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A Note From the Editor

The fresh air and deep colors of the ocean have been an inspiration for artists and sailors alike since the beginning of time. I have loved bringing you this collection of nautical-inspired projects that include the Boating Tee, the Anchors Aweigh Tote, the Sail Sarong, Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat, the Pop-Up Popples blanket and the adorable Oscar the Octopus toy. These patterns are perfect to make ahead and enjoy during warmer months or to bring on your summer adventures and stitch away! Oscar the Octopus was designed by Kati Brown and this is her first appearance in Crochet!

There is another theme that runs through this issue. A little bit of Americana in the Glory Throw by Cindy Adams, the Go Everywhere Tote by Brenda Bourg and the Short Beach Picnic Blanket by Susie Allen.

Need some inspiration to learn some new tricks this summer? The amazing Rose Garden Shawl puts your new broomstick lace skills to work as described in the Learn It! Do It! article and project combo by Brenda Bourg.

Whether you plan to kick back and enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the ocean, the plains or the mountains, it's time to breathe fresh air into your crochet portfolio. I hope these patterns inspire your next creation!

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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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