Category Archives: Best Of

Best New Free Knitting Patterns

When it comes to our most popular new free knitting patterns, texture is the name of the game! From simple garter stitch to a more complex labyrinth of knits and purls, from socks to throw blankets, playing with stitch definition on classic shapes is where many knitters found joy. Easy Brava Blanket by Allison Griffith This blanket certainly lives up to its name! Not only is it easy to make, it’s also easy to love. This classic blanket features miles of squishy garter stitch, plenty of great stripes, and a simple, streamlined design that will make it a perfect throw for ...

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Best New Yarns

We had more than a dozen new yarn lines become available this year, with everything from lace weight to super bulky, and the list of the bestselling new yarns is just as varied! There is one trend we see that we’ll be sure to keep in mind, and that’s variations on beloved yarns, with new weights and dye styles of old favorites. Animation Amigurumi Sets Move aside mini candy bars! There’s a new tiny star in town. Animation mini skein packs are the perfect yarn for toys, amigurumi, and other adorable little creations. The color-coordinated mini skeins are so ...

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Best New Knit Picks Exclusive Patterns

It’s hard to choose our favorite exclusive Knit Picks knitting patterns, so we let you do it for us! These are our most bestselling patterns from our collections, and it was fun to see trends pop out. Soft colors and projects using multiple colors were king, and bandana cowls stood out in the neckwear category. Did your own favorite make the list? Glennis Bandana Cowl by Angeline Webb Radiating color with bold and bright perpendicular stripes, this triangular cowl is quick to knit and perfect for layering. Self-striping yarn becomes the star of the show using the mosaic knitting method. ...

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Best IDP Knitting Patterns

Our Independent Designer Partnership (IDP) program started in 2009 as a way to introduce our customers to independently produced patterns as well as to give independent designers a way to reach new audiences through our website, and we can not understate how great the knitting patterns that were added through the IDP program were this year! From viral colorwork socks inspired by a beloved computer game to approachable, textured fingerless mitts, our most popular IDP patterns from this year span across all skill levels and styles! Stardew Valley Bundle by Kim Ramirez Knit all 4 Stardew Valley seasons: Spring (The Valley Comes Alive), Summer (The Sun ...

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Best New Knitting Tools

Having the best tools helps to make for the best knitting experience, and this year we worked to expand our selection of storage, knitting needles, and more! Whether it’s creating the perfect bag for colorwork, expanding our square needle selection, adding new limited edition sets with matching clutches, or perfecting stainless steel knitting needles, we’re always adding new options to make knitting even more fun. Foursquare Sunstruck Options IC Needle Set Sunstruck is one of our most popular styles of laminated birch needles, thanks to its light wood stain making it easy to clearly see stitches, and we made ...

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Best New Pattern Collections

This year’s most popular knitting pattern collections were full of bright pops of color and a mix of modern and nature-inspired details. Colorful knits were the unifying factor, with a bit of everything for every color-lover, including socks, lace, and cables. Each collection includes a mixture of skill levels from a variety of designers, with challenging projects to engage your brain as well as sweet and simple knits for relaxation. Lounge Act: Knits For Kicking Back Feel laid back and fancy-free in loose, light garments for spring. Lounge Act: Knits for Kicking Back includes five garment patterns with lacy ...

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Best Knit Sweater Patterns

Discover the best sweater knitting patterns! These knit patterns were our most popular long sleeve pullovers, cozy jumpers, cardigans, short sleeve sweaters, and tees. A wonderful mix of old favorites and new handknit garment designs featuring everything from bulky yarns to fingering weight yarns – we guarantee you’ll find your next knitting project here! Dara by Ksenia Naidyon, knit in Wool of the Andes TweedWe’re stretching our sweater definition here, because this poncho knitting pattern was the most popular garment! The inspiration for this piece was drawn from ...

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