Welcome to 2015 Crochet Lovers! We have been rounding up all the posts from last year and showing you what has been most popular in 2014. I have already done the Top Parenting Posts and the Best Parenting, Education and Crafts from last year. Today, for my Crochet Lovers, I think it will be fun to have a round up here of all the crochet posts that have become so popular on this blog this year. I’d also like to tell you what I had in mind for this year too!
I have been very busy this year with my children. First it was my second grader preparing for his mid term exams and then one after the other, all of them have been catching the flu. My crochetting has taken a back seat these days and although I have a few WIPs in progress, there has been nothing much to showcase here. I hope to get back into crochet posts with this post. Winter has finally come to Jeddah this year! Believe it or not, for the past four years, we had no need to even pull out a sweater! So, hopefully, I will get to making more crochet wearables!
In 2014, for the first time, I tried to write graphs for crochet patterns. I don’t know of any app or what kind of program to build those patterns on so, I have been building from scratch. I cut and paste for hours arranging each stitch by stitch, to make the pattern come together. Yes. Very hard work. Amidst that, I have my baby and toddler running about and a little tween who needs all the attention with his homework. I am so thankful to my dear Hubby who would take the kids away when I was working on a pattern. It is such a blessing when your spouse understands your work and appreciates it.
My most popular patterns have been those that I had the most fun making and those that have been my first time endeveours.
Candy Swirl Crochet Cap: I had made this cap for my youngest daughter when I came home from learning that I was having a daughter. This cap is made in Bamboo Yarn. The pattern was modified from a Russian pattern and after a few of you wrote in telling me that you too had trouble translating the original one, I provided the English translation with a link back to the original pattern.
Pearl in Summer Panama Hat: A cloche hat, as I have come to learn that it is also called, was shared by a bigger website when it became so popular. This hat was made in May last year when my little niece was visiting me. It was whipped up in a few hours and I believe it is the flower decoration that makes it stand out and look so pretty.
Fishing Line in Crochet: I had always wondered how my edges got so floppy and irregular while all those really smartly done hats I saw had stiff brims. Then I learnt that they had fishing wire in them. I tested it out a few times with my projects and sure enough, it worked! I shared the little secret in this post and found that most people were in the same boat as me. I am so happy this post has helped so many people.
Free Crochet Patterns for Christmas: I was looking for cute crochet patterns and when I found some really cute ones, I knew I had to share them with you! My recommendation of 15 of the cutest crochet items to make for the Holidays.
Gold and Diamonds Crochet Hat: This is one hat that I worked really really hard on. First for making that hat that required a lot of concentration to get the design right. It is fun but a little adventure. Secondly for the pattern designing. This was my first pattern where I made a graph.
Crochet Challenge. This year I have had quite a few friends asking that I provide for them simple patterns that can help them learn to crochet. This made me start a Crochet Challenge. Every Wednesday I post a simple pattern with ideas on how to use it. So far we have done 5 weeks.
My plans for this year are to do something about my increasing stash. I have been eyeing some new stuff the past few weeks but already I have trouble storing what I have! This year, hopefully, I’d like to decrease that stash! I also have a few projects that I never got a chance to write about. We need more hats this year because I haven’t made anything for our CuppyCake after the Candy Swirl. I have some designs in mind and I plan to make those for her. I love the fact that I get to connect with so many crocheters through my blog. They all teach me so much and I am always thinking I should work on a project together with them. Let’s see what this year holds.
What are your plans for the coming year? Do share. Any projects that you have in mind?