Well, 2018 is in the books, and I thought I would do a little review. We have a wonderful selection of free knitting patterns, and I wondered which were the most popular last year.
When I look at the top 10 downloaded free patterns from Alpaca Direct in 2018, I see a beautiful group of projects, and almost all of them accessories. That stood out to me—just one sweater and one blanket in the mix. We love our accessories, don't we?
Here's the rundown!
This gorgeous shawl really showcases whichever DK-weight yarn you choose to use. We recommend fabulous Madelinetosh Tosh DK, with its amazing colorways.
Kelley designed this blanket for her granddaughter Evie. It's a super snuggly project perfect for any baby (or as a throw for your home!). Berroco Vintage Chunky is perfect for this blanket because it's washable and warm. Please note that the kitten doesn't come with the blanket pattern! :)
It's not hard to see why this beautiful scarf is in our top 10—it's a lace and cable tour de force. Knit it in any lace-weight yarn; we suggest the yarn used in the photo above, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine.
Mairead is a perennial favorite with our customers. Its easy, effective lace panel breaks up the stockinette stitch in a lovely way, and who doesn't need another slouch hat? Knit it up in shop-favorite Malabrigo Rios!
I'm pretty proud of this one. I designed it to honor people battling breast cancer and I'm thrilled that it's in our top 10 list! Flames uses an easy lace pattern to create a beautiful cowl. Use a soft yarn like Cascade Eco Duo or Malabrigo Rios.
This beauty features an easy-to-memorize lace pattern that provides wonderful drape. You'll love working with one of my all-time favorite yarns, Malabrigo Mechita. It's definitely in my top 10!
Because it's knit with sumptuously soft HiKoo SimpliCria, the Pocket Slouch easily slides right in your pocket, so you won't lose it. You won't believe how lightweight, yet super warm, this yarn is.
Beautiful shaping and a lace border highlight this pretty shawl. Since it's mainly stockinette, this is a wonderful social knitting project. We recommend Rowan Fine Lace for this pattern.
The one and only sweater pattern in the top 10! But it's a good one. Fountain is a classic raglan pullover, stepped up with a lace panel on each side. Written for Berroco Vintage Worsted, a washable wool blend, you'll love this easy-care sweater.
There you have it! I hope you'll download one (or all!) of these knitting patterns and keep them at the top of the list for 2019.
P.S. Have you knit any of these projects? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.