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Most Popular Knitting Patterns of 2012

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This is the third year that I've looked back at the most popular patterns of the year by page views, and its always interesting to me to see what people are most interested in. Some of the patterns in the list have been perennial favorites all three years, but a couple of new patterns have made the list this year. Read on for a look at the most viewed patterns of the year and check them out for yourself. Perhaps you'll find a new favorite, too.

1. "Mobius" Eyelet Scarf

Mobius Eyelet Scarf
© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This fake mobius scarf was also the most popular pattern at About.com Knitting last year. It's not a true mobius because it has a full twist, accomplished by making sure there's a twist in the cast on. But it's still a fun and easy way to get a mobius-like look (this one is super popular on Pinterest, too).

2. Garter Stitch Scarf

Garter Stitch Scarf
© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
One of the easiest knitting patterns on the whole site is also one of the most popular, proving that a lot of visitors to this site are newer knitters (or people who like easy projects that can be finished in a hurry). This is one of my favorites, too, and I still wear the scarf all these years later.

3. Basketweave Scarf

Basketweave Scarf
© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
It has always surprised me that this Basketweave Scarf pattern is so popular. It's proof that a basic stitch pattern and some super bulky yarn can combine into an attractive project that doesn't take all that long to knit, either.

4. Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves
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These gloves have been in the top five since I started looking at the most popular patterns. Actually, they were number one in 2010 and number two last year. People love them on Ravelry, too, where they are my project that has the most likes.

5. Roll Brim Hat

Roll Brim Hat
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Another project that has always landed in the middle of this list is this super-simple hat. The rolled brim gives it casual style and means the entire project is knit without a single purl stitch. The bright colors I chose are sure to brighten up a winter's day, too.

6. Men's Ribbed Hat

Men's Ribbed Hat
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This easy ribbed hat was designed with guys in mind but it's great for the ladies, too. It's a really quick knit that will keep whoever you designed it for nice and warm. A friend of mine knit one up for her husband and he loved it.

7. Lacy Little Shrug

Lacy Little Shrug
© Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.
One of the newcomers to the most popular list is this adorable lacy little shrug by Eileen Casey. Worked in cotton in a mesh stitch, it's a little project with a big impact for your little lady.

8. Basic Party Wrap

Basic Party Wrap
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One of the first patterns I ever published on this site was for what I call the Basic Party Wrap. It's a slightly fancier version of a rectangular shawl (the ends are shaped) that I declared party worthy because of the fuzzy yarn I used. But the same pattern can be used in all sorts of yarns for all kinds of looks.

9. Aran Booties

Aran Booties
© Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Another entry onto the most popular list from Eileen Casey, these little booties are not as difficult to knit as the other Aran projects they were designed with, and they'd be adorable on their own if you don't feel up to the more detailed task of the bodysuit.

10. Farrow Rib Scarf

Farrow Rib Scarf
© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Another older pattern (with a horrible picture), the Farrow Rib Scarf is nonetheless a popular knitting pattern because the stitch pattern is easy and attractive, and a little different than your common rib. (You can see a much better picture of the stitch pattern in the stitch glossary.)
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