On Instagram a few weeks ago I discovered the #2018makenine challenge. The premise of the challenge is that you knit nine projects throughout the year of 2018. As Rochelle New says, it is a “gentle challenge for makers.” It’s been tough, but I have figured out which nine projects I plan to knit throughout this challenge.
Watershed by Bristol Ivy
A beautiful lace-weight pullover with cables and 3/4 length sleeves, I cannot wait to knit this pattern in 2018. It will be perfect for spring and summer weather and it can be dressed up or down depending on the day. I do not have yarn for this project yet, but I can’t wait to pick it out!
Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry
I love the simple beauty of this gorgeous and colorful shawl. I found this pattern in the second issue of Laine Magazine. I have never used mohair in a pattern, so it will be another first for me. I plan to use Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles and Kidsilk Haze in the Whisper colorway.
Prue by Bristol Ivy
Another 3/4 sleeve fingering weight sweater, I will live in this throughout 2018! While looking for a pattern to knit for the January Thaw 2018 KAL, I found this pattern and absolutely fell in love. I do not have the yarn for this pattern yet, but I am excited to purchase it soon.
Wild Cherries by Janina Kallio
A few months ago, Janina had a pattern sale with this pattern. I bought it because I don’t have practice with lace weight yarn or lace knitting and the lace looks simple. I have two options for this shawl, either West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite Lace in the Rose colorway or Sun Valley Fibers MCN Lace in the Front Porch Swing colorway. Can you tell I love the color pink? Haha!
Quadri by Michele Wang
I discovered this pattern from Sue on the Legacy Knitz podcast. She has been knitting many of these as Christmas presents for her friends and family. At this time, I don’t have specific plans for which yarn I will use, but I do have skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca, which is absolutely scrumptious!
Winter Honey by Andrea Mowry
This squishy, cabled shawl is perfect for the chilly weather in the Midwest. I have never used worsted weight yarn for a shawl. I plan to use Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepard’s Wool Worsted in the Milk Chocolate colorway.
Milkshake Cardigan by Joji Locatelli
A simple and comfy cardigan is needed in every closet. This DK weight cardigan by Joji is perfect for every closet. I plan to use grey yarn handspun by a friend. It is a blend of pure Falkland, Perendale and Corriedale fibers, which make it very squishy and soft.
Ramble by Andrea Mowry
Brioche, Brioche, Brioche. I have fallen in love with the brioche stitch, especially two-color brioche and this fingering weight shawl has alllll the brioche. I will use Brooklyn Tweed for this project, which is another new yarn for me.
Cullum by Isabel Kraemer
Cullum is a simple lace t-shirt perfect for everyday wear. I can’t wait to wear this top with jeans! I don’t have the yarn yet and I’ve never worked with linen yarn before, which will be very exciting for 2018.
These are by no means the only projects that I plan to knit in 2018, but it is a nice starting point for the bigger projects like garments that I would like to knit. I would also like to knit at least 6-8 pairs of socks in 2018.
Will you be participating in the #2018makenine challenge? What projects are on your list?