In 2011, Knitty published over 120 really fab patterns. There were patterns for every season, for every skill level, every occasion.


Although we love them all, we had our favourites, and you did, too…


Jeny’s beautiful, unbelievable, amazing, fascinating and challenging Double Heelix is one of the most popular designs we published this year. We love that our knitters were up for the challenge!

Extra spicy, extra fab!

The very wearable and easy to knit Amiga cardi from Mags Kandis was immensely popular, and we love all the interpretations in different types of yarn.

Just perfect.

The very elegant, clever and also very practical Commuter mitts were a big hit.

The very definition of a must-knit.

The Escargot hat hit quickly and hard, not just with those knitting for themselves, but with knitters looking for gifts for their most chic friends and family members. One intrepid knitter had two knitted within a few days of the issue going live.

As chic as can be.

The Java socks created a ton of buzz! A great design that works just as well for men and women, cleverly constructed, and fun to knit. What more do you need?

Perhaps a soy yarn?

The prize for the fastest to the needles and the fastest FOs goes to Pretty Twisted. It’s a brilliant idea, brilliantly executed! Who hasn’t got leftover sock yarn? And we’re all looking for a fun and fast way to show it off.


The fantabulous and stunning Oranje cardigan caused a sensation when the Surprise went live…

Just wow. Seriously. Wow.

The Make Up Your Mind Tank is that rare and wonderful thing: a brilliant summer knit. Ideal to knit in the summer, and also ideal to wear in the summer. Our knitters agreed.

Cool and cooler.

The Fallberry Fingerless Mitts are classic Anne Hanson, bite-sized for quick and easy knitting.

You know you wanna...

Kate’s personal favourite pattern, hands-down, is Franklin’s interpretation of the Victorian doll’s outfit from Weldon’s Practical Knitter – part 1 here, part 2 here. There are many words you can use to describe it, but “practical” has to be just about the last.

This will never fail to make me smile. Laugh, even.

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5 Responses to 2011: A Year in Knitty

  1. marilyn says:

    These are all amazing patterns! :)

  2. april says:

    It really was a great year. So many awesome patterns! And they were free. You guys ROCK!! thankyou

  3. Twist says:

    Wow! Great patterns! Can you teach me?

  4. Michelle says:

    I must not have been looking at my Knitty issues very closely; I just added several projects to my Rav queue and favorites! Thanks so much for all you do for us!

  5. mama_g says:

    What a great list. Like Michelle, I went back and added a few projects to my (ahem HUGE) favorites list on ravelry.

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