Love Crochet

Love Crochet Spring 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!

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1 min.

Congratulations! You made it through January! All that talk of diet, fitness and ‘going dry’ is over – thank goodness! Although here in the Love Crochet office we did do a dry January" dry martinis! dry white wines! dry gins… Our only way to survive January! So! now we’re ready to shake off the dull fug of winter and get ready for spring$ And that’s exactly what we have in mind for you this issue… So, if it’s spring-wardrobe refreshment you’re in the mood for, try our granny-square vest on page 54, crochet pocket ideal for jean cut-offs (p.62) and sweet du&e bag perfect for picnics (p.52). We also have a heart necklace on page 64, a really simple make that’s great for bringing a fashionable but subtle update to a…

3 min.
sunny side up for spring

When I think of spring, I picture Easter and pastel shades instead of the solid greens and reds of winter. If you haven’t finished that ultra-warm throw you’ve been working on, put it aside to start again next winter – it’s time to bring in some lightness and brightness! There are so many wonderful yarns that can be used for spring projects. If you’re planning to make a lightweight scarf or cardi choose a yarn that’s a mixture of cotton and a warmer fibre because the weather can still be chilly. The Drops Cotton Merino Double Knit mix from www.garnstudio.com is a combination of 50% extra fine merino and 50% long cotton fibres. The cotton and the merino has been spun together but not carded beforehand so the colours are more…

2 min.
in the loop

Top of ?he B?ogs! AmigurumiBarmy.blogspot.co.uk Meet Love Crochet favourite, Liz Ward! Liz is the talented designer behind many of the projects we feature in our magazine, and she’s also the creator of AmigurumiBarmy. blogspot.co.uk – a colourful, imaginative home to Liz’s menagerie of cute and quirky creations. Liz lives in the beautiful setting of York and is the proud owner of Bengal cats, Cassi and Cal. Check out Liz’s Etsy shop (www.AmigurumiBarmy.etsy.com) to get your hands on some of her amazing designs to make yourself. Beginner's luck If you vowed at the start of the year to learn to crochet or hone your skills, but can't make it to a local class, we might have the answer. Take a look at the site for Get Hooked, a raved-about crochet workshop based in Dorset. Designer,…

11 min.
clio the butterfly

TOP TIP Take extra care when stitching the face to make sure Clio looks really happy! YOU WILL NEED DMC Natura For the body, 1 x 50g ball in Glicine (N30) for the Tropic Brown (N22) and Rose Layette (N6) For the wings, 1 x 50g ball in Crimson (N61) For the eyes and mouth, small quantity of Noir (N11) and Ibiza (N01) For the bow and heart, small quantity of Coral (N18) and Erica (N51) 3mm crochet hook Wool needle Toy stu_ng 4 cotton buds (for the wings) SIZE 24cm (9.4in) high w/o antennae 7cm (2.7in) wide w/o arms and wings TENSION Tension is not important for this project, but make sure your stitches are tight enough that the stu_ng won’t poke through. ABBREVIATIONS Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations In [] = the stitches to repeat for the reported…

3 min.
bags of style

YOU WILL NEED Drops Eskimo Uni Colour yarn, 3 x 50g balls in shade 53 Grey (A),and 1 x 50g ball in shade 26 Bright Pink (B) 5.5mm and 6mm crochet hooks Magnetic bag clasp available from most good craft stores SIZE 29x21cm (11½x8in) TENSION Tension is not important for this project ABBREVIATIONS Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations TOP TIP Take care when sewing up as the yarn is very soft and will split easily ABOUT THIS YARN RICO CREATIVE COTTON ARAN 100% wool 50m per 50g £1.70 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk Make this super clutch bag in just a couple of evenings using gorgeous pure wool chunky yarn from Drops. A simple onerow pattern is used to create a textured look to the fabric. Add a flourish of colour for the closing flap, which is secured with a magnetic clasp. We chose silver grey and…

5 min.

TOP TIP If you prefer, embroider on the eyes instead of using safety toy eyes YOU WILL NEED Drops Alpaca Boucle, 3 x 50g in Off White Drops Cotton Light, 2 x 50g in Light Grey and 2 x 50g in Dark Grey 3.5mm and 4.5mm crochet hooks Toy stuffing 9mm safety toy eyes Fabric glue Wool needle and embroidery needle Pink and black embroidery thread SIZE Approx. 18x12x12cm (8x5x5in) per sheep TENSION Tension is not important for this project ABBREVIATIONS Turn to page 90 for a full list of abbreviations ABOUT THESE YARNS DROPS ALPACA BOUCLE 80% alpaca, 15% wool, 5% polyamide 140m per 50g £2.05 DROPS COTTON LIGHT 50% cotton, 50% polyester 105m per 50g £0.95 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk We love the idea of a cute flock of sheep to keep spring breezes from sneaking into your home. This fab draught excluder by Liz Ward features a family of plump ewes huddled together in an orderly line.…