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Top 100 Knitting Patterns of 2016

This collection of 100 free knitting patterns represents the best of the best in 2016.

By: Kathryn Abrams, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com

Top 100 Knitting Patterns of 2016

Calling all knitters! Be sure to check out our collection of the Top 100 Knitting Patterns of 2016. These free knitting patterns are true fan favorites and you simply can't get enough. From baby knitting patterns to knit scarves and cowls, we've got it all in one convenient place. Whether you're planning to embark on one of these knitting patterns as a gift to a loved one or a gift to yourself, there is no denying the beauty and versatility of these knit wearables and accessories. With so many ways to use and enjoy free knitting patterns, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check out this list of the best of the best from 2016.

Baby Knitting Patterns

Basic Baby Booties

Baby knitting patterns are simply hard to beat. With so many adorable designs in extra small sizes, it's hard to not be blown away by the abundance of cuteness. From tiny baby booties to small cardigans and miniature hats, knitting for baby is incredibly satisfying and will surely bring a smile to your face. If you're looking for some knit gifts, look no further than these amazing free knitting patterns. Any expectant mother will be so grateful to receive a beautiful garment stitched with love.

Forget about wasting precious dollars on a gift from a department store or pricey baby boutique. Instead, you can make something completely one-of-a-kind that will be treasured for many years to come. For instance, these Basic Baby Booties will keep your little one's feet nice and toasty during the beginning stages of his or her life.

Knit Hat Patterns

Lazy River Beanie

You certainly cannot go wrong with a knit hat. These beauties work up extremely fast and provide an endless amount of enjoyment. Plus, if you live in a cold climate, a reliable knit hat is a must. Since you lose a great deal of body heat from your head, it's important to keep your noggin covered when the temperature begins to drop. The collection belows includes a variety of styles perfect for practically anyone in your life.

The Lazy River Beanie, to the left, is cool and breezy. This knit is simple and sits loosely on your head for a relaxed, lazy day fit and feel. This adorable knit hat is knit with a color changing blue yarn that reminds us of a gently flowing river. This piece is the perfect accessory when you want to knit something fairly mindless that you will enjoy wearing year after year.

Knitted Scarves and Cowls

Cozy Ribbed Cowl

Knit scarves and cowls are ideal for cold weather days when you want to look stylish and comfortable at the same time. If you want a bit of added warmth, a knit cowl is the perfect addition to any outfit, because it sits very close to your neck and traps your body heat. Knit scarves are similarly warm and can be tied in different ways in order to maximize their versatility. The free knitting patterns seen below also make great gifts for any family member or friend. Everyone can appreciate a beautiful handmade scarf.

Don't worry if you're not an expert knitter, because these patterns are perfect for crafters of all skill levels. In fact, a knit scarf is a great way to practice the basics and ensure you have the right technique. Try knitting scarves and cowls that feature various stitches in order to expand your knowledge and skill set. When you come to the end of the pattern, you will be amazed at your abilities and how easy it is to practice your knititng basics.

Knit Afghans and Blankets

Country Cottage Blanket

Picture yourself cozied up next to a raging fire as snow softly falls outside your window. As you warm your hands and your heart, you work hard on your knit afghan or blanket and dream of wrapping yourself in its comfort and warmth. Whether you knit one for yourself or a loved one, a knitted blanket is a gift you will treasure for years and years to come. Plus, there's nothing cozier or more enjoyable than snuggling up under the weight of a bulky or super bulky pattern. As you let the heaviness wash over you, you won't be able to hide your smile as you think about the beauty you created from a pair of knitting needles and a few skeins of yarn.

Knit Cardigans and Sweaters

Oats and Honeycomb Cabled Pullover

Few feelings are better than the feeling you get when you complete your first knit cardigan or sweater. Instead of heading to the department store to buy a sweater, you took on the task of knitting one yourself and that has made all the difference. Although knit sweaters require a sizeable time commitment and a certain amount of skill to complete, the reward you receive when you finish such a large undertaking cannot be described. Plus, you will receive so many compliments on your finished piece and when you tell others you made it yourself, they will find it hard to believe!

The Oats and Honeycomb Cabled Pullover pictured here is the perfect free knitting pattern for someone looking for a bit of a challenge. Knit in a neutral, natural shade that allows the cabled texture to really shine, this sweater is perfect for everyday wear.

Knitted Ponchos and Shawls

Trinity Knit Poncho Pattern

Knitted ponchos and shawls are versatile pieces you can wear for a variety of occasions. You can dress a shawl up or down or even wear one as an outerwear piece when it's not quite cold enough to put on an actual jacket. In addiiton, a poncho makes a great layering piece during the fall months when there's a chill in the air and you need a bit of extra coverage. With such style and versatility, the knitting patterns you see below are well worth your time. The amount of ways you can wear these pieces are seemingly endless.

Another great thing about knitting shawls and ponchos is their ability to span the seasons and any age gaps. If you're stumped as to what to knit your granddaughter or teenage daughter, look no further than one of these chic knitting patterns below. The Trinity Knit Poncho Pattern, pictured here, is a great place to start.

Other Knit Favorites

Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

The free knitting patterns in this section would make great gifts for anyone in your life. For example, you can't go wrong with a knit dishcloth pattern. Dishcloth patterns are quick and easy to work up, so even if you're a beginner knitter, you can master these patterns with ease. Plus, there's nothing better than actually making something you know you'll reach for on a daily basis.

If you're looking for something a bit more unique, take a look at the knit dog sweaters featured below. After all, you can't forget Fido when it comes to your knitting gameplan. These dog sweaters are simply adorable.

What was your favorite knitting pattern of 2016?

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