New Special Issue – Fast, Easy, Fun Crochet

We all love crochet time! Most of us look forward to and even plan special days when we can spend the entire day crocheting. What a luxury! But the reality is, most of us lead busy lives, with lots of obligations and little time to crochet.

This special issue is filled with projects that are not only quick to make, but easy too. Whether you just have a few hours to crochet, need a quick gift or just want to zone out with a simple project after a long day, you’ll find over 50 patterns to inspire you to pick up your crochet hook and get stitching.

 

We’ve filled the Fast, Easy Gifts chapter with quick and easy gifts to make for everyone on your list. Slippers are always an appreciated gift and our Family Slippers pattern is sized to fit everyone from kids to men.

 

Need a baby shower gift? Make the Little Hugs Baby Blanket, perfect for baby’s stroller.

 

The Spiral Bun Hat is sure to please the young ladies on your list, so you’ll want to make several.

 

We have even included a fun pet mat for the family dog!

 

The Fast, Easy Christmas chapter is filled with tons of ideas just in time for the holidays.  Crochet the Santa Basket to fill with holiday potpourri or give as a gift filled with homemade goodies.

 

Who could resist this cute snowman all decked out in winter finery!

 

Or make a bunch of these cute angel ornaments in an evening and use them as package decorations or ornaments this coming holiday season.

 

In the Fast, Easy Fashion chapter, you’ll find quick to make garments and fashion accessories for yourself. Because all the patterns are rated Beginner to Easy, even if you spend several evenings making your project, your time crocheting will be enjoyable. The Easy Jacket made with chunky yarn is right on trend and is sure to garner compliments.

 

Or make the Tolosa Vest; perfect for wearing with jeans on the weekend or with a skirt to work.

 

Slouchy hats, scarves, fingerless mitts, shawls, a tote, leg warmers and more round out this fashion-forward chapter.

 

And finally, the Fast, Easy Home chapter is filled with projects perfect for adding cozy touches to your home this fall. Make the Fur Throw for your favorite reading spot.

 

Or try the fun Cool Stripes Granny for a pop of color. The yarn does all the work making it look like you used a bunch of colors!

 

 

This chapter also includes a place mat, rug, basket and pillow so you can crochet something for every room in the house!

Get your copy of Fast, Easy, Fun Crochet here or look for it at your favorite bookstore or craft store and let’s get crocheting!

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August 2018 – Sneak Peek!

One of my favorite things about editing Crochet World, America’s Favorite Crochet Magazine is unveiling each new issue! The August issue is no exception!

Packed with over 20 great summertime projects, there is truly something for everyone that loves to crochet! So let’s take a sneak peek!

Need a small project to take with you while on vacation? Make our fun and nostalgic Retro Pot Holder Set! From our Happy Days Kitchen Chapter, we chose a 1950’s retro color theme, but feel free to make this set in colors to match your kitchen!

Or crochet a set of the Eat Your Veggies Towels. The stitch pattern for the towel is easy to memorize making it a great take-along project.

Love to crochet with thread? Including the stunning Sunny Day Sunflowers doily from the front cover, this issue has six thread projects!

You’ll find 3 gorgeous afghan patterns and one easy-to-make baby blanket that even a beginner can tackle!

And just in time for cooler weather, crochet Heather’s Shawl. With its open lacy rows of love knots alternating with pretty textured stitches, you’ll enjoy making this as much as you do wearing it! And if you need a refresher on how to crochet love knots, go here.

Want to see all the projects in the August issue? Take a look here. The digital version of the August issue is now ready to download here. Or look for Crochet World at your favorite craft store or Walmart beginning June 26.

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Annie’s Creative Studio

Have you checked out Annie’s Creative Studio now with over six programs including more than 500 episodes of exclusive online craft instruction, tutorials and patterns!?

New episodes for each program are added to the website every week and tons of pattern downloads are included with your membership! And you’ll have access to all the online instructional videos 24/7 at the Annie’s Creative Studio so you can learn something new whenever you want!

Annie’s Creative Studio episodes are presented in an HD video format by well-known craft experts including Lena Skvagerson, Rohn Strong, Sherry Duncan, Nancy Scott, Corrina Ferguson, Nancy McNally and Debby Brown.

 “Annie’s has observed the power of video as an instructional tool,” said Laura Scott, new business development director at Annie’s. “It makes sense to combine Annie’s longtime pattern expertise with quality video demonstration.

“Crafting is a visual art. It’s much easier to learn by seeing, and Annie’s Creative Studio has the added benefit for consumers who can watch and learn from the comforts of their own home or on the go.”

The Annie’s Creative Studio lineup includes:

  • Crochet Skill Builders Crocheters of all skill levels will enjoy technique-focused episodes and crochet-alongs.
  • Learn, Make, Create! New skills in crochet, knitting, quilting and sewing.
  • Creative Living Trends, home decor, holiday entertaining, recycling and fashions.
  • Knit and Crochet Now! The complete eight seasons of the TV show featuring demos and free patterns.
  • Quilter’s Skill Builders Master quilting techniques and patterns.
  • Quick Stitches & Tips Skill-building in crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, beading, cross stitch and more.
  • Products We Love New craft products.

Start your free 30-day trial membership today!

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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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