Hello, friends! Welcome to 2017! It’s been a little quiet around here the past couple weeks as I took a bit of a vacation, and I have to say, it was amazing! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and got in lots of fun and resting up. Are you still feeling fired up on those new goals for the new year? I am super excited to attack my goals for this year, but first, I wanted to take a minute to look back at the past year.
I have done one of these posts almost every year that I have been blogging, and I always like to see which posts have been the most popular (you can check out 2015’s top posts HERE). This year’s top posts were, as usual mostly crochet posts, but there were a few other crafty posts mixed in. 2016 was also the year of the video for me. I really started making videos last January, and it has been a great way for me to stretch and learn new skills. Two of my top posts were actually posts just announcing new videos (Foundation Single Crochet Video & Black Cat Slouch Hat Video), and I decided to leave those off the list. (Psst – If you haven’t subscribed to my youtube channel yet, you totally should. Lots of new videos planned for 2017!)
Okay, let’s get to the list!
Honorable mention – DIY Cat Shoes
These were the number 11 post, and I just had to include them because I love them, and I wanted to squeeze another non-crochet project onto the list. I shared lots of fun vinyl projects this year as I was working on my Silhouette vinyl class that launched in November, and this is one that did pretty well. If I have learned anything from my Black Cat Slouch Hat Pattern, people love their cat crafts! 😉
Number 10 – Crochet Flower Hair Combs
Of course, I love all kinds of crochet, but miniature crochet has a special place in my heart. These dainty little floral hair combs are so simple to make and so, so pretty!
Number 9 – Windowpane Plaid Scarf Pattern
Plaid has definitely been having a moment lately, and this super simple scarf can help you recreate the trend SO easily. Seriously, friends, this is an easy scarf.
Number 8 – Sweet Shop Lapel Pins
These sweet DIY pins are a variation on my popular DIY emoji pins. They make a great gift and are super easy to make. Can you guess what the simple secret is to easy DIY pins?
Number 7 – Embroidered Canvas Wall Art
I really love this DIY art project, and I was very happy that at least some of you seemed to like it too! I love the movement and texture it has, and it is really easy to make – no special artistic skills required.
Number 6 – How to Crochet the Shell Stitch
In 2016 I shared a few stitch tutorials for some of my all-time favorite stitches. The Shell Stitch is really my go-to stitch for getting a pretty, lacy look easily.
Number 5 – The Trillium Crochet Scarf
Oh, the Trillium Scarf. It’s definitely my pattern with the coolest name, and, I think, one of the prettiest I have made too. It is a bit time consuming, but the finished product is worth the effort, in my opinion.
If you have ever wondered how to create perfect looking custom mugs and tea cups, this is the post for you. I’m laying down all the steps for perfectly transferring delicate vinyl designs to mugs, plus sharing free cut files so you can make your own awesome “hot stuff” mug (that one’s my fave).
Number 3 – How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch
The Lemon Peel Stitch is another one of my go-to stitch patterns. I use it any time I want a simple, easy-to-remember stitch that will give me loads of squishy texture.
Number 2 – Color Block Crochet Baskets
These simple crochet baskets have a subtle colorblocking technique that I just love. Plus, they hold a special place in my heart because they were the project that won me a spot a the Michael’s Makers’ Summit, which was one of my very favorite trips of 2016.
And, finally… DRUMROLL!
Number 1 – 30 Minute Crochet Hat
It was no surprise to me that this was my top post of last year. Even though I only posted this guy in October, it has really taken off in the past couple months, and of course it would! Who doesn’t want to start and finish and awesome hat in the time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite TV show?
I have so loved seeing all the photos of your finished hats! If you have made one (or made any of my projects), I want to see it! Facebook and Instagram are the easiest way to share your photos with me. And, seriously, please do. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see them.
Thanks for strolling back through 2016 with me, friends. I know it was a rough year for a lot of people and for a lot of reasons, but there was some good in there too, I think. Were any of these posts your favorite? Did you miss any of them? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
Happy New Year and Happy Making!