When it comes to chosing a knitting pattern, what are the things that attract you?
I often find myself looking at other people’s finished objects on Ravelry, especially those ones that are shared with groups I belong to (NaKniSweMoDo being the biggest influence right now), and looking at patterns afresh. I have been enjoying Interweave Knits magazine and instantly find myself wanting to knit at least five patterns from each one. But of course, that’s what we buy it for!
I also love the “Friends” function on Ravelry where you can see what your friends have been knitting, queueing and favouriting. My Multnomah shawlette came into being because of one of my friends favouriting the pattern first.
But, when you are browing Ravelry or Knitty for a pattern, it’s easy to see the ‘most popular’ patterns as a good bet. If thousands of knitters have gone before you, it can’t be all bad, right!
Here is a list of the twenty most popular patterns on Ravelry right now:
Baby Surprise Jacket
February Lady Sweater
Noro Striped Scarf
Turn a Square *
Lace Ribbon Scarf
One Row Handspun Scarf
My So Called Scarf
February Baby Sweater
I’ve asterisked the ones above that I have knit, with a double asterisk for those I’ve done more than one of. That’s only six out of twenty – not too bad, I don’t think that it makes me a total sheep. (Yep, may as well have a sheep joke on a knitting blog).
Out of interest, 14 out of the top 20 patterns are freebies, 5 of them are from Knitty.com, and of the 20 next most popular patterns, a further 16 are freebies, with 5 more of them Knitty patterns.
Now, why all of these ramblings? Well, I have a confession – two of these patterns are ones I have finished recently. This is the first:
Yep, the ever-popular Jaywalker socks 🙂 Currently there are 6599 pairs of these socks on Ravelry’s database- mine will make 6600 I guess. I chose to knit this pattern because I thought it would suit the yarn – Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I was able to look through the projects and find several pairs in the exact same colourway and know that I would like the finished product – a pretty good guarantee all things considered. I was also able to find out that previous knitters had discovered they ran out of yarn before the second sock was done. I knew I had two balls but figured if I shorted the length by an inch on each sock I’d be right. Wrong! I still ran out before the toe of the second sock. So I now have one slightly used ball back in my stash.
These are non-identical socks, which would drive some people batty – I think if I were to do them again, I’d do a contrasting heel and toe to stop the differences in the pattern over these areas. Well, to be honest I will have to if I do more, given the wool crisis 🙂
So, why am I not modeling them for the pics? These aren’t for me. In fact, they are in a courier bag on the way to their destination as I type. They are a wee reward for my yarn-mule sister who lugged back my purchases with her when she went to the States a couple of months ago. Yes, I am slow. I ran into a problem with the pattern (like I did a single increase instead of a double, a couple of times over, was too slow to pick up on it and then wondered where I went wrong)… so they sat, ignored, waiting for me to pick them up again. I had to frog back from half way down the foot back to the start of the gusset, but it was plain sailing after that.
So, is this pattern all it’s cracked up to be? Yes – it’s fab! A two-row repeat, one of which is all knit, what can you complain about? Super simple, and it allows you to get away from pattern following and just enjoy the results.
As if that weren’t enough, here’s the other FO I have to share:
It’s a super simple, really cute wee pattern, called Turn a Square. This pattern is ideal for using up leftovers. I had a half ball of Noro Kureyon which was calling to me from my scraps bag. And now it’s going to be DH’s new winter hat. Yes, I know it’s Spring, but I’ve been *meaning* to make him a hat all winter!
You see, last winter DH complained his hat was itchy. So I went and bought him so soft 12 ply yarn and knit a hat. He’s got a big head, but not as big as the hat I knit! I tried to shrink it in the drier, which worked a little, but every time I see him wearing it I cringe. Thus the new hat.
And what a cool way to take advantage of the colour changes of Noro.
So, despite the 3005 other “Turn a Square” hats out there, I really like my one. I am looking forward to seeing it worn if the weather turns again. But for now, I am enjoying the sushine and blue skies, contemplating lighter summer knits, and procrastinating about finishing my Central Park Hoodie. ( Half way up front #2 – hood and bands to go after that 🙂 )