Love of Crochet – Springing into our new look!

We’re always excited about the release of each new issue because we LOVE sharing the new patterns we’ve been fawning over with our fellow knitters and crocheters. However, we are especially excited about the Spring 2015 Issue of Love of Crochet, which hits newsstands today, because it’s going to give you a sneak peek of our brand new look!

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You might notice that our logo got freshened up a bit without being too much of a departure from the previous one. We’ve also sprinkled in a few photos taken in our new style, and we think they’re GORGEOUS!

What do you think of our bright, fresh new photography? I like how the light backgrounds really make the projects pop! The photos have a clean, modern, and fun feel to them, and we hope you love them as much as we do.

Plus, based on your responses to our surveys, we’ll be adding even more technique tutorials to help you learn new skills. Keep an eye out for this, and the final unveiling of our new look, in the Summer Issue of Love of Crochet, on sale May 26th. Knitters will see all of our fabulous changes in the Summer Issue of Love of Knitting, on sale April 21st.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to grow and change with you, and we’re looking forward to crafting together for many more years.

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Charity Spotlight – The Preemie Project

The Preemie Project is a wonderful charity that comforts critically ill premature babies in Iowa’s Newborn Intensive Care Units, as well as their families, by providing handmade hats and booties. The seemingly small gesture of donating a handmade baby item offers incredible support for parents and families of preemies, and the cozy hats and booties help these tiny babies stay warm. The Preemie Project is currently experiencing some urgent needs, and you can find a detailed list of the projects they are seeking on their website.

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It’s important to mention that they are no longer accepting donated blankets because The American Society of Pediatrics does not recommend them for newborns. However, they have put out a call to charitable crafters asking for several cute and quick-to-make items.

The Preemie Project needs

  • Blue hats and booties for baby boys
  • Red, white, and blue hats and booties for their Fourth of July donation
  • Hats for their Christmas donation

By taking just a bit of time to knit or crochet some adorable baby items, you can make a big difference for a family in their time of need. Knitters, the Breath of Spring Baby Hat is an adorable and classic design, perfect for boys or girls. Crocheters will love the quick and easy Fishbowl Beanie, which is sized for preemies, newborns, infants, and toddlers.

Have you ever knit or crocheted baby items for charity?

National Crochet Month – Crochet deals!

As we’ve mentioned (AKA been screaming from the rooftops), March is National Crochet Month, a wonderful excuse to celebrate all things crochet! Of course, we never need an excuse to celebrate this fun and fabulous craft, but it’s great to have the entire month to connect with fellow crocheters and gush about notions, patterns, yarns, and other goodies.

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Which block is your favorite?

Speaking of gushing, we have several amazing deals in the Crochet and Knit Shop in honor of National Crochet Month! First, did you know you can get the entire 2014 Year of Yarn Blanket pattern (that means all 12 blocks!) for only $2.99? This phenomenal deal is for a limited time, so grab this collection of skill-building block patterns  right away! If you missed the  Year of Yarn blocks in 2014, they are a great way to practice new techniques while crocheting a unique sampler throw.

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Learn the start stitch with the Mulberry Stitch Sampler Scarf!

For another fun way to build your crochet skills, the Skill-building Crochet Pattern Bundle features 3 gorgeous patterns that will teach you clever new techniques. Celebrate National Crochet Month by learning to crochet cables, work the star stitch, or work the half double crochet in several different ways.

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Hats for the whole family

Or, since spring is just around the corner, celebrate with Blooming Crochet Hats and stitch up a pretty floral design you can wear all year round. This fun book features 10 interchangeable motifs, so you can mix and match to design the hat of your dreams.

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A great design for spring and summer

Finally, I think we should all use National Crochet Month as an excuse to treat ourselves to something crafty and special, and the Olive Twist Shawl is just that. The unique filigreed looks is created by twisted chains, giving this accessory an ornate look that balances the summery feel of the linen yarn. Both Kathy and I have crocheted this shawl, and we can’t recommend this pattern enough. The best part is that it comes in a handy kit, making your yarn selection a breeze. Choose from 5 classic, springy colors and get your Olive Twist Shawl kit while the deal lasts!

How are YOU celebrating National Crochet Month? Are you learning a new skill or teaching someone to crochet? Did you yarn bomb a public space or treat yourself to some new hooks? We’d love to hear what you’re doing, so let us know here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

New Look

Hello Friends,

We can’t wait for you to see our new look! We are so excited for you to see the grand unveiling with the Summer Issue of Love of Knitting, available on newsstands on April 21st. But we want to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of our last photo shoot.

Wait until you see this set with a gorgeous model wearing a stunning sweater – you won’t believe how fantastic our new look is!

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I think most people know that Love of Knitting  and Love of Crochet  are created by the same content/editorial teams. But if you have been a fan of both (like us), you might have noticed that the two magazines are not very similar. I am delighted to announce that with this new design our two magazines finally look like the sister publications they are.

Now for those of you that don’t like to mix your crafts, don’t worry – we will not be adding crochet patterns to Love of Knittingnor will we be adding knitting patterns to Love of Crochet. But for the people like us who love both crafts, we wanted to make it easier to recognize that we are sister publications. We offer the same great content in both magazines, and we know that is why you knit and crochet with us. This change just makes it easier to see the family resemblance.

Remember, you can see our brand new look in the Summer Issue of Love of Knitting, available on newsstands April 21st.