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100 Best Free Knitting Patterns of 2018

Check out the top knitting patterns of 2018. From knit baby patterns to hats and ponchos, we've rounded up the best free knitting patterns of the year.

Updated November 29, 2018
Best Free Knitting Patterns of 2018

2018 has been one wild ride, hasn't it, knitters? It seems like every year goes by faster, and every year is more eventful than the last. I'm lucky to constantly be getting new and amazing knitting patterns from incredibly companies, designers, and bloggers to share with you guys, and your favorites  this year were no-brainers!

We at AllFreeKnitting did the math and found all of the knitting patterns you loved in 2018, from baby patterns to ponchos to everything in between. While many of your top patterns this year were simple and minimalistic, others were lovely and intricate. I feel so blessed to be a part of the knitting community, especially around this time of year when the snow is falling and everyone's in a knitting frenzy. We're really like a family!

Check out the categories below to see if your personal faves made our top patterns of 2018, and if they didn't, be sure to leave a comment with some of your favorite knitting patterns to show them some love! You might even introduce someone to his or her new favorite, too.

Knit Hat Patterns

In the winter, there's never a hotter topic than knit hats. They can be knit in so many ways that you could literally knit a new hat every week of your life and never knit the same kind twice. There are hats out there with double pom-poms, animal ears, and intricate cables, but your favorites this year were overall a little more understated. Check them out!

Knit Dishcloth Patterns

All you need to knit a fantastically useful kitchen accessory is some cotton yarn, your own two needles, and a little bit of time. Those who say knitting is a waste of energy are wrong! Knit dishcloths are a great way to reduce waste in your life since they make excellent stashbusters, as well as a unique way to add some personality to your kitchen.

Knit Sweaters and Cardigans

Those of you who have tackled a knit sweater or cardigan before know that it's an enormous undertaking, but nothing feels better than bragging to your friends about how your newest top is handmade! To boot, you can make the sweater uniquely yours by altering the fit or design to your liking, so you just know that if you knit it right, you're going to love your knit top more than any that you bought from a department store.

Knit Blankets and Throws

Blankets are one of those great kinds of knitting patterns for long, lazy sessions. There's no doubt that finishing up a blanket usually takes a ton of time and patience, but so often they come with easy-to-memorize repeats so you can mindlessly knit in front of the television or while listening to an audiobook. These are some of the best projects for long-term commitments that won't drive you insane.

Knit Scarves and Cowls

Who among us didn't begin knitting with a knit scarf? Scarves, cowls, and infinity scarves are some of the projects that we just keep coming back to because they're familiar, they're warm and cozy for the colder months, and they make excellent gifts. Like hats, you can knit them in an uncountable number of styles and never get bored.

Knit Shawl Patterns


Shawls are a great way to show off your knitting chops. While some may consider them a bit old-fashioned, bloggers and designers have done an amazing job in the past few years creating new, wearable shawl patterns that still pay homage to the classic layering pieces that your grandma knew and loved. While you typically think of shawls as being great for some added coverage in the warmer months, there are some great winter shawl patterns out there, too.

Knit Poncho Patterns

Ponchos have really blown up over the past decade or so. It's not hard to see why: not only is their full-coverage wonderfully cozy for winter, but they add a certain elegance to outfits that feels appropriate at any occasion. As a bonus, they'll help hide if you ate one too many Christmas cookies over the holidays. Check out some of your favorites from 2018!

More Free Knitting Patterns

The fun doesn't stop there! Maybe sweaters, scarves, and hats are the most popular kinds of knitting patterns, but sometimes you guys surprise us with your unique favorites. These accessories all made your faves this year, but spoiler alert: it also features an adorable little dog sweater!

What was your favorite knitting pattern of 2018? Leave a comment below!

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