This year flew by so fast, it hardly feels like it even began! But it did, and it brought lots of fun new patterns, tutorials, make alongs and so much more. Here’s a look back at the best of 2021, plus a few sneak peeks at 2022!
New in 2021
Stitches n Scraps Yarn Shop
About halfway through the year, I opened a yarn shop! I was really enjoying King Cole yarns from the UK, and thought you might enjoy them as well. I’m building slowly, and hoping to add more yarns and colors in the coming year.
Another recent addition is pattern bundles! These collections of knit and crochet patterns are available at a huge discount for a short time only. They include designs from lots of different designers. I actually joined in my first bundle at the very end of 2020. This year, I participated in lace pattern bundles and holiday pattern bundles. These were super fun to do, and I hope to be part of more pattern bundles in 2022!
Best of 2021 – Make Alongs
Knit alongs and crochet alongs are a great way to learn new techniques while having fun with other crafters. I co-host 2 make-along groups on Facebook with several other designers. Between those two groups, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to knit and crochet together.
At CAL Central, we had 5 crochet alongs this year. We repeated our three most popular, annual events: the Softie CAL, Halloween CAL, and Holiday Stashdown CAL. For 2021 we added the Cozy at Home CAL to start off the year, and the Summer Quickies CAL for the warmer months.
This schedule worked out so well that we plan to keep the same themes throughout 2022! The announcement for the 2022 Cozy at Home CAL will be coming soon.
In 2022, we’ll shift our focus to more complex projects in the 2022 Bag Along CAL. With two full months for each pattern, we’ll have plenty of time to explore a variety of techniques.
I am planning to have knit alongs throughout the year as well. We’ll most likely start off with a double knit hat project, but I don’t have that quite ready to go yet. Look for an announcement early in January.
Besides these events, I had the pleasure of participating in a few others too.
- The annual afghan CAL on Moogly
- Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter
- Scarf and Hat of the Month CAL hosted by Oombawka Design and The Stitchin’ Mommy
I plan to participate in all of these again this year, plus more!
There were (mostly) weekly Lunchtime Live videos, monthly pattern collections, and some fun product reviews and giveaways. All in all, it’s been quite the year at Stitches n Scraps!
Best of 2021 – Top 20 Patterns and Tutorials
I published a total of 36 patterns and 17 tutorials this year. Out of all of those, these were the 20 most viewed:
I hope you enjoyed this Best of 2021 Review! Did your favorites make the list? What would you like to see more of in 2022? I’m looking forward to another year full of fiber fun!
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