As it happened, I had been going through my Ravelry queue earlier this morning, moving things around, adding a few patterns, etc. And there are several extremely popular patterns in my queue. Is it because I'm a slave to knitting fashion, a sheep, as it were? Perhaps. Or perhaps, like the Harlot concluded about the Noro Striped Scarf, these are simply great patterns.
Here, in the order they came to me (I went back to get the numbers afterwards), are Piggy's top 10 bandwagon knits...none of which I have (yet) knitted. Wherever possible, I've linked to the patterns' original homes, rather than Ravelry -- just in case some of you aren't yet Ravelers. But seriously, get with the program, would you? Sign up today!
- Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Ravelry Projects: 8,505
This has to be the champion fad knit. I swear, just about every knitter I know has had the Clap. Some of them more than once. I have yet to succumb. This, if I am to be honest, is likely due more to the fact that I have not engaged in enough activity, rather than any safe knitting on my part.
- Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Ravelry Projects: 5,521
I've bought yarn for this pattern, but I suspect it will remain hidden at the bottom of my stash basket for a long while yet. By the time I get around to finishing a baby item, the intended baby has magically become a toddler. As an example, look to your right under "Hibernating" -- both baby items.
- Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
Ravelry projects: 8,149
Despite considerable pressure from yarny friends, including one in particular who shall remain nameless*, I have yet to join the throngs of knitters churning out these fingerless gloves -- or any of their considerable number of cousins. I still don't really "get" it: most of the heat escapes from your fingertips, so shouldn't those be the bits that are covered? Perhaps I need to come up with a pattern for fingertip cozies?
- Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Ravelry projects: 2,375
First off, I should probably admit that I think I am a little in love with brooklyntweed. I cannot bring myself to comment on his blog, because the thought of writing something completely inane (or just plain boring) actually makes me a bit nervous. This does not prevent me from leaving inane and/or boring comments on other knitting big-wigs' blogs (I've certainly left enough of them on the Harlot's). But enough about my imaginary boyfriends...
- February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Ravelry projects: 2,825
Ok, so everyone stick your hands up in the air. Sure, wave them if you want. Ok, now, put them down if you've already knitted an FLS. Ok, those of you still waving: put them down if you've cast on for an FLS. And if you haven't put them down yet...do so now if the FLS is in your queue. Any hands still in the air? Didn't think so.
- Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky
Ravelry projects: 1,926
Apparently this lovely pattern runs "tiny". Piggy is a robust girl. Who sucks at math. This one will have to wait until I shrink, or my math skills miraculously improve (i.e. I find a mathematically gifted friend with whom I'm willing to share my measurements).
- My So Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Ravelry projects: 3,459
I think I must be one of the few people my age in North America who has never seen an episode of My So-Called Life. What can I say? I wasn't cool when it was on, and I refused to watch it when it came back on Showcase or Bravo or wherever because by that time I'd seen the latest adaptation of Little Women, and I absolutely cannot stand Beth March, who's just soooo good she makes me sick, and was played by Claire Danes. But I digress (and run-on and on)...I do, however, like this scarf. (But the editor in me really wishes Ms. Isaacs had included the hyphen...)
- Saartje's Booties by Saartje de Bruijn
Ravelry projects: 3,388
Despite my Dutch heritage (my father was born and raised in the Netherlands, and came to Canada as an adult), I cannot pronounce Saartje (let alone de Bruijn) correctly. Yes, this is enough to delay an attempt at completing these adorable booties. Also, see #2.
- Booga Bag by Julie Anderson
Ravelry projects: 2,129
Unlike countless knitters (including another friend who shall remain nameless**), I am not a Noro Whoro. In fact, the three skeins of Kuryeon I donated to Team Canada as a Ravelympics prize was not, shall we say, an act of selflessness. The scratchy stuff was taking up too much space in the stash basket. Now that I have some experience with felting, I'm willing to give it another shot. Eventually.
- Monkey by Cookie A.
Ravelry projects: 7,224
What's not to love about a designer who likes to strike unusual poses with a mannequin's leg? But first I need to learn how to knit a pair of plain vanilla socks, a la The Harlot's own Basic Sock Recipe (Ravelry projects: 2,840)
So tell me: have you knit any of these? Do you embrace knitting fads, and like to jump on bandwagons? Do you avoid them at all costs? Do you care?
* Yeah, right. It's MrsQ.
** And that would be Beentsy.