do require purchase.
Patons' patterns were first designed and published using the Paton Rose trademark by the Paton and Baldwin company in the 1920s. The company merged with J.P. Coats in 1961, which retained the trademark on the Patons name for use on yarn and patterns.
Patons' patterns include a list of yarns needed in the instructions, and they often coordinate with the yarn included in the Patons' line of 38 different styles of yarn. The patterns also offer information for making substitutions with yarn produced by other manufacturers.
Patons' yarn weights include Aran, chunky and DK, and they come in two-ply, three-ply and four-ply. The line offers many different gauges and comes in a wide variety of colors, including some variegated color options.