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Dear Knitting Friend,
2023 was a great year for stunning patterns here at I Like Knitting. We took stock of the patterns that our readers were drawn to the most and curated a collection that offers patterns for knitters of varying skill levels, techniques, and styles. The Best of 2023 Knitting Patterns from I Like Knitting has 25 fabulous projects for you: sweaters, dresses, hats, accessories, and more! We’re sure you’ll find patterns here to inspire your needles. Let the creativity flow!
There are all sorts of ways to stay warm in winter. Our Fuchsia Frost Mock-Cable Sweater is an easy-rated pattern that’s a real statement piece. You’ll love the all-over mock-cable and eyelet pattern that makes this sweater something special. Plus, this pattern’s rated easy, so don’t be shy about making it!
Dive into the luxurious feel of rich texture with our Sandswept Sweater, inspired by the swirls that emerge when the wind blows across the sand. This allover-lace drop shoulder sweater is knit from the bottom up in pieces. This is a sweater designed for layering; wear it over your favorite tank, a dress, and maybe, once summer arrives, a swimsuit. You’ll love the way this sweater feels!
Maybe you’ll make our Frosted Window Pane Plaid Sweater, a stylish fusion of classic design and modern technique (hint: you’ll need a crochet hook, too!). Or make our Izzy Two-Tone Sweater, an alpine-inspired pullover with two-tone coloring and complementary textures.
Spring is the season of layering, so why not make yourself (or a friend) the Mollie Spring Cardigan? Contrasting colors and lacy eyelets will make this cardigan a cool-weather layering favorite. Need a new winter cardigan? Start planning now and make our Winterberry Colorwork Cardigan. This cozy cardigan uses steeks to make your work easier (Don’t know about steeks? We’ll show you!). Layer up and look lovely all winter long!
Let’s face it, we all look forward to spring. What better way to prepare to welcome spring than with a lovely and lacy new dress? Our Savannah Colorwork & Lace Dress is a dream of colorwork, lattice lace, and diamond lace. Sleeveless, with a high neck, this dress is a real stunner. Knit it in the round, top-down, creating steeks for the sleeve openings and back closure. Tailor it to your taste and make it the length you like by repeating the lace motifs.
How about a cold-weather dress? Our Caline Turtleneck Sweater Dress features top-down construction, is completely seamless and you can customize it to the length you prefer. The fabric of this dress is practically weightless but still perfectly cozy!
A terrific easy pattern is our Sylvia Scalloped Edge Sweater. A clever cast-on creates scallops at the bottom edge and cuffs. The body is knit in stockinette with a crew neckline, modified drop shoulders, and long sleeves with matching scallops. This could become your newest favorite three-season sweater!
Meet another potential wardrobe staple: the Golden Afterglow Bishop Sleeves Sweater. This minimalist style sweater works well dressed up or down, with a look that’s simple but never boring. It’s bound to get pride of place in your sweater drawer! For timeless coziness and comfort, consider our Rosaura Raglan sweater to ward off cold, gloomy weather. The textured pattern will keep you looking and feeling marvelous!
TOPS + VESTS
It’s always sweater weather here at I Like Knitting — we have sweaters for every season! With warmer days on the horizon, work up our Ziggie Tank to have a new favorite layering piece. This pattern’s rated easy, so all knitters are invited to make this versatile and lovely tank. For layering options, consider our Anya Buttoned Vest — perfect for beginner knitters.
For our cable lovers, may we present our Rayanna Cables Top. This intermediate pattern is worked flat from the bottom up and features a patchwork of four different dainty cables on the front. Get out your cable needles and have fun creating this light and lovely top!
The Silent Snow Shawl is as light and airy as an early morning snowfall. This pattern is a great easy-rated two-week project with easy-to-knit eyelet rows that create the illusion of a gentle snowfall.
Our Karinna Mom & Daughter Shrugs feature an easy lace pattern that will make mom and daughter feel fancy-free. The shrug is worked as a flat rectangle and then folded in half. Dress up the day with this delightful shrug set!
How about a charming headband in a two-color brioche motif? Add a little sparkle to your outdoors activities with our Arctic Shimmer Brioche Headband. This weekend project is perfect for on-the-go knitting — small enough to tuck into your yarn bag and sparkly enough to brighten your day. Make it for yourself or as a gift!
When it comes time to layer on warmth and style, it’s best to start at the top. Our Cassia Beanie layers on the texture with a combination of 2×2 rib, broken rib, and mock cables to create a stylish hat that’s perfect for anyone on your list who needs a hat. The longer brim gives the wearer more choices for a perfect fit.
You’ll love the cable motif of our Icy Rose Beaded Winter Hat, embellished with a seed bead at the center of each cable for extra glamor. Best of all? No pre-stringing required! And our Taelyn Textured Hat offers you creative variations on *knit 1, purl 1* with a pattern that’s totally customizable. Whichever hat you choose, you’ll create a great new look!
Make yourself a new all-purpose bag with our Avalon Patchwork Tote. Enjoy the timeless appeal of log cabin knitting as you create this roomy and easy-to-knit messenger bag. Start this week, be done next week!
We’re always on the lookout for stash-busting patterns, and we’ve found a fabulous pattern for knitters of any experience level. Our Patchwork Earth Blanket pattern combines simple rib stitch with fun blocks of color to create a super-comfy textured blanket. Even better: this pattern is rated easy, and will give new knitters a chance to work in the intarsia technique.
The Best of 2023 Knitting Patterns from I Like Knitting is packed with 25 fabulous patterns to wear and share. Get ready to be inspired by our top patterns of 2023. Your needles are calling! Which project will you cast on first?