A Note From the Editor
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!
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.