Crochet Goals for 2011

Dec 30, 2010

Crochet Mittens

To me, January 1 represents a clean slate, the opportunity to start anew. Every year on that day I feel as if I can accomplish anything. During the last two days of the old year I spend some time creating goals for the coming year.


Certain things tend to reappear every year. There will always be a goal about healthful eating and working out regularly and a goal about finding a better balance between work and home. But the goals that are the most fun to make, and keep, are my crochet goals.


As I look to 2011, here are some of my crochet goal-setting ideas:

Crochet Shrug

1. Learn a new Technique

Crochet has such a wealth of techniques to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming. There's Tunisian crochet, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, working with thread, or felting – just to name a few. Here’s my approach: I pick a new technique to explore, then choose a couple of specific patterns to help learn that technique.


Last year I explored Tunisian crochet and in 2011 I am looking forward to playing with colorwork and different methods of joining motifs as you go. At the top of my pattern list to meet this goal are the Mischa Mittens (above), for their unique colorwork, and the Moth Wings Shrug (at left), with its join-as-you-go motifs.




Cable Crochet Hat


2.      Donate to a Charity

Craftivism, or crafting for charity, is an integral part of crochet for many people. I am so inspired by the stories you share on Crochet Me, and this year, I want give craftivism a larger role in my crochet goals. I think I'll start with hats. The Leaf Peeper Hat (at right) makes a great easy pattern. The fact that it is worked in a bulky yarn also means I can crochet one of these warm hats in an evening. If you are aiming for this goal, and are worried about fitting it into the rush of life, consider joining or creating a crochet group. We are stronger together.

3.      Crochet more AccessoriesCrochet Scarf

Accessories are quick, provide a wonderful opportunity to indulge in a skein or two of luxury yarn, and can add a sophisticated touch to otherwise boring outfits. The best part is that they provide a fun and easy way to check one of your goals off. I'm adding the Gali scarf (at left) to my project queue. After just a couple weeks of crocheting I'll not only own a beautiful new accessory, but I'll also be able to mark one goal off my list. Ah, the satisfaction!


So as you sit down to write out your own goals for 2011, don't forget to add a few crochet-related aspirations. We would love to hear what you plan to learn and make in the New Year.


Thank you for making 2010 a wonderful year for Crochet Me. We look forward to crocheting with you in 2011.

Best wishes,

Featured Products

Moth Wings Shrug Crochet Pattern

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Delicate motifs accentuate this simple shrug.


Leaf Peeper Hat Crochet Pattern

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Price: $5.50


Make a hat for everyone on your list with this hat in three sizes.


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Lisa@321 wrote
on Dec 30, 2010 8:47 AM

Great goals for 2011! Just wish there was more time in the day to make it all happen !!!!!! Where can I get the pattern for the Gali scarf? Happy 2011 to all...

on Dec 30, 2010 9:19 AM

I'm looking for links to charities - getting to work on #2!  Any ideas?  Places with a true need, positive response, and not too expensive to send to.  (I've done squares that become blankets in Africa, but the cost to ship them is too hefty for me right now.)

Shellie2355 wrote
on Dec 30, 2010 11:48 AM

Learn how to do Tunisian crochet and plan a new charity outlet.

Shellie2355 wrote
on Dec 30, 2010 11:50 AM


I crochet hats for cancer patients, but I don't 'belong' to an organization. I personally take between 5 to 9 hats to the cancer centers around me in the Chicago metropolitan area. I had the same restrictions you mention -- shipping costs, lack of feedback, etc. Plus I know that my hats are helping people locally, in my own town, so to speak.

jlilli wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:03 AM

Years ago, I saw an article in Martha Stewart Living about crocheting snowflakes and the various ways they could be used (not just for ornaments).  The five snowflake patterns were so gorgeous that I decided then and there that I was going to learn how to crochet.  I bought the very very thin thread and the teeniest crochet hook ever and tried to learn.  Obviously, it was very difficult to learn on such small thread so i moved on to other patterns.  I have always kept that article and this year, I am going to make them!  I am not afraid!  :)   .....wish me luck!.....

cbstanton322 wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 7:52 PM

@JLILLI - You can do it!  I tore out that same article from MSL and I made a ton of those snow flakes to create a gorgeous garland.  Once you've done just one of them you will be so thrilled you won't be able to stop.  Good luck!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 8:58 AM

Hi Lisa@321. Isn't the Gali scarf amazing?! I love the color as well. You can find the pattern here

shekei wrote
on Jan 8, 2011 5:06 PM

If you live in a city that has a Head Start and or Early Head Start program they will appreciate your charitable donations of hats and scarves.  I crochet for the one near me and they are very appreciate of what I drop off.  

shekei wrote
on Jan 8, 2011 5:08 PM

I signed up for an intermediate crochet class at my local yarn shop.  I'm challenging myself to crochet a couple sweaters this year!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 10, 2011 12:30 PM

That is a fabulous idea Shekei. Thank you. And good luck on your sweaters. Be sure to share pictures on Crochet Me.

GinnyDrisc wrote
on Jan 22, 2011 9:26 AM

I am following some similar goals as you, though inadvertently. I am going to learn Tunisian crochet, donate more to "The Preemie Project" (gave them 18 pairs of booties and hats in a set), and try to learn to make accessories. Good luck with your goals!

melnrork wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 7:02 AM

I would love to really get back into crocheting again.  It is so therapeutic for me and awesome for gifting!!

buzzarroo wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 7:34 AM

Project Linus is a great one !  Check your local area for drop off location(s). My cousins were in a tubing accident years ago and 2 of them were hospitalized for surgeries. It was not only the blankets that were special, but the people who delivered them. They accept all sizes including premies.

My goal for 2011 is to finish the ones I started in 2010!

sydnee wrote
on Sep 13, 2011 4:05 PM

The fall weather is almost upon us and the Leaf Peeper Hats would be an amazing contribution to cancer origanizations in the colder regions.  Would someone be willing to share this pattern with me so I can get started?  Thanks

on Aug 21, 2012 1:11 AM

As I get ready to face 2012, I am looking back at my 2011 New Year's resolutions . Last year I wanted