Reflections on 2018: your favourite yarns, patterns & posts

As we look forward to the crafts trends of 2019 and dream up our first WIP of the New Year, it's time to reflect on your favourite patterns, yarns and posts of 2018.

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Top free knitting patterns of 2018

Your favourite indie knitting designers

The patterns by Australian designer Vera Stensrud of OGE Knitwear are the definition of adorable! With her simple, modern and stylish garments for babies and kids, it's no wonder they are some of the most loved patterns of 2018. The Norwegian Fir Top Down Cardigan topped the list - worked in garter stitch with a simple, effective raglan pattern, it's a great intuitive knit for experienced knitters.

Thea Colman's Oban Sweater had you going mad for downloads, everyone loves those cables! Midtown cardigan by All About Ami was super popular too, and she has now come out with her Downtown cardigan which you are enjoying just as much. Your other favourite designers of 2018 include Velvet Acorn (Heidi May), Thea Colman and Andrea Mowry (there's a ton of new patterns added recently, which we have a feeling you are going to love!)

Your favourite patterns

Your favourite 2018 yarns

The most read posts of 2018

What were you knitting nuts looking for in 2018? Searches on Google for knitted poppies increased by 4500% compared to the previous year, and knitted boobs saw 850% more searches. On LoveKnitting, your most popular searches were ‘knit a teddy’ and ‘dog jumper’. Over on our Inspiration hub, these were some of your favourite posts of the year.