Summer Crochet Inspiration!

Summer is one of our favorite times to crochet! We love taking our latest project outside, sitting in the sun and enjoying a relaxing afternoon of stitching. Crochet also makes a great travel companion for long car rides or flights to vacation destinations.

Today we would like to share two sources of summer crochet inspiration with you that are sure to inspire you to pick up your crochet hook and get stitching!

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Crochet World magazine’s newsstand special, Creative Crochet in a Day is filled with 40 projects that can be crocheted in 12 hours or less by most crocheters.

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We love the Go Granny Bag designed by Jennifer E. Ryan in Berroco Weekend, a worsted weight cotton/acrylic blend that comes in a great range of colors so you can customize your bag to suit your wardrobe.

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Another one of our favorites from Creative Crochet in a Day is the Easy Days Jacket. Crocheted in Berroco Comfort Chunky this light, short-sleeve jacket is a great transition piece taking you from spring through autumn. Crocheted with a L/11/8mm hook, you’ll find yourself making fast progress!

Great Yarns, Great Styles to Crochet, the latest newsstand special from Crochet! magazine is filled with inspiring projects crocheted from a variety beautiful yarns that showcase each design to its best advantage.

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We love the Waterfall Swing Jacket designed by Lorna Miser in Malabrigo Rios, a beautiful hand-painted worsted yarn. Or crochet it in Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable for stunning results that are easy care! This popular and versatile style is the perfect way to finish off an outfit for work, or wear it with jeans for a trendy look.

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A fun and quick project, the Bohemian Shawlette is sure to become a favorite spring and summer accessory. Crocheted in Heritage 150 prints from Cascade Yarns, you’ll want to make more than one! Make a second one in a solid color like Premier Yarns Cotton Fair to change the look. You’ll find yourself grabbing this cute shawlette to dress up an outfit or take the chill off when the air-conditioning is blasting!

Be sure and check out both of these best-selling issues that we feel sure will give you lots of inspiring ideas for your next project. Go to the Annie’s catalog website to see more patterns to crochet this summer!

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What’s New At Annie’s Craft Store

Most crocheters love to try out new patterns, tools and yarn, so today we are featuring a few new products from the Annie’s catalog website.

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Currently the #1 best seller is a pattern that was just released at the beginning of this month. The Oceano Circular Vest is not only fun and easy to crochet, but you’ll enjoy wearing this transitional piece now and during the first cool days of summer too! This popular vest is from the Annie’s Signature Designs Summer Love Lookbook Collection.

 

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Also on the top ten best seller’s list this week is A Year of Dishcloths. This pattern book includes 52 different patterns, many themed for the different seasons of the year. Dishcloths make great gifts and are fun take-along projects to stitch during warmer weather.

 

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We love this new yarn bowl from Yarn Valet! This handy little bowl with it’s suction ring on the bottom will stay put and keep your yarn clean and close at hand!

 

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Here’s a tool from the world of quilting that you are sure to find useful. About the size of a pen, the ColorScope is a handy tool that allows you see how different colors coordinate together. Much like a kaleidoscope, when you look through the viewer at a selection of yarn, it blends the colors together so you can see if you will be happy with your color choices. Carry it in your purse so you are always ready to go yarn shopping! Watch the video on the catalog page to learn more about this handy tool.

 

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And last but not least; many of you loved the U. S. Army Tartan throw featured in our October 2015 issue of Crochet World and asked if there were patterns for the other branches of the military. We are happy to annouce Annie’s will be releasing Military Tartan Throws next month! Sign up here to be notified when it is available!

Have fun shopping!

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100 Designs and Counting!

Jennifer Ryan, long time contributor to Crochet World and Crochet! magazines recently informed us that her Wild Rose Bag in the June 2016 issue of Crochet World is her 100th published design!

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Wow! That is quite an accomplishment considering her first published design with Annie’s was accepted just 4 years ago! Annie’s is proud to have published 50 of her 100 designs since she began her design career.

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Jennifer says, “I became a designer quite by accident. I had been teaching crochet locally for a few years when I went to my first Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) conference and attended the Professional Development  seminar. I learned how to become a designer – something I had never considered before.  I followed everyone’s advice and waited a whole year for my first design to be published in 2012.

Since then, I have loved creating new patterns and working with everyone at Annies – Carol Alexander, Jackie Daugherty, Sara Meyer and Ellen Gormley. I greatly appreciate all of their hard work and kindness to me.

My first design for Annie’s was the Rainbow Bike Basket in the Spring 2013 special issue, Crochet Gifts to Go.

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Here are some of my all-time favorite designs that have been published by Annie’s:

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Kerry Shrug – One of my most popular designs and a simpler version of my first design that won an award in the CGOA design competition. I receive many compliments every time I wear it and love that it was featured on the TV show, Knit and Crochet Now.

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Snow Crystal Scarf – Loved this yarn! It really looks like ice and snow!

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Crayon Gobbler – I loved engineering this project using the shell stitch in the round so that when folded in half, it created the colorful crayon pockets.

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Love to Read Bookmark – I love how you can quickly crochet this project to give to a friend who loves to read and who needs to know you care about them – I have made several of these to give as gifts.

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Bangle Bead Scarf – The luxurious yarn makes this such an eye-catching piece and I love the addition of the scarf bails with the sparkly beads.

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Bobbie’s Lace Wrap – I created this design based on a vintage tablecloth pattern my grandmother had crocheted years ago. I vividly remember it being used in our home growing up. I was inspired by her love of crochet and inherited all her old pattern books.  My family loves this tribute to her, too.

It has been a great blessing to use my creativity and crochet skills as a designer. I look forward to many more projects with Annie’s.”

And the next chapter for Jennifer? She is our special guest teacher on our first ever crochet tour! Jennifer and Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! magazine, are heading off to Ireland June 24-July 3. In between all the wonderful sightseeing, Jennifer will be teaching her signature Celtic knot designs!

Galway Necklace Class Project for Crafttours Ireland Trip 2016

Galway Necklace
Class Project for Crafttours Ireland Trip 2016

Congratulations Jennifer!

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Crochet World – June 2016 is here!

After months of work choosing the perfect projects and watching each issue come together, we’re always excited when we finally hold the latest issue of Crochet World in our hands for the first time!

The June 2016 issue is filled with fresh summery themes sure to get your crochet hooks flying!

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Of course, we love the Point Pleasant Wrap featured on the cover! This crescent-shaped shawl is crocheted with a solid-stitch body pattern that is beautifully accented with a diamond filet border. Wouldn’t it be beautiful for a summer wedding?

We had a hard time deciding which projects to feature from our Garden Party chapter and finally chose these two gorgeous designs:

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Gerbera Beauty by Gemma Owen features pineapple motifs in this spectacular oval-shaped doily! We love the pop of color used for the flower motif and picot edging.

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And we think the Wild Rose Bag by Jennifer Ryan is the perfect accessory! Make it in your favorite color and you’ll have a fun new bag for summer!

 

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The Seaside Cowl by Gwen McGannon from our Seashells by the Shore chapter is on our list to crochet, too. This quick and easy accessory looks great with jeans for casual wear or try it with a pretty top and skirt for the office. Quick to crochet, this would make a nice gift too!

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The Trade Winds Throw, designed by Margret Wilson in a lacy open shell-stitch pattern, will add a dramatic touch to your home. We love the summery color which reminds us of vacations at the beach!

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For a touch of whimsy, crochet a set of Kenneth Cormier’s Ice Cream Sundae Coasters. Ice cream always makes us smile and these coasters are a cute no-calorie version of summertime’s favorite treat!

And that’s just the beginning. Make sure to go to the Crochet World website to see all the great projects in this issue! Happy Crocheting!

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Annie’s Signature Designs Announces the Summer Love Collection

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Annie’s has created an exclusive pattern collection of 20+ captivating crochet and knit designs that symbolize passion, creativity and a celebration of love. The Annie’s Signature Designs Summer Love Collection is presented in two stunning e-zine format Lookbooks just released.

The Collection was envisioned by Annie’s Lead Designer, Lena Skvagerson, who draws from more than 25 years in the European knit and crochet design markets. “This Collection is so timely for Annie’s because we are deeply listening to the needs of crocheters and knitters. They demand more than just another pattern, and our answer is a lifestyle approach that invokes emotion, excitement and passion. We want to design garments and wearables that people will actually wear every day and that look flattering on a range of body types. They should be clothes that make you feel good and that make people say “Wow, did you make that!?” says Skvagerson.

Oceano Circle Vest

Oceano Circle Vest

The collection of designs includes warm-weather accessories, tanks and tees to pullovers and cardigans that are as practical and easy to make as they are fashion-forward. The designs cover a broad spectrum of tastes and sizes for today’s discerning crocheter.

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West Shore Tunic

“This is significant because it is the first time Annie’s is presenting a seasonal collection. In the past we have added patterns gradually, but this time we’ve mindfully developed a cohesive collection with pre-determined color stories and projects that can be easily coordinated together,” says Skvagerson.

Baraca Stole

Baraca Stole

The Lookbooks are designed to captivate viewers as they are taken on an inspiring romantic “seascape” journey through the knit and crochet patterns in two separate Lookbooks.

Central Coast Cardi

Central Coast Cardi

Page by page, the reader is guided on a visual retrospective of photographic imagery that represents each of the designs with the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Easy 2-Hour Scarves

Easy 2-Hour Scarves

Watch this video to view all the beautiful designs in the crochet Lookbook Collection. All patterns are available individually and can be purchased here.

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