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Best of 2017: 100 Free Knitting Patterns You Loved This Year

Check out the top knitting patterns of 2017. From knit baby patterns to hats and ponchos, we've rounded up the best free knitting patterns of the year.

By: Kathryn Abrams, Editor,
Updated April 16, 2018
Best of 2017 100 Free Knitting Patterns You Loved This Year

2017 has been a year full of wonderful free knitting patterns. From scarves, hats, ponchos, afghans, and everything in between, knitters of all skill levels have truly shared some standout designs you'll want to make again and again.

Check out the Best of 2017: 100 Free Knitting Patterns You Loved This Year to see the full round-up of our top patterns of the year.

Not surprisingly, you couldn't get enough adorable baby knitting patterns, including tiny booties and pint-sized hats. Plus, knit afghans and blankets were a big hit for those days spent cuddling up on the couch and cold weather accessories such as hats and scarves are perennial favorites.

Be sure to click around the full collection to see even more free knitting patterns you absolutely loved in 2017.

Are you interested in seeing one of your original knitting patterns on next year's list? Submit your work here for consideration!

Baby Knitting Patterns

Who can resist an adorable free baby knitting pattern? From teeny tiny baby booties to miniature hoodies and everything in between, there's something so sweet and satisfying about working up a special item for the little angels in your life.

Knitting for baby is always a favorite pastime and 2017 was no exception. Click through the precious images below to find the most popular baby knitting patterns of the year. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a veteran knitter, because there's a perfect pattern for everyone.

Knit Dishcloth Patterns

Knit dishcloth patterns are a great way to learn how to knit or to try new stitches. Beginners will love the most popular dishcloth knitting patterns of 2017, because they're a great way to expand your skill repetoire without much fuss.

Plus, dishcloths are a fun and practical way to use up scrap yarn. There's no need to head to the kitchen goods store to purchase a set of dishcloths when you can make your own for very little money. Knitted dishcloths also make functional and thoughtful housewarming gifts, because whether we like it or not, almost everyone has to dive in and wash dishes at some point in his or her life!

Knit Afghans and Blankets

When it comes to free knit afghan and blanket patterns, there are so many choices and variations - you will never be bored! Whether you're looking for something patterned or a simple solid color, these beauties will make you feel warm and cozy in no time.

There's also a wide array of knit baby blanket patterns, so you can make a treasured item for the youngest member of your family. Did you have a special comfort blanket when you were growing up? One of the designs below might just be "the one" for a sweet baby in your life.

Knit Hat Patterns

There are few things more versatile than a knit hat. Cover your head with one of the lovely designs you see below and you'll stay warm and look good doing it. Plus, if you're wondering what to get that person who has everything, a free knit hat pattern is the perfect solution.

After all, there's really no such thing as too many hats and the recipient will love the thoughtfulness that went into every stitch. If you live in a cold weather climate, you will be happy you had the foresight to knit one (or several) of these tried-and-true designs, so get started today.

Knit Cardigans and Sweaters

Making items of clothing with your own two hands is an incredibly satisfying experience. You won't need to shell out a large amount of money in order to look good if you give one of these free knit cardigan or sweater patterns a try. As an added bonus, you can rest assured knowing no one else will show up to the party wearing the same outfit because yours is truly one-of-a-kind!

Knitting a sweater is a bit of a time commitment, but these designs prove it's worth every hour you spend with your yarn and needles. Find your favorite way to keep warm from the most popular selections below.

Knit Ponchos and Shawls

Throwing on a knitted poncho or shawl is perhaps one of the easiest ways to take your outfit to the next level. Plus, if you're looking for a way to add a bit of extra warmth without all the bulk, one of these chic toppers will surely solve your problem. Once fall rolls around and the air is crisp, you can work up a knit poncho or a knit shawl and head out the door in no time.

You also don't need to be a highly skilled knitter in order to complete one of these beautiful pieces. These patterns are designed for every skill level in mind.

Knit Scarf Patterns

These lovely knit scarf patterns were a major hit in 2017. The good news is you can't go wrong with either design. Whether you prefer an infinity scarf or a more traditional style, you can complete both patterns in no time at all. The versatility of knit scarves makes them a great gift for loved ones or even yourself.

Have you ever heard of the mistake stitch? If not, you need to give the "Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf" a try. The best part about knitting is you can learn something new everyday - even if you've been wielding your needles for multiple decades.

Knitted Accessories

Knitted accessories are always a joy to make, because they run the gamut from knit slipper patterns to an adorable and functional knit dog sweater. With so many unique designs to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding which of these popular patterns to try first.

With so many different choices, a lovely knit accessory is a great way to practice or expand upon your skills without the large time commitment that comes with making a sweater or afghan. Instead, you can work up several pairs of fingerless gloves and experience the satisfaction that comes with creating a beautiful handmade item in a relatively short amount of time.

What was your favorite knitting pattern of 2017? Leave a comment below!

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