21 patterns you couldn't get enough of in 2021

Published on 17 December 2021 4 min read

In a year that has been anything but normal, crafting has helped us find pockets of calm and solace when we needed it most. As we look back on 2021, we're blown away by the breadth of projects you've created! You've been thrifty, you've been adventurous, and you've wowed us with your fabulous creations! Crafting has also made the world a little bit nicer to live in. You downloaded our endangered species patterns in support of World Land Trust, who have funded 115,758 new trees since January. You helped us sponsor a Sister with Women for Women International. And through your support, we've been able to help Knit for Peace send craft kits to Afghan refugees. Thank you, makers, for being part our journey this year. Here are the top 21 patterns you loved in 2021.

1. Everyone was making this Stash Buster patchwork cardigan 

This big cool slouchy knitted cardigan pattern was one of your fave knitting patterns this year! What better way to use up all that leftover yarn, than to transform it into a thrifty wardrobe staple you'll love wearing every season.

Stash buster patchwork cardigan
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Stash buster patchwork cardigan

By Suzy Rai

2. You were loving these little Dinos

This cute free squishy dino pattern ended up being one of the most downloaded projects of the year!

Colourful Mini Dino
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Colourful Mini Dino

By Handmade by Ani

3. You were getting your bloom on with embroidery

This pretty free floral embroidery design had all of our hearts at first stitch!

DMC Countryside - PAT1103S - Downloadable PDF
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DMC Countryside - PAT1103S - Downloadable PDF

By DMC

4. You were sewing your own gift bags

You generous bunch were treating your nearest and dearest to these pretty hand quilted gift bags!

LoveCrafts Luxury Gift Bags Pattern -  Downloadable PDF
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LoveCrafts Luxury Gift Bags Pattern - Downloadable PDF

By LoveCrafts

5. This Fox & Bunny duo kept you busy!

This fox and bunny toy knitting pattern was a go-to for a whole bunch of you.

Fox & Bunny
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Fox & Bunny

By Rachel Borello Carroll

6. You were knitting for the whole family

This year you were making a new family tradition. 2021 was the year of homemade hats, for everyone!

Basic Beginner Hats for the Family
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Basic Beginner Hats for the Family

By Vanessa Ewing

7. You were saying it loud and proud with cross-stitch

This year you were speaking up with hand-stitched lettering to customise all your favourite accessories!

Mixed Font Alphabet  in DMC - PAT0114 -  Downloadable PDF
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Mixed Font Alphabet in DMC - PAT0114 - Downloadable PDF

By DMC

8. You were hitting the farmers market with handmade totes

Many of you were going green with this zesty grocery tote bag, handmade by yours truly.

Sakura Market Bag
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Sakura Market Bag

By K.A.M.E. Crochet

9. You were spending your summer days with this dreamy cardi pattern

Many of you couldn't get enough of this beautiful cardigan crochet pattern, and for good reason! Soft, cool and perfect for a sun-chasing adventure.

Gertie Cardigan
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Gertie Cardigan

By Holly Woodward Designs

10. This bee pattern was making a buzz

With our planet's precious bee population fighting for their survival, they were front and foremost on you mind when it came to making. This free cross-stitch pattern was a top trend!

Bumble Bee in DMC - PAT0685 -  Downloadable PDF
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Bumble Bee in DMC - PAT0685 - Downloadable PDF

By DMC

11. Dog-lovers were making themselves known

This adorable Dapper Dachshund pattern by Tilda was one of your most popular pattern downloads of the year. Who wouldn't want this cute little sausage!

Tilda Dapper Dachshunds - Downloadable PDF
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Tilda Dapper Dachshunds - Downloadable PDF

By Tilda

12. This baby blanket was making you gaga

All over the globe babies were snuggling up with this beautiful beginner crochet Clarissa Blanket.

Carissa Blanket
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Carissa Blanket

By Crafty Little Cottontail

13. You were loving this beginner cardigan

Effortlessly slouchy in the softest chunky yarns, this beautiful cardi was once of your wardrobe essentials in 2021.

The Downtown Cardigan
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The Downtown Cardigan

By Stephanie Lau

14. This cross-stitch pattern was coming up roses

You loved stitching this pretty bouquet with this free cross-stitch pattern!

Pink Roses Bouquet in DMC - PAT0678 -  Downloadable PDF
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Pink Roses Bouquet in DMC - PAT0678 - Downloadable PDF

By DMC

15. You were feeling fruity with this pineapple amigurumi

This cute little pineapple pattern was bringing a smile to a whole bunch of makers! Who says you can't stitch yourself happy?

Pineapple Fruit
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Pineapple Fruit

By Yarn Blossom Boutique

16. You were getting organised with these homemade mini baskets

For many of us, being at home has meant decluttering and these handy mini crochet basket projects have been the ultimate clear-out hack.

Just Hanging Around Mini Baskets
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Just Hanging Around Mini Baskets

By Flo and Dot

17. You've been making this Rosy Garden baby set

You've been tentatively knitting this bonnet, blanket, bootie and cardigan set for the little bundle of joy in your world this year.

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"Rosy Garden Set" - Accessory Knitting Pattern in Paintbox Yarns Baby DK

By Paintbox Yarns

18. You've been keeping your toes toasty with this slipper sock pattern

Cosy is what we do, and it doesn't get more toasty than these Debbie Bliss slippers. No wonder they were one of your fave makes!

Cosy Slipper Socks - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky by Debbie Bliss
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Cosy Slipper Socks - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky by Debbie Bliss

By Debbie Bliss

19. You've been loving this Granny squares tote bag

This year you've been rocking the granny square and this cool retro tote for beginners has been top of your making list!

Granny squares tote bag
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Granny squares tote bag

By Realm Designs

20. You were having a whale of a time with Wallace and Wanda

This plushy whale amigurumi duo was making a splash in 2021. So cute and squidgy we wouldn't get enough!

Wallace and wanda
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Wallace and wanda

By Rupinder Kaur

21. You were crocheting sunbeams with this free sweater pattern

This mellow yellow sweater was making a whole bunch of you happy in bright zappy mustard!

Sunshine Sweater - Free Jumper Crochet Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton 4 Ply by Paintbox Yarns
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Sunshine Sweater - Free Jumper Crochet Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton 4 Ply by Paintbox Yarns

By Paintbox Yarns

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