It seems as though I am always looking for a better way to get my crochet and other projects organized. Lately, I have been on a binder system binge. I bought one binder to keep all the household records, menu planning, and such all organized together. I like the way that is turning out and decided to take on another area that needed to be worked on….my crochet & knitting supplies and patterns.
Years ago, when I was a scrapbook and rubber stamp art instructor, I had a great system that I used for keeping track of all my supplies. I wanted to do something similar with the crochet and knitting that I now do. The first step was a search online to see if anyone else had put together a journal for their supplies and projects. I didn’t want to have to reinvent the wheel if there was a good system already out there. I was thrilled to find a free printable journal for knitting and another for crochet at Katheryn Ivy’s website. The two journals are separate downloads. She also has free printable pages for tracking your supplies, upcoming projects, and shopping wish list page for making larger purchases when taking advantage of sales. In project planning, she also offers a page for joting down notes and another for making sketches of projects that you would like to make. The final page is one that I especially love. She includes a printable chart of all the knitting needle and crochet hook sizes which can help you keep track of what sizes you already have. Armed with these free printables, I am able to put together a binder that will help me stay far more organized. I will be able to see at a glance which projects I already have purchased the supplies for.
I am thinking about having the binder set up in sections. One for crochet and the other for knitting. For each of these two sections, there will be subsections using the above listed forms. This will allow me to keep the two craft methods separate. I did a search on Pinterest for crochet stitch charts and found some great printable graphs and charts that I can print off and add to the binder as well. Some of the charts I found include the cross-reference charts for US and UK stitches, stitch pattern diagrams, and a nice stitch sampler that shows & labels each of the basic stitched used in crochet. This is a great resource to have for those times when you set aside a WIP only to forget which stitch you were using. Similarly, I found some great reference charts for knitting as well on Pinterest.
While I was at it, I found reference charts for making hats, slippers, and blankets sizes. For example, a head sizing chart for making crocheted hats in sizes newborn to adult can be found on the Tot Toppers website. These charts will make a nice quick reference for me to have on hand when making or planning a project.
Some extra forms that I am including in the binder are: Yarn Ball band labels for those times when you lose one, Yarn Stash inventory sheets, and my own Pattern Index form to keep track of the patterns.
I am looking forward to having this binder all printed out and completed. It may not help me to finish my projects any faster, but it will cut down on the number of times that I inadvertently make a duplicate purchase of my basic supplies.
The journal will also be a great companion binder to my patterns binder. Currently, I have a 3-ring binder which I am storing the patterns that I have printed off from sites like Ravelry. I have them organized into categories with the first section being my WIPs.