Looking Back, Looking Forward

  Moorish Mosaic Afghan

What can I say about 2013? It has been a crazy year full of moments I never want to forget and days I am glad to leave behind. I am sure many of you could say the same thing. But it has been my crochet that has remained constant and helped keep me sane and happy.

So what did I learn in 2013?

This was the year I fell in love with Afghans. My favorite crochet blanket is definitely the Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa Naskrent I worked in stash cotton, and this blanket is the perfect homey comfort on spring and summer afternoons.


But I have decided I need something a little warmer, perhaps in a soft superwash wool, for the cold days of winter. For that I am turning to Robyn Chachula's Unexpected Afghans for inspirations. Now I just have to decide if I want a motif, cabled, or Tunisian afghan. Such a difficult choice.

I did learn how to read Tunisian crochet stitch diagrams in 2013, and in her excellent book, The New Tunisian Crochet, Dora Ohrenstein taught me that there are far more Tunisian crochet stitch pattern possible than I ever imagined. I have made small inroads into playing many of these designs, but there are still plenty of stitch patterns to learn in 2014.  


Looking forward to 2014, I have more crochet aspirations than I am sure to have time.


I talked about crocheting my first top down raglan crochet sweater throughout 2013. Despite my all of my good intentions and the gorgeous sweaters in my queue, I have not yet started. In 2014, I am determined that the first project I start will be a fabulous top-down sweater. But first maybe I'll watch Top-Down Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan one more time.

I can't wait to see what new crochet technique and designs I discover in 2014. I've had a sneak peak at a few of the new books and issues we will see, and I can't wait to share them with you!

As you are looking at your own crochet goals for 2014, check out our great digital sale. Download your favorite videos, patterns, and books and get started on your 2014 crochet projects immediately.

  Lauren Sweater

Best wishes,

P.S. What new technique or design element do you want to try in 2014?

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