PowerPurls Podcast and GIVEAWAY!

Don’t you love podcasts? And podcasts about our favorite hobbies are the best because you can stitch away while listening! It’s very efficient crafting!

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Kara Gott Warner, editor of Creative Knitting, interviewed me recently for the Power Purls Podcast. We talked about many great things including some TRENDS that I see happening in crochet.

Here are some highlights:  Ellen’s eureka moment that led to a crochet design career.

  • Lesson learned- don’t go against your grain.
  • How a $100 investment turned into the beginning of her designing career.
  • The pay off of persistence– 1 year and 100 designs later led to a big payoff. Persistence is everything!
  • Why it’s important to study pattern books and magazines of publishers you want to work with.
  • Keep going until you get a YES.
  • A look behind-the-scenes at the fast and furious pace of the Annie’s PBS television series, Knit and Crochet Now!
  • Ellen shares the details about her “bridge from knit to crochet” scarflette design in Creative Knitting magazine.
  • Why Ellen considers herself more of a curator rather than editor.
  • Instead of finding work/life balance, Ellen refers to this as “taking turns.”

Click here for the interview and the details on how to enter to win a 1-year subscription to Crochet! Entries are due 3/21, So HURRY!

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Happy Reveal Day!

The summer issue of Crochet! has been revealed! Check us out on Facebook, check out the current issue contents, look at the gorgeous cover! Annie’s Signature Designer, Lena Skvagerson created the beautiful cover project. It would also look fantastic as a shell under a jacket for work or a cardigan for an afternoon party. Just beautiful!


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Crochet Dreams Come True

As you know, Crochet! is going to Ireland this summer with me and Jennifer Ryan!  It’s currently SOLD OUT!

But what about next year? What about 2017? You have time to save and plan… where would you like to go in 2017? Vote by placing your choice in the comments!






Instagram Giveaway!

On Instagram, right now, (3/14/16 at 10:23am EST) Annie’s Online Classes is having a giveaway!

Here’s the link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BC72nJ3uNk0/?taken-by=anniesonlineclasses

Or log into Instagram, search and follow AnniesOnlineClasses

Like and leave a comment on the photo that says, “Video Class Spring Giveaway”

Good Luck!


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Annie’s Summer Love

The most exciting collection Annie’s Signature Designs has ever presented.

Follow the excitement on Instagram Instagram.com/anniessignaturedesigns

Here’s one photo sneak peek for you but you can see many more crochet and knit inspiration on Instagram. The whole extravaganza with all the details will be revealed in early April.


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Happy Crochet Month!

Though we celebrate crochet all year long, March is National Crochet Month!  And really, it’s INTERNATIONAL Crochet Month because we have beloved readers and designers from all over the world!

(Speaking of INTERNATIONAL crocheting… Join me in Ireland with a crochet tour of a lifetime! Read all the details HERE, act quickly because it is almost full.)

Do you have any plans for National Crochet Month? Here are some ideas:

  1. Subscribe to Crochet! magazine :)
  2. Learn a new crochet technique!
  3. Teach someone to crochet!
  4. Stock up on your favorite yarns and patterns.
  5. Become a Knit and Crochet Now! member
  6. Like our Crochet! Facebook page.
  7. Follow Annie’s online classes on Instagram!
  8. Listen to the Power Purls Podcast where we talk about CROCHET! (coming soon!)

Or why not to all of the above!

Tell me in the comments section how you will celebrate our favorite craft!

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Come with me to Ireland!

We are going to have so much fun! Won’t you please join us? Designer Jennifer E. Ryan will be teaching us Celtic inspired crochet. You’ve likely already admired her gorgeous designs in the past such as the lyrical Kerry Shrug from Crochet!

And I was able to demonstrate how to make this shrug on the Knit and Crochet Now! tv show. See it all comes full circle! Jennifer a great designer and teacher in Crochet!, me editor of Crochet! magazine, and YOU the readers and viewers of the magazine and show!  We are all meant to be together in this one amazing moment of time, in Ireland, where Jennifer takes so much inspiration. I admit, the trip is almost full, but it’s not too late, you can still join us! We’re leaving June 24th. You still have time to get your passport if you act FAST!

Ireland has been inspiring crocheters for generations. The long tradition of woolen mills and lace making. Even if you don’t have a personal familial connection to Ireland like Jennifer and I both have, you likely feel a pull to the place that has inspired a whole branch of the crochet we love.


On the trip Jennifer will teach crochet classes including a class to make the lovely Galway Necklace.

The trip includes: Round-trip airfare from New York, private motorcoach and driver/guide, first-class hotel accommodations, most meals, sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary including an optional Irish Singing and Dancing show, a visit to Blarney Woolen Mills, Avoca Weaving and Spinning, & Ross Castle, Irish scone making class, a sheep shearing demonstration, crocheting workshops with the fabulous Jennifer E Ryan and much more!

Click here to go to Crafttours for all the information, itinerary, and registration. Come alone or bring a friend! We’ll all be there together.

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Trip Trap Wrap

The spring issue of Crochet has a bouquet full of colorful spring shawls. I’ve already told you about the Refractions Tunisian Wrap, the Spree Circle & Square Shawl and now fantastically constructed wrap, the Trip Trap Wrap!

It was designed by April Garwood to sit comfortably on the shoulders without falling off. Great idea April! I can never find a shawl pin when I need one but this wrap won’t need one!

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Just one yarn does all the colorwork for you! It’s Premier Yarns Wool-Free sock yarn. Now you’ll know what to make with the gorgeous sock yarn in your stash besides make socks! This yarn is available HERE and you’ll need 5 balls to make this project. This pattern is rated as a “confident beginner” pattern. See this pattern and all the other awesome wraps, covers, cardigans, pullovers, blankets, and kids items from this issue HERE.

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Spree Circle & Square Shawl

If the chill of winter follows you into spring, the Spree Circle & Square Shawl is an amazing wrap.


Designer Diane Moyer uses basic stitches to create this show-stopping yet easy-to-stitch motif wrap in gorgeous Noro Silk Garden yarn. Let one yarn do all the color work. Join these motifs as you go for non-stop stitching.

Get the pattern HERE.


Crimped Lace Anorak

Designer Jill Hanratty comes through again! Another beautiful timeless and season-less crochet design. Sized to 2X, the Crimped Lace Cardigan is stitched in Fibra Natura Good Earth yarn. If you don’t recognize the brand, it’s part of the Universal Yarns family of brands. It’s a cotton/linen size 4 weight yarn and is perfect for transitional weather.


This pattern is in the new spring issue of Crochet!

See more of Jill’s fabulous crochet patterns HERE.

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