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Note From the Editor

When the rush to finish last-minute gifts is behind me and the festivities are over, I look forward to a special crochet time. I set aside a month or two after the holidays to make a special project that I have been looking forward to beginning. I may focus on learning a new technique or tackling a project that requires more of my attention—one I can crochet leisurely and enjoy.

This year, I want to focus on Irish crochet and Celtic cables. I love the intricate look of lacy Irish crochet motifs and want to dig deeper, not only into the history behind this beautiful style of thread crochet, but also I want to expand my hands-on skills by making a traditional thread piece complete with roses and leaves. On the wooly side of things, I want to try a few more projects that incorporate a variety of cable patterns. If you want to join me, you’ll find several projects in our Today’s Irish Crochet chapter, along with two articles where you’ll hear from three great designers working in the Irish crochet style. On my list is the stunning Wreath of Roses doily crocheted in traditional Irish lace, the Cabled Headband & Mitts and the Knot Necklace, which mimics Celtic knots in crochet.

The beginning of the new year is also a time to reevaluate my yarn stash and whittle it down a bit! I think you’ll find several projects just perfect for stash reduction in our Scrap Happy Crochet feature. Scraps never looked so good! Among other projects, the Scrap Happy Afghan is at the top of my list—row upon row of different pattern stitches lends itself perfectly to using up a bunch of colorful worsted-weight scraps.

This issue is so packed with great projects, it’s hard not to list them all here! Don’t miss the Painted Desert Cardigan, the Cascading Shells Throw or the Lacy Hearts Runner. Better yet, grab a cup of hot cocoa, get comfy in your favorite crochet spot, and spend an afternoon looking through this issue. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year!

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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