Wow, what a year it’s been!!! This year we’ve seen 50 (fifty!!) new patterns come to the blog!
That’s almost one every week!! I feel really proud of this accomplishment and I hope you’ve enjoyed all the free knit and crochet patterns that are on this site.
With these 50 new patterns, the total number of free knit and crochet patterns has grown to over 180
So let’s take a look at the most popular patterns of the year.
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Top 10 Crochet Patterns of 2020
1. Duchess Baby Blanket
No surprise here! The Duchess Baby Blanket has been the most popular post on the blog for four years running!!
Made with the Duchess Lace Stitch, this classic blanket has been made countless times with beautiful results. The lacy border is stunning – and the video tutorial walks you through every step.
2. Easy Weekend Baby Blanket
This pattern has been on the blog for a while, but has really taken off since I made a video tutorial to go along with it!
The super bulky yarn works up in no time (so you really can make it in a weekend!) and the crunch stitch adds texture. Finish it off with a simple single crochet border and you’re good to go!
3. Quick and Easy Baby Blanket
This simple c2c design is made in Bernat Blanket yarn for a super fast project that’s a great intro to corner to corner crochet.
Use two different colors and you’ve got these easy diagonal stripes! This project also includes a video tutorial.
4. Easy Ombre Baby Blanket
Ever since I designed this one I’ve been in love with Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn. The color changes are just fantastic, and I love how much yardage you get in a skein.
In fact, this blanket only takes one skein of the ombre, and then one skein of a border color!! Another project with a video tutorial!
5. Simple Textured Washcloth
This one really surprised me that it came in the top 10!! This pattern uses a simple mini bean stitch for texture and works up quickly thanks to the stitch and small nature of the project.
Grab some cotton yarn and follow along with the video tutorial for this one to whip out several new washcloths in no time.
6. Hydrangea Baby Blanket
This blanket made me fall in love with the Caron Cotton Cakes yarn! The texture and color changes are divine.
This project uses the Lemon Peel Stitch for amazing texture and also includes a video tutorial.
7. Basic Crochet Mittens
These were the very first pair of mittens that I designed, and they have been so popular!! Of course these are a seasonal thing, unlike the other patterns we’ve seen so far, so the fact that they made the top 10 tells you how much people love them!
A lot of beginners have made these with the video tutorial, so grab some worsted weight yarn and follow along!
8. Quick and Easy Mug Cozy
This simple pattern was part of the 2019 Holiday Maker’s Challenge, and now the free pdf resides in our Resource Library (hint: if you’re not subscribed to our newsletter for access to the resource library, you can sign up in the box at the end of this post!).
This fun pattern can be made in about 30 minutes and makes a wonderful gift. This is the first one on the list that doesn’t have a video tutorial… guess I need to get on that. 😉
9. Classic Crochet Baby Blanket
Another baby blanket!! Man, you guys love blankets, and I do, too!!
This one is made with Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, which is more like a heavy worsted than a true #5 yarn. I love this color and couldn’t wait to make a blanket with it!!
10. Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket
Once I made one blanket from the Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn, I couldn’t stop!! I have three on the blog so far and I love every colorway.
This blanket also has a video tutorial and uses a mini bean stitch for great texture. Finish it off with a simple border and you’re good to go!
Top 5 Knitting Patterns of 2020
I’ll admit, I didn’t add a lot of knitting patterns to the site for a while, but I have revived my love of knitting (I was a knitter first!) and you’re going to see a lot more knitting tutorials and patterns on the site this year.
1. Sophisticated Lace Back Tee
I love the lace detail on this sweater and can’t wait to design more like this! Sweaters are definitely one of my favorite things to knit.
This works up pretty quickly in a lighter worsted weight yarn and the lace pattern is not difficult. In fact, I created a video tutorial to help with each skill required to knit this tee!
2. Unforgettable One-Skein Scarf
I created a crochet version of this scarf first, and it was so popular (over 135 projects on Ravelry so far!) that I was asked to design a knit version.
I love, love, love wearing this!!! The colors are beautiful with Red Heart Unforgettable yarn, so there’s no need to change colors as the yarn does all the color work for you!
The simple row repeat is easily memorized, making this an easy knit.
3. Polar Bear Sweater
This sweet baby sweater features a polar bear face!!! This is an easy raglan knit in Lion Brand Feels Like Butta.
It uses duplicate stitch for the face details, making it a super easy knit in Stockinette. Comes in sizes from 6 months – 24 months.
4. Simple Driving Mittens
These basic Stockinette mittens are brought up a notch with suede palm patches for gripping the steering wheel! Keep your hands toasty and still drive easily.
There is a template for the palm patches, which are simply sewn on after the mittens are complete. Small button details complete the look.
5. Slip Stitch Hat
I designed this hat for my hubby (pictured here) when his favorite beanie got destroyed in the wash. (It was a store-bought one from before I learned to knit).
Since he mostly wears black I had to design it for him in that color, but my testers made some amazing colorful versions, which can be found on Ravelry.
Whew!! There we go!!! The top knitting and crochet patterns for 2020. It was a busy year and I’m planning even more for 2021.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year and a blessed 2021!
Happy Knitting and/or Crocheting!!