If you’re new to Ravelry, or if you’re simply looking for a fresh challenge, chances are you’re checking out the most popular patterns on the platform to see what kinds of designs other users are falling in love with. But with thousands of knitting and crochet creations on offer from a myriad of designers from all over the world, where on earth do you start?
With Deramores, of course! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular patterns on Ravelry right now that have earned our sought-after seal of approval. All of these designs have received endless votes from the community and have been used in tens of thousands of projects – so trust us when we say they really are the cream of the crop!
PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle
What’s great about this fun cat-eared beanie by Kat Coyle is not just the fact that it makes a vibrant addition to any outfit - it was also worn as a statement of unity by all those that took part in the Women’s March in Washington DC back in January 2017.
The aim of the design was to help “support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way”, and now that the pattern has been used in over 134,000 projects from Ravelry users alone, it’s clear that the PussyHat Project has made its mark in more ways than one.
Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
We all need a staple pair of socks to see us through chilly climes – so Sox Therapist has provided us with what appears to be a simple tutorial for a classic staple. But delve a little deeper, and you’ll find that there’s much more to the Fish Lips Kiss Heel than meets the eye!
Patty-Joy White and her team have created a new knitting method to help crafts lovers of all abilities create perfectly-fitted socks that have no wraps, no gaps and no pesky gussets. You can apply their innovative techniques to any socks, using any yarns, to create accessories that are unique and yet incredibly easy to put together. It’s a beginner’s dream!
Reyna by Noora Laivola
Looking for a timeless, wearable shawl that’s also guaranteed to turn heads? The search is over, because Reyna can be downloaded for free from Ravelry.
What we love about Reyna is its versatility. This pattern has been developed to work well with virtually any type of yarn. Designer Noora Laivola suggests either a 3 ply or 4 ply product for optimum results, but you can use heavy or light wools depending on the kind of drape you want. You can also pick up needles of any gauge according to the materials you have to hand. The dimensions and yardage will change, but the design will remain the same!
Flax by tincanknits
Now this really is the perfect starter pattern for those who are trying their hand at the craft for the first time. Create a classic, seam-free pullover with easy-to-use Aran yarn by following the clear knitting instructions for Flax that have been put together by designers Alexa and Emily.
With the help and support of tincanknits, you can create a beautiful sweater for any member of the family, because the sizes here range from newborn through to 4XL.
You can pick up the suggested yarn for this pattern, or you can experiment with different wools and colours. We’d recommend the Merino Blend from King Cole or the Cashmerino Aran from Debbie Bliss as great alternatives to the yarn that’s suggested in the tutorial – they are both hard-wearing and easy to care for, which means your creation will remain in tip-top condition for a long time to come!
168-15 Charlotte by DROPS design
Knitwear isn’t restricted to bulky jumpers and statement accessories, as demonstrated by this beautiful knitted t-shirt pattern from DROPS design. It might not have the most memorable title, but the 168-15 Charlotte is an elegant top that’s perfect for fresh spring days and long summer nights.
This pattern is slightly more complex than the others we have listed so far, so it will be the ideal project for knitters who feel confident in their basic technique and are ready for a challenge!
The World’s Simplest Mittens by tincanknits
The clue is in the name! If winter has caught you short and you’re keen to create some durable hand warmers post-haste, this pattern will help you knit your own pair of mittens in record time.
The World’s Simplest Mittens can be worn as they are, or you can add your own twist to the design. DK or worsted wool is your best bet for this project.
Azel Pullover by Heidi May
Isn’t this gorgeous? We can definitely see the Azel pullover keeping you warm and cosy while you’re out and about – and it seems that plenty of other Ravelry users have succumbed to the unique charm of this beautiful design, too, because it’s been used in over 7,500 projects to date.
Azel’s forgiving pattern gives you the perfect opportunity to have some fun with super bulky yarn. If you want to steer away from the recommended wool, try Deramores Studio Chunky, or opt for the Alpaca Chunky Yarn from Stylecraft for an even softer finish.
In threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich
If you want to produce a lovely gift for your child or grandchild, this comfortable, loose-fitting cardie from the kelly without a net collection will definitely fit the bill.
It’s a design that is packed full of personality, but the pattern itself is simple enough for relative beginners.
Other patterns we love…
After a statement piece for a big event? Exploration Station by Stephen West is an excellent choice for the extroverts amongst you! This pattern uses Westknits shortcut rows and yarn overs to develop a soft yet striking shawl that lends itself well to any colour combination.
Take one look at Find your Fade from Andrea Mowry, and we guarantee you’ll be captivated by this designer’s intelligent take on a traditional shawl. Clever stitching and creative use of colour make this a piece that’s becoming more popular by the day.
Nadia Majid is one to watch, too. She’s put together a portfolio that’s packed full of basic patterns with modern detailing – and all of her hard work has paid off, because she now boasts one of the most-linked-to collections on Ravelry.
We’ve only covered a tiny selection of popular Ravelry patterns here. If you want to share your thoughts on any of the inspirational designers who are fast becoming the cornerstones of Ravelry’s community, don’t be shy – tweet us @deramores or tag us on Instagram and spread the word!