Beginning of the year is the perfect time for new projects! With over 380,000 knitting designs and almost 200,000 crochet designs on Ravelry you have a lot to choose from.
A couple trends we see in lots of these:
- most are free patterns
- many have customizable options (e.g. sizing, cowls)
- many of them work up quickly for gifts or instant gratification
Here are a few categories of the most popular designs on Ravelry.
- Windchief – a squiggle of twisted stitches give this cowl a little something extra.
- Drop Stitch Cowl – chunky yarn and dropped stitches work up fashionable and quick.
- GAP-tastic Cowl – another chunky yarn, but this one with a great texture.
- Honey Cowl – texture but at a finer gauge.
- 3-Color Cashmere Cowl – fun options make this one popular.
- Bandana Cowl – great shape that will stay in place and look stylish too.
- Sideways Shell Baby Afghan – Great texture and a nice edging.
- Granny Stripes – A crochet classic – quick the work up and the colors are limitless.
- Corner-to-Corner Throw – The shape is a classic and can be worked up in any size. Use up all your yarn. Also works for smaller items like pillows.
- Sophie’s Universal CAL – In stark contrast to many on this list is the Uber-colorful blanket with a variety of techniques – back post, back loop, overlay and applied crochet. It’s a beauty.
- Neat Ripple – chevrons adaptable to any size.
- Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket – another chevron, but this one in the round.
- Monkey – Fun stitch pattern the looks a lot more complicated than it is.
- How I Make My Socks – Susan B. Anderson’s take on the plain vanilla sock.
- Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock – And Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s vanilla sock.
- Vanilla Latte Socks – Plain vanilla with just a bit more.
- Hermione’s Everyday Socks – A nice, simple texture great for hand-dyed, self-striping and solids.
- Simple Skyp Socks – Another nice example of a sock with just a bit more.
Crochet Boot Cuffs
- Kathy’s Ripple Boot Cuff – a ripply texture with a lovely, plain insert.
- Crochet Boot Cuffs – similar to the previous, but flipped. And with a pretty button decorating the side.
- Brooklyn Boot Cuffs – a pretty texture, some ribbing and a pair of buttons.
- Lace Boot Cuff – a feminine take on boot cuffs give you a way to glam-up a calmer outfit.
- Scalloped Boot Cuffs – a pretty curve decorates the top of these girly cuffs.
- Belmont Boot Toppers – shells and ribbing make for another quick project.
- Rodeo Drive Poncho – a basic cable adorns the front.
- Hugo – another nice poncho with a pretty ribbed edging and a cushy cowl neck.
- Rosa’s Caponcho – eyelets adorn the edges with another cowl to keep you toasty. This one is worked up shorter but you can easily add length.
- Easy Folded Poncho – the easiest knitting ever – a big, long rectangle that you fold at the end. With or without the cowl.
- Shoulder Cosy – a nice textured stitch that’s quicker to quiet and lighter to wear.
- Gale – nice textures and shorter sleeves give you more room to move.
- Shortie Shell Capelet – feminine touches adorn this great design.
- Crazy Zigzag Striped Poncho – love to crochet or wear chevrons? This one’s for you.
- Sea Turtle – pineapple lace adorn this decorative poncho.
- Customizable Poncho – another rectangle, but this one is crocheted and has a quick texture stitch.
- Poncho – a fun poncho for a child. Projects have been work up in solids too for a more subdued look.
- Cowl Neck Poncho – a big cowl neck and optional fringe works for adults and kiddos too.
We just touched on a few popular categories – there are tons to choose from! What are you staring on for 2016?