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IN THIS ISSUE >>> Page 2 | What’s new? Page 3 | Red Heart With Love! Page 4-13 | DW6 Sneak Peeks! Page 14-15 | Prizes for our DW6 Designers! Page 16 | Linda Permann Interview & Book Giveaway! Page 17 | With Love CAL! Page 18 | Past Winners & Vote Structure! Page 19 | Free Patterns & Tutorials Page 20 | Swanky Mini Challenge Page 21 | What’s next? 13 February 1

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Excitement is in the air here in the Design Wars community, and it’s not just because Valentine’s Day is near; Check our DW6 sneak peeks on pages 4-13! My interview with Linda Permann begins next week, and I can’t wait to see who will win the signed copy of Little Crochet! The fun will be hosted on our blog, so add the details on page 16 to your calendar! Get ready to vote! All DW6 designs will be revealed on 26 February, and we’ll be asking you to vote for each in a series of categories! See page 18 for our vote structure! Our February CAL has been quite a hit so far, and fans have added over 75 projects! Don’t miss out; we’re taking entries for projects (and the yarn giveaway!) until the end of the month! We’ll be hosting a brand new kind of Design Wars Challenge with a yarn that isn’t even on the sale shelves yet! Check out page 20 to read more about it!

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This week were giving you an up close glimpse of our DW6 patterns, and just a few words about what the designs really are! Think you can guess what our designers are up to? Click on any DW6 badge to visit their fan page, and let the guessing games begin! Enjoy ď Š


There’s nothing like the comfy cozy feel of a favorite sweater...and even better...a sweater dress! The “Jewel Dress” features a sophisticated topdown seamless yoke construction with front-post double crochet details at the arms and waist. The body of the dress is a trendy v-stitch that is easy to repeat. Once you get going this pattern is rather simple to complete and the worsted weight yarn helps it stitch up quickly (and keeps you warm in the chilly winter months)! It is sized for women XS-XL and also features a

modified by adding or omitting rounds. The “Jewel Dress” looks great in the rich jewel tones available in Red Heart’s With Love line and the outfit is complete with your favorite pair of knee-high boots. Wear it with confidence, a sense of whimsy, and you’ll be ready to tackle cold weather with bold color and style!

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Abigailology

keyhole closure on the back. The length of sleeves and skirt can swiftly be


With a blizzard out my window, and yarn and hook in hand, I found that I kept turning to thoughts of spring! The Butterfly Breeze Poncho was designed with visions of open fields, warm breezes and beautiful sunshine! It is light and airy, easy to wear over your clothing without adding a lot of bulk and has enough detail to really set it apart from anything else

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you may have in your wardrobe! I have written it in sizes toddler to adult, and used a pattern repeat that allows you to use a solid color for something more modern, or any number of colors in the rainbow for a fun, fresh look! I had a lot of fun designing this, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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I've recently discovered a love for the 1960's vintage style and knew that I wanted my design to reflect that!

A Crocheted Simplicity

I've had this design concept in the back of my mind for over a year, but it wasn't until I fell in love with the 60's that the design came to fruition. Perfect for year round wear and when paired with the right ensemble it can be either casual or dressy, but nonetheless trendy! The young lady in your life is going to look fabulous in her very own Vintage Houndstooth Jacket.

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I'd like to introduce my Michelle Mittens! They are named after a friend who has been waiting not so patiently for a pair of mittens! Red Heart with Love is the perfect yarn for this project. It's so soft and comfy! Since there seems to be no end to the snow and cold here in Michigan this is perfect timing for some warm and cozy mittens for those freezing fingers.

up fast. These will make for a great last minute gift for all your friends and family! Men, women, boys, & girls of all ages will love sporting these mitts. I hope you love them as much as I love designing them!

Frayed Knot

The textures in these mitts are so fun to create and they work

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I've always wanted to create a little world for my daughter, where she could develop her amazing stories. To do it, I

bright colors. For this "With Love" from Red Heart is perfect, so my design for this round of Design Wars 6 is Adventure in the Woods Playground. I think it's great to promote the creativity and imagination of children. Also, it’s wonderful to share and play with friends. You can customize it as you prefer, adding and modifying elements. I really enjoyed designing it, and I hope your little ones enjoy so much playing!

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One & Two Company

needed to make a larger project with a thicker yarn and


A lot of what I design is targeted at children and their parents and when

me just how much their children love the hats or stuffed toys they've purchased from me. My inspiration for this piece is much, much closer to home. A couple of Christmases ago my husband and I had some photos taken of our daughter and this piece is inspired by those photos. I love the pink, aqua and yellow together, and I really love the bare feet! I've always loved miniature things, so the bowl and the rolling pin are the icing on the cake! :) I've designed lots and lots of animals, but this is the first doll I've designed. I feel as though I've partially stayed in my comfort zone with amigurumi but I have stepped one foot out and into uncharted territory for me. I'm so proud of this piece; I hope you love it as much as I do!

The Whole Knit & Caboodle

selling items I've made, I often receive messages from parents telling

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Millie is one of those Afghan designs that will be around forever. It’s an heirloom piece that never goes out of style and is easy to customize! The

completed in one color, while the main color wraps each center strip. The strips are then joined with a simple single crochet to complete this classic design. A pop of color is added by working one full section of the Afghan in bright neon colors for a modern and fresh feel. The great thing about Millie is that it can be customized to make ANY size afghan you want. From a newborn wrap all the way up to a king size bedspread. Simply lengthen each strip and connect more and more until it is the desired size! This technique can also be adapted for garments, scarves, pillow covers, potholders, washcloths, and more! You really are only limited by your imagination.

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Rohn Strong Designs

afghan is worked in a classic Mile-a-Minute fashion, center strips are


I designed a bag that can be used as a tote or a market bag, but it can also be used as a messenger bag! The design could be for men or women but in the purple and lilac colours of the sample it is a more of a female version. One size only, I designed this bag because bags are one of my favourite items, I use them lots, I make bags from my

and make it a few times in different colours just because! I used purple, lilac and grey on this design; I think there are great colours that will bring an autumn bag into the spring nicely!

Luz Patterns

own patterns, I sometimes get attached to the same item

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The Prism Slouch & Cowl are fun, casual garments that can be worked up in any combination of colors. They were designed

for new and seasoned crocheters alike. My husband said the stitching reminded him of math symbols, so when I made my slouch in rainbow colors, I knew I had to name it "Prism". The patterns include instructions for toddler, child, and adult sizes; and provide ideas for adjusting your Prism Slouch & Cowl to your liking.

I truly believe you will love creating these

garments & you'll find that the hardest part about them is deciding what color yarns you should use!

CrazySocks Designs

with a unique, geometrical texture; and are enjoyable projects

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Remember, this array of goodies is just for my DW6 challengers! Each item was donated from an artisan shop that specializes in goods for crochet lovers, and you can click on any product image to view the entire shop of fantastic finds!

Auntie Jen’s Creations Jen is an avid crochet artist who also offers an array of hand cut and naturally sealed wooden buttons!

Kat Klebenow | Project Bags!

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Kat offers handmade drawstring project bags featuring beautiful hand dyed colors, and screen prints to satisfy the needs of even the pickiest knitter or crocheter!


Twinkie Chan | Food inspired Crochet goodies! Twinkie Chan has an insatiable appetite for designing and crocheting fun, food-themed accessories to keep you and your stuff cozy. Her Etsy shop is filled with finished items as well as crochet patterns to help you feel yummy and make the world a yummier place.

hoffee and a nuffin Where you buy traditional red heels and one of a kinds, currently specializing in hand carved rubber stamps created from original designs!

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Mark your calendars! Our interview with crochet designer and Craftsy instructor Linda Permann begins on February 17, and I’ll be giving away this signed copy of Little Crochet!

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Fans are posting pictures of their crochet goods made with our DW6 yarn pick – With Love – and we’ve got over 75 so far! Click on over to see them all, and be sure to enter your own for a chance to win our yarn stash giveaway too!

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February 26 >>>  Final Reveals – All DW patterns will be unveiled!  Voting – The polls will open, and you’ll vote for the best designs this round!  Red Heart Yarn Prize Pack – Enter to win! 21

DW6 | Issue 17  

Read about our new mini challenge with Swanky yarn, get free crochet patterns and tutorials, review our vote structure and categories, enter...