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A Note From the Editor

In autumn, it seems that our view out the window changes daily. As the colors of the trees shift and transform, the wide range of vibrant hues on display is stunning. Maybe it's time for our crochet projects to shift and transform too! Have your crochet projects fallen into a one-color rut? For me, it can be easy to settle into a routine of choosing just one color for projects, especially for garments. Some projects are stunning in just one color -- the Chestnut Circular Throw is a gorgeous example of this -- but to customize a project and make it unique, adding a second color is just enough variety to add sophistication and crispness, just like the autumn air.

In this issue, there are many opportunities to make projects your own by adding unique color combinations. The Color-Block Chic Pullover, the Head-Hugger Headband, the Eventide Table Mat and the First Frost Throw are all projects that you can transform with your favorite color combination.

If you find choosing colors is difficult, like trying to choose a favorite ice cream, let the yarn do all the work for you! In the dramatic Brilliant Foliage Shawl and the Cut-Diamond Cardigan, beautiful multicolored yarn with long color changes may look like advanced colorwork, but each project uses just one variegated yarn.

Take your cue from the season and allow colors to transform your crochet projects from a solid landscape to a brilliant one!

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Ellen Gormley, Executive Editor


Ellen Gormley has been crocheting since she was about 10 years old, but didn't begin her design career until 2004 when she began staying home with her children. She stitched more than 80 afghans before becoming a full-time crafter who "gets paid to play with yarn!" Within the crochet community, Ellen is particularly well-known for her stylish Bruges Lace crochet, join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs. Ellen has more than 200 published designs including garments, bags and accessories, and home decor.

Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written five books, including Go Crochet! Skillbuilder, published in 2014, and the recently released Marvelous Crochet Motifs, published by Annie’s. She is the instructor of Annie's Learn to Crochet, Crocheting With Beads, and Crochet Lace video classes and is also one of the crochet experts featured on Knit and Crochet Now! which airs on PBS. In 2013, Ellen was named editor of Annie’s Crochet! magazine.

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