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2023 Knit and Crochet Goals: Move the Bar with Marly!

Of course, your 2023 knit and crochet goals are top of mind right now, yes? Wait a minute…do you even have any crafting goals for this year?

Image of hands knitting and group of crochet hooks. Text says: Move the Bar! Crush Those Goals.

No?

I know, I know – it’s been a crazy festive season, and you need a bit of a break. But, sometimes, a change is as good as a rest. So, why not flip your crafting time to another skill set or try learning something new?

“But it’s only the first couple weeks of January,” you say! Yes – and you know the way time flies. So, there’s no time like the present to lay down some ideas to get this year off to an amazing start. You know me…go, go, 2023 knit and crochet goals!

I’m your cheering squad, teacher, friend, and mentor, and I’m here to tell you – it’s time to plan your year. Okay, let’s just plan these first few weeks for now.

But, you know I’ll have tons of stuff for you to do this year, so clip in and hang on tight. If you know me at all, you’ll know it’s gonna be one heck of a ride!!!

Here’s what I’m thinking…

If you make too many goals at once, you won’t complete any of them. So, I’m going to suggest you take me up on this ONE goal and ONE deadline.

Stay with me…there’s a method in my madness!

Your 2023 Knit and Crochet Goals

If you’re a knitter…learn something crochet.

Here’s some simple crochet projects ideal for a beginner crocheter:

Beginner Crochet Hat

Smiley Emoticon Keychain

NOTE: This pattern has errata – Round 4 should say:

Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc] 6 times, slip st in first sc of this round – 24 sc.

Cozy Fringed Cowl

Easy Street Hat

Quick Pompom Hat

Berry Stitch Scarf

On The Town Shawl

If you’re a crocheter…learn something knit.

Check out these easy knit projects so you can get used to 2 needles (or at least two points instead of one hook.):

Knit Ombre Blanket Scarf

Shifting Rib Knit Dishcloth

Knit Bias Striped Blanket

Fading Stripes Lumbar Pillow

Basic Knit Beanie

Basketweave Scarf

Easy Knit Rib Hat

Now, I don’t mean go ‘all-in.’ You don’t have to learn everything in one go. Choose something basic if you’re a beginner, or if you have a little more experience, learn a new technique to build your skills. There’s always another cast-on or bind-off to learn, cables, lace, or color work to try, not to mention the enormous amount of stitch patterns out there.

More Free Patterns for Practicing Skills

If you’re bi-crafty…good for you, but practice your weaker craft. There’s always room for improvement. Small, quick projects are ideal for practicing new skills!

Try out one of these other projects that still won’t take you too long:

Adventurous Beginner Knit Beanie

Cozy Hygge Crochet Wrap

Brighten My Day Knit Wrap

Two-for-One Crochet Hat & Cowl

Cozy Rib Knit Cowl

Rise & Shine Knit Armwarmers

Warm Ribbed Crochet Boot Cuffs

Wafflin’ Around Crochet Cowl

Cell Phone Resting Place

Charming Crochet Headband

Crochet Stadium Seat Cover

Knit Stadium Seat Cover

And here’s even more free patterns in case you run out of ideas…

Where to learn? You’ll find all kinds of videos on my YouTube channel.

If you can’t knit or crochet (yet), choose a craft and a small, simple project, watch a few videos, and just get started. Get some basics under your belt. It’s much easier and more productive to learn by DOING! And, by the way…mistakes are a GOOD thing! We can learn from them!

Tips to make your first project or two simpler from the start:

  • Use a smooth, single-color yarn.
  • Choose worsted-weight yarn for easier handling.
  • Use a hook or needles the size quoted on the yarn ball band (or one size larger.)
  • Don’t stress out – this is a learning experience, and it should be fun!

Your 2023 Knitting and Crochet Goals Deadline…Should you Choose to Accept it…

Play around. Practice some new skills. Flex those creative muscles. Get yourself warmed up.

Why?

Your deadline is February 11th!

Because Sunday, February 12th, brings a special event! GAME DAY! It’s Superbowl Sunday!

What does that have to do with knitting and crochet?

Well…for every Superbowl, I plan a special crafting event. I can’t say too much about it just yet, but I wanted to give you a heads-up to block out your day for some serious crafting fun!

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Marly Bird

The One and Only, Marly

Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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