4 Spotify Playlists to Knit To, According to Your Project Difficulty

Knitters and crocheters are the ultimate multi-taskers. We rarely sit in silence as we work away on our WIPs. There is often a show or movie on in the background, an audiobook or podcast playing, or conversations with our loved ones as we click or hook away. Additionally, playing music in the background is a great way to reap more of the relaxing benefits from these crafts, granted you pick music appropriate for the difficulty level of your project. I put together a list of Spotify playlist suggestions based on the four levels of project difficulty as established by the Craft Yarn Council. Read on to find some new playlists for your rotation, and make sure to share your favorite crafting playlists with us in the comments!

1. Basic: All Out 70s

According to the Crafts Yarn Council, projects with the “basic” designation use basic stitches and may include basic increases and decreases. Their difficulty designations also have to do with the amount of concentration involved in a certain project. If a project has a basic difficulty, it shouldn’t take much mental energy or concentration to accomplish, even for people who are newer to the crafts. These projects provide the perfect opportunity to listen to uplifting, highly melodic music that you can sing along to. For this playlist, I’m going with All Out 70s! It’s jam packed with all the hits from our favorite artists of the 1970s, regardless of genre.

With about seven hours of upbeat music, you might be able to finish a hat like the Rist Canyon Beanie before you even run out of songs!

2. Easy: Today’s Top Hits

Easy projects are those that include simple stitch patterns, color work, and/or shaping. It’s just a little beyond basic projects, but it’s not yet at the point that requires A LOT of concentration. For these types of projects, try Today’s Top Hits playlist. It changes all the time based on what’s currently at the top of the pop charts, so it will help you stay up-to-date on new music and artists coming out. You probably won’t get distracted by singing along because of the newness of the music (and, let’s face it, current pop music lyrics aren’t terribly deep so there’s really no need to pay attention to them).

3. Intermediate: Essential Indie

Intermediate projects require more attention, and include more complicated stitch patterns and techniques. Having more relaxed listening options is ideal here, so I’m going with Spotify’s Essential Indie playlist. It’s full of indie favorites going back to the early 2000s, to recent favorites as well. This is a great list for some nostalgia and relaxation while you work on your somewhat-difficult project. The music is relaxing and won’t make you tense as you knit through some more difficult sections.

4. Complex: Music for Concentration

Complex knitting and crochet projects usually require the most concentration, and tend to include multiple advanced techniques. For these types of projects, you want music that will help you focus on the task at hand and won’t distract you. For these projects, I picked the Music for Concentration playlist. As far as I’ve heard, most of the songs are instrumental, meaning there are no lyrics or singing, and many of them feature piano, which is a very calming instrument to hear when you need relaxation. Turn on this playlist, breath in and out, and tackle that complicated lace!

Give this playlist a try with a super high-level project like Maria’s Veil.

What playlists, artists, or genres do you like to listen to while you are knitting or crocheting different difficulty levels of projects? Let us know if you try out any of these playlists I listed, and what you think about them!

Happy crafting,

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One Comment

  1. Michelle C at 2:20 pm July 16, 2018

    I actually preferred to listen to classical music while I’m knitting no matter how difficult or easy the project is

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