2013 Challenge – The results


In January 2013 I pledged to learn something new every month and blog about it. Its been a lot harder than I anticipated . When I started out, the idea was to complete a project per month which encompassed a new skill or technique. I found I couldn’t commit to completely finishing a new project each month as I was looking for interesting techniques and then finding projects which were awesome but too big to complete in the time frame. I had to alter my plans slightly and just make sure I started a project using something new or taught myself a new stitch. I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve done and its taken me in a lot of interesting directions.

Here’s a summary of everything I’ve learned this year:

January Challenge –  Crochet beret using multiple trebles, this had to be ripped back several times as I kept stitching into the wrong spaces but I got the hang of it eventually. I actually ended up doing it in stripes to combat the problem. This really helped improve my crochet skills!



I also learned Steeking and did my first Yarn Bomb!

February Challenge – Knitted bobble hat with owl cables. I’d tried cables before and messed it up terribly but this turned out really well. I now feel confident with a cable needle. Unfortunately the style of hat didn’t really suit me, I felt it was a bit small so I gave it to my sister. She rocks it!

Owl Hat

Owl Hat

March Challenge – An entrelac messenger bag. This was a great project, the yarn in rich jewel tones was fantastic to knit with. It’s really satisfying to see the weaved effect forming as you go along.

Pierre - Entrelac Bag

Pierre – Entrelac Bag

I also learned Moss Stitch

April Challenge – Fresh from watching Twin Peaks , it had to be Chevrons. The original project idea was a picture frame with a knitted image of the famous Red Room however I had no end of issues with it. The needles were slippy and the yarn split constantly. I used the longest 4mm’s I had as the piece was 76cm wide. They were metal and a nightmare to knit with. The yarn was cheap acrylic from the market because I was too excited to wait and get some King Cole. I persevered however. Later I realised I’d dropped a stitch, the ladder was huge! Whenever I looked the piece I could see pulls, lumps and uneven stitches.  I learned a valuable lesson there…and then I whipped up this cute gadget cover!

Red Room Phone Cosy

Red Room Gadget Cosy

There was  a 2nd Yarn Bomb Heart and a cute little Owl featuring K1b (knit 1 below) and chain stitch.

I also rescued a UFO that had been languishing in a bag. This used to be the back of a cardigan and the frame used to be a mirror (which broke). Its one of my proudest UFO rescues.

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May Challenge –  When I found out my mum was getting married I knew I wanted to make her a wedding gift. She chose a shawl called Itaca by Stephen West. Knitting with laceweight  was the challenge for May. The shawl was finished in November, just in time for the wedding.



June Challenge –  June was a quiet month filled with tons of nature rambles . I taught myself Picot edging using my Harmony guide to crochet. I used it on some UFO blanket squares in the hope I might actually make something from them…not as yet…

Picot Edging

Picot Edging

July Challenge – Like June, July was filled with rambles, beach trips and sunshine. Like June, I used my UFO blanket squares, this time for Popcorn Stitch. 

Popcorn Stitch

Popcorn Stitch

August Challenge – In August we went on our wonderful camping holiday to Wales. It was amazing! I spent much of the drive working on Itaca. Later on that month whilst making a Hello Kitty toy (which I still haven’t finished :/ ) I learned a method for Jogless Stripes. 

Attempt at Jogless Stripes

Jogless Stripes

September Challenge – Another holiday, this time to Scotland. Made lots of progress on Itaca during the 4hr drive. Finally got a sewing machine and learned how to set it up  and thread it. A bit cheaty possibly as it’s not a knitting or crochet skill but I’m having it lol.


October Challenge – Another crochet stitch this month, this time using HDC (half double crochet)   to to whip up this gorgeous baby hat.

Baby Hat using HDC

Baby Hat using HDC

I also finished Itaca (except for binding) and made a lovely vintage crochet collar.

November Challenge – My shells for Itaca arrived in the post and so for the first time I tried binding of with beads. It was easy peasy and looks fantastic

Binding off with shell beads

Binding off with shell beads

December Challenge – This challenge also involved a long running project , The Weather Scarf. Now finished I added a fringe using every colour in the scarf. Here is the finished scarf with each month labelled and here’s a handy key to decipher my 2013 in temperatures.

Grey – 0-5 Blue 5-10

Yellow 11-15 Green 16-20 

Orange 21-25 Pink 25-30


And so that was my 2013 Challenge. I’m so pleased with all the projects I’ve made and new skills I’ve learned this year.  Whats your favourite project from 2013?

I’m so excited  for 2014. I’m off to master Tunisian Crochet for my blanket!


  1. Knit and Purl Garden · January 5, 2014

    You’ve done so well with your pledge! Fab projects. The weather scarf is such a great idea! – are you going to make another one for 2014?

    • epicyarns · January 5, 2014

      Thank you! I’m not sure about doing another scarf this year, I may do but it won’t be the same as this one.

  2. Gobetween · January 5, 2014

    Well done. I haven’t done anything for the past 15 years and now suddenly I feel inspired again to do some knitting and crocheting. This post makes me feel like I have a lot to learn. http://craftyprojectsilike.wordpress.com/

    • epicyarns · January 6, 2014

      Thank you! Yes there’s so many talented crafters out there, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. The Twisted Yarn · January 5, 2014

    Love the entrelac bag, in particular.

    • epicyarns · January 6, 2014

      Thanks. Its one of my favourites too. Surprisingly easy as well. 🙂

  4. Chris · January 6, 2014

    Great summary of your achievements this year!

  5. cleo14 · January 6, 2014

    You inspired me to start a weather scarf for this year. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out. We’ve had some crazy weather already this year.

    • epicyarns · January 6, 2014

      Hurray! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Its amazing to look back over it and see the years weather 🙂

  6. caityrosey · January 11, 2014

    Looks like you accomplished a lot this year. I’ll have to try binding off with beads someday.

    • epicyarns · January 11, 2014

      Thanks! I really enjoyed doing the beads on that shawl,they look so pretty too!

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