Hey, I just made up my own meme (well, at least I think I did – I haven’t seen this one before, but it might well be out there in the ether)! I was poking around on Ravelry the other day, and started looking at the top 20 patterns in Ravelry. After a brief perusal, I noticed that I had made or queued almost all of them – evidently I’m a sucker for the trends. But really, when you look through the list, the top items are really good patterns – practical or pretty or constructed in really cool ways. So here are the rules that I set up for myself:
1. List the top 20 patterns on Ravelry.
2. Note whether you have made or queued the item, or neither.
3. Post a picture if you have made it.
4. Any notes?
Here’s mine -
1. Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
I’ve actually made these a few times – I think there is a reason they are the #1 pattern! I made myself a super-warm and snuggly pair out of alpaca yarn, a pair for my friend Brooke, and I have a pair on the needles for my mom.
2. Monkey by Cookie A.
I’ve been wanting to make these for a while; I’ve just been waiting for the appropriate yarn. I got two beautiful variegated skeins from Woolgirl (more on this awesomeness next time) yesterday, and I think one of these will fit the bill.
3. Calorimetry by
I made this, but I’m not crazy about it. I don’t know if my head is shaped weirdly, or if I made it too wide, but it just looks like I’m wearing a stocking cap when I have it on.
4. Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
I’ve wanted to make one of these for forever, but haven’t found the yarn I want to use for it or the patience to knit all those miles of stockinette!
5. Jaywalker (Ravelry link) by Grumperina
Well, I made one. It was my first sock, and there were some critical gauge errors. As in, it’s huge and might fit an elephant. Plus, I was less than enchanted about the lack of stretch.
6. Felted Clogs (AC-33) (Ravelry Link) by Bev Galeskas
I doubt that I will ever make these – I have no interest in felting whatsoever.
7. Baby Surprise Jacket (Ravelry link) by Elizabeth Zimmerman
I don’t have this queued, nor do I have a baby or know anyone with a baby that needs me to make this for them, but I will probably make it some day, just because I’m so fascinated by the construction.
8. My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
I’ll make this one day.
9. Ball-Band Dishcloth by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne
Made a few of these, and use them!
10. Saartje’s Booties (Ravelry Link) by Saartje de Bruijn
See #7 re lack of baby issue.
11. Koolhaas by Jared Flood
I started on this with some highly inappropriate yarn. One of these days I’ll pick out some better yarn and try again.
12. Foliage by Emilee Mooney
I like this hat a lot – once it turns cold again I will probably make it.
13. Dashing by Cheryl Niamath
Made for my husband. As a side note, he poked some gentle fun at me when I was making my Fetchings – he called them my “fancy hobo gloves.” Once I started wearing them though, he saw how practical they were and wanted a pair of his own – hence the Dashings!
14. Odessa (Ravelry Link) by Grumperina
I love the spirals – again, when it gets cold out, this will probably get made. But without the beads.
15. Irish Hiking Scarf (Ravelry link) by Adrian Bizilia
I like this just fine, but I’ve already got one cabled scarf on the needles that is not too dissimilar.
16. Branching Out by Susan Lawrence
Yup. Made 1 ½ times, actually, the first time in some horrid, squeaky, hairy acrylic that I picked out before I knew any better, then in Silky Wool (much better). Another aside – lots of people tout this as a good first lace project. I’m inclined to disagree. While it does get you familiar with all the standards decreases and such, and the pattern is not too difficult, it’s really not that easy, either – I was never able to memorize the pattern, plus, it’s like a ten row repeat or something. If I were recommending something to someone just starting with lace, I’d pick an easily memorizable, two-four row repeat pattern. But that’s just me.
17. An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
I actually had this in my queue until just a couple of days ago, but I made a different but similar bulky hat of my own. And I think one is plenty for now.
18. Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Well, I haven’t followed this per se, but I have definitely used the guidelines. My last two socks I just picked a stitch pattern I liked for the cuff, and used Stephanie’s notes to shape the heel and toe.
19. One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
For my husband again. I really like this – I may make another one for me.
20. Embossed Leaves (Ravelry link) by Mona Schmidt
Not queued, but I like them and own this book, so I may make them someday.
I would love to see what some other folks have done – if you are so inspired, please do so and leave me a comment so I can check out your list!