In a recent post we asked our team what they wanted for Christmas and the list set us to thinking about new year’s resolutions. Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolution according to Forbes. Despite the best intentions we often choose things that we feel we ought to do or something that is quite an ambitious target, which is probably why we give up.
A couple of our team wanted to learn or master a knitting or crochet technique, which sounds like a much better idea to us. So we have declared 2016 the Year of Improvement for us and we hope you might find some of our ideas something you would like to try.
So here are our top things to learn:
If you have never tried cabling, it must be one of the easiest techniques to pick up yet looks just spectacular. Take a look at Banyan – wouldn’t you like to master that?
Stranded or Fair Isle knitting really liberates the number of colours you can use and allows you to really explore patterns – a key look for any wardrobe - so you can attempt designs like Edith or Carnelian.
Finishing off your knitting or crochet is really important, especially when you have spent so much time making it. It’s such a shame when the pieces of a garment languish in your knitting basket because you dread putting them together. There are lost of great websites and books to help. We love all the hints and tips on Knitty.com and constantly refer to Jane Crowfoot’s Finishing Techniques to help finesse our projects
If you REALLY don’t like sewing up maybe you should try a top down jumper such as Berlin or knitted in-the-round Pyrite. The beauty of this technique is that there is no sewing up and you can fit your garment for your body shape as you go.
Socks can be a bit of a marmite subject. If you aren’t sure about them try Katya Frankel’s Jasper socks - beautifully constructed and great fun to knit – maybe they will help you get hooked. They are also ideal for a sock newbie.
If you haven’t ever tried crochet now is the time and you can create such wonderful effect. To practise the basic stitches, Sasha Kagan’s Onyx is definitely one to consider. A simple crocheted mesh with yarn woven through for a really stunning scarf.