Love Crochet

Love Crochet January 2018

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!

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min.

January doesn’t need to be about post- Christmas blues! We love the prospect of a fresh year and new beginnings – nothing beats looking forward rather than back… And if your New Year resolution is to get more confident with your crochet, or even take up the craft from scratch, we have just the projects this issue, including an adorable puppy mug hug, so-simple coasters and easy-peasy earphone covers. Elsewhere, we have a gorgeous hexagonal throw, a cosy toddler hat to melt hearts everywhere, and of course, this issue’s adorable cover star – our lovable teddy bear complete with darling dungarees and sweet hat and scarf set! PS. The next issue of Love Crochet is on sale on February 6th 2018. If you have any queries about patterns, email patternhelp@immediate.co.uk and we’ll be…

3 min.
mindful crochet!

The other day I was reading about mindfulness and crochet, and I thought I would look into the topic, as the January blues usually pop up when Christmas is over. I found this fabulous book called Crochet Therapy: 20 mindful, relaxing and energising projects by Betsan Corkhill. It has some beautiful designs that combine colour and technique to make projects to please you. Feeling a sense of achievement when you’ve finished a project does help to keep the blues away. You can buy the book on www.amazon.co.uk for £12.99. When crocheting mindfully, you are supposed to concentrate on your work and not have the telly on, but there’s nothing like a good story on Midsomer Murders to lift my mood and reduce any anxiety! So I thought I would adapt this…

1 min.
shopping hooked

2 min.
in the loop

Top of the TV! www.theknitshow.com Just because it’s called The Knit Show doesn’t mean it’s all about knitting! Vickie Howell, the show’s host and the brains behind the crowdfunded show, has plenty to tempt crocheters too. The 30-minute segments include technique tips, interviews with experts, and a whole lot of projects. Expect how-tos, advice, inspiration and lifestyle stories. The web-based videos, uploaded regularly, take blogging and podcasting to the next level… but there is a blog too! Hooky getaway Fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life to learn new crochet skills in the company of fellow yarn addicts? To relax at a retreat totally dedicated to the craft of crochet? At a Big Crochet Stayaway you can hook in a barn in Hertfordshire or glamp beside a lake in Northamptonshire,…

8 min.
trendy ted

You will need Stylecraft Special DK, 1 ball each in: Stone (1710) Denim (1302) Plum (1061) Black (1002) 4mm crochet hook Embroidery needle Stitch marker Scissors Toy stuffing Pins (optional) 2 x 12mm black safety eyes 2 x black/brown 9mm button Measurements Approx. 31cm (12in) tall Tension Tension is not important for this project Abbreviations dec – decrease (crochet 2sts together) MC – magic circle inc – increase (2dc in the same stitch) For standard abbreviations see page 90 Children can never have too many teddies, and we never get tired of making them either, so this project is a winner all round! Dressed casually in a stripy pom-pom hat, natty scarf and denim dungarees, our cute bear has a modern feel while still looking like a traditional ted underneath. Working in the round, use double crochet and…

2 min.
cookies & cream

You will need James C Brett Amazon Super Chunky in Cream (J2) x 3 balls 8mm (US L-11) crochet hook Wool needle Three large wooden buttons Measurements One size – 32x80cm (12½x31½in) Tension Tension is not important for this project Abbreviations BLO – work in the back loop of the stitch only For standard abbreviations see page 90 Wrap up against the winter chills with this snuggly cowl in super chunky yarn with a touch of wool. Those treble crochet stitches are quick to work using a large hook, and Liz Ward’s two-row pattern is so easy to follow – you’ll be finished in no time. We think cream is a great colour for accessories as it goes with just about everything, but there are also some fabulous greys and a gorgeous navy blue…