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Note From the Editor

August has always seemed to me to be an "in-between month." In my part of the world we can still have warm, sultry days, but August always reminds me that soon kids will go back to school and autumn will not be far behind.

I enjoy each and every season for its natural beauty and the rhythm of the days each season brings, but once August hits, I can't help but think about the advent of cooler days and the coming display of colorful leaves.

And so, when the last days of summer are upon us, autumnal colors begin to appear in my seasonal color palette! You'll still find many colorful projects that will remind you of summer in this issue, but you'll also notice a few projects with colors that hint at the coming season too! In our Stress-Free Crochet chapter, we feature several smaller projects with easy-to-memorize stitch patterns that are perfect for enjoying the last days of summer.

We've also included a chapter filled with projects worked in mosaic crochet. Mosaic crochet is a technique where you can create tons of colorful geometric patterns, but you only have to work with one color per row! This is achieved by working one to two rows skipping stitches in a sequential pattern, then filling in the skipped stitches with an alternate color on the next row. It is really quite fun and addictive! We've included 2 photo tutorials and a few easy projects to get you going. Start by making the Mosaic Tiles Place Mat to get the hang of it, and then progress on to the gorgeous Morocco Mosaic Afghan!

Don't miss this issue's In the World of Crochet article about the anti-bullying campaign, Hat Not Hate, that began in 2018. After reading the article you may want to crochet some blue hats to send along to be distributed to school-aged children. I know Crochet World readers love to crochet for a good cause, and your handcrocheted blue hats can bring awareness to a serious problem.

With 24 projects in this issue, you may have a hard time deciding where to begin, but that means you'll have plenty to crochet as you anticipate the first days of autumn!

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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