August 2014: Table of Contents

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A Note from the Editor

Every summer when I was little, my family would pack up our ‘95 Chevy van and drive six hours north to Mercer, a small town in Wisconsin known by locals as the Loon capital of the world. Here, surrounded by my cousins, aunts and uncles, magic was made. I don’t remember every day of those weeks in detail, but I remember the feeling those trips gave me: happiness in its purest form. My cousins and I would spend hours down by the lake, catching frogs, playing Frisbee, and laying in the sunshine until our swimming suits stuck to our bodies, dry and hot. I didn’t need an all-inclusive trip to some strange, exotic world. I had everything I needed in that tiny Midwestern town: family, sunshine and the opportunity to make memories that would warm my soul even through adulthood. It’s these snippets that first come to mind whenever I think about summer. It’s the memories, the beauty of nature, the friendships formed during paddleboat races — in other words, it’s the classic moments.

Keeping these things in mind when we prepared our first summer issue of I Like Crochet, each pattern selected is marked with a classic shape, features exquisite detail and is rich with brilliant color. From light and lacy garments like the Mint Breeze Cardigan, to simple accessories like the One Hour Necklace and matching Beaded Bangles, you’re destined to find your next summer project inside this issue of stocked with instant crochet hits.

So before you head out this summer, ready to make lasting memories, browse and crochet these patterns that capture the true essence of the season. After all, if you’re creating memories that’ll last a lifetime, you’re going to need pretty and practical clothes to wear while you’re making them!

Happy crocheting,

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