My 2016 Knitting Bucket List of Must-Knits!

My 2016 knitting bucket list

As I wrap up my final stitches on my holiday knits, I promise myself I will never knit socks for Christmas gifts again amidst a barrage of under-breath-muttered profanity, tense neck muscles, and dark thoughts, calmly allow my mind to wander to the future with poise and patience not unlike a Buddhist monk. My next knitting chapter. The 2016 chapter. AKA the chapter where everything goes perfectly, not a stitch is dropped, nothing is frogged, and finished knits fly off my needles like chocolate flies into my mouth.

It will be perfect.

(Queue angels harking, thank you very much.)

Oh, and yarn companies will discover how fabulous I am and suddenly started sending me unsolicited, free yarn of the to-die-for variety. It will start appearing in droves in my post office box. We will have to build a climate-controlled addition to our house just to store it all.

Hey, a girl can hope.

In all seriousness, this is my 2016 Knitting Bucket List:

Finish What I Started in 2015

This includes the mate for my too-small blueberry waffle socks (pair Number Two), finishing my Waterlily Tee, and knitting the final installment from my 2015 Must-Knit list before moths eat the yarn I purchased especially for the project.

True, this will probably take me through the end of March. Apparently I am going nowhere in a hurry.


I must have been abducted by aliens and then returned to Earth in an altered state because I suddenly want a poncho. And not because they are seriously everywhere. That’s just a coincidence. I think.

I even tried one on at Target a couple months back but it was HUGE despite being (mis)labeled as a size small. So yes, suddenly I feel inspired to walk around in a knitted sack. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the cause (one of my more active boards, no less).  My only strife will be to decide WHICH ONE to knit!!! I also see some design work in the future for ponchos. I aspire to come up with a pattern that works for petite frames (and others) so I can ware a (soft, fluffy, sexy) sack but not a sheet.


Related to my new wardrobe inclinations for pieces that are comfy, tunic patterns have also been catching my eye of late. Like a sweater. But longer. More stitches, yes. But…you can wear them with leggings, which have an elastic waist and thus do not complain when you ate too many chocolate brownies paired with too much Merlot. I have been pinning all lots of tunics to my Sweaters and Tops board.

Knit a Second Kitty’s Chemise (In the Correct Size)

I really liked the pattern for my Kitty’s Chemise. It used worsted weight yarn and thus knit up quick. Mine came out too small (unless I loose ten pounds, but…cough cough…let’s be honest: that’s not happening. Why diet and exercise when I can just knit a new one in the proper size?


This is a big one. I haven’t done any colorwork. None. At least none that I can remember. It’s time to put on my big girl knitting needles and Be Brave. I can do it.

A Toddler Sweater

I figure if I felt like Mom-of-the-Year for knitting Reed toddler socks, I will surely feel like Mom-of-the-Universe if I manage to knit him a toddler sweater. Basically I want to knit him one of every sweater in the Knittin Little Winter Collection. But I will probably pick just one. Although I might Be Brave and combine the project with my colorwork aspirations: colorwork toddler sweater. Ta-da!

Although this will inevitably lead to even more foul language when I botch the whole thing, failing on two counts. In the meantime, I will try to avoid self-deprecating thoughts and hope for the best. Stay positive, right?

Knit Everything in Home & Away

I promise to prattle on about this more another day.


I want to knit pretty much every pattern in Hannah Fettig’s  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures. Every. Stinking. Pattern.

home & away

For me, this is an ambitious list. REALLY AMBITIOUS. Especially on top of all the design work I aspire to complete. Not to mention all of the projects I will end up knitting that aren’t even on my list (yet!). I know they are out there.

Better to be ambitious and fall short then aimless and…well…aimless. Yes, my year will likely be filled with profanity, tears, and too much wine as a result. There’s worse things (sheep plague, moths, actual illness, poverty…).

I think I will be okay.

What’s on your knitting bucket list for the New Year?

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  • Reply Ady Grafovna December 21, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Knitting bucket list for 2016? Hmm… Really, I just want to get my act together a little better this year. I want to knit from my stash instead of spending more time buying yarn than knitting it up (like I did in 2015). I would love to make my son something that he will wear, but that is a never ending and utterly futile goal. Maybe 2016 is the year for miracles though!

  • Reply Andi December 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Great list. While it wasn’t on my bucket list before, the line about the yarn companies sending me unsolicited yarn is now on there, thanks to you.
    My bucket list is to savor my knitting more than I have in the past years. Appreciating the fact that I have this amazing love affair with a wonderful craft. 🙂

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple December 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Oooooh dear, I make a bucket list for every season, but never thought about doing it for my knitting. I need to expand my knitting horizons, so to speak…..I seem to get caught up on repeat,y knitting the things I know how to knit!! I really want to make a poncho in 2016, and I am going to begin my Christmas knitting in January!!

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn December 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Ooh…I second getting the Christmas knitting started in January! I requested a poncho from Santa for Christmas, so if I don’t get one, then I want to make one. I want to complete a sweater for me and lots and lots of socks! I should also slow down on test knitting lacy shawls (but oh how I love them!) and spend more time on the gazillion patterns in my Ravelry library 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie December 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    This is a great list. I have a fiber bucket list too. Mele Kalikimaka to you and your ohana!

  • Reply jappremdesigns December 26, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I have a few knitting goals for the year, they boil down to knitting a sweater top-down, dyeing yarn again, getting better at spinning yarn, and making more of my own patterns again.

  • Reply olivia December 29, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Those sound like wonderful goals! I really am determined to use up stash in the coming year. I’ve collected so much beautiful yarn it really deserves to be knitted up and soon! So much yarn too little time really!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Oh my goodness! Me too! I should add that onto my goals. I’ll have to add it onto my New Year’s resolution.

  • Reply Mercy Ehm December 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    You made me laugh so hard! I live tissue post

    I don’t knit very well bit I do crochet.

    2016 I want to teach myself how to knit well so I can finally make socks. I’m sorry crocheters but socks MUST.BE.KNIT!

    The rest will depend on how many new curse.words I need to come up with for every mistake causing me to frog this and that and again… you know what I mean.

    I think you’ll survive 2016 and your colorwork may become addicting

    • Reply Mercy Ehm December 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Uhm I may learn to type also but yarn work is actually important. We all speak typonese right?

      First like supposed to read I love your post. O clue where tissue came from.

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  • Reply The Knit Wit January 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I am working on a Skyblanket (you can follow along on the group of us at #skyblanket2016 on twitter), and trying to use up my stash 🙂

  • Reply cindy January 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    love the idea of a knitting bucket list for the year! think i’ll be doing the same 🙂

  • Reply judy February 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Definitely taking a sock class. I’ve tried doing them myself and couldn’t even bring myself to donate them to Goodwill. I’m going to leave the right way to do this!

  • Reply Ellen Auclair February 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    suggestion: instead of ponchos a capelet .. I just finished one this weekend and one last weekend…Browns on one and degrees of purples on other.. they only come down to your mid-section and add another layer of warmth around shoulders and chest..being small they don’t overpower your size. I found the pattern on there must be others..I now own 4 of them.. and when I’m going somewhere I use them as scarves till I get where I’m going then take off coat and spread them back over my shoulders.

  • Reply Sandra Wall February 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hi. I just smiled and smiled and smiled then chuckled. You caught my attention with the words “bucket list”. Every year I say I am going to get a little more proficient at knitting. I never do. I look and look at patterns and say,” I can’t do that. It looks too hard.” This year is different. A friend wanted me to make a poncho for her grand daughter. I looked at it….knitted pattern. I have not knitted in 30 years! It looked like something I could do though. So, I practiced on spare yarn, then I knitted and knitted. I made it 3 times! I ripped out all the way because I did not know how to “fix” mistakes. Finally! I got on you tube. Bless you Youtube. I learned the moss stitch. now I am making a wrap with drop stitches. I have only ripped out all the way 1 time and now I am almost done. I am very proud of myself. I am going to do more projects. My next project is a crochet bunny afghan. I am going to be learning how to read a graph. After that, another knitted project. Looking into the near future……knit from a graph. O MY I AM BECOMING VERY BRAVE…..LOL.

  • Reply Maria Cruz February 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Finish my UFO’s (unfinished objects)… try at least one of those patterns I have shy’ed away from or put on the do-later-list, use up most of my yarn ( I am almost ashamed to say that I gave more yarn than the Hobby Lobby close to our home…but only almost…really…no… proud of and hopefully be a little more successful in selling my items as in more of a steady thing than random orders…
    Thanks for your post…made me laugh. Btw…I am not allowed to buy any more yarn and for the life of me I don’t understand why…lol…

  • Reply Deborah Austin February 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

    A really satisfying and super easy color work piece is this ribbon stitch cowl I’ve made a couple times. the pattern is easy to pick up. I’m not crazy about the way the edges curl in a bit so I’m trying to figure out how to make a selvage edge by slipping stitches or adding them or what have you without disturbing the look of the pattern. Good idea, a knit bucket list.

  • Reply haleyinfrance February 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Lovely! I am guilty of having way too many projects going on at once. I try to convince my musician boyfriend that I can’t just do one project at a time; it would be like practicing the same song over and over! 🙂 You make such pretty things!

  • Reply Lightning Hill Farm February 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I would certainly have dark thoughts knitting socks for Christmas! (and curse like a sailor!) Tho I disagree, I think Kitty’s Chemise fits you perfectly! You look lovely in it. I love the idea of a “Knitting Bucket List” but alas, I have a short attention span, so all of the items on my list would have to be small…

  • Reply Lori February 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    You’re my kinda knitter and you made me laugh! Happy knitting!

  • Reply Irma Hendricks February 11, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Hi! Love your article. I may try a bucket list. My Ravelry queue is long but I knit and crochet.

  • Reply Laura Anderson February 18, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I am in sync with you on having a knitting bucket list. My goals are to learn (and hopefully master) new techniques. …..short row knitting, entrelac (flat and in the round), linen stitch, and other stitch patterns, and maybe even some freeform !!! Now to find the time and energy!

  • Reply Sherry February 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I feel your pain, or ambition. I taught myself to knit about 4 years ago now after having been a crocheted for more years than I can remember. Now, my crochet hooks sit in lonely abandonment while my knitting needles fly happily through my yarn stash. My husband shudders everything a flyer from Michael’s or Jo Ann Fabrics comes in the mail. But my resolve this year is to use the yarn I’ve bought for intended projects that still live on paper only. A poncho is one of those!. They are growing in popularity again. And socks! I have a sock loom and so many teeny tiny needles just waiting for me to pick them up. But first, I must finish the last skein of baby yarn. I’m making hats for the babies at the hospital -about 10 so far…and then there is the Afghan I started for a friend’save housewarming gift…maybe it will be finished by next winter? I might get to my 2016 list (Christmas stockings for the family and socks and…) by 2017? Chuckling – Glad I’m not in the boat by myself.

  • Reply Cindy March 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    My resolution this year to to try out several very nice needles – to move up from Susan Bates.

  • Reply Ashley March 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Toddler sweaters are the best. I knitted one for my cousin’s daughter and it turned out great. Its small so its quick AND you get the satisfaction of the completed garment. DO IT!

    Colorwork is also on my bucket list this year. As it is every year. We will see if THIS is the year.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

      I know. I really must. So many ambitions. SO little time. Thanks for stopping by this space, and please visit again soon. Happy knitting!

  • Reply Karen Martinez March 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Awesome post! Need to finish sock for son in college that I re-started Christmas Eve, and make some dishcloths for Christmas gifts in December. Want to knit up some bases for dusters so the kids at church can finish and sell them. This past weekend my daughter announced that the socks I knit her were perfect with her boots, and yes, she would wear them if I knit her some more. So glad I learned to knit two-at-a-time-toe-up socks! Oh, yes, and then there is knitting up the stash…guess I should get busy!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Karen. I am so glad you were able to stumble upon it in the big, bad universe of Knitting Internet. Please come back again soon to read more.

  • Reply Linda walsh March 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I would like to have very nice, easy knitted scarf pattern for boy and girl, ages 6-12???????

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