It is always hard to narrow down a list of favorite makes of the year. Every project always has its elements of teaching, fun, and utility. Keeping those three ideas in mind, I chose the four that I think exemplified those things most this year – the diamonds kimono, the crocheted bralette top, the mosaic hat, and the shawl-pocket cardigan. At least one of these you have seen before in a previous post.
The diamonds kimono is a simple, lovely pattern by designer One Dog Woof. It has minimal seaming and no buttons, which made the project a dream to finish. It is made with pima cotton yarn, perfect for summer wear, and believe me, I did wear it often this past summer! It is a chic topper to jeans or white pants.
The bralette top was such fun to make, a free pattern by Sam Casale at Casale Crafts. The learning came with this one being the first time I have crocheted bra cups. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I used a cotton-bamboo blend yarn that is soft and supple, very easy to work with. The frill took a long time to make and has a pretty drape.
The mosaic hat by Martin Up North was a delight to make, not only because I learned a new technique, but this kind of hat pattern is a great way to use extra yarn. It takes about 50 grams or less of each color, if you use 3 colors. This hat is now one of my favorite toppers for winter. My next feat is to create a pair of fingerless mitts based on the pattern. I love the mosaic technique, and I’ll be sure to do more with it in 2020.
Finally, the shawl pocket cardigan is my most-loved and most-worn garment of 2019. My friends will attest that I never take this baby off (well, maybe to sleep). Mon Petit Violon designed this pattern, and I have half a dozen other beautiful patterns of hers that I am dying to work up. It is crocheted using Rowan Felted Tweed yarn in Alabaster. It is mainly crocheted using a V-stitch, or some version of double crochet. There are no buttons, and seaming only at the shoulders. I’ll make another of these in Bottle Green for someone special.
That’s it for now! What have you made in 2019 that taught you something, or gave you joy in the process? I’d love to read your comments and see photos.
I made so many other things, too, and love them all. The coming year promises to keep my hooks, needles, and scissors very busy. See you again soon!