by Kathleen Cubley January 30, 2018 3 min read

I was looking back on 2017, and it's interesting to see what our top patterns were last year. Some of my favorites were there, of course, but some surprises, too. Here's the list!

Mairead Slouchy Hat

Tara-Marie Phillips' Mairead is a one-skein slouchy hat with a cable-lace panel that adds texture and beauty. You'll want to wear it every day! We love Malabrigo Rios for this fun knit. This is a free pattern.

Flames Cowl

I developed this free knit cowl pattern in honor of everyone battling breast cancer. The flames represent both power and the will to fight cancer like firefighters fighting a fire. Never give up!

Malabrigo Worsted or Malabrigo Rios (or any soft worsted-weight yarn) is perfect for this project. I'm pretty proud of this one!

Cables and Lace Cardigan

It's easy to see why this is so popular; it's a beautiful combination of lace and cables in an easy-to-wear cardigan. Designed by the folks at Plymouth, this cardigan is a real wardrobe-builder—equally perfect with jeans or a dress.

Knit with easy-care and super-affordable Plymouth Encore, you'll love knitting and wearing this pretty cardigan.

Kaleidescope Mitts

These mittens are sunny as a summer's day, even in the chill of winter. Meghan Jones designed these cuties in sizes for babies to adults, so you can knit up a whole family's worth! The adult medium takes just 330 yards of yarn.

Use a self-striping yarn to get the kaleidoscope effect, such as Mille Colori Baby. So darling!

A Cosy Scarf

Laurie Sundstrom paired two vintage lace patterns to create this beautiful scarf. Based on a pattern from 1920, Laurie updated this into a modern classic.

Download the free pattern and knit it in Rowan Fine Lace, Plymouth Baby Alpaca, or Manos del Uruguay Marina. This is a gorgeous project!

Gina Chevron Vest

This vest is so pretty! It's knit in a classic chevron stitch with gorgeous, self-striping Plymouth Gina. You will LOVE this yarn, and the pattern is a true show-stopper.

Playday Pack

You can't have too many bags, right? This one will become a fast-favorite, with it's felted exterior and roomy interior. You can carry everything you need for a play day or every day. Designer Susan Melka chose a striking palette of colors, and we have a bunch of choices available for this free pattern.

We suggest Lamb's Pride Worsted, which is one of the best yarns for felting. What a fun project!

free bag knitting pattern

Rainbow Short Stacks Socks

Meghan Jones' popular sock pattern is so cute and fun to knit. And since the socks are short, you'll be done quickly—no second sock syndrome!

Choose one solid and one variegated sock yarn to get the rainbow effect. We like Tosh Sock for this pattern.

Boyfriend Watch Cap

This is a classic hat that your boyfriend (or husband, or daughter, or you!) will love. It has a deep brim that's meant to be folded up, but it can be adjusted to keep the ears warm. I love the symmetrical look of the decreases on this hat—another Churchmouse original pattern that you'll love.

Try this hat with Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, Amano Warmi, or Hikoo Kenzie. These yarns come in colors to please everyone!

Building in Color and Building with Lace

Michelle Hunter, the Knit Purl Hunter, developed these skill-building books to teach you color and lace techniques in an organic, exciting way, with a beautiful finished object as the result of the experience!

Learn colorwork in Building in Color, and have a gorgeous blanket when you're finished, and similarly, in Building with Lace, knit a fabulous lace shawl while you build on your lace-knitting skills. I love this approach, and so will you!

So there you have it—our best-sellers from last year. I hope we have such an impressive list this year!


P.S. Which one is your favorite? Have you made any of these projects? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!



Kathleen Cubley
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