I had planned to write this post at the end of 2019 but unfortunately we had to travel at short notice to a family funeral before the New Year and we just dropped everything and left the house. After the funeral we spent a few days with family and it was lovely to have that down time to be together.
Now that I am back home and although it is 2020, I thought that I would take a little look back at 2019 and the projects that I worked on. Maybe one of these patterns will catch your eye and will become a project for 2020. I will include links to the designers and their patterns for you!
Before I begin however, I would like to begin by thanking you all. Thank you to everyone who has supported Lalele Fibre Arts and myself this year, whether that be through likes, comments, shares or purchases. I am BEYOND grateful.
A big thank you also goes out to the amazing test knitters and test crocheters who have taken time out of their busy schedules to test my patterns before release. I couldn’t have released any of these patterns without you!
2019 was a big year and saw me write more patterns, with some in reserve for the end of 2020 (keep an eye out for those pattern tester calls!) I also launched my own website towards the end of the year which felt like a big business step and a big commitment.
I went outside of my comfort zone when I joined Noorain of Noors Knits, (Instagram: @noorsknits) for an Instagram Live as part of her ‘Meet the Makers‘ series. I had a great time chatting with her about motherhood, mental health and of course knitting and crochet. We talked for the full hour until the time ran out! You can read more about our chat here. Thank you for including me in the series Noorain!
Now, let’s get into some projects…
Lalele Fibre Arts’ Patterns
Seven of my projects in 2019 were the samples I made when writing my pattterns.
The asymmetric triangle shawl is one of my favourites to knit and to wear so I really enjoyed knitting the sample for my Dreaming of a Sunset Shawl! The yarn was the key feature of this design and I have worn this sample a lot this winter. It’s a strange feeling to wear something that you knit and designed yourself!
I have always loved lace knitting. If you haven’t tried lace knitting before, I thoroughly recommend giving it a go! I alternated this pretty lace stitch with stockinette stitch to tell the story behind the Blossom Cowl. It is still one of my favourite makes of 2019!
My last design of 2019 was the Cupcake Cowl and it was my first multi-size pattern. I knit the child size sample and have since knit three more as Christmas presents, a toddler size for my youngest daughter, a child size for my son and an adult size for my husband. It’s fair to say that I knew the pattern inside out by the time I finished number four!
Pattern testing is such an important part of designing and where I can, I like to pattern test for other designers.
When I test knit the Bubble V Crop sweater for Jessie of Jessie Maed Designs (Instagram: @jessssiemae), it was the first time that I had knit a sweater that felt like it was designed to fit my body. Honestly, that made me feel quite emotional. I’m definitely going to make another Bubble V Crop, probably a one colour version this time. I love all of Jessie’s designs and have more in my queue to cast on!
Amber of @amberblissthis test crochet one of my can cover designs and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to return the favour and test crochet a couple of patterns for her! I test the Coralise Earrings and the Take Me to Market Pouch. I had never worn crochet earrings before but these are stunning and could be made in ALL the colours!
My last pattern test of 2019 was the Laurentian Shawl from Rox of @eat.wander.crochet. Can you believe that this was Rox’s first published pattern?! It’s brilliant and she has since published a couple more! It was the first time I had used one of these DK weight yarn cakes and the colours have a spring time feel to them. I have seen some lovely single colour Laurentian Shawls so maybe another one may come to life this year!
In between designing and pattern testing, I fit in a few more projects!
The first pattern was a modified version of the Seamless Aran Toddler Bonnet from Samiha Qureshi. My youngest daughter got a lot of wear out of the bonnet. There’s something about babies in bonnets that just melts my heart!
I cast on the Breeze Racerback and the Ripple Bralette from Jessie of Jessie Maed Designs (Instagram: @jessssiemae). I told you I liked her designs! My task for this summer when the weather warms up, is to get some modeled pictures of the Breeze Racerback. The Ripple Bralette fit great at the time but I have since stopped breastfeeding my youngest daughter and my body has changed so this bralette is now too big. Not to worry though, I have cast on another one!
We were invited to a family wedding in August and I decided to crochet a dress for my youngest daughter. It was very last minute and I finished it the night before we traveled to the wedding. I’m sure I’m not the only one that leaves things until the last minute! I used the Easy Party Dress Youtube tutorial from @woolywonderscrochet. I modified the pattern as I went to fit my daughter and to account for the lighter weight yarn I had chosen to use.
My eldest daughter wore this beautiful handmade dress which I purchased from @pickle.millie a few years ago. It has been her favourite dress for a long time and has been put away until my youngest daughter is big enough to wear it!
As the weather cooled down, my husband needed a new hat for work. He works as a mechanic and the last couple of years I made him coloured hats. They didn’t stay colourful for long so this year I learned my lesson and knit him a black hat. It has lasted much better and he’s still wearing it!
I enjoyed knitting it so much that I knit another one for my youngest daughter to wear on the school run! I used DK weight yarn, 4mm needles and knit the adult size to account for the change in gauge. It fits her perfectly as a slouchy beanie!
My last project of 2019 was an Ear warmer for my eldest daughter. I didn’t use a pattern. I knit a tube that worked for her head measurements and then sewed it together using the twist method that has been seen a lot this year. She was very happy with it!
We have come to the end of my projects for 2019. Do you like round-up blog posts like this or would you prefer that I share more of my FO’s (finished objects) in blog posts throughout the year? Please let me know in the comments below!
Thank you again for making 2019 such an amazing year. I can’t wait to share more designs and more makes with you in 2020!