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A Note From the Editor

Layer it, tie it, snuggle it -- any way you want to wrap yourself, we have it for you! No matter the weather outside, winter is a time to pamper yourself and your loved ones in comfort. From beginner projects to more advanced adventures, this issue has the projects for you to take your hook and whip up some warmth.

Winter is the perfect season to notice how crochet touches our everyday lives. From the crocheted afghans on our beds to the beanies on our heads, crochet is everywhere. It offers warmth and comfort, color and style. While most of us crochet nearly every day, many of us also use finished crochet projects every day too. The practicality of crochet is one of my favorite aspects of the craft.

Cables are an excellent way to increase the practical uses of crochet in winter, as they create a dense and warm fabric. There are many different ways to make cables in this issue. Cables and hints of cables can be found in the Crazy for Cables Scarf, the Endless Cables Cowl, the Bettina Blanket and even Tunisian cabling in the Chelsea Cabled Set. Try to find sections of cables in the Garland Dress and Channeled Cape too! Whichever project you choose first, I hope the projects in this issue are today's inspiration.

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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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