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A Note From the Editor

As spring approaches, we begin to think of the many upcoming events that this time of year brings, such as Mother's Day, weddings and baby showers. Crochet baby rompers are trendy and look adorable on any baby, so for your next baby shower gift be sure to check out the Baby Romper & Sun Hat pattern.

Spring is also the perfect time to crochet openwork accessories and apparel to wear through the summer, and this issue is all about embracing the lace with light and airy designs. Lace Trapeze Tunic is a stunning design that is made with multiple stitch patterns. Caftans with their traditionally deep cut in front have always had a glamorous feel, but they're also perfect for casual wear. Our Modern Caftan is all this and more. We've stitched a colorful version and a solid-color white version to show you how versatile this iconic piece can be!

If you are looking for easy projects that you can make in a weekend or on-the-go projects, you'll find five fashion accessories so fabulous that you won't know which one to start first. Busy Day Wristlet is the perfect size for an outing; you can join the bring-your-own bag movement with Farmers Market Bag; Sweet Citrus Infinity Scarf is an easy way to add color; and not one but two spring flip-flop designs will definitely spruce up your outfits.

And with the season change, don't forget to refresh your home. Garden Party Hot Pads are some of the prettiest hot pads I have ever seen. And Super Simple Doilies are made using a cotton worsted-weight yarn and can be stitched in less than two hours! I am always looking for unique afghans and Azure Mist, crocheted on the diagonal with its mixture of texture and openwork, is just such an afghan.

For as long as I have crocheted, I have always hated making the starting chain. I recently tried the chain-free foundation technique and love it. If you have not tried it yet, grab your hook and yarn and learn how to create the foundation row and the first row of your project at the same time in our Learn It! Do It! feature.

Make it a good spring by spending time with family and friends and, of course, crocheting.

Happy Stitching!

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Connie Ellison, Editor

Connie Ellison is the executive crochet editor for Annie’s and the editor of Crochet! magazine. Connie is the crochet buyer for Annie’s Craft Catalog and website, and oversees the Annie’s crochet pattern books. Connie began her career with Annie’s in 1978. Crochet, reading and gardening are her passions, and she spends her summers canning and freezing vegetables grown on their farm. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband. They have 2 grown children and three grandchildren.

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