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Most Popular Knitting Patterns of 2011

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Every year it's really fun for me to see which knitting patterns of all the free patterns here at About.com Knitting are people's favorites. As usual in 2011 the most popular knitting patterns were dominated by accessories, with scarves and hats making up most of the list.

1. Knit "Mobius" Scarf

mobius scarf
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About.com Knitting readers liked the Knit Mobius Scarf pattern most of all, though it is important to note it's more of a "fauxbius" because the method of construction actually puts more twist into the project than a true mobius would. Still, it's a much easier method to get a cool twisty effect in your knitting.

2. Fingerless Gloves

fingerless gloves
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These bulky fingerless gloves have been one of the most popular patterns on the site for years, and it's easy to see why. They're really easy to knit but look nice, are incredibly useful and are a really quick knitting project, too. They're great for gift knitting or to make for yourself -- or both!

3. Garter Stitch Scarf

garter stitch scarf
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The pattern I consider the most basic on the site is also one of the most popular, which is probably a testament to how many new knitters there are out there! Another quick, bulky project, this is also a good one for knitters with more experience who want to get something on and off the needles really quickly.

4. Basketweave Scarf

basketweave scarf
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Here's another quick and easy pattern, though the basketweave stitch does mean you'll have to pay a little bit more attention to your knitting as you go. I remember knitting this one mostly on a car ride and it was really fun to see the scarf grow as the miles progressed. It's nice and warm and a classic design for men and women.

5. Roll Brim Hat

roll brim hat
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This colorful hat is a great basic to have in your knit hat wardrobe worked in any color combination you like or even in a solid color. It's as easy as a hat knit in the round gets, because there's not even any ribbing at the bottom to slow you down. Let the edge curl for a casual look that will keep you warm, too.

6. Moss Stitch Lap Afghan

moss stitch lap afghan
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This Moss Stitch Lap Afghan was one of the first projects I knit when I started knitting again after taking time off from the craft in college. It may be why I'm still such a big fan of Moss Stitch: it's an easy to remember stitch pattern that gives you lots of practice "reading" your knitting and provides big impact without a lot of work.

7. Ribbed Flat Hat

ribbed flat hat
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Knitting a hat flat means it lacks the shaping at the top that makes it completely snug to your head, but the easy shape means even beginners can knit this kind of hat -- it's just a rectangle. The Ribbed Flat Hat adds a bit of interest, and the orange and white yarn shown in the sample is a whole lot of fun for winter days.

8. Men's Ribbed Hat

ribbed mens hat
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Speaking of ribbed hats, the Men's Ribbed Hat is a simple classic that any guy in your life is sure to love. Knit it in a solid color as shown or add a stripe or several to make it a little more interesting if your guy happens to be into that sort of thing.

9. Basic Party Wrap

party wrap
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This is one of very few patterns that I've ever knit more than once: in the fuzzy yarn shown and in a textured green yarn for a more homebody look (that one's also a little bigger than this one so it's easier to keep wrapped around your body). I love the triangle edges on this rectangular shawl: they make it a little more interesting while still keeping it accessible to newer knitters.

10. Slouchy Hat

slouchy hat
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It's a lot of fun to use funky yarns that you might not otherwise wear in accessories like hats because they're sure to make you smile every time you wear them. So it is with the Slouchy Hat, worked in novelty yarn to a slightly bigger size than you might normally wear (and of course you can make it even longer for more slouch if you like that look). Of course you can work it in a more sedate yarn, too, if that's your style.

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