As we begin to navigate our new (albeit temporary) normal, we are lucky to find comfort in the familiar: our knitting. The knits and purls of our beloved craft keeps our hands busy and our minds occupied to help us pass the time. It is even connecting us with friends when we’re stuck inside flattening the curve. (THANKS to everyone hosting a virtual knit night or crafting tutorial!) But despite the chaos of the new unfolding around us, the new with our knitting can be welcomed. Why not embrace your extra couch time and knit something new?! Today we share four new patterns that offer something to expand your skills, your wardrobe, or even just shake up your project queue.

Together At Last by Knit & Pals

Combine crochet and knit stitches in this top down sweater from Knit & Pals. Crochet a granny square yoke and then pick up stitches to knit the rest of the body (learn a new skill if you have to!). Finally, a sweater that combines our two favorite fiber crafts into a modern top that gives non-stitchers a pass. No matter if they call it knit or crochet, they’ll get it right.

Yorke Cowl by Bristol Ivy

Sharpen your brioche skills with Bristol Ivy’s new Yorke Cowl. With two colors of bulky weight yarn, brioche tuck stitches create this corrugated ribbed infinity cowl. Wear it long and open or wrap it around your neck for a cozy winter accessory.

6 Layer Delight Shawl by The Chilly Dog

Discover a new yarn ala The Chilly Dog who designed her new 6 Layer Delight Shawl with HiKoo’s new Drape. The one-color sport weight shawl combines textured stripes and eyelets in an asymmetrical shape that is easy to, well, drape over your shoulders.

Hilia by Aleks Bird

Try your hand at embroidery with these new fingerless mitts from Aleks Byrd. After knitting the fingering weight mitts from the bottom up, use the Roosimine inlay technique to add the modern floral technique. Conquer this cool technique on the small scale of mitts and then apply sweaters, hats, and more!