New year, new techniques

This is the time of the year when many bloggers set their goals for the new year such as I make at least 10 pairs of socks in 2019. My New Year’s resolution is to try as many new knitting and crocheting techniques as possible. Below are some goals for the following year not in particular order.

Baby jumper, knitted top down

I just recently knitted a jacket for my little girl bottom up with raglan sleeves and I loved making it because only the openings under the sleeves tog needed to be sewed. This year I will try to do a jumper top down.

A merinowool jacket I knitted for my baby girl.

Felting

Last year I made some quite basic felted mittens. They were warm but in my opinion the design was boring. First I thought that I will make them more interesting with embroidery stitches but I was not happy with the result. So either I have to study and practice more embroidery or then I need to figure out some other ways to make the mittens more beautiful. Maybe I will do some experiments and mix different kinds of yarn before felting.

Felted mittens for mother, father and daughter.
Felted mittens decorated with embroidery stitches.

Finish my Kalevala blanket

There is no better way to learn new crocheting techniques than doing this kind of blanket. 11 pieces are done 13 to go. I also absolutely love the design and the fact that there is a piece of story behind every square. You can find the pattern for this blanket here.

Finished pieces of my Kalevala blanket.

Design a vine pattern

This one I already started. Since I have never knitted anything like this I just started with the basics and tried different ways to make leaves and bobbles with some leftover yarn I had. Next step is to try different colors and yarn to make it look as beautiful as possible.

The very first version of my very first vine pattern.

C2C crocheting

C2C (corner to corner) is a great technique for following pixel graphs to create images. As a starter I could make a baby blanket with this technique. I found some quite awesome pieces of work on Pinterest.

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Crocheted Pokemon blanket
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Wolf - would love to make one like this for mum
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Four Friends is a graph pattern that can be used to crochet a blanket using C2C (Corner to Corner), TSS (Tunisian Simple Stitch) and other techniques. Alternatively, you can use this graph for knitting, cross stitching and other crafts. This graph design is 80 squares wide by 100 squares high. It requires 10 colors. Pattern PDF includes: - color illustration for reference - color square pattern Image only, no written counts. This listing is for a digital pattern only. The PDF file of t...
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Manta técnica c2c tinker bell
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This quilt/afghan is a handmade crocheted piece. It is made up of squares crocheted using C2C stitches and sewn together. The colors are bright and a beautiful mixture of reds, yellows, browns, greens, orange, white and black. The images can be seen on either side of the blanket, making it reversible. The quilt is approximately 60 inches by 80 inches (should fit a standard queen sized bed as a topper, or a full sized bed like a normal blanket) and was made in a smoke free, pet free environmen...
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Twined knitting

A traditional scandanavian knitting technique which results in firmer and denser fabric than regular stockingette stitch and makes for really warm knits. I think I will do a pair of mittens with this technique.

Any other suggestions of techniques I should try? Please leave a comment.

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