Which Free Patterns Were Your Favorites Last Year?

On Monday, I gave you a list of the top posts of 2008…but what about the top patterns of 2008? Which patterns did you love the most?


Top 5 Most Downloaded Free Patterns of 2008



Number One: For the second year in a row, Mags Kandis' colorful Modern Quilt Wrap was our top Knitting Daily free download.

And no wonder! The colors are rich and oh-so-adaptable to your own personal palette; the knitting is easy; and the result is a work of art to wrap around your shoulders.

This has become such a reader favorite that we asked selected bloggers to send in their versions so we could feature them on Knitting Daily TV

Watch the video clip and see these lovely variations for yourself.



Number Two: You people have exquisite taste! The second most popular free download was Nancy Bush's stunning Estonian Lace Scarf, originally published in Interweave Knits.

Although the pattern was a free pattern for only one month, it broke all kinds of download records. But no worries: The pattern is now available in our online store

Read about Nancy's own thoughts on this scarf–including what she would do differently now.



Number Three: The post about this pattern–the Old World Booties by Gryphon Perkins–was the top post of 2008–but in a moment of silliness, someone (ahem) forgot to update the link in the post before sending out Monday's email! My apologies.

The pattern was free for a limited time; it is now available in our online store.




Number Four: Ribbed Scarf by Ann Budd. This scarf is modeled after one pictured in Volume 6 of Weldon's Practical Needlework.

The scarf is knitted in an easy rib pattern, with a simple but lovely crochet edging. I have the original scarf used for the photo session, and it is a daily favorite!



Number Five: Seafoam Towels by Ann Budd.

Who wouldn't love a set of handknit hand towels? Simple to make, these are a lovely gift for anyone, anytime. Plus–they are machine washable and dryable. Good stuff, all 'round.


There's many more wonderful free patterns in the Knitting Daily Free Pattern Library–go have a look and see if you find your next knitting (or crochet!) project there!

Enjoy these first wonderful days of the new year!

— Sandi



Soon to Be a Winter Wardrobe Favorite: Knitted Jackets by Cheryl Oberle

Baby, it's COLD outside! As I am writing this, the temperature is 12 degrees Fahrenheit here in Canada where I live; it is 30 degrees Fahrenheit in Loveland, Colorado, where the main Interweave offices are. My town is buried under a foot of blowing snow (I'm beginning to understand the entire reasoning behind having a snowblower oh-so-much-more-clearly now!). And I'm dreaming of warm things, lovely, lovely knitted warm things…

What could be nicer than a handknit jacket this time of year? A book chock-full of patterns for gorgeous hand-knitted jackets, that's what, which is exactly what we have for you this winter: Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jackets. I'm already in love with the Northwest Celtic Jacket pictured here; there are twenty patterns in this beautifully photographed book for everything from lace wraps to simple coats to warm you against the chill.


Now all I have to do is figure out if I have the time to knit that beautiful Celtic jacket…Ah, well. It's good for knitters to have patterns that inspire our dreams of yarn and long evenings by the fire with our favorite projects in hand.

Look Inside Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary

Look for Knitted Jackets at your local yarn shop; or buy it online from us.


Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I finished it! I finished my mom's Leaf and Nupp Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush–but alas, not in time for it to go under her Christmas tree. By the time it was all blocked and dried, it was New Year's Eve…so now I have to take a few zillion photos and then I will mail it off to her. I'll only keep it for a little while longer, Mom…



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