Planning out your next project

Planning out your next project

Are you ready to embark on your next crochet or knit project? For some of us, planning is the key to success!

Whether you're an experienced maker or just starting out, taking the time to plan out your project can save you time, money, and frustration. While some of us (I sometimes fall into this category) like to be spontaneous in our creating, most of us like to have a clear plan. 

If you have multiple projects on the go, a project planner can be a great way to keep track of them all and help you plan out your next projects!

1. Define Your Project

The first step in planning your crochet or knit project is to define what you want to create. Are you in the mood for a wearable, a blanket, or a cute amigurumi? Clearly defining your project will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process.

Sometimes we all suffer from decision paralysis!  So when this happens to me, I will often make something little just to get the creative juices flowing before I tackle a larger project.

2. Choose the Right Pattern

Once you have defined your project, it's time to choose the right pattern. Consider your skill level and the techniques you want to learn or practice. Look for patterns that provide clear instructions, detailed stitch diagrams, and helpful tips. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, but also be realistic about your abilities.

Some of the places I look for inspiration are Ravelry, Facebook groups, Etsy and Pinterest.  But be warned it is very easy to fall down the 'Pattern Rabbit Hole' - that is searching for patterns for hours and hours and hours!  I think this is part of the fun though!  

3. Gather Your Supplies

Before you start crocheting or knitting, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. This includes the right size hooks or needles, stitch markers, yarn needles, and any other tools or accessories mentioned in the pattern. Check your stash first, and then make a shopping list for any missing items.

4. Select the Perfect Yarn


Choosing the right yarn is crucial for the success of your project. Consider the fibre content, weight, and colour of the yarn. Take into account the drape, stitch definition, and care instructions. Don't forget to check the yarn requirements in the pattern to ensure you buy enough.  If you are unsure then don't hesitate to reach out to your Local Yarn Store (such as Yarn Me Calm!) to get some help.

5. Create a Timeline

Now that you have your pattern and supplies, it's time to create a timeline for your project. Break down the pattern into smaller sections and estimate how long each section will take you to complete. Set realistic deadlines for each section and mark them on a calendar. This will help you stay organised and motivated as you work towards your goal.  This is especially helpful if you have a deadline!


6. Start Swatching

Before diving into your project, it's a good idea to make a swatch. This will help you determine if you have the correct gauge and if you like the fabric it creates. Follow the pattern instructions for the swatch and measure it carefully. If your gauge doesn't match, adjust your hook or needle size accordingly.  Whilst I don't always swatch for most things, I do when it comes to clothing.  I would absolutely recommend this if you are making something to wear, after all you want it to fit just right!

7. Break It Down

Now that you have everything prepared, it's time to break down your project into manageable chunks. Divide the pattern into sections or rows and focus on completing one section at a time. Celebrate your progress along the way and don't be discouraged if you encounter challenges. Remember, it's all part of the learning process.

8. Enjoy the Process

Finally, remember to enjoy the process of creating something beautiful with your own hands. Crocheting and knitting are not only about the end result but also about the joy and relaxation they bring. Take breaks when needed, listen to your favourite podcast or music (I often listen to audiobooks), and savour every stitch. Your finished project will be a testament to your dedication and creativity.

Hopefully by following these steps, you'll be well on your way to planning and executing your next crochet or knit project with confidence. Happy creating!

Andrea xxx

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Good ideas, and as practical as I’d expect from someone of your experience, Andrea ! :)


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