Top 10 Free Patterns of 2020 {A Year In Review}


In this post, you will see the top 10 free patterns of 2020!

There are many knitting patterns and crochet patterns that have proven to be popular for lots of makers throughout the year.

I will also give you a breakdown of all the good stuff that happened with Handy Little Me this year.

Top 10 free patterns of 2020 from Handy Little Me

Louise Bollanos / Designer and owner of Handy Little Me

A Year In Review

Despite the things that happened in the world that shall not be named, 2020 was a great year for Handy Little Me, with so many of you showing your support all year round.

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I know that this year was hard for everyone in so many ways, but one positive that came from it was how we all got right into our crafts and either started making or made more!

There was nothing stopping us from learning new skills, developing our stitch knowledge and techniques.

Knitting and crocheting have been fantastic ways to help us get through the toughest of times.

Some of you were messaging me saying that you had picked up the needles again after 20+ years and had rediscovered your passion for creating.

I’m so happy that I could be a part of that and provide you with patterns, tutorials, and help.

knitted mittens in lion brand wool ease thick and quick yarn

Handy Little Me Won An Award

The website was nominated for and won an award from Love Crafts, The Noteworthy Knitting Blog of 2020.

This was voted for by you and then chosen by a panel of judges from Love Crafts including the amazing Mama In A Stitch (Jessica).

I was so happy to win this award and hope that I can continue to make patterns you love throughout 2021!

Building A Maker Community

The Handy Little Me Knitting + Crochet Community – The Facebook group was created, with many of you joining to share your WIPs and finished items.

There were many new friends made over on Instagram and on the Handy Little Me Facebook page.

Plus more of you were visiting and showing love over on my Ravelry page too!

I also thank you for purchasing patterns to support my business on Ravelry, Etsy, and my own shop.

The bestselling Ebook Collection of 2020 was The Ultimate Outlander Knitting Pattern Collection – with 39 patterns inside.

Outlander Claire Rent Shawl

Outlander Knitting Patterns

In the list below, I have included my most loved Outlander knitting patterns, with many new knits added this year.

Inspired mainly by seasons 1, 4, and 5, the new collection was an instant hit with fans of the Outlander series and fellow makers.

The Photoshoot

One of my favorite memories from this year is the Outlander photoshoot, in Old Perithea, Corfu, Greece.

This was the perfect location of ancient ruins to photograph the Sontag shawls and arm warmers.

My assistant Dimitra came to stay to help with the shoot and to organize things, she also modeled because she has beautiful red hair.

We also welcomed back model Nikoletta and the new model Maria.

Spiros the photographer and his assistant were also there, as well as Fotis my husband, who was assisting everyone during the day.

As you can see from the photographs, the location worked so well for the Outlander theme and the models all looked amazing in their knitwear.

Outlander knitting patterns

Thank You For Your Support

I appreciate all of you who are supporting my maker space over here, I am really thankful for each and every one of you!

And thank you for your ongoing support, for following on social media, visiting the site often, and for signing up for my newsletter.

Here’s to an even better 2021 full of more free patterns, lots of yarn, and good times!

Top 10 Free Patterns of 2020 {A Year In Review}

Take a look at the Top 10 Knitting Patterns enjoyed by makers throughout 2020.

Choose your first WIP of 2021 right here!

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  1. Thank you for all the beautiful patterns from the last year. Wish you and your beloved ones all the best for 2021.

  2. Lovely knits. I really love the crunchier yarns. This is the first time I’ve seen your work. I’m looking forward to more.

  3. Thank you so very much for your generosity and how you fill this world with beauty. I feel glad to be able to learn all this and am amazed to think that we are able to communicate so easily from so different places of the planet.
    Congratulations for the reward you received, happy for you. I wish you a fruitful easy and happy new year. And healthy.
    With warm regards.
    Marina Landry from Switzerland