I am super excited that you all are starting to see our latest issue. If you aren’t a subscriber and haven’t see it yet, prepare yourself! It’s a gorgeous issue with amazing projects! And yes, I may be a little biased but I still think the statement is completely true. (And go here and subscribe so you don’t keep missing out!)
We start of the issue with the amazing cover design, the Autumn Starburst Afghan, by designer Rebecca J. Venton. You create this fun blanket by building off of the previous section in strategic colors to form blocks. Then join the blocks as directed to form the starburst shapes.
We round out our regular issue features by working a blanket with front cross stitches, Milk & Honey Blanket by Katya Novikova, working up an intriguing shawl, the Longlac Shawl by Cindie Bennett, and creating simple textured block colored kitchen pieces, Striped Kitchen Set by Rose Tussing.
In our Just Threads chapter, we bring you 2 more squares in the Resplendent Squares series, a lovely filet crochet table runner (Bees & Sunflowers Runner by Joyce Geisler), quick and easy mug rugs using thread scraps (Autumn Flash Mug Rugs by Gemma R. Owen), and a truly unique openwork doily (Clematis Doily by Charles Voth).
Since Halloween falls in the month of October, I wanted to insert a bit of play in here for the kiddos. But these pieces are not just limited to Halloween. I think the littles will enjoy some imaginative play with them year round! We have one more set of thread pieces (Fairy Wands by Lori Zeller) that will work up quickly for the little magical fairy in your family. A Wizard’s Spell Magic Cape (by designer Heather Singell) would go great with the star wand and round out a fun, easy costume. Then we dress up the head with a crown (Royal Play Crown by Andee Graves), a lion’s mane completely with curliques (Lion Headband by Mary Forte) and a scary Monster Hat (by designer Donna Childs).
The last chapter is all about cables. The squishy extra thick fabric that cables create will keep you super toasty as the weather cools down. Haven’t worked them before? No worries! We will help you work through them. Need video help? Bonnie Barker has created both left- and right-handed video tutorials to go along with her Caramat Cabled Set. Jennifer E. Ryan also gives you a helping hand with a short photo tutorial for her Exton Cabled Headband. Then you should be ready to tackle some simple cable repeats in the Upsala Cabled Hat by Rosann Fleischauer and the Ogoki Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Briggs of Fire Side Crochet. We gradually bring in more complicated pieces, like the Magic Beans Lapghan by Cecilia Esparza, a fun unique hemp basket (Boho Star Basket by Crow and Finch) and the Twister Poncho by Laura Gebhardt. Once you feel you have mastered cables, give the Inishmore Wrap by Kathleen Berlew. Then for the truly adventurous add an extra technique with the cables in Bendy Carter’s Two-by-Two Cable Poncho design. It uses two yarns at the same time but then works the cables with just one of the colors. This pattern will keep you on your toes but will truly be worth the effort. Be sure to also get ahold of her book, Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colors, 2 Rows, for more how to information!