Crochet plans for 2023…

Hello and welcome to my first blog post of 2023…🥰 I hope you are all well and enjoying some crochet or creativity as the new year gets underway.

I felt it was about time I popped in here, not only to wish you all a positive 2023, but also to keep you lovely people updated on my crochet plans for the year ahead… it’s going to be another crochet filled one!

But let’s also look back… 😍 Reflecting on my crochet achievements in 2022, as well as looking forward to what’s in store for 2023, has been a pleasure.

Sometimes, when one project finishes I’m moving straight onto the next one without even a moment’s pause. When leaping from one project to the next in this way, it’s so easy to forget to look back. But New Year was the perfect opportunity for this and I was pretty impressed at how much I’d designed and been involved with in 2022… it really was a creative and crochet filled year!


In 2022 I visited four yarn festivals, contributing to them in different ways, from doing talks to hosting workshops or contributing a piece of crochet art. There was Yarndale, Spinning Yarns in Northern Ireland, the International Yarn Bombing Festival in Milan, Italy and Carry on Crafting much nearer to home. They were all joyous occasions and it’s always so lovely to get involved and to gather together with like minded people at these events…

And 2023 kicks off with another Yarn Show very very soon! I’ve been invited to open the 10th Waltham Abbey Wool Show on Sunday 15th January 2023. That’s exciting and I can’t quite believe it’s only a week away. It would be lovely to see some of you there if you’re in the area.

And there’s a fun competition which I’ll be judging on the day. Anyone is welcome to enter and there’s more about it here:

I’ve also been invited to contribute a piece of crochet to the very first International Yarn Bombing Festival in Germany at the end of March!

https://www.woolinale.de

Whether I’ll get to Germany myself or not is unknown at this point but my crochet will certainly be there, even if I’m not! 😄

2022 saw 5 new blanket designs including the ‘Postcards with Love’ crochet along which I designed for King Cole and my own ‘Down by the Sea’ crochet along. They were both absolutely wonderful and I adored seeing so many of you crochet along!

A ‘Postcards with Love’ Blanket, crocheted by Jacqueline Angel, even made its way onto the TV screens here in the UK back in October for the 50 year anniversary editions of the long-standing soap Emmerdale. That was quite something when so many of you messaged me to say you’d seen it on the TV and even sent me photos and screenshots…

Emmerdale on the TV! There’s a Postcards with Love Blanket… 😍

And yes, there will of course be more crochet alongs from me in 2023! 😄 In fact one new blanket design has just come off my hooks and is finished, ready to be sent off to who I designed it for. I’m incredibly pleased with it and I can’t wait to share more, probably around April time.

A second blanket design for 2023 is now already in full swing on my hooks behind the scenes. I adore the design stages which I find so exciting as I immerse myself into all the new colours and stitches. This one’s for King Cole – yes, 2023 will see my third blanket design for them and it will probably launch around May time.


In 2022 I designed four crocheted garments, including my daughter’s prom dress which was a definite highlight of my crochet year. I released the pattern for the dress just before Christmas and it’s available in my Ravelry and Etsy stores but the dress deserves a blog post all of its own so look out for that very soon…

In 2023 there will be more garments from me because I’ve just finished a commission for King Cole to design some baby sets including a garment but it’s a very little one! 😄 But even with small garments there’s a lot involved in grading the pattern for different sizes. Watch this space for more on these in the coming months.

I’ve continued to host regular workshops locally at Made and Making and also Yak in Brighton, as well as hosting a workshop at the Sarah Brangwyn (from Made and Making) Crochet Retreat back in October. I always enjoy these very much, being able to share crochet skills up close and meet some of you in person.

New dates have been added for 2023 so do look at their websites…

Made and Making: https://madeandmaking.co.uk/explore-by-category/crochet

YAK: https://yarnandknitting.com/product-category/classes/

Sarah Brangwyn Retreats: https://sarahbrangwynretreats.co.uk/events/crochet-weekend-retreat-2023/

Sarah Brangwyn Crochet Retreat

I was a Granny Square Day Ambassador for Simply Crochet Magazine back in August which was an honour, and there have been plenty of little crochet projects for the magazine in between too…

Wow! 😍 That was a lot of crochet in 2022!

I lost my dear Daddy in August but despite the sadness and turmoil within, I found that ‘Coastal Crochet’ continued to thrive – this must be partly because like so many of you, crochet provides me with such a welcome distraction and focus. It’s really helped me with my grief at times. ❤️

So thank goodness for crochet and thank goodness for the crochet community to share it with… 🥰

I’ve contributed a written journal piece for the next issue of Simply Crochet Magazine, issue 132 which is on sale 24th January. One thing I’ll be talking about is what these balls of yarn modelled next to little Salty will be turned into!!

That’s a project which probably won’t find its way onto my hooks until the Spring time but I’m soooo looking forward to it… in the meantime there’s plenty to keep my hooks busy! 😄

It’s been a pretty dreary start to 2023 weather wise here on the south east coast. Plenty of rain and oh aren’t the mornings dark?! But when the sun came out on 2nd January we enjoyed a beach stroll…

And I even managed a little beachcombing…

There haven’t been too many sunsets to enjoy either but this one on Boxing Day was lovely…

Yes, I continue to be grateful on a daily basis to live so close to the sea…

Thanks as ever for reading and Happy Crocheting Everyone! 🥰❤️

30 comments

  1. Lovely post and wonderful look back. Excited about 2023. Thank you, Eleonora for everything you share with us! Love to you and Salty!

  2. What a fullfilled crochet year, looking forward to finish my first cal ever and it is down by the sea.I love all your designs seeing them gives me joy. You are such a creative person.

  3. Great post ,thankyou ,filled with loads of crocheted goodness and more to come , ending with a great find on the beach ,

  4. Was lovely to see you again this year at Sarah’s Crochet Retreat. I can see me in some of the pictures! Wow, you have been busy last year and plenty planned for 2023. Hope to see yiu again soon x

  5. 2022 was my first year with Coastal Crochet, and I enjoyed immensely!! Looking forward to 2023!

  6. Dear Eleonora, love your blog. I “found” you in 2022 and, as a total novice, I started with Postcards, then Beachcomber, and currently just finishing Picnic on the Beach – one each for my 3 daughters. Also managed to do the CAL Down by the Sea x 2 colour ways – for my sister and best friend as Xmas gifts. I was 80 in September and have so enjoyed your company and the challenge of getting to grips with a new craft (lifelong knitter). Thank you so much for your great tutorials and beautiful designs. Everyone in the family love them especially as we all live beside the sea too. Happy New Year and looking forward to the next adventure!

  7. Your blog is a wonderful gift of a new year—— full of excitement, expectations , waiting for new patterns. Thanks ! Wish a healthy, happy and creative, innovative New Year🙏😊

  8. Happy New Year to you too Eleanora. How lovely to start 2023 with a blog from yourself , not only looking back on 2022 with fondness , but the excitement of what this year might bring to all fellow Crocheters.
    My friend and I have booked our tickets for Waltham Abbey wool show and then we have this year’s #Carryoncrafting festival to look forward to.
    I can’t wait to see your next CAL too . Absolutely loved Down By The Sea.
    Thank you Eleanora for such a lovely blog and may 2023 be a joyous and successful year for you and your family x

  9. Amazing what you have fitted into a year! I loved joining in with your #downbythesea cal in 2022 and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2023 – I am always so inspired by your ideas and designs. Happy new year!

  10. Inspiring as always Eleonora – thank you for your creativity – it supports so many of us in so many ways. Happy New Year!

  11. I have just started the long sleeved jumper but love the poncho. Is there a pattern available please?
    Enjoyed your talk at Yarndale and have already booked my tickets for 2023!!!
    Many thanks

  12. Love your crochet, I find it inspiring and boredom busting…. I’ve got another 3 of your blankets lined up for 2023

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