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A Note From the Editor

There are so many fun and luxurious trends in the crochet world right now! While they have the look and feel of decadence and sophistication, they don't have to break the bank. Light-as-air drape, rustic chunky feel and terrific texture are the hallmarks of this winter collection.

Designers Jill Hanratty and Juliette Bezold have created amazing weightless projects with the Twist of Lace Belted Pullover and the Portsmouth Poncho. Both are light enough to be comfortable without bulk but are heavyweights in the style category. The decadent texture of the Tunisian stitchwork in the Portsmouth Poncho reminds me of the first bite of excellent chocolate. Both projects are on my short list to wear for holiday gatherings this winter!

Rustic, chunky feel is the squishy texture and mega style characterized by Jennifer Pionk's Lazy Day Braided Rug. The huge yarn just screams abundance and comfort, the cool cream whispers elegance, and the whole project comes together in one show-stopping focal point for any room.

Terrific texture abounds in multiple projects in this collection. Fall in love with the popcorn stitch again with the Flower Fringe Shawl. Bubbly popcorn stitches in the motif are complemented by the popcorns in the fringe. Together they carry the project into the "special occasion" category. The hint of mohair in the yarn certainly helps elevate the status of this simple shawlette.

I hope you find abundance and comfort in your life this winter. I hope with these projects you'll feel inspired all season and beyond!

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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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