Sneak Peek – April 2020

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The April 2020 issue of Crochet World is on sale digitally here and will be arriving at your favorite craft or bookstore soon.

This issue is packed with a great variety of stitching projects just perfect for spring!

In the Corner-To-Corner chapter you’ll find projects easy enough for C-2-C newbies, like the Striped C-2-C Pillow or the Touches of Spring Runner.

 

And a few projects with some interesting variations for those wanting to try something new. I love the Somersault Throw and the Corner-to Corner Openwork Throw.

 

We’ve also included a chapter of great Stash-Busting Crochet! Most of us could use some help with yarn management and we’ve found some clever and different ways to help you reduce your stash in this chapter! Use up cotton scraps and make a set of the Fiesta Place Mats. Or crochet the Woven Scrap Scarf. What a clever way to use up novelty yarns and the small bits in your stash beautifully.

 

The Striation Shawl is not only a fun way to use up scraps but you’ll love adding this new fashion accessory to your wardrobe this spring.

We’ve also included four throws, three projects for Baby, two thread doilies and 3 great tops to crochet just in time for warmer weather.

 

 

 

Click here to see all 22 projects in this issue. And remember to look for your issue at your favorite craft or bookstore beginning February 25.

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Annie’s Signature Design Collection – Spring 2020

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The new Signature Design Collection is here! Just in time for spring, you’ll find 15 exciting new designs for your wardrobe and 6 gorgeous afghans and throws to make for your home.

Lena Skvagerson, Lead Designer for Annie’s Signature Collection shares her inspiration behind the beautiful designs, “In the 1800s, lace was used by royalty the world over and had an enormous impact on the reasons why crochet became so popular, and has remained so.

In fact, crochet was originally developed for the purpose of imitating the more expensive and time-consuming laces, making it affordable for non-royals.

Lace uses the same stitches we use in our everyday stitching; it is just balanced out with open spaces that create a light fabric that has amazing drape. As you will see in our Spring 2020 collection, lace combined with modern yarns creates fresh designs perfect for spring and summer!”

All of these designs are intended to be reflect the beauty of crochet lace while keeping the core values and principles of Annie’s Signature Designs intact – providing you with a relaxing and fun crafting experience while making garments and home accessories that fit your lifestyle.

All patterns are available individually and many include the option of purchasing the yarn used, so you know your results will be stunning!

Click here to see the entire spring collection.

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Sneak Peek – February 2020

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Here’s something to look forward to after the holidays! The February 2020 issue of Crochet World is now available digitally and will be on the newsstands soon.

This issue is packed with several heartfelt projects perfect for making and sharing.

I love this Big Hearts Rug! It is crocheted with a technique that makes it so cushy. The  photo tutorial included in the issue will show you how.

Do you have a February baby to crochet for? The My Sweet Heart Set would make the perfect gift!

We’ve also included several smaller projects all perfect for expressing your love!

In the Timeless Textures chapter, you’ll find several projects that combine dimensional stitches.

These projects are so fun to crochet, you may have a hard time putting your crochet hook down!

There’s a great article on adding color to thread crochet and the perfect doily to try out different color combinations.

In addition, you’ll find a beautiful shawl to make for spring, a sweater to wear now, afghans, doilies and more!

See all 22 patterns here and order your copy of the February issue here. Or look for this issue starting December 24 at your favorite craft or book store.

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Meeting Jonah Larson

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Recently I had the privilege to spend some time with Jonah Larson, crocheter extraordinaire! For the past few years he has steadily gained social media attention as he shares his love of crochet with his fans from all over the world.

Touted as a crochet prodigy and master crocheter, Jonah first picked up a crochet hook at the age of 5 when his aunt dropped off a bag of craft supplies that she no longer used. After watching dozens of videos, Jonah taught himself to crochet and made a dishcloth as his first project. And as Jonah himself will tell you, from that moment on he was hooked!

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Larson

Jonah went on to make hundreds of hats, dozens of afghans and scores of his signature cowls. It seems any conceivable project that can be crocheted, Jonah has made successfully, at least once! As a matter of fact, at age 11, Jonah can crochet through almost 25 skeins of yarn a week, all while attending school and maintaining excellent grades!

Jonah clearly loves to crochet, but he also enjoys spreading the joy by teaching others. He has shared the craft of crochet with state politicians, his teachers and classmates, and through numerous local and national TV guest appearances. He even has his own YouTube channel where you can watch tutorials on his latest projects.

Recently Jonah and his mom visited our offices and studio to film a class for Annie’s Creative Studio. Learn to Crochet with Jonah is a six-part series perfect for new and beginning crocheters.

I was able to spend some time with Jonah and his mom and share the cover of the December 2019 issue  of Crochet World which features the pattern for his Nordic Winter Afghan and includes an great interview covering the projects Jonah is currently working on including the book he and his mom wrote together about his life (so far!)

Jonah’s generous nature and quick smile, along with his love of crochet makes him the perfect ambassador for our craft. Sharing his story of adoption, difficulties in school and how crochet became the touchstone that helped him through the rough patches, speaks to the real life struggles we all face. From his young perspective we are reminded that we too can find patches of joy in our daily lives.  True to his life philosophy, the title of his recently published book sums it all up: Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy.

You can find Jonah’s Nordic Winter Afghan pattern and interview in the December 2019 issue of Crochet World at your local craft and book stores or online here.

Jonah’s book is available here.

You can learn more about Annie’s Creative Studio here.

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Sneak Peek – December 2019

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The December 2019 issue of Crochet World is now ready as a digital download and will be on the newsstands October 29! It is full of great projects for the upcoming holiday season.

We are very excited to share an exclusive afghan pattern by 11-year-old crochet prodigy, Jonah Larson! The Nordic Winter Afghan featured on the cover is a real show-stopper and works up quickly in bulky weight yarn. You’ll also find an interview with Jonah and learn more about his new book released this year and his new Learn to Crochet with Jonah video series for kids.

I am in love with the gorgeous shawl designed by Denise Voie de Vie using yarn I hand-dyed for this project. It was a fun collaboration and may entice you to try your hand at dyeing your own yarn. We’ve included a photo tutorial in this issue to show you how easy and fun it is to do!

There are several patterns you can crochet quickly to give as gifts.

And a few projects you may just have to make for your home!

To see all 22 projects, click here. Get your digital copy now or look for this issue at your favorite craft or book store beginning October 29!

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