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Los amantes del ganchillo que no hablen inglés aún pueden disfrutar de muchos de los patrones en la revista Crochet! Magazine.

Varios proyectos en cada número tienen tanto instrucciones escritas como esquemas de ganchillo.

Para ayudar a unir puentes entre idioma y símbolos, visite esta pagine en la web de Annie´s que ofrece una explicación de los símbolos del ganchillo.

And…

Crocheters who do not speak English can still enjoy many of the patterns in Crochet! magazine. Several projects in each issue have both written instructions and symbol diagrams. To help bridge the gap between language and symbols, visit this page on the Annie’s website that offers a key to crochet symbols.

Symbol Crochet
U.S. single crochet (sc)
U.K. double crochet (dc)
Français maille serree
Español punto bajo (pb)
Deutsch Feste Masche (fM)
Italiano maglia bassa (m. bassa)
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BIG NEWS!

Can you imagine a world where all crafts live in harmony? Knitters and Crocheters coming together to join with beaders, paper crafters, quilters, sewers, flower arrangers, cake decorators, cross-stitchers, painters!  What a wonderful world it would be!

Now we can get a weekend long crafting in harmony experience…

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Save the date for October 30, 31 and November 1 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

There will be tons of information coming as details on the classes, teachers and vendors all firm up. What I do know is that the teacher list is AWESOME and you are going to want to attend with a friend or two or family member or two and sample not only your favorite crafts but new ones you may want to learn! There will be free activities and demonstrations. DEBBIE MACOMBER will be there as the keynote speaker! Here’s the website where information will be forthcoming!

 

 

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Don’t Miss the Special Newsstand Issues!

Now you can subscribe to the Special Newsstand issues of Crochet! and Crochet World. Separate from your regular subscriptions of the magazines, our editor, Carol Alexander, has been putting together Special issues 2 times per year for both magazines. Now you can subscribe to all FOUR special issues in print copy or digital copy so you won’t miss out and you won’t have to drive to the store to find them!

Here’s how: Read the details here.

This is a brand new offering at a discount for Annie’s Crochet Specials!

Here is a photo of the Specials already published:

Enjoy home delivery of newstand special issues of Crochet World and Crochet! with our exclusive subscription offer!

 

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Become a Designer for Crochet!

Have you always had a secret desire to design for Crochet! ?  Does your heart race at even reading this headline? The next deadline for design proposals is May 8, 2015.  I will be looking at proposals for the Spring 2016 issue.

How do you propose a project for publication?

Step 1: On the left sidebar of the Crochet! magazine website, under More Information, choose “Designer Guidelines” or click HERE for a direct link to the designer guidelines. Click on and read the ‘Submission Guidelines’.

Step 2: Email us at Editor@Crochetmagazine.com and ask for an Editorial Calendar. It gives you the dates, details, and inspiration about submitting for this issue and the next one.

What needs to be in a proposal?

1.  A completed Project Submission form (it’s attached to the editorial calendar). Fill in the form completely with all the necessary information: What yarn you want to use, what color, what the project is, how big it will be, what stitches you will use, what you would like to call it, and a pretty description to introduce the project, etc.

2. A swatch!  Even in an emailed submission, make a large swatch and attach a great photo of it. Make sure if your project has multiple stitch patterns, that we can see them all. If your project has grading, show on your swatch how you plan to increase or decrease. If you plan on attaching flowers or trims, show those on your swatch or on a second swatch.

3. A sketch!  It doesn’t have to be a talented sketch, just give us an idea of where things will go, what length of sleeves does it have (if any) how long will a garment fit on the body (tunic length, cropped length?).  If your sketch is really, uh, sketchy… use more words to help illustrate, and point to it! —–> 3/4 sleeve, mid-hip length, length of purse handle, etc.

4. If you have never published a pattern before, or haven’t published one with us, please send us a portion of the written pattern you are proposing. Having a well-written pattern is just as important as having a pretty pattern.

You can either mail in your submission with your swatches (make sure you wrote down exactly what you did… we’ll keep your swatch if we use it.) OR you can email your submission (then you can keep your swatch for reference).

DO: Please send submissions to only one publication at a time… because what if we both say, ‘YES”?, then you’ll be in the embarrassing spot of telling someone you can’t deliver on your proposal.

DO: Be amazing. ;)  Look over our past issues but don’t try and copy what you’ve seen us publish before. We want what we haven’t already seen!

DO: Be bold. Every published designer has had rejections. It happens. It will happen to you. Most of the time it’s just that the “fit” isn’t right. It doesn’t mean that your project is bad. If it doesn’t get accepted design something new and try again. Ask yourself… if I saw this in a magazine, and I had never seen it before, would I want to make it? What would excite me about this project? Would it teach me something new?

DO: Be happy crocheting. There is nothing wrong with stitching happily along on projects that other designers have written. Designers are just crocheters who don’t like to follow instructions ;)

 

 

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Free pattern of the month!

People are going crazy happy for this link on Pinterest, that leads you back to Crochet! magazine’s free pattern of the month:

This year’s theme is: Afghans & Throws

Reversible Rainbow, designed by Darla Fanton 

Crochet!

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Crochetville’s Designer Blog Tour

Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month began Sunday, March 1. Each day of the month, two crochet designers will host and possibly offer giveaways. The last 7 days of the month, will be posts by Crochet Guild of America board members. We’ll also be supporting Halos of Hope throughout the month, encouraging blog tour readers to donate hats and consider donating funds directly to Halos. This is a totally free event, with no cost for designers to participate or for readers who are visiting all the various blog posts. Crochetville is also encouraging designers to give a special freebie as “customer appreciation.”

Designer Schedule

Daily Giveaway Schedule

Halos of Hope Information

CGOA Information
*Annie’s is not affiliated with Crochetville but it’s National Craft Month and that includes our favorite craft… crochet. So let’s celebrate together!

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Crochet for pets!

Do you crochet for your pets?

I had a fun conversation with a friend the other day. She wanted to make a sweater for her dog because we have been having extremely cold temperatures lately. We talked about what she wanted for Ande, the pup.

In the past, I have made a bed for Charlie…

Charlie-in-bed

which he promptly outgrew…

We have chickens at our house. I’m not sure I would call them pets. We care about them but don’t have names for them. Here’s a photo of the baby chicks that were born around Valentine’s Day.

teen chicks

So tell me, do you crochet for your pets?

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What’s Trending on Pinterest

It’s so fascinating how Pinterest seems to be timeless. There is no then only now. Pins from the past get attention and suddenly they are new again. From the Crochet! magazine board on Pinterest, this afghan, the Joyous Squares by Dot Drake, has recently been wildly popular!

It’s gorgeous! It was published in Everything Crochet in 2011.

You can follow the Crochet! magazine board on Pinterest HERE. The book is available as a digital download here.

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The Editor Wants to Know…

What was your very first project? Do you remember your very first crochet project?

I started crocheting at around 8 years old. I think my first project was different colored granny squares, one red, one green, one blue, one yellow… that I sewed into a cube and stuffed with fiberfill to make a Rubik’s cube.

Tell me about your first project!

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Make all the Projects!

Do you ever get inspired and feel like you want to STITCH EVERYTHING?

So, I’m caught up on my favorite tv shows but I needed something to make noise while I work and I found Robyn Chachula’s Learn to Crochet Sweaters Annie’s online class. I have had the joy of attending Robyn’s classes in person and of course I’ve worked with her on Knit and Crochet Now and consider her a good friend.

So, I virtually invited Robyn over for the afternoon! (She doesn’t know this…) because I watched her online class, Learn to Crochet Sweaters. The patterns are totally cute. She makes them SO EASY that I just want to make them ALL.  Make ALL THE PROJECTS!

Learn to Crochet sweaters

The Andi Lace Raglan Sweater is adorable!

I want to make it TWICE. One exactly the way it is and the other extra big and wear it as a swimsuit cover up. Robyn makes it incredibly easy.

Now the Ruby Top-Down Pullover… I need this exact wardrobe staple. The color is perfect, the subtle texture is interesting, the top-down construction is awesome for trying it on as you crochet.

The Brooklyn Motif Tunic… is delightful! After you learn this classic technique you could totally go off the rails with your own creative ideas.

Thanks Robyn for spending the afternoon keeping me company while I work!

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