Tasha Margette Reynolds

How to Conquer Your Crochet WIPS like a Pro!

How to Conquer Your Crochet Wips Like a Pro

Hello Makers! We’ve all been there…if you’re like me, you have about 10 WIPS laying around. One in the living room, two in the bedroom, three or four in the dining room…yes, we see you. 😊. Conquering your crochet wips is a constant challenge because it’s so hard to stay focused when the creative juices get flowing. I find myself getting distracted by so many things, like seeing another pretty yarn to work with, setting it down and starting another project, or thinking “jeez, this is going to take way too long to finish!” I know it’s hard, but you can do it by using some of these simple tips.

 

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The first thing you need to do to conquer those WIPS is to…

 

Try to Avoid Distractions

 

Avoiding distractions while crocheting is kind of hard right? People don’t always respect the crocheter, am I right? “Hey, what are you making?” – oh, I love talking crochet, so I don’t always mind a question or two about what I’m making, but it is a bit distracting.

 

Although, in a perfect world, we could all hideaway in a sunny room, with a nice breeze and a warm coffee. However, it isn’t a perfect world, the best way to avoid those distractions is to find a secluded part of your home, preferably with a door, so you can hideaway. I try to keep my room well lit, and I position my chair so it faces away from the yarn stash so I’m not tempted to grab another project.

 

Another great tip is to be vocal about your intentions with your loved ones. If you need to finish a project fast, and distractions will prevent you from meeting your goals, then make sure to tell your loved ones you need this time to crochet.

 

Get Motivated!

 

Motivation is a hard thing to come by when you have a lot to do, but if you sit down and envision your project completed, it is good motivation. Sometimes I find myself staring at the unfinished piece in front of me, all I need to spark a bit of motivation is looking at a picture of the finished piece. Another great motivation technique is to set a picture of the person you are making it for nearby while you crochet it. When you feel yourself getting distracted, just glance over and remember why you’re crocheting it, and who you are crocheting it for 😊.

 

 



 

Join a Crochet-A-Long also known as a CAL

 

Joining a crochet-a-long is a great way to conquer and finish a WIP because you’re working alongside other crocheters who inspire each other to finish, and help each other work through the pattern, which is wonderful. Crochet designers who offer free patterns and some paid patterns will host crochet-a-longs either on their blogs or in a group on Ravelry & Facebook. Happily Hooked is hosting a crochet-a-long right now, and this CAL is exclusive to our subscribers.  We are creating a temperature blanket, which is a project where you crochet just a few rows at a time, predetermined colors to match the temperature of the day. It’s a lot of fun! Subscribe to Happily Hooked, then come join the CAL here.

 

Here are a few links to some more Crochet Along groups and websites:

 

Crochet-A-Long-With-US!

This group is a collaborative of 18 designers who rotate out CALs throughout the year.

 

Here is a website called Crochet Along.com, and you may have already heard of Stitch Together, which is another great place to join a crochet along.

Create a Goal or Approximate End Date!

 

Setting a goal seems like an easy one, right? I don’t know about you, but deadlines have the word dead in them and seem a bit grim, so let’s call it a goal date! Be realistic about your goal date. Give yourself plenty of time to complete it in a realistic time frame so you don’t become disappointed in yourself. There is nothing worse than setting a goal and not meeting it. It can cause undue stress and remember that crocheting is meant to relax you and destress.

One tip for setting a realistic timeline is to time your row. I do this often if I want to get an idea of how long a project will take. I will start the timer, and begin to crochet. When I reach 2 finished rows or rounds, I’ll grab my calculator and do a little math. 1 row at 5 minutes and my project is 86 rows tall…that means, if I keep up that speed, then I will finish in 7 hours or so. This way you can figure out if you want to speed up your crocheting or not.

 

The formula for figuring this out is:

 

(time for 1 row ) * (number of rows left) / 60 minutes = hours until finish time.

 

example: (5 * 86) / 60 = 7.17 hours

 

Stay Organized!

Organizing is kind of my specialty, although, on the flip side, I can also be scatterbrained and unorganized. I seem to be great at organizing and messing up my neat piles simultaneously.  It’s not lost on me if you have trouble with this one. Recently, I discovered the gallon-sized Ziploc bags work GREAT for organizing projects with more than one skein or color. I put the yarn in the bags and poke a hole in it and draw the yarn through.  Then, I throw the pattern and the hook inside the bag, and it is ready to go with me anywhere. Using a sharpie to write the hook size on the bag, and the name of the project is helpful too. You can certainly add more information to the bag, like the date you started or who you are giving it to as well.

 

Another great way of organizing crochet projects is to use plastic or wooden bins. I have a WIP shelf where I keep small bins, and each one contains a WIP. You can organize these by date, or just grab one from the shelf and work on it slowly. This leads me to the next helpful tip…

 

Rotating Your WIPS!

 

What is rotating your WIPS? Well, it is just like it sounds. If you get bored working the same project and want to spice it up a little bit, grab another bag or bin.  You can work on another project for a few hours. You can even set up a WIP schedule and work a lot a different amount of time for each WIP. Rotating my WIPS helps me feel like I’m making progress on each project.

 

 



 

Make a Crochet Movie Night!

 

When you have a lot of unfinished crochet to finish, it is easy to procrastinate or feel overwhelmed. Don’t let the amount of work stop you from finishing those projects. One thing I do, and I’m sure you do too, throw on Netflix and crochet away. Crocheting while watching a movie or listening to music is a lot of fun, too. I haven’t tried listening to an audiobook and crocheting yet, but that’s another great way to conquer your work in progress. It’s also a great way to do some “reading” at the same time. There are also some great crochet podcasts out there to listen to while you’re conquering that project.

 

Create Rewards for Yourself.

 

This one is a little tricky. Creating a reward for yourself can easily turn disastrous if you decide to reward yourself with candy or sugary treats. This can lead to packing on a few pounds lol 😊. Here are a few non-fat rewards!

 

  1. Gift yourself that new hand-dyed yarn you’ve been eye-balling, you’ve earned it!
  2. A new fancy crochet hook.
  3. A subscription to Happily Hooked Magazine 😉. (had to throw that one in there!)
  4. A new yarn bag.

 

How do you conquer your WIPS? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crocheting!

 

 

 

How to Conquer Your Crochet Wips Like a Pro

Tasha Margette Reynolds

www.happilyhooked.com

I am a crochet blogger & designer, so happy to be a part of the Happily Hooked Team! In my spare time, I love to roller skate and spend time with my family, and crochet my heart away.

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