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A Note From the Editor

As the summer projects arrived in the office it became increasingly clear to me that this is an amazing collection of beautiful patterns and intriguing articles! I am thrilled to bring you interesting and innovative project designs. These designs vary in shape and technique, color and construction, and are all professionally technically edited by a staff that makes quality their number one priority. I am excited to bring you designers who are new to Crochet! Their fresh perspective and fascinating approaches to crochet are cutting edge. Some of the new designers to check out are Juliette Bezold on page 53, Jennifer Pionk on page 49, Susie Allen on pages 76 and 84, and Kathy Lashley on page 72. The common factor among these uncommon designers is that they bring you quality patterns that will fit into your wardrobe with practical yet stylish garments and accessories.

Along with new designers, we are continuing many features that debuted in our previous issue. The Blogger Spotlight is back, this time focused on Moogly owner Tamara Kelly. I'm sure you will love learning about the fascinating bloggers who are the innovative forefront of the crochet industry!

We also are continuing a focus on great yarn shops across the country. Churchmouse Yarns & Teas is the featured LYS for this issue. You'll love learning about the great way they are doing business.

Keep this issue close at hand as you travel and staycation this summer. You'll sure to be entertained all season long!

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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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