Meet the Designer – Jennifer E. Ryan

The April 2018 issue of Crochet World features the beautiful Irish Crochet Explosion shawl by Jennifer E. Ryan. Jennifer has had a life-long love affair with all things Irish, which in turn has inspired her crochet designs. Many of her Celtic Knot designs have graced the pages of Crochet World magazine over the years.

Jennifer shares with us, “The folk music, green pastures, exciting dancing and lilting accent of the Irish have always held a special place in my heart. It was wonderful to experience all of those things and more firsthand as the instructor on Annie’s first ever crochet tour to Ireland in 2016. I found much inspiration for my designs in the Celtic Knotwork all around us at every stop we made and my love of Ireland grew!

I also love the simple beauty of the Irish rose motifs and how many elements joined together with basic chain stitches make a unique and intricate wearable work of art. I learned that creating these beautiful garments to sell to wealthy Europeans helped save thousands of Irish people from starvation during the Great Potato Famine. All ages of men, women and children learned to crochet and then created a variety of ‘signature’ motifs and joining techniques that I tried to honor in this shawl.

I designed this explosionof Irish lace, based on a beautiful antique lace collar, to reflect the intricacies, shapes and textures of the Irish motifs along with the seemingly simple meshlike stitches in between that give the appearance of one seamless piece. I like to think of this project as a tribute to my family’s Irish heritage and a remembrance of all of those Irish designers who created this style in the mid-1800s.”

Jennifer’s blog post here will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how this beautiful shawl came to life.  Be sure to watch her video tutorial showing an easy and unique way to crochet bullion stitches. The pattern for the Irish Crochet Explosion Shawl is available in the April 2018 issue of Crochet World.

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April 2018 – Sneak Peek

The end of winter always has me longing for the start of spring when the first flowers start peeking through and signs of new growth are everywhere! The April 2018 issue of Crochet World will give you a jumpstart on the spring season with 20 fabulous projects sure to bring a little color to the last days of winter.

Shawls and wraps are the perfect accessory for transition months, and in this issue we feature 7 stunning designs. Wear now as a scarf with your winter coat and later as a light layer on cool spring days.

This Pretty Tunisian Topper is a good first project if you are new to Tunisian crochet. Just crochet a rectangle and sew one seam to make this cute poncho-style wrap that will stay put and keep your hands free. If you need a Tunisian crochet refresher, make sure to watch these free tutorial videos.  Or if you would like to learn more, consider taking this online course.

The Shape Shifter Wrap is another project that you will enjoy making and wearing. Strategically placed buttons allow you wear this shawl a bunch of different ways to suit the weather and the occasion.

You’ll also find 2 beautiful afghans in this issue. The Woven Stripes Throw features ontrend shades of turquoise green paired with neutrals. And the post-stitch design is fun and easy to do, creating a intricate woven look.

The Bubbly River Blanket uses textured puff stitches to create the chevron design. Crochet this one in your favorite colors and add a bold touch to your home decor.

2018 marks the 40th year of Crochet World and to celebrate, we re-stitched a few projects from our very first issues! The Anniversary Wrap on the front cover gets an updated look, crocheted in a hand-painted look yarn.

The Hooded Cable Sweater is the perfect project for your favorite little one. Updated in a new easy-care yarn, this raglan-sleeve cardigan is just as popular today as it was 20 years ago!

If you are a threadie, be sure to check out Gemma Owen’s beautiful Celebration Doily created especially for our 40th anniversary issue!

Rounding out this issue, you’ll find projects for the home including a hot pad, microwave bowl cozy, dishcloths, and a mandala-inspired wall piece. We’ve also include a baby blanket, pretty thread necklace, a beaded scarf and more! See all the projects in the April issue here.

Pick up your copy at your favorite craft store beginning February 27 or get an instant digital download here.

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New Lookbook – Spring Spirit Collection

Annie’s, a leading special-interest publisher in the craft and yarn markets, announces its latest exclusive pattern collection of more than 25 enthralling crochet designs, presented in a stunning e-zine format Lookbook. The Spring Spirit Collection features an exciting mix of fashion accessories, garments and designs for the home.

Lead designer Lena Skvagerson draws inspiration from her Scandinavian roots and 25-plus years of experience in the European yarn markets. With an intuitive sense of color, stitch pattern and on-trend design, she collaborated with Crochet! magazine editor, Connie Ellison, along with a group of like-minded designers to create the vibrant Spring Spirit pattern collection.

“Through my own experience, I gather inspiration from all that I see around me. I can see how a collection of pieces can fit into a woman’s wardrobe that’s not fussy or complicated, but rather clean and minimal. The home decoration designs I envision are timeless yet colorful, just like my own sense of style,” says Skvagerson.

The selection of designs include cardigans, tees, tops, necklaces, hats, afghans, baskets, home decorations and accessories. View the entire collection here.

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Meet the Designer – Gemma Owen

The Designer Spotlight from the February 2018 issue of Crochet World features a beautiful doily capturing the true essence of February’s birth flower. Crocheting a pretty violet in size 10 thread is a thrill for designer, Gemma Owen. She loves a challenge and she loves crocheting with thread!

Her beautiful doilies often grace the pages of Crochet World and with good reason; her designs are always fresh, innovative and truly stunning!

But Gemma has a secret life that would seem out of context with the delicate thread work she creates. Gemma and her husband are long-distance truck drivers and most every doily Gemma dreams up is created and crocheted in the passenger seat of their big rig!

Gemma shares with us how she ended up being a “threadie” (a lover of all things crocheted with thread) after her humble start making granny squares.

Gemma says, “I’ve loved thread doilies from the time I was a small girl, but first I learned to crochet granny squares and make an afghan. In the early 1980s I began driving truck over the road and doing team runs with my husband. Between loads and during the day, I’d pick up a hook and yarn, making afghans for family and charities. But I kept coming back to my beloved threadwork. I had remembered a few stitches and taught myself all the rest. I started making any thread doily I could find a pattern for, but I soon found I was changing many of the designs into my own version. I think from there it just took off to where I created my own designs almost exclusively. When I find myself having any free moment, I pick colors I like and I’m off creating— sometimes with a specific picture in my head and sometimes I let hook, thread and my imagination lead me.”

We hope to see Gemma’s stunning doilies gracing the pages of Crochet World for many years to come!


Celebration Plaid Afghan

Here’s a unique way to celebrate a special occasion. Whatever the date and reason the Celebration Plaid Afghan is sure to be a cherished gift for years to come.

The afghan is simple to construct; first you crochet a double crochet mesh and then you simply weave strands of worsted weight yarn through the mesh you have made. But this is how you make it extra special; the woven plaid design is created based on a special date!

You can remember a birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation or any special day simply by using the numbers of the date to create the plaid pattern. Using the recipient’s favorite colors adds another special touch to this fun-to-make and give afghan!

You’ll find the pattern and tutorial which explains how to customize your Celebration Plaid Afghan in the February 2018 issue of Crochet World. Order your copy here and get started on this fun project today!

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