Set Your Crafting Intentions for 2022
Crochet | 3 min read time
Join us and find out how you can step into a new year full of creativity!
Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or are ready to build on your skills, we’re here to help you fill your year with creativity. Read on to discover inspiration for new projects, how to set yourself challenges, and connect with a wider community of crafters.
What are your goals?
Get started by asking yourself what it is you’d like to achieve on your crafting journey. Is it to learn how to knit for the first time? Maybe it’s to try out some new crochet techniques, or to expand your skills by picking up a new craft.
Keep a notebook dedicated to tracking your crafting and goals, so you can keep notes of the projects you have, and mark your progress as you achieve each milestone you’ve set yourself.
Take on a challenge
Crafty challenges don’t have to be about how many things you can create in one year! Make sure your challenges work for you and your lifestyle, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- I’d like to spend more time away from my phone screen in the evenings.
- I know how to knit, but would like to learn how to cross stitch.
- This year, I’ll master knitting cables.
- I’d like to make my first sweater!
If you do decide to challenge yourself by working on multiple projects over the year, our guest writer and crafter extraordinaire, Lydia Morrow, shared some advice for staying focused over on our blog.
Join the crafting community
One of our favorite things about being crafters, is the friendships we’ve made with other makers! Here are some of the ways you can share tips, tricks, and inspiration with fellow crafters and creatives:
Ask the Community
Get in touch with other Stitch & Story followers to ask any questions about the kits or patterns you’re working on.
Crafting Groups & Workshops
Workshops are a great way to meet other crafters and improve your skills! Check out your local haberdashery stores for any weekly craft nights available. Alternatively, why not start your very own craft group? Share your love of crafting with friends and family. You could even set up your own Craft-A-Long and work on the same project together.
Which project is right for me?
Before you start a new project, make sure your pattern is the right level of challenge: If you’ve mastered the crochet basics, a beginner kit might be too easy for you. On the flip side, if you’re a new crafter we wouldn’t recommend jumping into an intermediate level kit.
Have a read of our kit levels guide to take a look at the skills used in each level of our knitting and crochet kits, and find the right level for you.
Where to begin
Tips for beginner crafters
If you’re looking to pick up some knitting, crochet, or cross stitch for the first time, we’re here to help you with every step of your journey! The important thing is to start with the basics, and to be kind to yourself; learning something new takes a little time and patience, but nothing beats the feeling you get when you finish your first project. Find the tools and tutorials you need to start your adventure at our Beginners Hub.
Kits for beginners
Here’s a small selection of some of our most popular kits for knitting, crochet, and cross stitch beginners:
Grazier Scarf Knitting Kit
This kit will help you learn the basics of knitting: how to start, the knit stitch, and how to finish. You’ll get used to holding the needles, and how to move the yarn, and with chunky yarn, you’ll have a cozy scarf in no time.
Pusheen Self Care Cross Stitch Kit
You’ll learn how to secure your fabric inside an embroidery hoop, then how to work back and forth across rows to sew crosses and build up your design. You’ll also have a choice of 2 types of pattern charts: 1 in color and another with symbols to follow.
Sophie la girafe Baby Wrapover Top Crochet Kit
Easier than it looks, this top is worked from the bottom up. Learn how to change the number of stitches you’re working, and how to change colors. With no seaming involved, this project is great for beginners who want to perfect their crochet basics.
Need a hand?
Our mission is to make crafting simple, and provide everything you need to work on your new project. We have tutorial videos for knitting, crochet, and cross stitch to guide you through every stitch, and a team of been-there-made-that crafters on hand to answer any questions you might have - just drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org