Last month I found myself with no Ravelry time. Browsing the recently added patterns, which used to be pretty much a daily activity, fell by the wayside. So then I found myself in March, with a whole month missing from my Ravelry knowledge! This was not acceptable.
As I searched through the various categories and found February gems to favourite, it occurred to me that these personal monthly roundups of mine might just make a pretty great blog series. Or if not a great blog series, then at least something to keep me occupied. Therefore, this “Indie Pattern Picks” post will be coming to you monthly from now on.
- Indie designer patterns only (clue’s in the name), the big companies and publications get plenty of publicity without my help.
- Paid and free patterns are separate beasts, I’m concentrating on paid.
- I’ll also choose a favourite in each category that wasn’t in the top five.
- Knitting and crochet are NOT given separate lists, because they’re both equally awesome.
- “Best” is subjective.
- I’m judging based on looks and interestingness and general visual appeal. I can’t speak about the patterns in terms of quality, verboseness, support, and so on.
- No you can’t pay to be included :p
So! Without further ado, here are my picks for February for anyone else who somehow missed Ravelry for a whole month. You can find the shortlist on Pinterest.
February 2015 Top 5 Indie Patterns
And now for the category-specific honourable mentions . . .
Best Hat Pattern
Something a bit different, with birds on it.
Best Shawl / Wrap Pattern
There were a few good shawls this month and I kinda wanted to choose all of them, but settled finally on the one that made me think “I wish to knit this!” the most.
Best Scarf / Cowl Pattern
Me: “Ooh this scarf is really nice, do you need another scarf yet?”
Boyfriend: “No. No, I”m scarf rich.”
Best Sweater Pattern (including cardigans)
This pattern also wins the “Best Pattern Name” award.
Best Gloves Pattern
They look impressive AND squishy, best of both worlds.
Best Kids Pattern
Also suitable for adults, of course! It kind of makes the wearer look like a robot, and robots are cool.
Best Home Pattern
A crochet piggybank! I mean, what more could you want in life?
Best Feet / Legs Pattern (ok so it’s mostly socks)
Sigh-inducing GoT name aside, these socks are pretty cool. And kudos to the model for taking pics in the snow.
Best Other Pattern
I just love his little nose! That”s about the extent of the careful consideration that went into choosing this one.
What do you think?
Any of these patterns grab your eye? Do you think something else should be on the list? Check back in a month so we can argue some more about the indie knitting world’s March offerings, and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to get a peek at March’s shortlist throughout the month.