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A Note From the Editor

I'm sure most of you have cotton yarn and thread in your yarn closets and project bags. Perhaps cotton was one of the first fibers you ever used. Personally, I began working with cotton for dishcloths and bibs. Cotton is a great choice for many projects from garments to accessories to home decor. Look at a few of the stunning projects in this issue that show the modern evolution of cotton. The Coconut Cream Crop Top, the Tropical Waterfall Shawl, the Coral Diamond Scarf, the Urban Rainbow Tote and the Bruges Multi Shawl all use cotton or cotton-blend yarns that offer superior stitch definition and cool comfort for warm-weather wear. Gentle and pliable, yet sturdy and practical, these cotton yarns will make you look at this great fiber in a fresh new way. Cotton is not just for the kitchen!

Create a color twist on any project with the Yarn Dyeing With Kool-Aid tutorial. Take basic wool yarn and soak it in color with this fun activity that crocheters of every age will enjoy.

Whether you stitch with cotton, wool or some other lovely fiber this summer, take advantage of the time and opportunity to create and rediscover some familiar favorites.

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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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