My 2017 Bucket List of Must Knits

A knitter's seriously awesome bucket list of must knits for 2017. Carefully curated for your entertainment pleasure by Andrea @ This Knitted Life

I’ve been such a hot knitting mess lately! In the last few days, I’ve made so many mistakes!

  • I’ve spend an absurd amount of time picking out a frogged mitt, stitch by stitch, wondering why it was taking SO long before I realized I was trying to unravel the WRONG end of my mitt.
  • I also knit up an entire heal flap with an extra four (maybe six?) stitches stolen from the non-heal flap stitches before realizing the error in my ways. I thought about ripping back but decided hek no! It’s a sock for goodness sake. And, no, the socks aren’t identical as a result. The incongruity adds character. Or evidence of incompetence. Hard to say.
  • Oh, and I knit a cowl that wasn’t supposed to roll, fold, or in anyway misbehave in all those aforementioned ways that drive me nuts…but, despite my carefully selected knit/purl strategy, the darn things still rolled AND folded. It’s blocking now, so perhaps I will be saved by the water. Or perhaps not.

I figure if I haven’t jabbed my eye out with a knitting needle, all is well.

I’m determined nonetheless and newly armed with a worthy  bucket list of must knits for the upcoming year, mistakes or no. You can’t have fun if you don’t play the game.

Here’s what’s on my bucket list for 2017. What’s on yours?

Indulge Myself and Knit a Tee (or Possibly Three?!?!)

I have two knitted tees that fit well, and I wear them a ton. I’m keen to work a third one into my wardrobe. I have my list of potential options narrowed down to these five, although I already swatched Riverton with my stashed yarn of choice (Swans Island fingering). In classic form, the gage didn’t match, so really I am down to four potential candidates…or I have to buy more yarn.

Drool Over Texture by Hannah Fettig

I still haven’t finished knitting every.single.pattern from Home & Away (but I will), but that isn’t going to stop me from buying Hannah Fettig’s new book, Texture (available for pre-order now), if only to look at all the pretty pictures. I don’t buy too many knitting books (does anyone?), but I will buy this one. I am still determined to knit Lesley this year!

Use My Scraps

If for no other purpose than to declutter my hall closet, my scraps will be put to good use this year. I keep my stash to a minimum, yet it has been taking up an extraordinary amount of space. I have come to realize it is all scraps. I’ve parted with the undesirables and spent a bit of time bagging them up by weight or like yarns. My collection of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (including frogging a design-fail TRIO of mitts…I of course knit two lefts before knitting the right…whoops) doesn’t exactly scream coordinating shades for a colorwork project, but I’ve decided to knit them all together into a cowl anyway. Pashmina Worsted is simply too luxurious to let linger in the hall closet any longer.

My 2017 Bucket List of Must Knits by Andrea @ This Knitted Life

Knit Something White and Sparkly

Given I’ve sworn off grey for the new year, I’m left to seek new neutrals. I’m very drawn to white and cream of late, which is of course a horrible idea because (A) I have a four year old and my entire life seems to be coated in a layer of butter and jelly (B) my project will likely be stained and dirty before it even comes off the needles and (C) if I do manage to knit this to-be cowl without smudging the thing in grime, it will surely be smattered during its first wear.

And I thought I was an optimist.

Note this project is further doomed (yet still irresistible) because my skein of Isager smacks dangerously of LACE WEIGHT even though it is technically fingering. Further note I have sworn off lace weight. I asked the yarn store owner if my lace weight would become fingering when I worked it up with the second sequin skein, only to hear the reply: [punctuated pause] well, light fingering. With significant emphasis on “light.” But seriously…there’s sequins, people!!! Who can resist a little sparkle? Given I am that nearing 40, adult woman who wishes I could wear a glitter tee from the little girls section of Target EVERY DAY, surely you can understand how the sequins just HAVE TO BE.

I will further note here that it is dreadfully ironic that I selected the WHITE shade of Isager given the gorgeous color pallette. (Reminds me of the shades from Quince. Quite classy). Yet I passed them all up for…white.

My 2017 Bucket List of Must Knits by Andrea @ This Knitted Life

Knit Reed Another Sweater

This one might be a bit premature, given the first sweater is happily tolerated but not requested. I really enjoyed knitting Reed’s first sweater. It warmed my heart. And it came out so CUTE! I don’t have another pattern specifically in mind, but I know one will grab me soon enough.

Learn Brioche

Last year, my goal was to learn colorwork. I wouldn’t say I “learned” the discipline, but I tried it and worked up my first colorwork projects. This year, I have brioche on my list. I will probably be signing up for this Craftsy class when I am ready to expand my brain. I don’t have a particular pattern in my queue, but I am sure you’ll give me lots of hot tips for beginning brioche projects in the comments.

More Socks

I really enjoy knitting socks during those in-between times where I need something easy for the ten minutes I steal here and there. This year, I am making a point to grab my sock yarn from indie dyers via Etsy and similar sites (minus the two pairs of Knit Picks socks I am currently working up…eh hem…). I plan to espouse more on this whole Year of the Indie Dyer bit soon enough, so stay posted for that forthcoming oratory. In all honestly, I’ve been knitting up one vanilla pair after the other, but I do hope I can make it through some of these free patterns this year as well.

Designs of My Own

I’m still hard at it, oftentimes ending up with more misses than hits. I plan to continue designing this year, working with some of my favorite (and new!) mainstream yarn brands as well as developing partnerships with indie dyers (look for more on that soon!). I also plan to start systematically going through my earliest patterns and revamping them to be up to snuff with my current standards for pattern releases. Slow and steady…that’s me!

In case you missed it, the 201 6 Bucket List of Must Knits is here.

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply stephanie January 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

    what a great list of dreamy knits!!! You go girl!!!

  • Reply Julie Crawford January 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I love your bucket list, so many great goals here! I have a very similar white and sequined yarn in my stash, I’ve had it for ages under the assumption that I wanted to knit myself a dressy sweater, and have just never seem to have got around to it. Sigh. I have also totally done that one where you are unpicking the wrong end and wondering why it’s so hard! Ah knitting. Gotta love it, right?

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Yep. I saw you are light on mod Monday. I just need one pom pom and some photos and i will send one your way soon!

  • Reply Katie January 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I want to learn brioche this year too. I also got a copy of home and away for christmas, and have been eyeing the Rosemont cardigan.

  • Reply Alina January 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Your list is almost my list 🙂 Wish you to have as much time as possible to complete all your planned projects!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

      This is exactly why we must relocate to the same tropical island so we can knit (and live) side by side!

      • Reply Nancy May 1, 2017 at 2:18 am

        Forget about the tropical island girls…we relocated to Kona on Hawaii Island and I am SO glad I brought the stash with me because on this very big island we have only one LYS and a WalMart that sells a few colors of Caron’s Simply Soft and Red Heart and an Ace Hardware that sells Red Heart and a fabric store that has a few skeins of…yup, you guessed it…Red Heart. Thank heavens for Amazon Prime because without it the shipping would break you. Paradise at this moment is 72 degrees with 72% humidity!

  • Reply karen a January 11, 2017 at 5:30 am

    i love your list 🙂 definitely doable and fun!! I am hoping to finish my sock yarn scrap blanket this year (or next.).

  • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 11, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Thanks dear! Enthusiasm is indeed half the battle!

  • Reply Patricia McDermott January 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I became disabled this year so I now have plenty of time to get back to my knitting. Just finished a baby blanket for my daughter who turned 21 last summer. I have a few other projects to finish and a long queue of other projects. I also want to teach myself lace this year. I love your blog.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Patricia. I am so sorry you became disabled. There are no words. But I am glad you can knit. I am glad you found me! Xoxo

  • Reply Kimberly January 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Brioche is on my list for this year, too! Thanks for that Craftsy class tip. Looking forward to hearing about your experience with it!

    -Kimberly
    Knitjulep.com

  • Reply Lois Bell February 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I feel you on the brioche. I just hope it meets my endless expectations for being structured but snuggly and warm when I break down and learn it. Good luck with that white. I’m rooting for you.

  • Reply ellen February 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Just found your blog via Pinterest. Before paying Craftsy, check out unapologetic knitter dot com. She explains brioche very well. I learned it there, love knitting it and the results. Haven’t found a way to search her blog but find what I want by googling unapologetic knitter, brioche, then specifics like flat, round, two color etc. Good luck!

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