Meet the Designer – Michele Wilcox

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Michele Wilcox is our featured designer in the 2019 issue of Crochet World. As a matter of fact, her Spring Cottage Kitchen Set is on the cover!

You’ll also find an adorable Baby Bunny designed by Michele in the April issue too!

Michele’s whimsical style and crochet expertise make her patterns recognizable and some of the most popular patterns with crocheters and knitters alike.

The Noah’s Ark Blanket which originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of Crochet! magazine has over 500 finished projects listed on Ravelry and was recently featured the Crochet World newsstand special, All-Time Favorite Afghans.

Michele shares with us, “I learned to knit around age 5 from my wonderful grandmother. I immediately fell in love with knitting and made many scarves full of dropped stitches! Over the years I continued to knit, but it was not until the birth of my second child that I taught myself to crochet. My first try was an adorable puppy pattern and, not realizing it, I crocheted the whole thing inside out! It turned out to be a cute project and I was excited to try more patterns.

I started designing because, growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer and always loved to draw and paint. Once I started crocheting, I guess it was just meant to be, and now I love what I do. I sold my first design to Annie’s Publishing in the early 1980s and now have more than 500 designs that have been published by Annie’s, as well as hundreds of additional designs printed by many other companies.

My favorite things to design are toys, afghans, hats, pillows and scarves, but I’m always up for a challenge when a new idea presents itself!”

If you especially love Michele’s whimsical and heartwarming stuffed animal designs, you may want to check out her Annie’s online video class, Learn to Crochet Amigurumi .

In this class, beginner through experienced crocheters will learn dozens of Michele’s tips and tricks for crocheting, stuffing, assembling and adding embroidered accents to create adorable toys. And that is sure to make someone smile!

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Annie’s Signature Design Collection – Spring 2019

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The new Signature Design Collection is here! Just in time for spring, you’ll find 12 exciting new designs for your wardrobe and 10 gorgeous projects to make for your home.

Lena Skvagerson, Lead Designer for Annie’s Signature Collection shares her inspiration behind the beautiful designs, “Releasing our new Spring 2019 Collection is such an exciting time for me. I am so fortunate to get to work with a team of talented and creative designers whose work has produced what I feel is our most stunning collection to date.

This new collection is filled with unique and classic fashions for both you and your home in hues of living coral and shades of blues and creams.

When designing a new collection, we listen to your comments, so this new collection is filled with classic, easy-to-wear designs that flatter your body and on-trend home accessories that we feel sure will make their way into your home.

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

Click here to see the entire 2019 spring collection.

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Sneak Peek – April 2019

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We have been experiencing below normal temperatures this month, so sharing a sneak peek of the April 2019 issue is especially thrilling. The bright spring colors are a welcome sight compared with the snowy landscape I see from my window!

This issue is filled to the brim with Signs of Spring. You may even have a hard time deciding which project to make first!

Our Baby Bunny is so cute all decked out with spring flowers.

Baby Bunny
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April 2019

 

And if you like filet crochet, you may want to make the Happy Bunny Wall Hanging.

Happy Bunny
Wall Hanging
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April 2019

 

The Signs of Spring chapter also includes three stunning throws. Each one is so uniquely different you may be tempted to make them all.

Blossoms in Lace Throw
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April 2019

Bachelor Buttons Throw
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April 2019

Lacy Ferns Afghan
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Need a quick gift? Crochet a set of these cute Little Bits Bowls. The textured post stitches make them sturdy enough so no fabric stiffener is needed!

Little Bits Bowls
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April 2019

 

We’ve also included a chapter dedicated to your favorite crochet motif – pineapples!

Pineapple Pageantry
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April 2019

 

If you are new to crocheting pineapple designs, start with the Penelope Pineapple Scarf.

Penelope Pineapple Scarf
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April 2019

 

The Pineapple Pizzazz Shawl is the perfect accessory for cool spring evenings.

Pineapple Pizzazz Shawl
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April 2019

 

And not to be missed is the gorgeous Pineapple Delight Throw.

Pineapple Delight Throw
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April 2019

 

Rounding out this issue is a selection of beautiful thread doilies, items for the kitchen and your home.

Cosmos Doily
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April 2019

Hexagon Dishcloth
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Make sure to get your copy now. The digital version is available here. Or look for the April 2019 issue at your favorite craft or bookstore beginning February 26.

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Celtic Diamond Wrap CAL

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I am excited to announce our first Crochet Along for 2019! Designer Bonnie Barker will share tips and show us how to crochet each different cable pattern used in her stunning Celtic Diamond Wrap featured in the February 2019 issue.

The Crochet Along will be 3 weeks long and will be available on the Crochet World Facebook page beginning on January 23.

The Crochet Along video will be posted each week, January 23 and 30 and February 6 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Bonnie will also host a Facebook Live event to answer your questions and finish up the CAL on February 20.

You will need to purchase the February 2019 issue of Crochet World as the pattern for the Celtic Diamond Wrap will not be part of the CAL.

You will also need approximately 2,000 yards of worsted weight yarn. Bonnie used 10 skeins of Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in sterling #5641.  I will be crocheting mine with the same yarn using color #5360 suede.

Bonnie’s designs have appeared in Crochet World and Crochet! magazines many times over the years and have become favorites for those of us who love to crochet cables.

Her Lisdoonvarna Shawl is still just as popular today as it was when it first appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Crochet! magazine!

The Hills of Ireland Throw which first appeared in the December 2015 issue of Crochet World is a favorite with afghan lovers. And recently Bonnie’s cable design, Celtic Cross Cable Throw was featured in the December 2018 issue of Crochet World.

With over 10 pattern books and dozens of patterns featuring her lovely crochet cable designs to her credit, this is one CAL you won’t want to miss! I hope you will join us!

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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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