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Love Crochet May 2019

Love Crochet magazine is packed with great ideas to hook! From homeware and baby makes to accessories and fashion, we have cute and quirky seasonal makes throughout the year – for every skill level!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
editor’s letter

Welcome to your latest issue of Love Crochet! With flowers in full bloom, blossom on the trees and sunny blue skies above, our thoughts are turning to summer and we know yours are too! With this in mind, we’ve packed the new issue with gorgeous hooky makes like our sweet little baby teether set (p.11), super-cute Rosie ragdoll (p.14), a dynamic doggie duo – including the adorable Yorkie pup opposite (p.18), a fresh floral chequerboard cushion in simple granny squares for your home (p.24) and a delicate seashell shawl (p.28). All this, PLUS find out how to make crochet pots for your home with our step-by-step guide, best buys, your letters and much more… With so much amazing crochet inspiration, I know you are going to love this issue! Editor Sweet animal teethers…

2 min.
crocheting with colour!

Strolling around my local wool shop the other day, I heard a customer say that she wasn’t sure if she could use variegated yarns for crochet. It might seem like a daft statement, but a lot of variegated yarns have been designed for knitwear and not tested on crochet. These yarns can have a very short dye run, so they don’t create a defined pattern – you’ll get a couple of stitches of colour before the yarn changes to another colour and the overall look can be patchy. If you see a pretty yarn and you’re not sure whether to use it for crochet, have a look on the manufacturer’s website (or in pattern books) to see if they have used it for crochet. Then you can decide if you…

2 min.
in the loop

Top of the Blogs! www.calichicbaby.com With royal babies on our minds, we were delighted to find Kyoko Frahm’s website, Cali Chic Baby, with its baby blanket patterns. Kyoko has been crocheting and knitting since she was a small child living next door to a Tokyo yarn shop. Now in the USA, her mission is to keep things simple – typical blanket designs, many of which started life as Japanese patterns Kyoko has translated into English, feature uncomplicated squares trimmed with pretty edging. Then there are the adorable accessories – we love the Charlotte bootees with their rose decoration, the fun Malibu flip-flops, and the practical Blossom bib. A breed apart As crocheters, sheep play a massive part in our crafting lives, yet most of us are quite in the dark about these woolly creatures.…

4 min.
cute baby gift set

Try these easy crochet makes! What could be cuter than this matching pair of elephant- and rabbit-eared baby teethers? So soothing to baby’s gums in natural wood, the soft crochet texture is comforting too. Attach them to the rings with striped crochet bands, then work the distinctive ear shapes in grey yarn, embellished with accents of pink. When you’ve made them, simply sew each one to the grey and pink rings and they are done! You will need DK yarn from your stash (we used grey and pink but you can choose any colours you like!) Two natural wood teether rings, 75mm (3in) exterior diameter (widely available, check for CE safety mark) 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook Measurements Bunny ears length approx. 7.5cm (3in) Elephant ears width approx. 7.5cm (3in) Tension Tension…

8 min.
rosie rag doll

Bring some handmade charm to your children’s toybox with our adorable amigurumi doll. This is such a fun project to add your own personal touches to – change the colour of Rosie’s dress, or get creative with her hair to make her look more like the recipient. We’ve plaited three double strands of yarn for a neat braided look, but you could also make a single braid, keep it loose, or separate the strands to achieve cute curls! You will need Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, 1 ball each in: Light Camel (shade 409) – Yarn A Raspberry Pink (shade 444) – Yarn B Blush Pink (shade 454) – Yarn C Blood Orange (shade 420) – Yarn D 3.5mm (UK 9 or 10, US E/4) hook Yarn needle Toy stuffing Sewing thread…

14 min.
best of friends

Who wouldn’t fall in love with our cute crocheted doggie duo? This little Yorkie and pug would make a sweet gift for a canine-loving friend or even as a treat for yourself. With their lifelike expressions and bag of jolly accessories, they are all set for a lovely day out. Of course, you can change the colours of their coats if you want the pups to look more like your own, just make sure the yarn you choose is DK. You will need For the Pug: King Cole Comfort DK in Truffle (shade 3277) x 1 ball – Yarn A Rico Classic Baby DK in Black (shade 99) x 1 ball – Yarn B For the Yorkie: Rico Classic Baby DK in: Beige (shade 053) x 1 ball – Yarn C…