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Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Angie

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5 Things to Think About Before Starting a New Project

You’re starting a new project: that’s great! Avoid pitfalls by planning ahead, and check out these 5 things to think about before starting a new project. 

 

5 things to think about before starting a new crochet project: read more at LoveCrochet

1. Color

5 things to think about before starting a project: color

So many colors, so little time: but when should you choose which to use? Plan ahead: even when you’re stashbusting, it’s important to make sure that your colors complement each other, or you might end up with a drab mess that you hate. Take the time to look at yarns next to each other in natural light to determine which ones will make your project an amazing work of art.

2. Techniques

5 things to think about before beginning a project: techniques

 

Read through the whole pattern before you start chaining. Yes – the whole pattern. No exceptions. If an amazing new project uses a stitch you’re unfamiliar with, it can cause a roadblock later on, and that’s no fun for anyone. Breathe for a moment, read through the pattern, and look up any techniques that you might be unfamiliar with. It will be worth it later on!

3. Who are you making it for?

5 things to think about before starting a project: who are you making it for?

 

It’s important to consider the recipient of your new project. What’s their favorite color? What do they usually wear? What’s their style? There’s nothing worse than pouring your heart into a project for a loved one, just to discover that they never wear their gift because it’s just not right for them. Curb your enthusiasm for 10 minutes and think about your loved one: what would they like to receive?

4. Time

5 things to think about before starting a project: time

 

Consider this: how long will this project take to complete? Is it a quick stashbuster, or an all out marathon to the finish? Make sure you don’t overextend yourself in your crochet plans, which can stress you out and lead to the dreaded crochet burnout. If you already have 15 WIPs hiding in your stash, consider whether starting a new massive project will be good for your mental health. (For some of us, having loads of unfinished objects is just fine – carry on, my friends!)

5. What’s next?

5 things to think about before beginning a project: what's next

 

Some crocheters benefit from making a project plan. First this cowl, and next an afghan, and after that, they will start on a baby blanket. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s certainly fun to keep looking at new inspiration! (Speaking of inspiration, have you seen our huge library of patterns?)

What are the things you think about before beginning a project? Tell us in the comments below!

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About the Author

A Jack of all crochet, but a master of Netflix and video games. When not crocheting, you might find me on the archery range or in choir practice!




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