Sneak Peek – February 2019

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The February 2019 issue is now available digitally and will be on the newsstands soon. There are so many great projects in this issue, you may find yourself itching to get started immediately!

I love crocheted cables and in this issue you’ll find five stunning projects for every skill level. The Cables and Lace Doily on the cover is a challenging thread project for seasoned cable crocheters, but the results are spectacular!

 

If you are a newbie to crocheted cables start with the Jacob’s Ladder Cabled Throw. The cables are simply created by intertwining easy-to-make crocheted loops. There is even a step-by-step photo tutorial!

 

And one of my personal favs is the Celtic Diamond Wrap. I have my yarn at the ready and plan to get going on this project over the holidays!

 

We’ve included a chapter with Socks, Slippers & More to keep everyone warm all winter long. Make a pair of cute Mary Jane Baby Booties for a favorite baby girl.

 

Or how about a pair of Corded Ridge Socks for yourself? Crocheted using a fun hand-dyed speckle yarn, they are sure to make you smile every time you see them, and keep your toes toasty warm too!

 

 

You’ll also find several gorgeous afghans,

 

and a few more projects for baby including this Picot Shells blanket.

 

The Rose Splendor Doily,

a cozy Kimono Sweater,

and a Rustic Cabin Pillow are just a few of the other projects you’ll find in this project-packed issue! Click here to see all 21 projects in this issue. And don’t forget to look for your copy at your favorite book or craft store beginning Dec 26. Can’t wait? Get a digital copy here! Or better yet, try a free issue on us!

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Join Seams the LESS Way!

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I love the look of bold, graphic quilt-inspired crocheted afghans and there is a great one on the cover of the December issue.

Perfect for the holiday season, the Christmas Star Throw is a great project for hours of easy stitching.  Each two-color square is started at one point and increased to the center where the next color is joined and decreased to the opposite point. Four totally white squares are added to the two-color blocks to complete the afghan.

What gives this dramatic throw its bold look is in the finishing. But this also makes the throw a little bit more of a challenging project. Take it slow and pay attention to the details and you’ll be able to complete this project perfectly. Once each block is crocheted, you add a single crocheted edge making sure the stitch count is the same for each block; an important step to make sure all the blocks go together beautifully! Designer, Deb Arch, provides a little trick to help with this.

The blocks are then joined using a new seaming technique that makes all the difference in the finishing of this stunning throw. Designer Deb Arch, always one to come up with new innovative techniques, has once again found the perfect solution!

Her Layered Edge Slip Stitch or LESS seaming technique is not only the perfect choice for this afghan, but I bet you will find yourself using this technique to join other motifs as well.

Watch the tutorial video here and add this one to your arsenal of crochet techniques for future projects!

Get the December issue with the Christmas Star Throw and over 24 other great projects for gift-giving and holiday decorating at your favorite craft or book store or order it here.

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December 2019 – Sneak Peek!

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The new December issue is sure to put you in a holiday mood!

Packed with 25 projects for home decorating and gift-giving,

you’ll want to grab your crochet hook and get stitching!

In addition to the Christmas Star Throw on the cover, you’ll find three

more afghans perfect for adding a festive touch to your home.

There are 5 ornaments including both quick and easy designs

and beautiful threadwork.

This issue is packed with projects perfect for gift-giving including

this fun Snowman Basket

and this adorable Holiday Jumper.

Or surprise someone with this cute Christmas Puppy!

You’ll find lots of ideas for quick and easy gifts too!

See all 25 designs here and be sure to look for the

December issue at your favorite book or craft store.

Happy Stitching!

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Give Yourself A Gift!

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Do you love to crochet? Do you wish you could get together with other crocheters to socialize, learn and just have fun? Do you know about the Crochet Guild of America?

If not, you are in for a real treat! And this month is the perfect time to learn more about CGOA and join during their membership drive at a reduced rate.

 

CGOA was created when a passionate and determined crocheter, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, began searching for like-minded people who wanted to get together to share “everything crochet!” With a few volunteers in place, they launched the first conference in 1994 with 90 crochet enthusiasts in attendance! By the second conference the attendees voted to become an official not-for-profit.

“The mission of CGOA shall be to create an environment which provides education, networking, resources, and a national standard for the quality, art, and skill of crochet through creative endeavors which preserve the heritage of crochet.”

The organization is now 24 years old is still going strong. In addition to a fun-packed yearly conference, the organization offers many benefits including free patterns, masters program, a yearly subscription to Crochet! magazine (an Annie’s publication), local chapters, and much more!

“The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) is all about crochet. It is the only national organization dedicated to the craft of crochet with nearly 3,000 members.

RECEIVE. As a member, you’ll receive a subscription to Crochet! Magazine, free patterns, and member discounts.

CONNECT. You can connect with crocheters of diverse backgrounds online or in real time at local chapter meetings and the annual conference.

LEARN. Learn and demonstrate advanced skills and receive recognition.

CREATE. You will be inspired to create amazing, innovative designs using all you’ve seen and learned!”

If you join during the month of October, not only will you get all the benefits of CGOA at a discounted rate, but each week you can enter to win a prize package donated by CGOA sponsors! Enter by October 8 to win the Annie’s prize package worth over $100.00 pictured here.

Make sure to visit the CGOA website and take a look around at all this great organization is doing to promote crochet. And plan to join me at the conference in July 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire! CGOA will be celebrating 25 years and this is one party you don’t want to miss!

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Autumn Glory: Annie’s New Signature Designs Collection

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The new fall Signature Designs Collection is here! Just in time for fall, you’ll find over 15 brand new designs for your wardrobe.

Lena Skvagerson, Lead Designer for Annie’s Signature Collection shares her inspiration behind the beautiful designs she has created. “‘Glory’ means magnificence, great beauty, or to take pride in something. That’s exactly what fills my mind when I hear it, and it perfectly describes how great I feel about this new collection.

My goal was to create a collection of fashion-forward garments appealing to women passionate about quality design. The cooling of autumn, sandwiched between blazing summer and chilly winter, offers earlier nighttime arrivals and temperatures dropping. This will be an amazing fall, and I would love to have you come along with me and explore.”

The collection includes patterns for long cardigans, sweaters, shrugs, cowls, shawls, vests, hats and more. Most projects are crochet with worsted weight or chunky yarn making them ideal for our busy lifestyle.

All patterns are available individually with yarn selections for each project available on the same page, so you know your results will be sunning!

Click here to view the entire collection. You’ll also find an adorable baby collection for fall here.

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