More Crochet! Magazine: A Sneak Peek of Autumn

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Hello everyone! Tara here—

I’m so excited to be able to share a sneak peek of the Autumn 2022 issue of Crochet! Magazine, which will hit the stores on 6/28.

Make sure you Subscribe to get the new issues when they come out!

Crochet! Autumn 2022 issue

Crochet! Magazine Autumn 2022

I became the editor of Crochet! last July and I’ve been loving every second of it.

What many people don’t realize though, is that we start putting every issue together almost a year before it’s meant to go on sale. So, while this issue isn’t the first I’ve worked on, it is the first one I put together myself.

And I can finally share it with you!

This issue is all about nature and the projects are divided up between three main sections:

Into the Woods features four stunning designs that are perfect for a walk through the woods, and one design that your little one can bring along! Don’t let the season’s chill keep you inside—go for a walk and enjoy the sights of the season with a shawl, a pullover, a cowl, a cross-body bag and Otto the Owl.

Otto the Owl Pillow Stuffed Animal

Otto the Owl by Kathleen Stuart

Otto is definitely one of our favorites in the issue, and he’s sure to be a favorite for any child in your life.

Fall Foliage includes five show-stopping pieces that feature the shades of fall, with a foliage-inspired rug, throw, shawl and sweater. These projects are guaranteed to keep you and your home warm.

Vintage Autumn Alder Leaves Triangle Shawl

Alder Leaves Shawl by Amanda Mannas

The Alder Leaves Shawl is a head turner. Wear it as a regular shawl or wrap it up as a stunning triangle scarf and it will add a vintage touch to any outfit you wear.

Back to Nature features four incredible designs that bring touches of nature into your everyday life. Crochet the coziest autumn ever with a ruana, cardigan, pillow and throw, all featuring gorgeous natural colors. These projects are perfect for keeping you and your home stylish and comfortable.

If you love keeping cozy under a throw as you work, the Autumn Bounty Throw needs to be in on your must-make list. Or, if you prefer to show off your skills with a cozy garment, the Piedmont Pullover is sure to please.

Color Blocked Sweater Striped Piedmont Pullover

Piedmont Pullover by Britt Schmiesing

Plus, you don’t want to miss this issue’s Crochet Tutorial 101! It features a fun technique with short rows and creates the beautiful leafy texture in the Ivy Neck Warmer, created by the incredibly talented Ukrainian designer @LyudmilaHefny (Check out her Instagram for helpful videos)!

What’s your favorite thing to crochet in the Fall?

– Tara Orchard, Editor of Crochet! Magazine


You can buy an electronic copy at Annie’s Craft Store! 

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A Peek Inside: Crochet World August 2022

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If you are a digital subscriber, you have probably already been perusing your August issue. If not, then let me try to tempt you to purchase an issue when it hits the newsstands on June 21st!

Cover project: Afghan Squared by Rebeca Grieco

When August hits, I start thinking about back to school, even with practically grown and out of the house teenage boys. Back to school means shopping and what goes well with shopping you might ask? Bags, of course. All types of bags are needed this time of year: a small bag to toss a wallet and your phone into as you run out for errands like The Knotted Sac by Anastasia Xue or along the same lines but a bit larger such as the Lola Market Bag by DeniMade, a tote for books or school supplies, Mitered Rectangle Tote by Pia Thadani, a large shopping bag so that you don’t have all that plastic or if your area no longer has plastic bags, like the Diamond Shopping Bag by Debra Arch or for the kiddos, try the super cute Woodland Animal Bags by Kathleen Stuart or the Kindergarten Nap Buddy that is a 3-in-1 project!

Diamond Shopping Bag: Openwork with plain tassel option

Sticking with the school theme, we have a section dedicated to home decor projects that in someway use geometry in their makeup. How many different shapes can you find in this section? Can you locate them all? Triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, circles, octagons and more abound in the beautiful blankets, place mat, rug, coasters and pillow in this chapter. Add brightness and color to your home with the cover project Afghan Squared by Rebeca Grieco and the Crazy 8s Lapghan by Andee Graves. Mellow things down a bit with the Hues of Blue Table Mat by Angela Ader and the Going Round in Circles Rug by Debra Arch. Give the Tunisian Magic Triangles Afghan your own twist with four possible assembly diagrams or better yet, arrange and discover your own configuration! Create drama to your home with Tammy Hildebrand’s Mod Triangles Pillow and Rohn Strong’s amazing Modern Geometric Blanket.

Tunisian Magic Triangles Afghan by Sandy Walker

But let’s not forget the threadies! We have 2 more squares being added to Gemma R. Owens’ Resplendent Squares series in lovely shades of pinks, purple and green. There’s also an eye-catching table runner by Joyce Geisler, the Aztec Runner. A BIG round, intricate doily, the Amethyst Doily by Olga Shalaeva, is the perfect project for those wishing to advance their threadwork skills! And then for some variety, we bring you 4 lovely, lacy edgings that you can add to any project, sewn or crocheted. Designers Linda Dean, Cherie Bernatt of Crochet Mon Cherie, Monice Mance and Lori Zeller give you lovely designs and information on how to crochet them to anything thing for almost any project you can imagine.

Quartet of Decorative Edgings

Make something for your pooch in this issue as well or read up donating to a locate shelter. And be sure to check out the Learn a Stitch project, where Helen C. Smith has you creating an amazingly creative overlay crochet design.

All this and more with the latest issue! Be sure to get yours as soon as you can so you can get started!

—Britt Schmiesing, editor


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7 Accessories From The 40’s That You Have To Make

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Hello everyone! Tara here—

Since everyone seemed to love the last post about vintage styles from the 1920’s, which you can find here, I thought we should look at some more vintage styles.

Fashion in the 1940’s was split. In the early 1940’s, World War II saw fabrics and many other materials rationed. Clothes were handmade when they could be and were simplistic. Most people wore uniforms so clothes mimicked the uniform’s clean lines and had a casual practicality to them.

In the second half of the 40’s, fashion made a comeback. Shoulder pads were replaced by rounded and softer shoulders, belts accentuated waists, and jackets were tailored. Some women even started wearing high waited pants (though it was rare).

Here are some accessories that were considered must haves in the 1940’s:

# 1: Messenger Bags  

Tan messenger bag

Messenger Bag by Agnes Russell

With women now in the workforce, small clutches were no longer good enough. Women wanted bags that had shoulder straps and could hold all of her necessities while she was out. Most of the bag styles that became popular in the 1940’s are still popular today!

# 2: Shell Bags

Shell Shaped Cross Body Bag

Shell Bag by Susanna Tobias

The shell bag was a favorite design, as were crocheted bags, which would make this one a must-have for any woman in the 1940’s.

# 3: Snoods

Hair Cover Snood

Rose Snood by Maureen Egan Emlet

Hair styles from this time were intricate and time consuming, so women would try to make their styles last as long as they could. One of the best ways to do that was to cover their hair with snoods.

# 4: Short Scarf

Hot Pink Short Scarf

Fun on the Run Scarf by Christy Hagan

Short scarves became a must-have in the 1940’s. Women would either wear them around their necks, or they would wear them over their hair like a wrapped turban.

# 5:  Flowers

Snap On Flower for Hair

Oh Snap! Flowers by Jennifer L. Chapman

Flowers were also incredibly popular in the 40’s. One of the best ways to wear them was in your hair, but wearing a flower as a brooch was just as stylish.

# 6: Berets

White Lacy Beret with Flower

Lovers Knot Beret by Jenny King

Berets were another favorite when it came to covering styled hair. This one does just that and has a fashionable flower on it, which would have made this design a must-have of the time too!

# 7: Tams 

Variegated Tam and Mitts

Favori Tam & Mitts by Gwen Buttke McGannon

Like the beret, tams were one of the top styles of the 40’s. Hats were usually colorful and seen as morale boosting accessories.


What’s your favorite vintage style?

– Tara Orchard, Editor of Crochet! Magazine

Need more inspiration? Check out Annie’s Craft Store for more incredible crochet patterns! 

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Learn a Stitch: Stacked Double Crochet

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Wine-Soaked Pages


In our June issue of Crochet World (find it here!), designer Kaila of Spring Into Fall Designs, uses stacked stitches in her Wine-Soaked Pages set. The stacked double crochet is used at the start of rows or rounds to create the illusion of a full stitch. Generally we start double crochet rows with a chain 2 or a chain 3 (different folks have different preferences on starting chains for double crochet). But no matter which one you choose, it creates a thinner stitch and a short rope of chain stitches that are more visible on your stitching and sometimes allow for a gap between the starting chain and the next stitch. The stacked double crochet creates a thicker stitch that fills in the spacing more and as an added bonus keeps the edges of your work straighter.

To make a stacked double crochet, you will basically work two single crochet directly on top of each other, hence “stacked” in the name. Insert your hook into the first st, yarn over and pull up a loop. You have 2 loops on your hook.


Then yarn over again and pull through both loops. The first part of the stitch is complete.


Now insert your hook in the vertical stitch you just made,



yarn over and pull up a loop. You again have 2 loops on your hook again.


Yarn over and pull through both loops to complete the stacked double crochet.


You will have a solid first stitch to your row.


When you work the next stitches in the row, you will see that it is thicker and fills in that gap that you sometimes get between your starting chains and the next stitch in the row.


In the Wine-Soaked Pages pattern, you will also use a similar technique to create a stacked treble crochet that starts the stacked treble crochet cluster. For a stacked treble crochet, you will work the above steps 3 times and then work the remaining portion of the cluster to create a near imperceptible beginning point to the round.

Try this stitch in other patterns to give your piece a professional look!

—Britt Schmiesing, editor


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All the History You Need to Know About Crochet! Magazine

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Hello everyone! Tara here—

Here’s a question:

If the first issue of Crochet! magazine appeared in Spring 2002, how can it be listed as Volume 35?

The answer:

Because before that premiere issue came out, subscribers had been used to getting their crochet magazines under a few other names and in a different size. We kept that volume number to reflect the rich history that came before Crochet! made its debut.

Crochet Fun was the original parent magazine, and Vol. 1, No. 1 was published by The Needlecraft Shop in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1987. The first issue was the October/November issue and it was focused on giving subscribers a wide variety of quick and easy patterns that could be made in a jiffy. It was a handy digest format that could be easily carried along in a purse or small craft bag.

First Crochet Fun Issue

Crochet Fun Oct/Nov 1987

Crochet Fun was the magazine’s original launch title, and it was first published by The Needlecraft Shop in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1987. The first issue was the October/November issue and it was focused on giving subscribers a wide variety of quick and easy patterns that could be made in a jiffy. It was a handy digest format that could be easily carried along in a purse or small craft bag rather than the full-sized magazine we have now.

First Crochet Home Issue

Crochet Home Oct/Nov 1990

Three years later, in 1990, we shifted our focus to home décor and renamed the magazine Crochet Home to reflect that. Then in the fall of 1999, as the marketplace changed, we broadened the selections to include crochet patterns for festive events such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and many others. To acknowledge this, the title was renamed Crochet Home & Holiday.

First Crochet! Issue

Crochet! Magazine March 2002

Along the way, the Annie’s publishing group of Berne, Indiana, bought both The Needlecraft Shop and the American School of Needlework. The founder of ASN, Jean Leinhauser, saw that the marketplace was lacking a magazine offering fashion-forward wearables and accessories, and her vision sprang to life as an entirely new editorial concept with a new name, Crochet! Not only was the focus a new one, the dimensions were also significantly enlarged from digest-size to the current standard full size.

Summer 2022 Issue of Crochet!

Crochet! Magazine Summer 2022

That brings us up to now, where we are celebrating 20 successful years of delivering crochet wearables, while acknowledging 35 continuous years of publishing for our audience of crochet lovers, whatever the topic.

How long have you been reading Crochet! magazine, and were you a subscriber to any of the earlier magazines?


– Tara Orchard, Editor of Crochet! Magazine


Missing issues? Check out Annie’s Craft Store to get previously released issues! 

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