This selection of the most popular knitting patterns of 2010 includes all free knitting patterns published on About.com, not just those that were originally published in 2010. Some of these patterns are old reliable ones, while others became instantly popular.
No matter what year it is, these popular free knitting patterns have shown themselves to be fun, easy and well recieved by all sorts of knitters (and gift recipients).
Long one of the most popular patterns at About.com Knitting, this easy bulky pair of fingerless gloves can be worked up in an afternoon or a weekend. They're super warm, really cute and great for a quick gift for anyone on your list (or keep them for yourself; you'll be glad you did!).
Another easy-to-knit bulky project, the Ribbed Flat Hat is simply a rectangle of ribbing folded up and seamed into a hat shape. This is another project that is very quick and easy to finish when you need a cold weather accessory on the double. Knit one to go with all your winter outfits!
The Beginner's Garter Stitch Scarf is literally the first pattern I ever published on the site, and with good reason. It's a super-simple, quick-to-knit project that's ideal for beginners and those with more experience alike who want a good looking, quick, easy and inexpensive project. It's a wonderful first project or a last-second project for knitters of any skill level.
There's nothing easier in the world of circular hat knitting than a rolled brim hat. You don't even have to do ribbing -- the entire hat is Stockinette Stitch, which means when you knit in the round there's not a single purl stitch in this project. I love the really colorful yarn used in the sample, but you can use any yarn you have on hand to make this simple winter staple.
This Basketweave Scarf is another great go-to gift pattern. I knit the original for my grandmother-in-law, mostly in the car on a trip across the state and back. It's a pretty easy pattern and the textural interest added by working the basketweave stitch cannot be denied.
Though I've gotten a lot of complaints about the use of dark yarn on this Women's Cabled Hat project, it's still one of the most popular free knitting patterns of 2010. That's because it's a really nice, easy introduction to cabling, with basic rope cables that alternate directions around the hat. It's also really warm and comfortable, whatever color you knit it in.
7. Slouchy Hat
Slouchy hats were really popular in 2010, and my funky version worked in a busy novelty yarn was popular, too (though of course you could use a less-wild yarn for your own version). The hat is just a little big, making it nice for people with a lot of hair or those who just want a relaxed look from their headgear.
Another of the very early patterns published when this site was new, the Moss Stitch Lap Afghan is an easy way to incorporate a basic pattern stitch into a project. The textured stitch doesn't get too lost in a patterned yarn, but you can also work the blanket in any solid color you like to make the texture really pop. This one's also really easy to customize to whatever size blanket you need.
9. Scarf Hat
I still don't know if this project should be called a Scarf Hat or a Hat Scarf; either way, this hat with scarf ends attached to it like ear flaps was pretty popular in 2010. Adding the scarf right to your hat means you'll never lose it and you'll always have that warmth right there for your ears, neck and head.
The final project in the top ten of most popular knitting patterns of 2010 is the Mobius Scarf, which more acturately should be called a faux Mobius because intentionally twisting the stitches when working in the round adds more of a twist to the knitting than a true Mobius would have. No matter; this scarf is really quick and easy to knit, and the twist adds a fun element to the knitting.