Love Crochet

Love Crochet Love Crochet August 2016

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!

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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Summer is here! This is our favourite season of the year. What’s not to love? Strawberries, sun, picnics and festivals – summer is all about loving the good things in life. To celebrate this wonderful time of year, we have dedicated this issue to one of the loveliest accessories to crochet: shawls, wraps and scarves. Bearing in mind all the fantastic colours of summer, our designers got to work on creating some beautifully-coloured shawls and wraps in shades such as fizzy lemon (page 72), hot pink (page 44) and trendy denim blue (page 16). There are so many lovely stitches and colour combinations in this issue, you’ll struggle where to start! If you’re heading to a festival this summer, how about turning to page 46 to find our shawl in brightest blue.…

2 min.
all wrapped up

There are many shapes to choose from when making shawls and wraps but the basic designs tend to be triangles, rectangles and semi-circles. If you use a pattern, the size and amount of yarn you need will have already been worked out, but if you design your own you will have to decide on the shape and how big it’s going to be. This can be tricky if you are you are using your yarn stash, so the safest shape would be a rectangle; or alternatively, make a triangular shawl and add motifs in a contrasting colour around the bottom. It’s best not to opt for anything heavier than a double knit as you may risk it becoming a heavy blanket! Which yarn? When it comes to choosing yarn it’s best not to…

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crochet news

Make a mandala WE love Treat a newbie crocheter or yourself to an evening mastering the art of crochet mandalas. At Butterfly Bright in Sherborne, Dorset, Alison Nurton aims to encourage crafters of all abilities, hosting workshops on everything from dressmaking to granny squares, in premises packed with all the haberdashery and yarn delights you could dream up. “On the mandala course we will be teaching students to work in the round and how to calculate the increases to keep the work flat,” says Alison. “It’s more technical than making a granny square but lots of my regulars love a challenge!” The next course is on 28th September at 7.30pm and costs £15, but there are plenty of others to choose from in the meantime. For more information, call 01935 817303 or…

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aqua splash

This elegant crochet poncho is perfect for year-round layering. It will keep you cosy in autumn over shirts or long-sleeved jumpers, and you can pair it with pretty summer dresses or sleeveless tops when the days are warmer. The perfect combination of both versatility and simplicity make it an ideal project for any skill level. Joanne says: “Although it looks complicated, the lace in this poncho uses basic stitches and techniques, and works up quickly in the aran weight yarn.” We think it will look especially pretty paired up with a top in a contrasting colour. YOU WILL NEED ✿ Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran 6 x balls in Aqua (047) ✿ 6mm hook ✿ Tapestry needle FINISHED SIZE One size Finished width at bust level: 130cm Finished length, nape to point: 65cm TENSION Yarn used crochets as aran to this…

3 min.
fresh & fruity

This shawl by Emma Potter is all about the colourful edging. In fact, she says, “I knew I wanted to have a very plain middle section to make the pretty edging really stand out, just in case the tropical colour scheme didn’t quite do it!” Drawing on shades reminiscent of exotic flowers and fruits, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. It’s the perfect holiday cover-up, just shove it in your suitcase or a corner of your beach bag, and you’re good to go! YOU WILL NEED ✿ Cascade 220 in each of the following shades: 4 x 100g balls in Natural 1 x 100g ball in Blue Curacao 1 x 100g ball in Baby Blue 1 x 100g ball in Bright Nectarine 1 x 100g ball in Olive Oil ✿ 5mm hook TENSION Is not important for this project ABBREVIATIONS See…

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true blue

Sometimes, all you need is something quick and easy to throw around your shoulders. A fuss-free, stylish solution that you don’t have to feel precious about. Fran Morgan’s simple-to-hook scarf in trendy denim blue is a lovely idea to make for late spring/early summer and with just simple stitches, you’ll have it whipped up in no time. Wear this gorgeous little blue number as a traditional scarf or make the most of its width and spread it across your shoulders as a wrap. YOU WILL NEED ✿ King Cole Bamboo Cotton 3 x shade Denim 619 ✿ 4mm hook ✿ Tapestry needle FINISHED SIZE 40cm x 183cm TENSION Two pattern repeats, 10sts, 12rows equals 10cm x 10cm using a 4mm hook or size required to obtain tension ABBREVIATIONS Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations ABOUT THIS YARN KING…