December 2016- Sneak Peek!

Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the great holiday projects you’ll find in the December 2016 issue of Crochet World. I know, we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving in front of us on the calendar, but if you are like me, you enjoy making handmade gifts, and you need time to get that accomplished!


When the weather starts getting colder, I begin to think of all the wonderful gifts I would like to make for friends and family. A handmade gift is a sign of my love, so I take my time choosing just the right project to make for each person.

The December issue is filled with gift-worthy projects for everyone on your list. You’ll also find some wonderful projects for making your home extra special for the holidays too.

Holiday Traditions Wreath Designed by Lynn Wasylkevych Crochet World, December 2016

Holiday Traditions Wreath
Designed by Lynn Wasylkevych
Crochet World, December 2016

The Designer Spotlight project features the Holiday Traditions Wreath. This one is on my list to make! This wreath would look pretty on your front door or over the fireplace.


Countdown to Christmas Designed by Lynn Wasylkevych December 2016, Crochet World

Countdown to Christmas
Designed by Lynn Wasylkevych
Crochet World, December 2016

A quick and easy project, Countdown to Christmas not only can be used as a garland to decorate your Christmas tree or mantle, the little packages can also be used individually as ornaments to hold small gifts or as a decoration on a wrapped gift.


Cool Stripes Beanie Designed by Agnes Russell Crochet World, December 2016

Cool Stripes Beanie
Designed by Agnes Russell
Crochet World, December 2016

How about a quick gift idea for everyone on your list? The Cool Stripes Beanie comes in three sizes to accommodate children, teens and adults. This slouchy style crochets quickly in a fun yarn that keeps it interesting. The stripes are built right into King Cole’s Splash DK so no color changes!


Winter's Eve Throw Designed by Beth Hulevitch Crochet World, December 2016

Winter’s Eve Throw
Designed by Beth Hulevitch
Crochet World, December 2016

You might want to make this motif afghan for that special guy on your list. The Winter’s Eve Throw is a handsome choice in red, black and shades of gray, and would be just as stunning in shades of blue and white!


Modern Baby Sweater Set Designed by Lena Skvagerson Crochet World, December 2016

Modern Baby Sweater Set
Designed by Lena Skvagerson
Crochet World, December 2016

And if you have a baby girl on your gift list, you’ll want to make the Modern Baby Sweater Set. So cute in pink, and sophisticated with grey fur-like yarn for the collar and cuffs.

There are 15 more projects for gift-giving, home decorating and your wardrobe! The digital version is now on sale. Or look for the magazine on sale November 1 at your local big craft store, Barnes & Noble or Walmart.

Happy Crocheting!

Looking for even more crochet inspiration and ideas? Try a free issue of Crochet World magazine on us! Click here

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505 Motifs Make A Shawl!

Some crochet projects start out full speed ahead and then find their way to the bottom of our “to do” list. It happens to all of us. We’re all excited about a new project, we find the perfect pattern, choose just the right yarn and dive in! Then life gets in the way, we might have trouble with the pattern, or worse yet, we run out of yarn!

I started the shawl not knowing how many motifs it would actually take. It was all quite innocent. I was going to make something with all the lovely Koigu hand-dyed fingering weight yarn my friend had sent me from her yarn shop. She makes beautiful knitting kits from Koigu and always has bits and pieces left over. I would use up those lovely bits and crochet something for her shop.

A lovely gift from a friend Koigu scraps!

A lovely gift from a friend – Koigu scraps!

That was last year, right around the time we announced a Crochet Along with Denise LaVoie using her Gradient Flower Cowl from the Crochet! magazine newsstand special, From Scraps to Sensational.


And so the perfect project took shape! At first I thought I would make a cowl or maybe a scarf. But I got so caught up in all the luscious colorful scraps that I just had to make a shawl!


All that excitement was back in August 2015. Time marched on and life got in the way. Christmas presents to crochet, then spring and summer gardening, a kitchen remodel… and so it sat in a basket by my chair.

An email from my friend the first week of September asking if the shawl would be ready for her to display at the 7th Annual Fiber Festival of New England at the beginning of November got me moving again!


And so here it is, all 505 motifs crocheted in join-as-you-go fashion with every end sewn in! A labor of love? You bet! But it was worth it!


I Love Yarn Day is Here!


The sixth annual I LOVE YARN DAY will take place this Saturday, October 15 and to celebrate the yarn industry will come together for another year of “stitching it forward” and spreading the love of yarn world-wide.

Fiber fans across the globe are encouraged to share their affection for yarn and stitch it forward by teaching at least one newbie to yarn-craft and experience its feel good benefits. Whether people prefer to knit it, crochet it, spin it, weave it or stitch it, the goal is for every yarn-crafter to share their know-how and love of yarn with someone new on October 15th. And then post it, tweet it, pin it and share it on social media with the hashtags #StitchItForward and #iloveyarnday to celebrate and motivate others to join in the fun!

“Most people remember that one person who taught them their first stitch or helped them complete their first project and how learning to knit or crochet made them feel,” said Craft Yarn Council Executive Director Jenny Bessonette. “We want to encourage people to reminisce about that and pass along the joys of learning to someone else.”

There are many ways one can stitch it forward for I LOVE YARN DAY 2016. For inspiration, including the official celebration countdown and ideas and tips for teaching others how to knit and crochet, free patterns, yarn party ideas, contests with fiber-fabulous prizes, and more, people are encouraged to visit I LOVE YARN DAY 2016’s website at and social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest regularly.

“People don’t have to be experts to participate,” said Bessonette. “This celebration is for everyone in the industry who experiences the feel-good facets of yarn – from individual yarn-crafters and yarn shops to designers, manufactures and more – to enjoy. All that’s required is a passion for yarn and a desire to have fun.”

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Crochet Help is Just a Click Away!

Has this ever happened to you? You’re crocheting along just fine and you come across an abbreviation or technique that you have never heard of before. Or you buy a pattern only to find it uses UK terminology. Or you say to yourself, “If someone would just show me how to do that stitch, I could finish my project!”

Help is just a click away! If you are not familiar with Annie’s Stitch Guides, make sure you check them out! There are seven guides covering tips and techniques for everything from crochet to knitting to quilting and more!

Today I’ll give you a short tour of the Crochet Stitch Guide and point out a few things you may have missed.

If you are just learning to crochet you may want to check out the link on How to Crochet. You’ll find videos, written instructions and illustrations to guide you through each step.


If you are a more advanced crocheter and want to perfect your skills, check out the link that covers different Crochet Techniques. One of the most popular links is the Slip Ring or Magic Ring. Watch expert teacher and editor of Crochet! magazine, Ellen Gormley demonstrate how to make a perfect slip ring each time!


Do you know how to make chainless joins when beginning a new color? Sometimes referred to as “standing joins” this technique will eliminate that noticeable color change especially when working in the round.


Do you want to explore Tunisian crochet? Learn the basics here for free!


You’ll also find tutorial videos for dozen of stitches. Learn how to crochet the Crocodile Stitch, or Solomon’s Knot. Find out the difference between a Front Post and a Back Post.

You can also learn about the Importance of Gauge, or try your hand at Symbol Crochet. Or find out why your pattern is calling for a #4 worsted weight yarn. You can even find a comparison chart for US and UK crochet terminology!


Next time you have a crochet question, check out the Annie’s Crochet Stich Guide. And make sure you bookmark this handy free resource!

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2016 CGOA Hall of Fame Winner



Doris Chan is the 2016 recipient of the coveted CGOA/Jean Leinhauser Hall of Fame award. She was inducted with great fanfare at the recent Excellence in Crochet event at the Crochet Guild of America-sponsored Chain Link Crochet Conference held in North Charleston, South Carolina.

With over 200 in attendance for the much-anticipated program, Doris accepted her honor with pride and gratitude to CGOA. Former Presidents of the Board of Directors, Marcy Smith and Cari Clement, spoke about Doris’ inspiration not only to her “posse” of admirers, but also to all crocheters throughout her career.

Upon taking the stage, Doris told the story of her first Chain Link  crochet conference, in Manchester, New Hampshire (2004). “Coming to the annual Chain Link is like coming home to a place where people speak my language,” related Doris.  “It’s here that it became clear to me why I do what I do.”

Honoring the legacy that Doris has created for the crochet world made this annual event a night to remember! We congratulate Doris, and eagerly look forward to filling our “To-Do” lists with her latest designs!

The Hall of Fame committee welcomes your suggestions for the 2017 nominating process. To give us your ideas, please click here:

An author as well as a designer, Doris has contributed many designs to Annie’s publications over the years including this pretty tank top.

Harmony Bamboo Tank Crochet! Spring 2015

Harmony Bamboo Tank
Crochet! Spring 2015

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