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Hello Sheep Peeps!
Let’s talk about the year in yarn! Lisa and I have only just discovered the Make Nine Challenge but we both jumped on board right away. If you haven’t heard about it, the goal of the challenge is to highlight nine projects you would like to complete this year. You share them on social media using #makenine2019, then you get to making (and sharing)!. So this will be the first of three posts where I share what me, Lisa, and our mom are planning to make this year. You ready? Here goes…
The Two-Way Sweater by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
This pattern appears in the book Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style. I fell in love with this top as soon as I saw it. And then I immediately thought, “I can’t make that.” And so this beauty’s been sat on the back burner for far too long. But, while I don’t do formal resolutions, I mean for 2019 to be the year I get all the way over my fear of cables. I’m thinking making this bad boy just might do the trick.
Blocks Coat by Kathy Merrick
This pattern appears in the book Crochet in Color, which is currently only available as an ebook on the Interweave website. The pattern is worked using crochet intarsia, which is something I haven’t done, but would really like to try. I’m not at all crazy about the original colors, so I’ll be changing it up just a little.
Wrapover Top by Hannah Cross
This top first appeared in Issue 41 of Simply Crochet Magazine, but can also be found in Simply Crochet’s Your Handmade Christmas 2017, or purchased directly from the designer on Ravelry. Honestly, this top is just so “me.” So I’m gonna make one.
Aslant Skirt by Annastasia Cruz
The Aslant Skirt appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine. Digital back issues can be purchased on the Interweave website. The pattern is low challenge, but the design is high impact.
Everlasting Wedding Dress by Jenny King
This gor-ge-ous dress is from the Spring 2017 issue of Crochet! Magazine. This will be my first time working pineapple lace, which should be fun. However, this dress is too beautiful to wear only once so it won’t be wedding dress when I make it. It’ll be my birthday dress, my NYE dress, my dinner party dress…heck it might be my grocery shopping dress.
Scandi Ski Jumper by Fran Morgan
This sweater, um, I mean, jumper appeared on the cover of Simply Crochet Issue 66. Digital back issues can be purchased through Apple and Amazon. The pattern can also be purchased directly from the designer on Ravelry. I love the look of Scandinavian knit sweaters so I thought I would try, what I hope will be, a simple version. I’m thinking about leaving off the hood, though.
Haute Couture Peplum Top by Mary Jane Hall
This pattern can be found in the book Colorful Crochet Lace by Mary Jane Hall. Honestly, I just think it’s pretty. This is the only project on my list I was able to make from stash, so I’ve already gotten started on this. The pattern is pretty straightforward so it’ll make for a nice and easy start to my crochet year.
Burnt Plaid Dress by Robyn Chachula
This dress can be found in Blueprint Crochet Sweaters by Robyn Chachula. Robyn Chachula is one of those designers whose work I just keep falling in love with again and again. If I ever tried to do one a capsule wardrobe, this dress would be in it. It’s a really cute three-season dress that I think I could get a ton of wear out of.
I really want to make some crochet pants, particularly because I don't see that many people making them today. It’s been difficult to find a pattern because I want a closed weave pant that won’t expose my undergarments. I think I’ve found a vintage pattern that will give me the basic style and structure of the pants I want. But I think I’m going to fiddle around with the stitch pattern a bit because I have absolutely no intentions of sewing a lining.
This list feels a bit ambitious for me because it includes quite a few skills and techniques that I haven’t use before. But I think my #MakeNine2019 represents the perfect mix of the crocheter I am, and the one I’d like to be.