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Note From the Editor

This issue is so packed with great projects that I couldn't decide what to tell you about first!

With summer coming should I talk about all the projects in lovely shades of blue featured in the Summertime Blues chapter? Or the large variety of quick and easy small projects in the Grab & Go chapter perfect for taking with you on your summer travels? Or should I mention the special projects we've included to make a wedding day extra special? And then there are the upfront features including the Perfect Project Pouch to take your grab and go projects in and the Long & Lacy Vest just right for wearing over jeans and a tee. Or what about the Crochet Angel–I can't forget to tell you about the thread project every crocheter needs! Oh, did I forget to mention the award-winning Layers of Lace table topper with its unique use of traditional lace stitches?

Every project in this issue is a personal favorite, and I have added several to my summer crochet must-make list! I love all shades of blue so I will have a hard time deciding which project to make first in the Summertime Blues chapter. The By the Sea Blanket is certainly striking with its bold cream and navy stripes worked in herringbone double crochet. A new stitch for me, I love the look of this easy-to-do textural stitch and plan to use it again for another project. Or I may have to begin with the Beach Walk Scarf with its flirty beaded fringe, or the award-winning Caribbean Blues Shawl done in a pretty Tunisian stitch.

In the Grab & Go chapter, the Summertime Towels are certainly a perfect project to take along. Or I could make the Beaded Effects Bracelet–one in each color to match my summer wardrobe!

And although I don't have a summer wedding to attend, the Elegant Cable Shawl would certainly make a lovely lightweight wrap for any special occasion, so I better add that to my crochet to-do list!

The Crochet Angel made the list too! Who could resist this cute little angel complete with her own tiny project and hook keeping watch as you crochet? And finally, I hope you will join me in adding the Layers of Lace table topper to your must-make list! The firstplace winner in the Crochet Thread category at the 2018 Crochet Guild of America conference, this masterpiece is worth the time spent learning new lace techniques. I hope you will join me for this three-part series. You will have something to be very proud of when you have finished crocheting this heirloom.

So grab your hooks and let's get 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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