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Note From the Editor

Crochet World turns 40 this year and we are going to celebrate all year long!

Wow! Can you believe Crochet World has been around 40 years? I remember the first issues that I bought as a young mom with little free time to crochet. I would scan through each issue picking out all the projects I wished I could make while my newborn son took his naps.

Recently we pulled all the back issues from the archives and had a wonderful time reminiscing. Of course, there were some laughs too as we commented on how much fashions have changed over the years. But the exciting part was that many of the patterns are still crochet-worthy designs!

All this year we plan to bring you some of the best designs from past issues—some re-stitched to update colors and styles and other designs just as they originally appeared. We'll share some fun facts about Crochet World as we look back over the past 40 years, and we'll have fun giveaways each issue so you can join in on the celebration too!

To kick off the celebration we're featuring the top two most favorited Crochet World patterns from Ravelry in our Cozy Throws & Afghans chapter. You may recognize the Sweetheart Ripple Afghan, which first appeared in the February 2009 issue. On Ravelry alone almost 10,000 people have favorited it and almost 1,000 people have crocheted this striking afghan. And coming in second, favorited over 7,000 times is the Stained Glass Afghan. You'll find several other stunning afghans and throws in this chapter, all of which use a variety of techniques and styles to entice you to crochet one or more to keep your family cozy and warm this winter.

We know crocheting for charity is close to your heart, so our Heartfelt Crochet chapter is filled with projects that are quick to crochet, and sure to show your caring heart. Not only are these great projects to make for your favorite charity, but you may find yourself using the patterns for quick gifts for family and friends too!

So make yourself a cup of tea, settle into your favorite chair, and enjoy a leisurely moment as you look over this issue.

Happy Crocheting!

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Jackie Daugherty, Executive Editor

Jackie Daugherty is the editor of Crochet World magazine. She also edits the special newsstand issues of Crochet World and Crochet! magazines and is the project manager for Annie's Hook & Needle Club.

Jackie is a lifelong crafter and has been crocheting and knitting since she was 8 years old. In addition to managing a yarn shop for 10 years, Jackie has taught crochet and knit classes at local yarn shops and national events including CGOA for over 30 years. Jackie served as the vice president for CGOA from 2000-2003. During her tenure she established an exclusive pattern line which includes several of her designs. Jackie co-authored Kids Can Crochet and has published many patterns in several magazines and books.

Jackie lives with her husband and 2 rambunctious dogs in a tiny home filled with yarn!

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