Meet the Designer – Shari White

Designer Shari White is no stranger to the pages of Crochet World. Her designs have been featured many times over the years and are always unique and different. Each carefully conceived design is expressed in beautiful combinations of stitches and gorgeous color palettes.

Spinning Wheel Shawl
Crochet World
June 2018

Shari’s design showcased in the June issue of Crochet World is another exceptional example of her unique style. Suited for a bride, it would be equally stunningly in tonal shades of beige, pink, lilac or light blue for the mother-of-the-bride.

The Spinning Wheel Shawl is crocheted in white and gold metallic size 10 crochet thread with rhinestone accents. Truly a masterpiece that will be cherished forever!

Shari tells us, “I have literally been “hooked” on crochet from the time an aunt put a hook and yarn into my hands at the age of 9. Most of the girls I knew were still playing with dolls, and I was designing the clothes and accessories for the dolls. When asked by family members what I wanted for presents, yarn was usually at the top of my list. I would beg my mother to take me to Woolworth’s or the local yarn store in Yonkers, N.Y. I found it fascinating how you could turn yarn into “something” by twisting it into different stitches. The fascination with yarn still continues to this day.

Spring Bouquet Shawl
Crochet World
June 2014

I continued to crochet throughout high school and college as a stress reliever. My roommate crocheted as well. My crochet went to another level before the birth of my first son in 1987.When I couldn’t find designs that I liked, this is when I really started designing. To this day, all 6 of my sons request items such as throws, pillows, scarves, etc.

Ring of Flowers Throw
Crochet World
April 2011

Sometimes the yarn inspires me as to what it should be. I find inspiration all around me. I carry a small drawing pad with me and will sketch when a design pops into my head. I also carry hooks and yarn with me on my commute to and from New York City and can work on what’s in my sketchbook and bring it to life.

Coquina Shawl
Creative Crochet in a Day!
Spring 2016

I’m a current member of the New York City Crochet Guild and the Big Apple Knitting Guild. In addition to this, I’m also a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America since 2006.”

Summer Morning Throw
Crochet World
June 2018

You’ll also find a gorgeous throw in the June 2018 issue by Shari as well. Shari used the new long-striping cake yarns to their best advantage as she crocheted the Summer Morning Throw.

Get the June issue here which includes both the Spinning Wheel Shawl and the Summer Morning Throw. Shari’s other patterns featured in this post can be purchased by clicking on the photo which will take you directly to the link where you can purchase each pattern. Or you can go to epatterns central to search for her designs.

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June 2018 – Sneak Peek!

The June issue of Crochet World is packed full of fun projects that are sure to keep your crochet hooks flying!

 

The Nesting Tapestry Baskets on the cover make good use of self-striping yarns. At first glance the baskets appear to have many color changes, but the yarn does all the work. Just alternate a solid color with a self-striping yarn for instant success!

We continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary featuring designs from past issues. The Lacy Petals Jacket originally appeared in the August 1995 issue as a swimsuit cover-up! We think it is just as pretty today. Wear it over a t-shirt with a pair of jeans or with a summery dress for a special occasion.

There are lots of fun, small projects perfect for crocheting on-the-go too! Add a touch of summer and make a set of Floral Napkin Rings to dress up your table.

Or use up scraps of size 10 crochet thread and make up a bunch of our Pastel Pot Holders. Change the look by using bold, bright colors. Either way, you’ll love the results!

Crochet these Totally Tubular Coasters for your next outdoor picnic and you’re sure to make someone smile!

The Openwork Cardi is the perfect transition piece to get you through the first cool days of spring. Crocheted in easy-care cotton yarn, it’s just right for summer evenings too.

The Moebius Wrap is a pretty way to add a splash of color to your favorite summer outfits. The twist is built-in from the very first row, adding a unique touch!

The Lyla Summer Wrap shows off pretty openwork stitching that mimics broomstick lace, but is made with just your crochet hook! The tutorial article walks you through this simple techniques step-by-step.

In our Designer Spotlight, we feature a beautiful shawl fit for any bride! The Spinning Wheel Shawl is crocheted with size 10 crochet thread and embellished with rhinestones for a touch of sparkle. What a beautiful way to make a bride feel elegant on her special day!

To see all 20 projects in this issue, take a look here. Digital copies of the June issue are now available. Or look for Crochet World at your favorite craft store or Walmart beginning May 1.

And don’t forget to enter our 40th anniversary giveaway worth over $300! Enter here by June 30, 2018.

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Crochet in Norway!

Do you love to travel and explore new places? Would you love to take a trip with other fiber enthusiasts? Annie’s and Craftours have partnered to bring you the tour of a lifetime!

Travel with us to Norway September 22-30, 2018 for a trip you soon won’t forget!

We’ll tour Akershus Castle, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Old Bergen Museum and the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum to learn about the history and crafts of this amazing country.

Island hopping, a ferry ride through the Oslo Fjords, panoramic tours of Oslo and Bergen, great food and the company of other fiber lovers means you’ll enjoy every minute!

Of course our trip would not be complete without shopping in numerous local yarn shops, the Husfliden Craft Store and even a factory tour of Oleana, famous for their knitted sweaters!

And to round out a perfect trip, Lena Skvagerson, co-producer of Knit & Crochet Now TV show and lead designer for the Annie’s Signature Designs Collections will teach crochet and knitting classes throughout the trip!

Learn more about this spectacular trip and sign up today!

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New Special Issue – Crochet Gifts for All Occasions

There are a few things all crocheters have in common: we love to crochet, we’re always happy to talk about our crochet projects and we love to crochet gifts for the special people in our lives!

The new spring 2018 newsstand special, Crochet Gifts for All Occasions is packed with over 45 projects just perfect for gift giving. Whether you need a quick last-minute gift or want to make an heirloom to commentate a special day, you’ll find a variety of projects just right for every occasion.

 

We’ve included Gifts for Baby

 

Gifts for Kids

 

Gifts for Women

 

Gifts for Men

 

Gifts for the Home

With over 45 patterns to make, you’ll find yourself referring back to this issue all year! Look for your copy of Crochet Gifts for All Occasions at your favorite craft store or purchase your copy here.

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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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