It's Spring! In this issue, we have a special focus on shells. In Beyond the Basics, Doris Chan explains the structure of shell patterns and how garments are shaped with shells. We have seven patterns featuring shells, including a tunic by Robyn Chachula, a vest by Tracy St. John and a fabulous mother-daughter duo by Doris Chan. We have two Tunisian shawls and several great season-spanning cardigans, plus four mod projects for the home. Learn more about Kristin Omdahl's designs in our profile and work her clever linked-motif shawl. In the Craftivism column, Betsy Greer explores blanket charities. And we launch our yearlong Chain Reaction Afghan Project, which brings together the work of established designers and reader designers (that could be you!) in a single project that will be auctioned for charity. Come and welcome spring with us!