January is such a fantastic time! The year is new, our brains are fresh and rested, and it is time to tackle new tasks. I like to think of January as the month to try learning new things. If you’re ready to take the next step in your crocheting, no matter your skill level, here are 15 projects to learn new crochet stitches this year! Which will be the first?
1. Your first garment.
Many people who are new to crochet might feel intimidated by the idea of making their first garment, but with the Cuddle Up Poncho from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018, there’s nothing to fear.. The yarn is affordable, it works up fast, and the shaping is so minimal, most beginning crocheters will enjoy completing it.
2. A crochet wreath!
Have you ever made a crochet wreath before? If not, now is your chance. The Wonderland Wreath from Love of Crochet Winter 2017 features a crochet covering for the circular wreath, a cute amigurumi snowman, and beautiful snowflakes. It’s perfect for decorating your house after the Christmas decorations come down.
3. Tunisian entrelac.
Tunisian entrelac stitching is quite unique. Unlike most Tunisian crochet, Tunisian enrelac doesn’t require an especially long hook or double-sided hook. You work the entrelac one small square at a time. Try it out in the Caressing Carpet from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018.
4. Reversible mitts!
These mitts are pretty cool. Using 2 colors of yarn and a double-ended hook, you can make reversible mitts with a different color on each side. Check out the Double-Hook Mitts Tutorial from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 for the step-by-step instructions.
5. Tapestry crochet.
Colorwork in crochet is fun, but it can take some practice. First, understand the secret to changing colors in crochet. Then practice your new skills with the Huntsman Sweater from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018.
6. Crochet plaid!
Have you ever made a buffalo-check pattern with crochet? It’s so much fun and not that hard to learn! Try it out in the Woodcutter’s Vest from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018.
7. A crochet math lesson in striping.
Have you perfected the art of striping? There are formulas you can use to help get those stripes just right. Learn how one designer used the Fibonacci sequence to create her striping patterns OR how another uses Microsoft Excel to help her plan her stripes. It’s all explained in Love of Crochet Winter 2017.
8. A crochet shawl collar.
Shawl collars are a beautiful addition to any sweater, but all that overlapping and folding can be confusing if you’re trying to figure it out on your own. Follow the shawl collar instructions for the Perrault Pullover from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 and you’ll quickly become a shawl collar expert.
9. The diagonal slip stitch!
Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 teaches a whole new stitch: the diagonal slip stitch. Slightly alter your hook insertion method to create incredible ribbing. Check out the issue for a full description of how to complete the diagonal slip stitch.
10. A gusset in crochet pants for better fit.
Crochet pants. If you’re like me, you’ve held off on making them. How do you make enough room to fit the curvier parts of your bottom half? The bottoms for the Pampered Pajamas from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 feature a shaping gusset that works almost like a short row in knitting. It’s an interesting and effective way to work shaping; you won’t want to miss out on this skill.
11. Stiffening crochet motifs.
Crocheters love motifs! Whether you’re hooked on mandalas, working a ton of granny squares, or even making the Star Flakes pattern from Love of Crochet Winter 2017, you’ll want to know how to stiffen them. Stiffened motifs are great for hanging on the wall, decorating your home, or even creating a stylish pair of earrings. The latest issue of Love of Crochet has all the direction you need.
12. The twisted Tunisian simple stitch.
Are you an expert at Tunisian crochet? Try this new take. The Fable Cowl from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 uses the twisted Tunisian simple stitch and the 2-color Tunisian in-the-round technique to create a Tunisian crochet cowl that looks like brioche knitting.
13. Jumbo yarns!
Interested in jumbo yarns, but don’t know where to start? Love of Crochet Winter 2017 features an entire article on jumbo yarns, the appropriate hooks to use, and what all those swatches actually look like when you go jumbo.
14. The reverse single crochet.
Crocheters often use reverse single crochet to create intriguing edging, but it’s not a stitch we see often. The Folktale Purse from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 uses the reverse single crochet stitch to create the ribbing seen on the body of the bag. Take on this project if it’s a stitch you’re hoping to improve.
15. Braiding strands of crochet to make a shawl.
The Indulgent Wrap from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 is worked in strips, then looped through one another and reattached. The process is new to learn and has an incredible result.
What’s your favorite project where you learned something new? Let us know in the comments below. Happy stitching into the new year!
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet