Happy new year! (Is it too late to say that now? I dunno – I wish it for you anyway!). I am here with ambitious plans for 2022, last year was my slowest making season ever and I only made four of last year’s make nine. BUT I love making plans and I enjoy coming up with ideas so I have made a make nine for this year for the joy of it. I may end up making all nine, I may not – either way, the planning was enjoyable! So here goes…
Quick-view list (from top left):
Anthea Dress by Anna Allen Clothing (goes up to 48in bust)
Harmony Top by Fibremood (goes up to 57in bust)
October Day Sweater (Rav link) by Not Another Day Without Knitting (goes up to 43in bust)
Pauline Dress by Closet Core Pattern (goes up to 60in bust)
Marselis Sweater (Rav link) by @vippetavpinnene (goes up to 56.5in bust)
Billie Pullover (Rav link) by Sari Nordlund (goes up to 63.75in bust)
Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio (goes up to 60in bust)
Hughes Dress by Friday Pattern Co (goes up to 60in bust)
Poetria Sweater (Rav link) by Sari Nordlund (goes up to 55in bust)
I chose each of these patterns individually based on the materials I have at home and the styles I want to try – but don’t they all look nice together? I hope I get round to making them all!
I am going to write out my plans because I think it will be fun to look back and see whether the supplies I have end up being used for these plans or if they got picked for something else!
Anthea Dress by Anna Allen Clothing (goes up to 48in bust) – I’ve got a cream and black gingham from Minerva that will look amazing as an Anna Allen Anthea dress
Harmony Top by Fibremood (goes up to 57in bust) – I plan to hack the Harmony top into a dress and patchwork a load of linen scraps to make a dress of dreams inspired by the above Meadows dress that was for sale last year. I’ve never done patchwork before so this will be a first for me in 2022!
October Day Sweater (Rav link) by Not Another Day Without Knitting (goes up to 43in bust) – I have some Drops Brushed Alpaca to make the October Day Sweater in a dark foresty green.
Pauline Dress by Closet Core Pattern (goes up to 60in bust) – I got some lyocell-type fabric secondhand from a car boot sale last summer and I think it will make a gorgeous Pauline dress!
Marselis Sweater (Rav link) by @vippetavpinnene (goes up to 56.5in bust) – Okay so I’ve just realised that I don’t currently have any yarn for the Marselis Sweater, but I love it so I am definitely keeping it on the list and will go stash diving to see if I have anything that might work. If not, I may put yarn on my birthday wishlist for later in the year!
Billie Pullover (Rav link) by Sari Nordlund (goes up to 63.75in bust) – I bought some merino off eBay for the Billie sweater when the pattern was released so this might be my next knit!
Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio (goes up to 60in bust) – I am planning to make a Tamarack jacket out of some secondhand cotton I bought from the charity shop combined with some fully biodegradable lyocell wadding – however, I have never done any quilting before so we will have to see how this goes! This will be another first for me!
Hughes Dress by Friday Pattern Co (goes up to 60in bust) – The Hughes dress has been on my radar since it was released but it requires a lot of fabric and generally when you find fabrics in charity shops they are often in shorter lengths. HOWEVER, I got some fabric from Rainbow Fabrics Kilburn last year for specifically this purpose so on the list it goes!
Poetria Sweater (Rav link) by Sari Nordlund (goes up to 55in bust) – Finally, I’ve been wanting to make the Poetria Sweater since I made the Poet Socks in 2020. I am hoping this is definitely one I will make as I cast it on at Christmas! fingers crossed!
This year is all about textures I think, lots of lace & cable knitting, buttons, gathers & even quilting. I think this is the most cohesive style-wise my make nine has ever been and I feel like I am starting to really settle into a style I love (spoiler alert: it’s hobbity, if hobbits wore knitwear – why don’t they in the films? I am certain they must – they don’t like to leave the house and enjoy doing cosy things. I think it was a costuming FAIL that the hobbits in the films aren’t all about knitwear, although I can get along with all that linen).