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Most Popular Knitting Patterns of 2013

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Every year I like to take a look back at what have been the most popular free knitting patterns on the website in the previous 12 months. It's always interesting to see what stands the test of time and what new items make it to the list.

One of the most popular patterns in terms of page views this year actually surprised me, though a lot of these are the same ones I've seen for several years. I hope you'll find a new favorite while browsing this list!

 

1. Faux Mobius Infinity Scarf

Infinity/Mobius Eyelet Scarf
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The infinity scarf trend continues, and this pattern with a fake mobius twist (made by deliberately twisting the cast on) is a quick and easy way to knit the look.

 

2. Garter Stitch Scarf

garter stitch scarf
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This is the pattern I always direct beginners to, so it makes sense that it would be a perennial favorite. It's about as easy a knitting gets but it's also a pretty, quick and useful project for new knitters and beyond.

3. Basketweave Scarf

basketweave knit scarf
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This is a great project for the knitter who enjoys quick projects that look great. It's a slightly different take on basketweave that's really pretty and works up in a flash in super bulky yarn. No wonder it's a long-time favorite.

4. Moss Stitch Lap Afghan

moss stitch afghan
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New to the list this year is an old favorite of mine that's actually one of the first projects I knit when I got this job. The Moss Stitch Lap Afghan is quick and easy to knit in whatever yarn you like, and you can make it bigger than a lap if you want; just add more yarn!

 

5. Roll Brim Hat

Roll Brim Hat
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This super simple hat makes a big impact when knit in a bright colored yarn like I used. It would also be a really great stash-busting hat so long as you used the same color for a couple of inches at the beginning so you don't see the color change when the brim rolls.

 

6. Men's Ribbed Hat

mens ribbed hat
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Though this hat can be found in the men's pattern section, it's really a great project for anyone to knit and to use. The ribbing is simple to execute and stretches considerably, so it can fit a woman's head or a man's quite comfortably.

 

7. Basic Child's Mittens

Child-Sized Mittens
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New to the countdown this year are these mittens that I made for my daughter last year. She wore the heck out of them and we've since lost them, but that's OK because this basic pattern is so quick to knit I could make more in no time!

 

8. Ribbed Flat Hat

Ribbed Flat Hat
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This project makes me smile every time I see it. I wasn't so sure about this yarn, but once I started playing with it I ended up really liking it. A lesson in never judging a knit by the way the yarn looks in the skein, I suppose.

9. Bulky Fingerless Gloves

fingerless gloves
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I really love this project as much as you all do, too. I remember clearly that I got the yarn in a grab bag and was just sitting around playing one afternoon when I decided to knit these mitts. They're warm, quick knitting, great for gifts; what more could you want?

 

10. T-Shirt Yarn Bag

t-shirt yarn bag
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This is the item on the list that surprised me the most. But it's a great project if you're into upcycling. Take the shirts you never wear any more (even stained ones!), make them into yarn and knit up a totally durable bag. Being thrifty never looked so fun.

 

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