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Simply Crochet Issue 36

Simply Crochet is full of creative ideas for anyone who loves - or would love to learn - crochet. Crochet is a wonderfully versatile craft with endless possibilities of creative things to make. Inside you will find beautiful designs for the home, fashionable accessories to wear and gift ideas for all occasions. From lampshade covers to shawls, toys to blankets and gadget cosies to cardigans, Simply Crochet is a must-buy for creative crafters looking for new things to make. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions to ensure the best possible results every time, you'll be hooked on handmade from the very first page!***Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on the printed newsstand copies. ***

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SUSAN CROPPER Susan is the founder of wonderful yarn boutique Loop. This issue, we’re catching up with her to hear about how it all began and what her plans are for Loop’s 10th anniversary. See page 50. ANNE EGAN Biker chick and regular Simply Crochet contributor Anne has designed an incredible pair of Fair Isle socks for us this issue. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, find the pattern on page 28. SIMONE FRANCIS Talented garment designer Simone created the stunning Fair Isle vest on page 32. It’s the perfect challenge if you want to improve your colourwork and become more familiar with charts. SUSAN YEATES Susan is a craft tutor and author who loves to pass on her creative skills. This issue, she’s sharing a cute-as-a-button kitten pattern from her Amigurumi Animals book over on…

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feeling sheepish

Amigurumi pro Stephanie Lau (she made the super-cute dragon in our first-ever issue) has teamed up with artist Laura Uy to create The Lambert Collection – a range of yarn-themed accessories featuring her adorable crochet critter Lambert. There are T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, phone cases and more to be had, all bearing Lambert and a sweet yarny message. Get shopping at www.society6.com/allaboutami. All profits from sales of The Lambert Collection will go towards sponsoring a child in Guatemala. BOUNTY OF BOOKS Why pick just one crochet book when you could bag all four of these? This month, we’re giving two lucky readers the chance to each win a copy of 20 Crocheted Purses, Hooked on Crochet, Learn to Crochet and Hook, Stitch & Give. If you’re already thinking about crocheting for Christmas…

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inspiring books

CROCHET BEYOND THE BASICS Rita Weiss and Susan Lowman (£9.99, Leisure Arts) If you’re after a fresh challenge, this book has what you need. Try your hand at Bruges and broomstick lace, Polish stars, filet crochet and more. You’ll learn by making accessories using each of the techniques. SWEET CROCHET Sandrine Deveze (£8.18, Peter Pauper Press) This book is a real treat. There are 12 adorable projects to hook, full of whimsy and personality. Think blushing cheeks, bow ties and sparkly stars. There’s even sushi to hook, too. Each design has clear step-by-step images. ONCE UPON A TIME… IN CROCHET Lynne Rowe (£9.99, Search Press) These are the perfect toys for storytime. Find 30 fairytale favourites to hook in amigurumi. The patterns are easy to follow and there’s a great how-to section that covers hair, pompoms and sewing…

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skills, shows & events

OCT 9-10 Natural Fibre Company Open Days, Free, Launceston, Cornwall, 01566 777 635 www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk OCT 10 Wonderful Wool Day, £2, Memorial Hall, Owestry, Shropshire, www.facebook.com/wonderfulwoolday OCT 17-18 Bakewell Wool Gathering, £4, Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Derbyshire, 01629 813 777 www.bakewellwool.co.uk OCT 22 Crochet Snowflakes and Stars, £25, Stitched By You, Alton, Hampshire, 01420 544033 www.stitchedbyyou.co.uk OCT 24-25 Kendal Wool Gathering, £25, various venues in Kendal, Cumbria, www.kendalwoolgathering.co.uk OCT 30 Advanced Crochet Workshop, £49.95, Black Sheep Wools, Warrington, 01925 764231 www.blacksheepwools.com…

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5 fab finds

Creepy, crafty treats for a hooky Halloween. NO SKULKING Get cosy and creepy with a pair of Ann’s skull-tastic slippers. For this pattern and more, visit www.glamour-4-you.com OH MY GOURD Subtly seasonal and kinda cute, you can pick up a pair of tatted pumpkin earrings at www.briellasoul.etsy.com NINE LIVES There’s a range of home textiles in this ‘Cat’ print, or buy the fabric by the metre from www.sophieallport.com ON THE WEB We love Sandra’s super Spooky Bunting. Find the crochet pattern at www.sandracherryheart.blogspot.co.uk HEADS UP This amigurumi Marie Antoinette by Maike van den Dries is creepily brilliant. Find it at www.creepyandcute.etsy.com…

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little lilly

She may look a bit gloomy, but Janie Nabbe’s mini amigurumi Lilly doll is a little ray of sunshine, making the best of a very rainy day. We love her bright hooded raincoat, super-neat hairdo and bendy legs. Use cotton yarn and a 2mm crochet hook for good stitch definition and a pristine finish. Lilly’s charms are many but it’s her facial expression that makes her so unique. When you’re stitching her features, pay close attention to our images to make sure you get it spot on. She’s the perfect rainy day project and will also make a thoughtful gift. DOUBLE CROCHET 4PLY WEIGHT 2MM HOOK YOU WILL NEED • Use your kit or any 4ply cotton yarn in white, yellow and brown • Black embroidery floss (for mouth and eyebrows) • A 2mm (US 4 steel)…