Can you believe it’s October already?? In just a few weeks, it’ll be Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas! There’s so much to be made in these next few months and I am ready! Last year, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I made new knitting and crochet projects, but I wasn’t organized and I didn’t plan ahead. As a result, I didn’t get as much done as I hoped. This year, I’ve got it all under control with My Knit & Crochet Project Planner. This little planner has everything I need to stay on top of gift ideas, pattern designs, resources, and all the sizings I usually have to double- and triple check. This planner is going to be my best friend, especially for the next few months.
How do you guys organize your daily life? I have to do lists and a planner when it comes to my blog and business. I use it everyday to figure out when posts need to go up, what I have left to do for each post and then to track how I did each month. To rack my running, I use an app; it helps me to push myself a little further and reminds me to run when I don’t want to. Planners and tracking tools have made my life easier, so when I realized I needed a crafty project planner, I looked everywhere for one.
There were planners with crafty themes and stickers, but nothing that really addressed the things I needed as a knitter and crochet. So, I made my own and included all of those things I needed and wanted to track. I wanted a planner that could help me with all aspects of my crocheting, whether it was for business reasons or just for me. So this 23-page planner is PACKED with pages to make designing patterns faster, keeping WIPs organized, and getting more done.
Inside the Project Planner
Project Keeper Pages
One of the main reasons I needed this planner was to have a place to write down everything about the patterns I was working on, whether they were my own or someone else’s. I can’t tell you how many times I put a project down and forgot what hook went with each project. I would pick up the wrong hook, work a few rows and realize it looked off before I realized why. And then I’d guess at the right hook.
The first pages I designed are to record everything about the pattern so I don’t have that problem anymore. There are spaces to write down all the details about the pattern and where I got it, what yarn and hooks I used, and whether or not I made any customizations/changes to the pattern. This is super helpful in case I need to recreate it, like with my One-Piece Cardigan.
Pattern Designing Pages
Since I design a lot of patterns, I wanted to make the process more streamlined and remind myself of all the information I need to include. These pattern designing pages give me a place to jot down ideas, sketch a concept or even attach a swatch if I want to come back to it. There are places to write down what I used, how long it took me, to note down tips so I can include them in my patterns, and even give myself a deadline so I stay on track. Then, of course, there’s a page for me to actually write my pattern down.
Needle + Hook Sizes
This project planner isn’t just for tracking projects, though. I have tons of hooks and needles, all in different sizes and sometimes I forget if I have a certain size. Also, I can never remember the US sizing and the metric sizing, and my hooks don’t always say both. I don’t think I should have to remember that so I created pages to have that information for me. All the metric sizes, USA sizes and UK sizes are listed side by side along with a spot for me to check that I own that hook. There’s even a pages for knitting needles and on there I can say whether I have the straight needles, circulars or DPNs. Now, I can buy only what I need and not end up with doubles that I don’t need.
Speaking of buying only what you need… let’s talk yarn stash. I know you have more yarn than you think you do and you still buy more. Sometimes you just can’t resist. But I wanted a way to see the yarn that I had so that I could plan my projects accordingly. I didn’t want to buy 6 balls of yarn in X color if I already had that somewhere in my stash. It would be a waste of money, and I want to be able to utilize everything I have. This project planner is meant to help get things under control and the yarn stash needed it the most. I can jot down ALL the information about the yarn I have: the amount/ball, how much I have, the dye lot, the fiber content, and anything else I need. Then, before I buy, I can check if I already have something.
To Do Lists & Inspiration
These are pretty straightforward pages in the project planner. One is a to do list where I can write down all the projects I have yet to do. I left enough room there to write out what the project is and what supplies I’ll need to for it. This way, it’s in one place and I can prioritize where to start (usually with what I have). When I finish, I just check it off.
The ideas & inspiration page is my favorite. I’m always coming up with new pattern ideas, and I usually just write out the name I’d give it. But then I forget what it was meant to be. Or, I see something that inspired me but need to work out the idea a bit more. This is the brain dump page where I can just write it all out and describe what I’m going for. I like to write down the colors and stitches I’ll use and what gave me the idea, but you can add anything you like.
Custom Order Tracker
If you make items for sale, this page is for you. You can track everything the customer ordered, how many they ordered, if they made an special requests or colors, etc. Then, write down how much the materials cost you, how much you charge the customer for the item, whether they paid, if you offered a discount and any other additional customer info. I get a lot of custom orders and having each order listed out helps me keep track of it. It also makes dealing with customers easier, because I have everything written down and can return to it in case there’s a problem or if they want to reorder the same thing.
Next is the collection of resources pages included in the project planner. I love these. I can’t do anything without these and I know you’re going to love them as much as I do.
One page is a blank areas to fill your own favorite books, websites, designers, shops, etc. This is to help you remember where you love to go for help and information and what you find the most useful.
There are guides for crochet abbreviations, listing the most common USA and UK terms along with what they mean. I covered stitch abbreviations, pattern abbreviations, and measurement abbreviations. There is a also knitting abbreviations guide with the same information but for knitting. I included as much as I could think of as well as ideas from you guys, but there is also a blank sheet for you to add your own and make it really as helpful as it can be.
There is a laundry care cheat sheet, which I love. It includes images of all those symbols you see on yarn and fabric along with information on what it means.
And lastly, there are two sizing guides
You may already know about The Ultimate Guide to Sizing Hats that I came out with before, but if you don’t, you’re going to love it. You’ll never make a hat that doesn’t fit your recipient again with this guide. It lists every age and size and all the measurements you need to make a hat that fits perfectly. So whether you’re working top down or from the bottom up, this guide will make sure your hats fit.
The second sizing guide is for blankets and throws. I make a lot of baby blankets, and I just make them as big as I want. But sometimes, you need an exact size or an estimate for how big a queen throw is. This blanket sizing guide lists all the sizes from loveys and swaddle blanket to king sized throws.
I almost forgot to mention these! At the end, I also included divider pages to make your project planner or pattern binder easier to organize. I know a lot of you print out your patterns or have your own resources already. Print this planner out, hole punch it and stick it in a binder to organize all your patterns and resources in one place. These last few pages are to divide the binder into sections. You can separate your crochet patterns, you knitting patterns, the resource pages, supply pages, etc so your binder stay neat.
This whole thing, all these pages and resources and guides, are available in My Knit & Crochet Project Planner. I’m so proud of this and I turn it to over and over again to help me out. I’m a crafter, so I know the things we look for. I searched high and low for something like this but I always came up short. There was always something more I wish other planners included and this is one that I’m completely over-the-moon happy with.
It’s available in my Etsy shop now. And, if you get the project planner by October 9th, you’ll also get my Handmade with Love tags (in blue) for free.
Keep an eye out on the shop becauses there is going to be a lot being added over the next few months! Be sure to favorite it so you don’t miss out. I’ll see you guys soon!