We’ve put together a bumper issue for you this month, cramming in more patterns, articles and news than ever before, while our comprehensive new How to Crochet pages act as an essential reference for beginners and more seasoned crocheters alike. The issue has a definite theme of cosiness and it’s jam-packed with toasty patterns and warming yarns, just in time for the usual cold snap as the New Year dawns. Talking of the New Year, will you be making any resolutions? Sara Sinaguglia discusses her plan to exhaust her stash before she buys even one more ball of yarn, something I am sure many of us have tried and failed to do. However, her tips on stash-sorting and her accompanying gorgeous tea cosy pattern (ideal for using up yarn scraps) are a great start if you too have decided to have a thrifty 2013. Although I must also insert a warning here: her bird’s eye buttons are addictive!
My new year’s resolution is to set aside more time for relaxation crochet and reading. If that fails, there are plenty of quick-fix projects in the following pages to keep me busy in the few short hours I can grab. Tracey Todhunter’s floor cushions are made with a chunky hook and are easily adaptable, while Helda Panagary’s baby booties are perfect for all my friends’ new babies due early in the year.
Finally, if, like me, you have devoured parts one and two of Annette Petavy’s tension series, you will enjoy the final article exploring blocking and drape, the execution of which can transform your projects. I am looking forward to trying out Annette’s tips on her stunning ‘tension’ project in a future issue.
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