Here we are in 2021, Happy New Year! I hope you are all safe, well and happy. As I write this, here in the UK we've just approved the use of the first vaccines and it's so wonderful to feel a fluttering of hope and optimism as we welcome in a new year! Normal might still be a way off, so for now I'm content to continue to settle down into my crochet and I hope you will join me with the first issue of this year!

Winter is the time to snuggle up inside so what better way to do so than with some gorgeous crochet blankets? Hayley's Cornflower Hexies Blanket is a great place to start, motifs are a great way to work on crochet in between projects. Or if you fancy something a little more dramatic, check out Liam's Winter Log Cabin Blanket, I just love the way the pink pops out in that sea of tonal blue.

Who says we can't step into winter with style? Daria's Nomadic Dreams Cardigan has a flattering boho-inspired fit that looks great in her chosen rust colour, but would shine equally as well in a white or even a bright blue!

The designers have come up with some beautiful scarves and wraps too this month, check our Marjan's Windswept Winter Scarf, Keysha's Iris Wrap and have a go at learning hairpin lace crochet with Jo's pocket scarf , a style that is incredibly popular online right now!

You'll find your usual fill of fun makes this month too. I dare you not to fall head over heels in love with Claude the fox, I want to make a matching hat for myself! Of course, we continue our Zodiac CAL with Capricorn this issue and for those nostalgia lovers out there, I think you'll get a real kick out of the Tiny Clangers Cushion which is anything but tiny!

However you welcome in 2021, I hope you stay safe and have a great year of crochet ahead of you.

Stay safe,

Issue 64 is available to buy from your local supermarket and newsagent from Thursday 14th January, but you can also order your copy online, grab yours from Craftstash, or why not treat yourself to a subscription and never miss an issue again!