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Love Crochet January 2017

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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1 min.
welcome

Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Might we suggsest that you vow to crochet more? And you can start with the many January blues-busting makes jampacked in this, your latest issue of Love Crochet! Once the tree has been shoved back in the loft, the unwanted gifts returned to John Lewis and the last mince pie scoffed, we have ideas to keep you busy and relishing the year ahead… This month, we have projects in many styles including amigurumi, granny squares and loopy-lace to suit whatever you fancy sinking your hooks into. And all our makes are designed to be small and cute, with a range of skill levels to cater for everyone, from the beginner to the more advanced crocheter. Try our super-sweet elf slippers on page 48, dream…

3 min.
small but satisfying projects

We’re all busy nowadays and the internet doesn’t always help – we’re often swallowed up by social media or online shopping rather than crocheting! If you can’t switch off for the day, a quick project is the way to get that, ‘look what I’ve made’ feeling. Toys, scarves, fingerless mitts and granny squares immediately come to mind. Crocheting with smooth, bright yarn makes quick work too. There’s nothing worse than finding you’ve made a mistake when crocheting with black fluffy yarn! The fluff sticks the stitches together and when you come to pull it out the yarn can break, so mohair is a no-no. A friend asked me how she could crochet faster to get a toy finished, but you’re most likely to make mistakes if you’re in a rush! If you’re a…

2 min.
in the loop

Bats for hats At last an app to design our own beanies – exactly as we want them! This knit and crochet hat pattern app from US store Schachenmayr allows you to pick your own style – a snug skull cap, a slouchie or a chunky-yarned beanie perhaps – choose the colours and then download the free pattern, plus a shopping list. You can even upload a picture to see how the hat will look and share on Facebook. With over 70 colours and 21 styles to choose from, what’s not to love? Go to us.schachenmayr.com/hat-designer-app WE love Top of The Blogs! Attic24.typepad.com Love bright, happy colours? Then check out the Attic24 blog. Lucy lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and is inspired by the seasons and nature that result in some gorgeously colourful makes.…

11 min.
pol & pad

TOP TIP Customise the penguins with hats and scarves in shades your recipient loves YOU WILL NEED ☆ 100g Patons Fab DK in Black (02311), White (02306), Orange (02071), Red (02322), Pink (02316), Purple (02313), Turquoise (02300), Blue (02358), Green (02366 ☆ 3.25mm crochet hook ☆ 12mm safety eyes, 2 x orange iris, 2 x blue iris ☆ Tapestry needle ☆ Toy stuffing ☆ 2 x 1in and 1 x 1 ½in diameter white pompom ☆ 4 x 1in long white tassels, or make your own ☆ Scissors ☆ Tweezers TENSION ☆ Tension is not important for this project, but make sure your stitches are tight enough that the stuffing won’t poke through. ABBREVIATIONS ☆ BLO: crochet in the back loops only ☆ Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations ABOUT THIS YARN PATONS FAB DK 100% acrylic 274 metres per 100g £1.99 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk Meet Pol and Pad, the most…

4 min.
the sweetest feet

TOP TIP Always check your hook size to be sure you don’t work to the wrong tension! YOU WILL NEED ☆ 50g Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Navy (38) = A, and Azalea (68) = B ☆ 3mm crcohet hook ☆ 2 matching buttons SIZE ☆ Sole measures approx 8cm (3in) in length TENSION ☆ Tension is not important for this project ABBREVIATIONS ☆ ML = magic loop ☆ Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations ABOUT THIS YARN RICO ESSENTIALS COTTON DK 100% cotton 130m per 50g £2.49 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk Who doesn’t love a sweet pair of baby shoes? Just their cute, teeny size alone melts the hardest of hearts! But you really can’t beat a handmade pair for adorability. These beautiful little shoes by Val Pierce tick all our boxes for baby cute. The cotton yarn is soft but structured to cradle growing toes, while…

6 min.
what a hoot

TOP TIP Remember that the biggest stitches – trebles – go at each edge to form ears YOU WILL NEED ☆ 50g Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Dark Blue (360), Bright Pink (130), Bright Green (66), Salmon Pink (70), Teal 40) and Lime (86) ☆ 3.5mm crochet hook ☆ Toy stuffing ☆ White and yellow felt ☆ Pink, black, blue, teal, salmon, bright and lime green embroidery thread ☆ Black safety eyes size 12mm. 9mm and 6mm ☆ Fabric glue ☆ Yarn and embroidery needles SIZE ☆ 5x5cm (2x2in) each TENSION ☆ Tension is not important for this project ABBREVIATIONS ☆ Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations ABOUT THIS YARN RICO ESSENTIALS COTTON DK 100% cotton 130m per 50g £2.49 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk Crafting doesn’t always have to create something practical or useful. Sometimes you just have the urge to make something cute and pretty that will make people smile! Our…