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A Note From the Editor

Autumn is the favorite time of year for many crocheters. In our part of the country, that means cooler, crisper temperatures, a richness of colors on the trees and an abundance of texture in nature. I'm pleased to share with you an amazing assembly of projects designed by talented artists around the world in this new issue of Crochet! For this issue, their task was to consider the gorgeous aspects of autumn in the New England area. They took the challenge and created some inspiring items that can be appreciated the world over.

In our Great Yarns, Great Styles section there are three showstopping projects featuring an array of Plymouth Yarns. Designer Lena Skvagerson has created a beautiful marriage of solid stitching and lace in the Stamford Pullover. Taking us to the edge of style and elegance, Managing Editor Jackie Daugherty created a clever and breathtaking symphony-in-gray shawl. The third project in this special feature is the Autumn Swirls Scarf, which brings together fantastic leaf shapes with the color of dark sky, designed by Brandi Isham.

The rest of the issue is just as fun with a little bit for everyone. I always strive to bring you a fun example of Tunisian crochet excellence, and Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz's Mocha Boot Cuffs and New England Cowl do not disappoint! Hats, scarves, blankets, pillows, shrugs and -- of course -- great sweaters abound in every skill level from beginner to challenging. I hope this eclectic collection of inspiring projects helps make this autumn your favorite season yet!

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Ellen Gormley, 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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