Wow! What an honor and a privilege to bring you the 40th anniversary issue of Crochet World! I have to say this celebration has more to do with our loyal readers, our great designers and all the editors who, from the very beginning, were the creative voices that brought you all the best of our favorite craft and pastime! I just get to be the one who announces the celebration! For this special issue, we’re stepping back in time to 1978 and the very first issues of Crochet World ever to be published to show you how those “old patterns” can still be used to crochet timeless designs! In our Crochet World Then & Now chapter we feature four designs that were re-stitched with yarns available today for a totally new and updated look! We took a pillow pattern and reworked it in super bulky yarn to create a colorful wall mandala. Our Anniversary Wrap originally appeared in the June 1978 issue and proves that shawls are just as popular today as they were 40 years ago! Designer Lori Zeller took inspiration from an old thread lace pattern featured in the very first issue to create her stunning and colorful Color Wheel Table Mat. And finally, in this chapter we’re featuring the third most popular Crochet World pattern on Ravelry, the Hooded Cable Sweater from the February 1998 issue.
And while it’s fun looking over the old issues, the thing I love most about crochet is that it is an ever-evolving form of craft and art! Creative designers and stitchers are always coming up with new ideas and techniques to inspire and challenge us to grow in creativity and skill.
In our Crochet Wrap Party chapter you’ll find all of that and more! Try your hand at Tunisian entrelac as you crochet the pretty Garden Steps Shawlette. And on days when you just want to sit back and relax, the Shape-Shifter Shawl with its easy-tomemorize pattern is the perfect choice. This shawl can be worn in multiple ways as the weather or your mood changes! You’ll find two other beautiful designs in this chapter, all perfect for the cool days of spring!
With appreciation for our traditional past and anticipating our exciting future, happy crocheting!