Vickie Howell is guest editor of this fabulous, over-sized special issue of Crochetscene 2017, with 34 awesome crochet projects. These on-trend projects by top designers are crafted with the newbie crocheter in mind, but they are engaging enough for experienced crocheters. We covered the spectrum: projects in both jewel tones and black and white; chunky yarn in openwork for immediate gratification and fine-gauge yarn crocheted into beautiful garments and accessories; and a full section of projects to give pow to your décor. Clear, easy-to-follow patterns—plus a step-by-step How to Crochet section— allow you to make fabulous crochet projects quickly and without angst. Wrap crochet into your life with these quick yet mod projects—garments, accessories, bags and more—that let you proclaim that you are a crocheter.
Black & White
Wide Open Spaces
by Vickie Howell
Nearly a year ago, I was brainstorming with Lisa Shroyer, Interweave’s content
strategist, about how best we could collaborate. One idea I really liked was being guest
editor for the 2017 issue of Crochetscene under the guidance of the smart, clever,
fellow-Scorpio and Editor Marcy Smith.
I didn’t want my “guest editor” role to be only a vanity title. I wanted to work. I
wanted to create. So I rolled up my sleeves and dove in.
Creating an issue of a crochet magazine calls for copious amounts of designer
submissions and a coupla people with big ideas. It was easy to find the latter (see
aforementioned Scorpio dynamic duo). As for the former, Marcy showed up at my house
in Austin with a huge box of submissions. And for an action-packed forty-eight hours—
with breaks only for sleep, a visit to the LYS, and possibly a bevvie or two—we talked
over visions, designs, and yarn. We took over my office, then migrated to the kitchen
table, and even absconded with my daughter’s whiteboard easel to hold our sticky-note
map for the issue-to-be. It was intense. It was a blast!
During our time together in Austin, and for the weeks and months that came
afterward, Marcy and I rounded out story themes: Hi, Desert! (jewel-toned garments
channeled through Coachella’s eye), Black & White (because . . . those noncolor colors
are the bomb!), Apartment Living (for those who balance smaller spaces with kitsch
and cool), Wide Open Spaces (a celebration of bulky yarn + open-weave stitchwork), and
Thread Lightly (a finer-gauge look and modern take on flapper style).
The culmination of this experience for me was the photo shoot in Fort Collins.
I walked in and was greeted with open arms. Art Director Kit had great ideas and was
happy to embrace mine. Assistant Editor Dana was a wonderful right hand. The
photographer, Nate, was both fun and ridiculously talented. And the stylist, Tina, brought
life to my mood boards in a way that made me swoon. I was able to stay for only two of
the three days of shooting, but I left with confidence that these people had it covered.
I wanted to be a part of a magazine team. Thanks to Marcy and all the Interweave
peeps, I got to do all of that.
So, my crochet community, I hope you enjoy these pages of crochet happy. They were
hooked with love and made with friends. Enjoy!