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Note From the Editor

What inspires you to crochet? Is it all the gorgeous yarns just waiting to be fashioned into your next project? Is it the challenge of figuring out a new pattern? Or perhaps itís the enjoyment of settling in with a simple project and de-stressing after a long day. There are as many different reasons to crochet as there are crocheters. We each approach our crochet time differently and for different reasons. However, as Christmas approaches, we all have one goal in commonómaking meaningful gifts to delight our family and friends!

In this issue, weíve included dozens of projects just perfect for gift-giving as well as decorating your home throughout the season. In the Holiday Countdown chapter, youíll find several quick and easy projects, many of which are sized for everyone on your list. Crochet up a bunch of the Simply Slippers made with super bulky yarn, sized for kids through adults. The All-Time Favorite Scarf is sized for all ages too! Crochet a bunch of the Fold Ďní Roll Floral Washcloths and add them to a basket filled with spa items for a luxurious gift, or make a pair of the Color Play Fingerless Mitts for a favorite friend.

The Holiday Home chapter is filled with beautiful projects to stitch for your home decor. Youíll find several unique ornaments, a gorgeous Christmas Rose Afghan, a Smitten Snowman Stocking, some totally adorable elves and so much more! Like me, you may have a hard time prioritizing which project to make first! As always, our upfront features continue the theme, including a Scraps Delight thread ornament, a perfect beginnerís project that makes a great gift, a stunning cabled poncho with fur trim, and so much more!

It may be a bit early, but itís time to grab a cup of hot cocoa, put on some Christmas music, and spend some time organizing your crochet must make list as you look through 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.

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