View Full Version : what are your favorite basic patterns???

Pat in Ca
04-30-2008, 02:32 PM
Do you have favorite pattern basics that you keep going back to because they are... well, great basics??
I'll start

scarf: Mistake rib

04-30-2008, 02:37 PM
I love Tropical Punch Slipper socks (http://www.beartoes.com/patterns/tropicalpunch.html)...I make them for myself, family, and friends...usually by the time Christmas rolls around again they need another pair :teehee: ...I also like to give them to my friends who are expecting...include like a foot spa thing with the slipper socks so they can pamper themselves...:happydance:

Pat in Ca
04-30-2008, 02:45 PM
I'll try again

Scarf: Mistake rib
Sweater: Top Down Raglan knitting Pure and Simple
Baby Sweater: Knitting Pure and Simple Easy Baby Cardigan (free)
Hat: Stitch and Bitch "Hot Head"
Socks: Haven't tried yet
Shawl: Garter Stitch border/Stockinette middle
Small project: Grandma's favorite dishcloth ( I use smaller version of this for little coasters around the house)

What else?

Pat in Ca
04-30-2008, 02:47 PM
I LOVE THAT SOCK/SLIPPER PATTERN!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT!!! It sounds really fast...thanks so much..

04-30-2008, 02:51 PM
GREAT pattern! Thank you!

For me, it's the Black Sheep Booga Bag (http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html). I've made three so far, and I have yarn to make another one -- this time for a friend. It makes for a unique gift and shows off knitting as something "cool." It's also easy enough for a beginning knitter and felter.

04-30-2008, 03:23 PM
Wish I did but I really enjoy making socks.

04-30-2008, 05:01 PM
Here's a few of my favorite knits so far:

Baby Booties: Saartje's Bootees or Easy Baby Booties by Michelle
Hat: Amanda Hat
Scarf: Rainy Day Scarf

C'mon everyone...let's hear your fave patterns... :woot:

04-30-2008, 05:02 PM
Patterns I've used more than once.

socks:- http://www.chicknits.com/56st56rowsock.html

hat (top down generic):-

slippers (same idea as the Tropical Punch ones):-http://www.soxie.com/slippers.html

slippers:- http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/Slippers/


hat:- http://twosisters.lothruin.com/berets.html

BUT the best pattern investment ever, I find, is a booklet with good basic sweaters, cardigans, vests in various neck styles and even yarn weights.
You can easily add fancy stitch elements to make them interesting and your own.
This is my current one, used several times, (British Standards) but I'm sure there are loads of others about (i.e. for American Standards and/or children's sizes). http://www.pandayarns.biz/publication_details.asp?SelID=32&ID=844&name=201

04-30-2008, 06:06 PM
My favourite basic patterns are
http://fuzzygalore.biz/patterns/cbbooties.shtml Christines baby booties
and of course the wonderful super fast and easy fiber trends felted clogs and i can always knit mittens in my sleep so they are fun if i just want something easy and relaxing.

04-30-2008, 08:44 PM
I'm still exploring new items to make but here is my favorite dish cloth pattern, perfect for NASCAR season.


Here's another goodie but I scaled back the selvages to a K2 instead of a K4.


04-30-2008, 09:04 PM
Great Thread!

Socks - Universal Toe Up socks (http://knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTuniversalsock.html) is always my favorite go to pattern for socks. You can customize for all feet sizes and all sock patterns.

Scarf - Seed stitch is my default if I'm unsure what style the recipient will like.

Hat - Beanie style K3, P1 ribbing decreasing even with a divisible number minus 2 stitches.

Gloves - Knucks (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html) is my favorite pattern for fingerless gloves that is knit fingers down. When the pattern first came out in 2006 all my friends got a pair for Christmas. Quick knit and only takes 1 skein of yarn for a pair.

05-01-2008, 03:28 AM
Kim's Hats, pg 61 of Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Scrunchable Scarf (http://www.knitlist.com/96gift/giftsscarf.htm)
Fiber trends Clogs

sue in canada
05-01-2008, 07:52 AM
I have only used this once for a baby sweater, but would definitely make it again


05-01-2008, 08:23 AM
My favorite one is the Pure and Simple Socks. I bought all there patterns for the socks and so far they fit everyone I have knitted them for.


05-01-2008, 11:09 AM
Sweater: I have been into Sweater Wizard and trying to come up with my own creations
Baby Sweater: An old Beehive pattern from one of my moms old pamphlet books
Hat: http://froggiemeanie.blogspot.com/2007/12/golden-compass-hat-happy-holidays.html
Socks: I am trying sock wizard, but I haven't found a fave pattern yet...
Small project: Any little Teddy Bear...here is an example...http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Crycket/molly-toby--jake-4

05-01-2008, 02:51 PM
This baby sweater was fun, easy and quick - came out very cute too (I am a fairly novice knitter) http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70204A.html?noImages=0 Seed Stitch Cardigan

05-02-2008, 09:35 AM
I have a few of favorites.
Dish cloth/hot pat: a simple garter stitch dish cloth to get the hot pad i sew 2 together.

socks: I have a pattern I've written that I really like to use.

Sweaters: Has to be the Weasley Sweater from charmed knits. It has sizes from a toddler all the way to full grown beefy man.

I'm sure I have more go to sand by patterns but my brain can't recall them.

05-02-2008, 07:15 PM
lets see;

pure & simple womans rolled neck top down sweater
Silvers Socks
Odessa Hat
My Goddesses

Basic Long Garter Scarf

I M sure there are more, but i cannot think of them right now


05-03-2008, 08:41 AM
That is the cutest bag that I have seen. My mother loves purses. I thinks she would love this.

Pat in Ca
05-03-2008, 11:41 AM
Directions for my favorite scarf.. it works best on larger needles.. sometimes I use 2 variegated or striping yarn (SWS) and change yarn every 2 rows (carry yarn up side), , the color combinations are really interesting..


google mistake rib to see more or on ravelry I think that is what Childrens Rainbow Scarf in Last minute knitted gifts uses..

Pat in Ca
05-03-2008, 11:46 AM
I just knit the "extra last three stitches", I thing that goes faster..

05-03-2008, 12:12 PM
Awesome thread! :thumbsup:

Here's for me:
scarves/wraps: scrunchable scarf (http://www.knitlist.com/96gift/giftsscarf.htm), clapotis (http://knitty.com/issuefall04/PATTclapotis.html)
socks: jaywalker, broadripple (http://knitty.com/issuesummer03/PATTbroadripple.html)

Possible future basics: lace ribbon scarf (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/PATTlaceribbon.html), monkey socks (http://knitty.com/issuewinter06/PATTmonkey.html), anthropologie-inspired capelet (http://peonyknits.blogspot.com/2005/11/anthropologie-inspired-capelet-fo-and.html)

I know, nothing very original... :teehee:

Lindsey H
05-03-2008, 06:40 PM
I'll try again

Small project: Grandma's favorite dishcloth ( I use smaller version of this for little coasters around the house)

What else?
I do the same thing. They make nice little coasters.

05-04-2008, 10:32 AM
Those slipper socks are really cute. Figures I don't have 9 dpn's or even 8! I might have to go buy myself a set.

05-04-2008, 10:34 AM
I love that booga bag, but the picking up the stitches along the side etc..scared me. LOL.

Pat in Ca
05-04-2008, 07:33 PM
The picking up stitches on a bag are good practice, and since you felt it in the end, it doesn't have to be perfect!

05-04-2008, 10:55 PM
The picking up stitches on a bag are good practice, and since you felt it in the end, it doesn't have to be perfect!

Well, that is true..Is it like picking up stitches along the gusset of a sock?
I can do that. :)

Pat in Ca
05-05-2008, 01:19 PM
I think so, I have not done socks yet, but there is a great video on this site, it shows how to pick up stitches from several different places.. I think it just takes practice.. the more I do it, the better I am at it...

05-05-2008, 06:32 PM
I agree that picking up stitches on something that you plan to felt is a nice start since felting makes all the stitches sort of melt together anyway.

As far as I can tell, picking up stitches is always done the same way. The biggest thing to remember as you look at the end of a row where you want to pick up a stitch is to insert your needle (or crochet hook if you prefer to use that) under BOTH loops of the stitch. Think of a regular knitting stitch...if you just knit one half of the stitch, you will stretch out that stitch - well, it's the same with picking up stitches. Definitely check out the video on this site...it helps a lot.

As someone who was really terrified of trying to pick up stitches, it isn't that hard. What's the worst mistake you make? If you don't do it right, it's really easy to rip back and if you end up with a hole because you missed a stitch, you can sew up the hole later - not a big deal, honest!

My recommendations...first try picking up stitches on the Booga Bag and then move to the Tropical Punch Slipper Socks. Basic patterns with great results.