Our Favorite Knitting Patterns from 2018
Every year around this time, your Interweave staffers like to look back on the year and think about the content we’ve made over the past 12 months. We think about what we did well, what we want to do better next year, and what we loved most about the year. Of course, that leads to a lot of talk about our favorite knitting patterns! This conversation comes up every year, and we always struggle to think of just one favorite, since we tend to love all our patterns.
I asked some of the folks around the office to share which knitting pattern stole their heart this year. Read on to see what we loved in 2018!
It’s really difficult to pick just ONE favorite project Interweave published in 2018, but since I have to (someone is choke-holding me as I type this), I pick the Geo-Snow Shawl by Anne Jones from Interweave Knits Gifts 2018. It could be because it’s freshest in my mind, but it’s also the simple triangle shape, geometric lace patterning, and lovely drape that I really like about it. I haven’t knit it, but I’d love to put it in my queue.
—Hannah Baker, Interweave Knits Editor
My favorite knitting pattern from 2018 is the Seashell Tank by Heather Zoppetti from knitscene Summer 2018. Between the crochet edging, the I-cord finishing, and the lace panel, I learned so much while knitting this tank. Each part was new to me but definitely worth working and learning. Finally, the yarn (Anzula Breeze) stayed light, soft, and lovely to knit with through multiple frogged attempts.
—Sarah Rothberg, knitscene Editor
I have an unreasonable fear of setting in sleeves, so I’m grateful that the circular-yoke pullover is so very trendy this year. If you’re looking for a circular yoke that breaks from the ordinary, check out Jesie Ostermiller’s Tucson Pullover from Interweave Knits Summer 2018. Her design was inspired by the stunning basketweaving of the Tohono O’odham Nation, making for an eye-catching, adventurous pullover knitting pattern!
—Andrea Lotz, Social Media Manager
I love Mone Dräger’s Cube Socks from knitscene Summer 2018. The pattern uses a clever method for working intarsia in the round, and it’s a great way to use a set of mini-skeins or bits of leftover sock yarn. It’s such a brilliant project!
—Laura Hulslander, Knitting Associate Editor
I’m going to cheat a little in naming my favorite knitting pattern and throw out an entire issue that stole my heart. The Spring 2018 issue of Interweave Knits is the kind of collection you hope will never end as you flip through the pages, fighting the urge to cast on right then and there. Some notable favorites from this issue for me are the Dual Sport Pullover, the Clear Creek Cardigan, and the Kittredge Wrapper.
—Hayley DeBerard, Editorial Coordinator-Books
In my favorite design from 2018, the Beatrice Sweater from knitscene Fall 2018, designer Lana Jois uses lace to highlight an asymmetrical hemline. At first glance, this sweater has a classic silhouette. But a style surprise awaits with a lace inset panel that is knit first, then set aside. The lace splash enables this pullover to break away from the stockinette that defines most of its construction. And if you are a lover of layers like me, why not knit the lace panel in another color to simply accentuate the whimsy of this design? After taking a look at Valley Yarns Northhampton at WEBS, I’m leaning toward Rust paired with a lace panel in the rich Amethyst option: a beautiful combo in this gorgeous design!
—Jenn Rein, Online Content Manager
It’s very difficult to pick just one favorite project from 2018, but a project that really stands out is the Santa Maria del Fiore Cardigan from Wool Studio Vol. V. The cable pattern is pretty and decorative, but without the heaviness that you sometimes find with allover cable patterns. I’m on a cardigan kick right now, and this one is definitely going into my queue!
—Joni Coniglio, Senior Project Editor
We’ve published so many gorgeous patterns this year that it’s really difficult to choose a favorite! But the project I keep going back to and can’t wait to make is the Suzy Cardigan from knitscene Fall 2018. This sweater checks so many boxes for me: it’s long and loose but not frumpy, the sleeves are fitted, the cable across the back is gorgeous and unexpected, the yarn is soft and cozy, and the color is gorgeous. A wardrobe staple for sure!
—Rachel Koon, Managing Editor
We hope you enjoyed our 2018 patterns as much as we did. Here’s to a knit-filled 2019!
—The Interweave Knitting Team
What will you knit in 2019?