Ok guys, it’s time we had a heart to heart. Am I the only one who is TOTALLY overwhelmed by the number of cowl, hat and ear warmer patterns on Etsy and Ravelry? Every time I go to buy a pattern you would think I was making major life decision like buying a home. I wonder if the pattern will be easy to follow, will the finished item turn out like the product photo, will my customers like these designs?
I realize as a pattern writer, I am adding to the insane number of patterns out there, so in effort to help narrow your search, I have rounded up eight of my personal favorite patterns. I will note that most of these patterns are paid patterns, but trust me, they are WELL worth the price.
Unless I am working on a a TBK design, you will find one of these patterns on my needles. They are tried and true and have proven to be a hit. All of them are well written and perfect for beginners who want to take the leap into texture or cables.
So in the spirit of #MakersSupportingMakers, let’s get this round up started!
Myra of Pumpkin and Pine Knits nailed it with this pattern. If you are looking for a pattern to get you started with using a cable needle, or just looking for an ear warmer with a unique texture, this is the pattern for you. This pattern is a super quick knit using Lion Brand Thick and Quick, or any comparable Super Chunky Yarn and is perfect for beginner knitters and seasoned pros alike.
It is safe to say that everyone knows about this AMAZING pattern, but in case you haven’t seen it, consider yourself informed. This beanie is the ultimate fall market prep item. The squish is unrivaled and it is such a fun knit. Casey gives you different yarn options as well as two fit options. If you are new to cables, don’t be intimidated by this pattern, I promise it is easy to follow and the finished product will wow you. If you are looking to make it extra special, grab a hank of her gorgeous hand dyed yarn.
I wasn’t planning on adding one of my own patterns to this round-up but the response over the last week has been overwhelming. You guys really seem to love the Tejon Bandana Cowl and I can’t explain how full that makes my heart. This pattern is for adult size only, but rest assured, designing a child and toddler size are in the works.
If you guys aren’t following Kate of Knitologyco yet, hurry over to Instagram and fix that immediately. Not only does she create beautiful knitwear, she designs awesome patterns and is just overall amazing. While this pattern is rated as Intermediate, Kate provide photo tutorials as well as instructions for both Bulky (5) and Super Chunky (6) yarn. The design is stunning and will sure to be a hit at your fall markets.
I can’t keep this design off my needles. Robin has created such a fun texture using Super Chunky yarn. Again, this pattern may look intimidating to beginner knitters but this pattern is so well written it is perfect for all levels. Once you get in the groove with this pattern, it will fly off your needles. It looks great in solids and variegated alike. My personal favorite is using Lion Brand Thick and Quick in Fossil.
Don’t be fooled by Crochet in the shop name. Justyna is the brilliant mind behind Lady Jay Crochet and she writes both knit and crochet patterns. The Bulky Everest Beanie is my favorite. I am a sucker for a folded brim and subtle texture. Like all the other patterns in this round up, it is a quick knit perfect for marathon fall market prep sessions.
Call me crazy, but I don’t think there is anything more eye catching than moss stitch and cables together. Cathryn rates this pattern perfect for an adventurous beginner making it perfect for all levels. This well written pattern provides instructions for two fits, fitted and slouchy, using Super Chunky yarn.
Messy Bun Beanie by Small Branch Designs
While the messy bun beanie craze may not be all over social media anymore, it doesn’t mean it still isn’t a hot selling item. Melissa has created this awesome messy bun pattern with instructions for Bulky (5) and Super Chunky (6) yarn with the perfect amount of texture. This is a must have for market tables and Etsy shops alike.