A Note From the Editor

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In au­tumn, it seems that our view out the win­dow changes daily. As the col­ors of the trees shift and trans­form, the wide range of vi­brant hues on dis­play is stun­ning. Maybe it's time for our cro­chet projects to shift and trans­form too! Have your cro­chet projects fallen into a one- color rut? For me, it can be easy to set­tle into a rou­tine of choos­ing just one color for projects, es­pe­cially for gar­ments. Some projects are stun­ning in just one color—the Ch­est­nut Cir­cu­lar Throw is a gor­geous ex­am­ple of this—but to cus­tom­ize a pro­ject and make it unique, adding a sec­ond color is just enough va­ri­ety to add so­phis­ti­ca­tion and crisp­ness, just like the au­tumn air. In this is­sue, there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties to make projects your own by adding unique color com­bi­na­tions. The Color-Block Chic Pullover, the Head-Hug­ger Head­band, the Even­tide Ta­ble Mat and the First Frost Throw are all projects that you can trans­form with your fa­vorite color com­bi­na­tion.

If you find choos­ing col­ors is dif­fi­cult, like try­ing to choose a fa­vorite ice cream, let the yarn do all the work for you! In the dra­matic Bril­liant Fo­liage Shawl and the Cut- Diamond Cardi­gan, beau­ti­ful mul­ti­col­ored yarn with long color changes may look like ad­vanced col­or­work, but each pro­ject uses just one var­ie­gated yarn.

Take your cue from the sea­son and al­low col­ors to trans­form your cro­chet projects from a solid land­scape to a bril­liant one!

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I com­pletely agree, Opal. Time to stitch is pre­cious! I never know when snip­pets of free time might be­come avail­able. I of­ten keep an on­go­ing pro­ject in my car to have handy just in case 10-15 min­utes of time opens up while I'm out tak­ing care of fam­ily er­rands.

I just wanted to share a photo with all of you of the new sweater I made for my­self from the win­ter 2014 is­sue of your won­der­ful mag­a­zine. It is the Crushed Berries Pullover, and I made match­ing hand warm­ers also.

I love Cro­chet! mag­a­zine. I can hardly wait for the next one. I love your va­ri­ety of projects.

I love Cro­chet! mag­a­zine be­cause it seems that I cro­chet more than one pro­ject in al­most ev­ery is­sue. Thanks!

I en­joy the va­ri­ety of cro­chet items in Cro­chet! mag­a­zine, and the photos, in­struc­tions and di­a­grams are very help­ful. I'm es­pe­cially thank­ful for the photos in the back that show all the projects in one place. I keep my Cro­chet! mag­a­zine open to that page all the time to make it eas­ier to find the projects I want quickly and easily!

Thank you Dawn, Trinita and Claire. I think our de­sign­ers and edit­ing team are GREAT.

I love look­ing at the pat­terns and pic­tures in your mag­a­zine, but I am in­tim­i­dated by the idea of ac­tu­ally start­ing the pro­ject. I'm not con­fi­dent in my self-taught level of tech­niques, and I don't have a lo­cal teacher.

I en­joy the mag­a­zine, and I'm look­ing for­ward to try­ing some of the pat­terns, as well as learn­ing new stitches.

Thank you for writ­ing, Doreen! Ev­ery cro­cheter I know has sto­ries of mishaps and mis­takes along the jour­ney of learn­ing to cro­chet. Ev­ery pro­ject teaches us some­thing new. You'll gain con­fi­dence as you make swatches be­fore each pro­ject. Re­fer to the Stitch Guide in the back of each is­sue and help­ful tips and tu­to­ri­als on the Stitch Guide tab at An­niesYarnShop.com.

If you're look­ing for cute cro­cheted an­i­mals, check out Gooney Birds. Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1983, Gooney Birds is among An­nie's most- re­quested pat­tern books. Chock- full of per­son­al­ity and at­ti­tude, these six birds will put a smile on the face of any­one who sees them. Worked in worsted- weight yarn, de­signs in­clude: Ophe­lia Ostrich, Per­ci­val Pel­i­can, Ty­rone Tou­can, Pierre Par­rot, Or­son Owl and Bernard Buz­zard.

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