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Newsletter - February 2016
Welcome to a really special issue of the Patternfish newsletter -- our best selling patterns of 2015.
February is the month when we celebrate the best selling Patternfish designs. These are the patterns that you selected of 2015 as your favourites by buying them. We hope you enjoy seeing these as much as we have enjoyed bringing them to you.
Our usual articles are suspended until next month except for new designers that joined Patternfish in January 2016.
In this issue ... The Best Selling Patterns of 2015
Best Selling Patternfish Designs of 2015
This is the fourth year we are publishing the best selling Patternfish designs. As in previous years, some of the results were surprising, some expected. We’re intrigued with the results and hope you will be too.
We’ve listed the category titles In This Issue… so you can easily find the ones that you’re most curious about and go back at your leisure to see the rest.
Right now Patternfish has over 21,000 patterns listed. You will be seeing the best selling 170 of them in this newsletter. Discovering what others have bought is great fun and can be inspiring.
The Very Best Selling Patterns
What a terrific and varied collection of best of the best selling patterns!
The #1 design, Diane Soucy’s Top Down Trapeze Pullover, was the very best seller in both 2013 and 2014.
It’s no surprise really; the sweater is easy-to-knit, top-down construction, and most importantly, flattering on just about everyone. Beginners can be happy tackling this as their first sweater and the more experienced will enjoy a relaxing, knit-and-talk garment.
The #2 design is Riddari, a gorgeous traditionally-styled Lopi sweater for men or women, designed with 21st century flair by Vedis Jonsdottir.
Sandi Prosser’s Weekend Jacket makes it into the best-selling design list for the first time. It’s a grab and go jacket, knit side-to-side in bulky yarn in a wide range of sizes.
A hat has made the top selling pattern list for the first time; Jean’s Irish Hat is named for designer Valarie Keaton’s mother-in-law and it’s based on a hat bought in Ireland 20 years ago.
Sally Melville’s L’Enveloppe defies description. It can be worn over a sweater, over a coat, under a coat, or over your pyjamas. Intrigued new viewers call it, "That … THING you’re wearing." It can be knitted in 5 sizes, 4 gauges, and 2 stitch patterns.
Baby clothes are favourites at Patternfish, especially when they are knit top down with rolled collar and hems, like the Baby Pullover for 6 - 24 month sizes. It takes 400 yards/365 meters of worsted weight yarn to make this cozy sweater.
Knitting Pure and Simple’s Top Down Swing Pullover has been a favourite since it first appeared three years ago. Its drape and 3/4 length sleeves contribute to the appeal.
This Neckdown Pullover for Women pattern was published in 1997 and it’s still going strong. It’s basic, classic, and may be created in just about any worsted weight yarn you choose.
Very Best Selling Crochet Patterns
Kim Miller’s Chunky Cables Decorative Throw is the best selling crochet pattern of 2015. It’s beautiful and super-quick to make at 7 stitches to 4". As further testament to its popularity, the pattern has been pinned on Pinterest over 83,000 times.
Crocheters are clearly fond of the designs Gayle Bunn creates for Nashua — two are among the very best selling crochet patterns: her Crochet Cardigan and Crochet Dress. Both are charming and feminine, with figure-flattering swinging skirts.
10 Hours or Less is a pattern publisher that delivers exactly what it states, but the benefits don’t end there. The motifs in the favourite Flurry of Foliage Scarf are joined as you crochet so there’s no sewing.
Both the scarf and Bright Batwings Baby Blanket can be created with any weight yarn in your stash and only one colour of yarn at a time is used.
Amy Maceyko’s Berra Scarf is an ultra-feminine beauty designed to take advantage of special hand-dyed yarns. As well, it demonstrates the ease of creating repeating motifs and joining them as you crochet.
Therese Chynoweth is one of those rare and amazing designers who can create in both crochet and knit. With the easy Summer Crochet Cardigan for Louet, Chynoweth provides a perfect, easy-to-crochet, and easy-to-wear cover up.
Best Selling Weaving Patterns
Yarnworker’s Liz Gipson has Kitchen Kitsch towels in four patterns.
Best Selling Patterns for Beginners
Not only are beginner-rated patterns essential when you are starting out, they are useful for more experienced knitters during those talk-and-knit or watch-tv-and-knit occasions.
It’s possible to choose just about every element of a knit wardrobe from these best selling patterns for beginners.
Best Selling Experienced Level Patterns
Best selling patterns with an experienced skill level rating are aspirational for some, and just everyday knitting for others. The Craft Yarn Council, the bible for yarn and skill level industry standards, defines experienced level projects as "using advanced techniques and stitches, such as short rows, fair isle, more intricate intarsia, cables, lace patterns, and numerous color changes."
Best Selling Shawls
Shawls, scarves, and ponchos are category spanning accessories. How you choose to wear them is more important than what they are named.
Patternfish customers have a love affair with shawls, from lace to stranded knitting, and ultra easy to experienced. The most popular Easy Lace Poncho uses the traditional feather-and-fan stitch usually seen in a light weight yarn. It is quite dramatic in DK weight.
Best Selling Scarves
Here are best selling scarf patterns with picots, lace, and cables, as well as innovative garter stitch and slip stitch techniques.
Best Selling Poncho Patterns
It’s a pleasure to see ponchos popular again. Some of these favourites have a definite ‘70s feeling, but others are up-to-the-minute with easy lace. Minimal shaping makes them easy to wear and to knit.
Best Selling Baby Patterns
One of the hardest things to do is choose a baby pattern and Patternfish’s almost 4,000 choices make it even more difficult. Plus, it’s hard not to be swayed by the gorgeousness of the baby or toddler. Most of these patterns will fit newborn to age 3, many to age 7, and range from traditional to modern.
Best Selling Men's Patterns
All four of these best selling designs are classics. We have commented on men’s demands for sweaters that are not complex to knit and have been taken to task for that. Clearly, it is not true that all men want simple designs but these best selling patterns for a pullover, hoodie, and vest demonstrate that some do. But then there’s Riddari.
Best Selling Plus Size Patterns
Diane Soucy’s Knitting Pure and Simple patterns for women are generously sized, usually ranging from 32" to 50"+ chest sizes. Her popular knit-top-down technique helps account for their dominance in this category, and most are easy to knit.
Best Selling Vest Patterns
What choices! Here are vests for men, women, kids, and babies, from easy beginner patterns to a classic shawl collared option for intermediate levels. What’s great about vests? No sleeves = fast to complete. Robin Hunter’s Prudence Crowley Vest has been on our best seller list ever since she offered it to the knitting world in 2011.
Best Selling Cowl and Moebius Patterns
Cowls and moebius patterns are so popular — fashionable, warm, and with options in just about every yarn weight, stitch type, and size. Plus, many are terrific skill-builders on a nice, small scale, so there’s no need to fear tackling the more complex looking designs.
Best Selling Purse and Tote Patterns
Knitters and crocheters make bags for carrying projects, of course! Carol Ventura’s handsome crocheted bags are witty and need no lining, so it’s worth adding crochet to your arsenal for her bags alone. Or try Tunisian crochet with the wee gift bags from Knot*Sew*Cute.
Best Selling Socks
Most new sock knitters want to start with an easy, worsted weight sock pattern and then move on to lighter weights before tackling more complex designs. Lots of knitters have found that Diane Soucy’s basic socks are just the thing. And when sock knitters are ready to move on, cables, stranded knitting, and even Christmas stockings are quite possible.
Best Selling Hat Patterns
This year’s best selling hats run the gamut from just-as-basic-as-can-be to loads of fun. Most of these patterns can be knitted for multiple sizes from baby to large adult.
Best Selling Mittens
The #1 mitten choice is the doubly warm Double Lined Mittens from Amanda Lilley. Stranded knitting achieves the same doubling effect in the Lillehammer and Nordic Mitts patterns. Lillehammer includes a sweater, headband, cap, and stockings, as well as mittens.
Best Selling Fingerless Mitten Patterns
Fingerless mitts are relatively new on the knit scene. Did their popularity coincide with increasing smart phone use? They are good on their own to text when out-and-about or over leather gloves for driving.
Best Selling Slipper Patterns
These best selling slippers were chosen for warmth at the ankle as well as the foot. Knitting Pure & Simple’s Mukluks must have been made for thousands of feet since their introduction in 2011.
Best Selling E-Books
If you like bargains, e-books may be an excellent choice. Our 2015 e-book best sellers are dominated by Cat Bordhi and Cabin Fever. Both of these publishers want knitters to use their books as starting points to take their knitting further, not as ends in themselves.
Cat worked in secret on Versatildes for two years with her retreat attendees and she says these projects "rival anything I have ever done."
Cabin Fever books are justifiably famous for all the options they offer. The Gemmell sisters and their design partners like to ensure that knitters will be using their books for years and for lots of different garments and accessories for all ages.
Best Selling kCDesigns
If you’re not familiar with kCDesigns, but like, or want, to knit more complex than usual patterns without juggling charts, check out the pattern enhancement that allows you to just start knitting (right after you swatch, of course!)
Patternfish customers’ kCDesign favourites cover all the knitting ground you could imagine: spectacular lace shawls, dramatic cable and lace cardigans, a hearts and lace scarf, a magnificent cabled quilt, and Sally Melville’s unparalleled L’Enveloppe.
Best Selling Afghan and Blanket Patterns
The nice thing about crochet is that it’s faster than knitting, especially when super bulky weight is specified, like for Knot*Sew*Cute’s best selling Chunky Cables Decorative Throw.
Knitting does take longer, but is interesting to see how many are willing to make a significant investment in both yarn and time to create these beauties. Nothing really says, "A knitter cares" like an afghan in the home does.
Best Selling Pillow Patterns
Surprise! Knitters chose a piano keyboard over more traditional pillow designs. These are all testaments to how pleasurable it can be to personalize pillows with a tree of life, cats, cables, or keyboard.
Best Selling Toy Patterns
We fell in love with Jacob the Puppy and Scraps the Floppy Bunny when they first arrived; we were not alone. Sandy Bramely does have an instinct for ‘cute’. Knitting at Knoon’s Snobuddy Family has become a perennial holiday favourite.
Best Selling Pet Patterns
This category really ought to be called dog patterns. The best seller is Mufflehead, renamed Mufflepup by us, but only when it’s made as a dog coat. The pattern is sized for "most heads and 15-20 lb. dogs." Click the photo and check the slideshow to see it. The other best sellers from Fiber Trends and Style Hounds will fit just about any size or shape your dog has.
Our Newest Designers and Publishers
In January, Patternfish welcomed four new designers.
It’s such a pleasure to see two such different patterns from OwlCat Design’s Simone Kereit: a shawl inspired by rivers with an innovative yet easy-to-create structure, and a feminine lace cowlette. Confluence follows the path of river tributaries as they travel over pebbles and rapids and converge. Schaumkronen fools the eye; it’s a shawl/cowl combo that is guaranteed to stay in place, prettily
Corrine Walcher debuts at Patternfish with Key Largo, a perfect cardigan for warm months. Three 8 stitch by 8 row stitch patterns are all you have to follow to make this lovely lace. Angelique is a lightweight shawl featuring an easy lace border and stockinette body. It would make a terrific scarf, too.
Uma Padu debuts at Patternfish with her Thriving and Falling Leaves Scarf that celebrates the life cycle of trees, interpreted in lace. Two sizes of the Bead Lightening Shawl are created in an easy-to-read stitch pattern excellent for lace and bead beginners.
Abbey Swanson is a member of the new breed of crocheters unbound by traditional patterns or yarns. Her love of the Wyoming countryside inspires her choice of yarns and designs, like the bandana-like Casper Mountain Cowl. Her Chai Shawl has more of a city splendour and if you can crochet a chain, you can make it.
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