Our 2018 Knitting Resolutions: An Update

As we welcome a new year, many of us are thinking about all the knitting goals we’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. But before we finalize those new 2019 resolutions, our staff decided to take a look back at the goals we set for 2018. So how’d we do? Did we achieve all our knitting hopes and dreams?

Sarah Rothberg

Editor of knitscene

Resolution: “I will make gauge swatches before I start knitting. And I will probably rip out that swimsuit wrap and start over—it’s so wide the wrap hangs below my butt.”

Update: “I’m embarrassed to admit that my swimsuit cover-up is still in time-out. But I have started knitting gauge swatches for my garments! I’m currently swatching for the Celia Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2019!

Kerry Bogert

Editorial Director, Books

Resolution: “I resolve to put my needles back where I found them. I’m always losing needles, despite having several beautiful needles cases.”

Update: “Sadly, I’m still losing needles, which resulted in my buying not one, but two new interchangeable sets in 2018 (affiliate link). You can never have too many needles, right?”

Rachel Koon

Managing Editor, Knit and Crochet

Resolution: “My resolution this year is to finish my Killarney Tunic. I’ve been working on it off and on (mostly off, honestly) for over a year, and it’s time to get serious about it. I want to be able to wear it by Christmas 2018!”

Update: “I completely failed at keeping my 2018 resolution to finish my Killarney Tunic. I did make progress this year, but I’m nowhere near done; I stalled out when it came time to work the armholes and haven’t yet worked up the courage to tackle them. I DID finish a cowl and a hat, though, and I’m about a third of the way through my Millcroft Shawl, so . . . I’ll call it a partial win?”

circa 1955: Studio portrait of a woman frowning with her chin resting on her hand, holding a large book titled 'New Year Resolutions'. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images)

Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images

Joni Coniglio

Senior Project Editor

Resolution: “I will use at least 50% of my stash yarns by the end of the year.”

Update: “I cheated by taking a few bags of yarn to our local library for the knitting group that meets there once a week. They do a lot of knitting and crocheting for charity. I didn’t get through as much of my stash as I’d hoped to last year, but I am making steady progress.”

Hannah Baker

Editor of Interweave Knits

Resolution: “One of my New Year knitting resolutions is to spend more time learning about knitwear design and creating my own patterns. I have designed a few things, with the help of others, but this year I plan on learning as much as possible in order to understand the essentials of design. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have created a garment design from start to finish with minimal help (though I am surrounded by many knowledgeable people on this subject).”

Update: “Although my 2018 knitting resolution wasn’t spelled out in concrete terms, I accomplished what I set out to do! I completed a couple more designs: the Silent Night Cowl in Interweave Knits Gifts 2018, and a cardigan for a book that will release very soon! I still have a lot of room to grow, but I feel a lot more confident in my design and pattern-writing skills!”

Did you achieve your 2018 knitting resolutions? Do you have any goals in mind for 2019? Let us know in the comments below!

– The Interweave Knitting Team

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  1. Carol B at 9:34 am December 28, 2018

    My 2018 knitting goal was to finish one WIP a month. I have finished nine and am very pleased. Now I need to look at the remaining nine and truly decide to finish or frog. I also started and finished several small projects this year. There are sleeves to finish on a bulky sweater and I am currently working on an Advent project.

    All in all, I have made a dent in changing my start-itis tendencies.

    My 2019 knitting goal is to diminish my stash by using it myself and/or finding good homes for some of it.

  2. Danetta B at 5:45 pm December 28, 2018

    I made a goal to finish 6 projects this year, and I finished 9:
    Jan—sparkly turquoise neck scarf
    Mar—blush pillow cover, a lacy yellow shell for me, a blue baby dress that I designed myself, a hot pink baby blanket
    Apr—brown and white shower rug
    Jun—red & purple sparkly neck scarf
    Oct—crocheted blue sparkly stole
    Dec—brown baby pants
    I’ve got a cardigan and long-sleeved sweater lined up for 2019, so I may not get as many projects done, but I’m still aiming for 6 completed.

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