The week between Christmas and New Year’s feels like the no-man’s land of productivity. Where eating leftover sides for breakfast is considered normal, we have “daytime pajamas” and “nighttime pajamas”, and… do we even know what day it is?! Ha!
The other day I had a MUCH needed lunch date with my best friend, and assistant, Sarah to discuss plans and outlook for Heart Hook Home going into 2024. I am SO excited to share what information I can from our meeting with you!
What to Expect in 2024
Heart Hook Home was born in 2016 after years and years of coupon blogging. Talk about taking a sharp turn! Some of the earliest crochet patterns, posts, and tutorials are still the most popular posts of ALL TIME on Heart Hook Home.
Having said that… it is clear to me by reading through blog comments, emails, and messages on various social media platforms, that what everyone really loves about Heart Hook Home is the tutorials. I frequently get comments on my YouTube channel specifically about my no-frills or straight-to-the-point approach to crochet videos.
When 2023 started I had every intention of beefing up my YouTube channel by creating more videos, creating more/better playlists, adding NEW video tutorials to go with my most popular older free crochet patterns, and so much more. Not to mention adding many more written tutorials here on the website as well as NEW crochet patterns.
It was to be the year of the tutorial… And then I was asked to write a collection of crochet patterns using Tunisian Crochet (now available as the Harvest Moon Collection – see all of the designs HERE) and I dropped everything and focused for MONTHS on those new designs.
Do I regret it? No. Do I wish I had had more time to devote to new tutorials and other new designs and patterns? Absolutely!
I love designing new garment designs of varying skill levels and sharing free crochet patterns, particularly those in my year-long crochet series. That will not change. To be honest, I don’t think that could ever change. I have a passion for useful crochet designs and my past series have always tended to focus around that.
Here are links to past crochet series:
So, what am I doing differently going into 2024?
ONLY FREE CROCHET PATTERNS
For the entirety of 2024 I am committing to publishing ONLY free crochet patterns. Yes! All of the new patterns published on Heart Hook Home during 2024 will be released as free patterns. There will be several sweaters, and blankets, and shawls, and all sorts of new designs!
Of course I will still offer the option to purchase the ad-free PDF options from my shops on Ravelry, Etsy, and the Heart Hook Home blog shop. I absolutely appreciate your support! Without you purchasing those printable PDF patterns, what I do here at Heart Hook Home would be impossible.
New Year-Long Crochet Series
The NEW crochet series for 2024 will be all about DOGS! The Dandy Dog Sweater (and the version for large, X-large, and XX-large dogs) has been one of the most-loved crochet designs EVER for HHH and I love to see those happy pups wearing their adorable sweaters. Why not add 12 more amazing dog patterns to the repertoire?
For 2024 I’ll share all kinds of patterns relating to dogs – not just sweaters. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! You’ll be surprised how quickly some of these patterns work up, how adorable or how happy they will be! Some of these patterns are intended to make YOUR life easier while caring for your furry friend. Some of these patterns are designed to make life more comfortable (or more luxurious) for them instead. And really… who doesn’t love to spoil their dogs? I know I do! You’ll be seeing a lot of these two next year I am sure… 🐶🐕🐕🦺
More Live Videos
As you may remember, I used to do weekly live videos on the Heart Hook Home Facebook page. Every Thursday night we would meet for about an hour where we would talk about all of the new designs in the works, new products or yarns I was trying, and general hilarity. We always had so much fun! I suspended those live videos when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. She’s doing GREAT now! ♥
You may also know that life got upended in 2021 when I went through a divorce. The boys and I moved into a small apartment that was in no way conducive to storing my yarn stash much less hosting frequent live videos. Then after 18 months in the apartment we moved into a lovely home where I once again have an office. Small, but it’s there!
Now that life has settled down a bit, I am looking forward to hosting more live videos. Since there will be no premium (paid) patterns published throughout the year, I’ll try to do more frequent live videos to show off what I’m working on, what’s new, and what products I’m trying out next.
Feedback & Suggestions:
If there are any specific types of designs you are looking for, or a particular older crochet pattern of mine that you would love made into a video tutorial, be sure to leave a comment and let me know! I appreciate you and can’t wait to see what the new year brings! 🥂
I can’t wait to dive into more crochet with you!