October 2017 – Sneak Peek!

Summer is winding down and soon the first crisp fall mornings will greet us each day! I love fall with its brilliant, sunlit colors that take on a golden hue. I love hearing the leaves crunch underfoot. And I love making my favorite fall recipes, especially apple crisp!

And of course, fall is the perfect time to take out your crochet hook and make something cozy and warm for yourself or a loved one. If summer had you away from your crochet, I hope this sneak peek of the October issue will have you crocheting again!

The Hooded Sweater Vest featured on the cover was designed by Lena Skvagerson, Annie’s Signature Collection exclusive designer, after many requests from readers for a pullover vest pattern. Sized for the whole family; children age 4 through adults including men, this vest works up quickly in worsted weight yarn.

There are four beautiful afghans in this issue, including one crocheted totally from scraps, a pretty Tunisian shell stitch design, and two motif afghans including this gorgeous Autumn Popcorn Throw.

We’ve included several pretty fashion accessories including two hats, three fun cowl designs, a pretty shawl in worsted weight yarn and this easy-to-make scarf which is crocheted with a large hook and bulky yarn from our Big Hook Crochet chapter.

You’ll find tons of ways to use the Big Hook Basket from the same chapter too!

I love these cute Jack-o’-Lantern Coasters! They would be fun to make for a Halloween party. Send each guest home with a coaster to remember the event.

And the Fall Colors Rug is on my list to make, too. This practical rug would be useful in any room of the house. Make it in fall colors as shown or a color palette to match your decor. Either way, you’ll get this project done in no time with three strands of worsted weight yarn held together using an M hook!

To view all the projects in the October issue go here. You can order a digital copy of the October issue of Crochet World or look for your copy on the newsstands, in your favorite big craft store or Walmart beginning August 29.

Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet Guild of America 2017 Hall of Fame Recipient

Carol Alexander
2017 Recipient
CGOA Hall of Fame

The Crochet Guild of America is pleased to announce Carol Alexander as the 2017 inductee to the Hall of Fame! Carol was the guest speaker at this year’s banquet celebration held on July 29. Her family was present for the event as she accepted her award and thanked CGOA for the honor.

Carol Alexander & Family

Familiar to many due to her long-standing career as a crochet designer, author and self-publisher, hundreds of her original designs have been published by almost every leading crochet and needlecraft publication and yarn company, as well as being featured on craft cable networks since 1988. In 1995, she was honored to be the first designer selected as a member of the elite Monsanto Designs for America crochet and knit design program.

Carol joined Annie’s Publications in 2002 as their crochet editor. Her generosity and expertise as an editor has afforded both new designers as well as experienced ones the opportunity to launch into professional crochet careers. Understanding of her vast audience ensured that Carol could offer both basic and challenging projects and techniques, giving voice to crocheters who want to create for their families, for charities, for gift-giving and for their homes.

Carol Alexander & Family

Serving in several key positions within the Crochet Guild of America, the organization has been very grateful for Carol’s talents and volunteer spirit! She also worked with the Craft Yarn Council to help develop the yarn standards now used as the template for the crochet and knit industry. She also served on an advisory committee that developed the Learn to Crochet program for junior and senior high schools across the country. In addition, the Crochet Liberation Front awarded Carol the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations, Carol!

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Help Us Celebrate Crochet World!

You know the saying, “You’ve come a long way baby!” That’s what comes to mind when I look over the first issue of Crochet World from 1978!

The first two issues of Crochet World from 1978

Next year, we’ll celebrate Crochet World’s 40th birthday in the April 2018 issue. We’ve been having a great time looking over all the past issues – over 230 and counting! – thinking about past articles and stories we would like to highlight in our birthday issue. And we’ve been pondering which of the over 3,500 patterns from the past we might re-stitch for the birthday issue.

Patterns from the first two issues of Crochet World

We would like to invite you to help us celebrate. After all, this is a party for crocheters! Share with us your ideas for our special birthday issue. Here are a few other ways you can help us get the party started:

  • Share your favorite pattern from Crochet World; one you have made 3 or more times.
  • Send a photo of a project you have made from Crochet World that you are especially proud of.
  • Do you have every issue of Crochet World ever published? Send us a photo of yourself with your magazines!
  • Where in the world do you live? Send a photo of yourself with a copy of Crochet World near a local landmark and tell us a little bit about yourself.
  • We wonder who our youngest reader might be? Our oldest?
  • Do you have a heart warming crochet story to share? Send it to us!

Send your ideas, photos and stories to: editor@crochet-world.com and let’s get this party started!

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Meet the Designer – Gwen Buttke McGannon

The August issue of Crochet World features the most stunning shawl designed by Gwen Buttke McGannon. The Elvia Shawl is the kind of project you savor and take your time making because you just don’t want it to end! Crocheted in size 10 thread, it would be just as beautiful in a single color to complete the perfect wedding ensemble.

The lacy motifs are fun to make and are join-as-you-go. The beautiful edging incorporates a pretty Bruges lace round adding just the right finishing touch.

Gwen shared more about how she learned to crochet and the Eliva Shawl in our August issue.

Gwen says: “My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was in grade school. It was a tricky way to learn as I am left-handed and she was right-handed. Right away I enjoyed crochet more, and I created some clothes for my Barbie and a pencil pouch that I used for many years. I did not crochet or knit again until I was in college and was reintroduced to both crafts. I fell in love with crochet all over again!

I enjoy exploring the many facets of crochet, from lace to Tunisian and everything else in between. My love for crocheting with thread blossomed as I started making hair clips and ponytail holders for my daughter, then for my Etsy shop, gwengoods. I love making beautiful accessories. I crochet every day, and when leaving home I always have something to work on as I may find time to crochet a few stitches here and there, anywhere. I love exploring all the infinite possibilities within the art of crochet, and don’t think I will ever grow tired of trying new techniques and creating new designs.

I love creating multicolored motifs that incorporate joins worked as you crochet, as it creates a flawless look. In creating the motifs for the Elvia Shawl, I thought it would be fun to have a special cluster stitch repeat within the different rounds.

When I am making many motifs for a project, I start with the first color and crochet all the motifs through the final round in that color, then I continue with the second color and any remaining colors in the same way. It makes it easy to ensure all motifs are turning out the same, and a side benefit is that you can usually memorize the rounds crocheted in each color so the work goes quickly. Also, I can pack my project bag with the current color and crochet on the go!”

The Elvia Shawl pattern along with 21 other designs perfect for summer stitching can be purchased here.

Looking for more crochet inspiration and design ideas? Try a free issue of Crochet World magazine on us! Click here.


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August 2018 – Sneak Peek

The August issue of Crochet World is now available digitally here and will be available on the newsstands June 27th. With over 20 designs, it is always difficult for me to narrow down just a few projects to feature on the blog. So remember you can see all the designs on the Crochet World website.

This issue features projects that are perfect summertime companions for travelling and vacationing. Everything in the Done in One chapter is super-portable as you only need one ball of yarn to make each project!

I have Gwen McGannon’s Sabrina Shawl on my “to do” list. It is so pretty in Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball. I love how the long color repeats melt from one color to another.

In our Something Old Made New! chapter we have taken traditional crochet techniques and given them an updated look. Of course, Margret Willson’s Tunisian Argyle Throw on the cover is a show stopper!

Equally stunning is Jennifer Raymond’s Blooming Broomstick Lace Throw.

And the Fan-Dango Shrug by Annette Stewart uses a variation of the bullion stitch that is not only super-pretty, but practical for overly air-conditioned buildings. Annette’s tutorial walks you through her variation of this traditional stitch.

If you love thread you’ll find the quick and easy Floral Fling doily just right for summer stitching. It makes a great gift too!

But, if you are looking for a project to enjoy and take your time making, Gemma Owen’s Linen & Lace Table Runner is stunning! Make it as large or small as you need. Crochet the motifs first and then join them later when you have enough made.

I love the ease of NTmaglia’s Net Lace Top. What a perfect top for summer!

Of course, you’ll find items for your home in this issue too, including this fun set of Zigzag Baskets!

And last but not least, you’ll find this cute and cuddly Roarrry Dinosaur pillow just perfect for your little dinosaur-loving friends!

See all 22 projects here and make sure to pick up your copy of Crochet World on the newsstands beginning June 27 or try a free issue of Crochet World magazine on us!