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Simply Crochet Issue 40

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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KERRY LORD Kerry is an amigurumi critter creator and head honcho at TOFT Alpaca. On page 46, she’s spilling the beans about her own crochet journey and her two Edward’s Menagerie books. “I LOVE DISCOVERING UNUSUAL COLOUR COMBINATIONS.” LUCY CROFT Regular Simply Crochet contributor Lucy is our go-to gal for crochet motifs. We love the way her passion for colour comes through in her designs. See her latest glitzy motif on page 95. “I'M A VISUAL LEARNER AND FIND CHARTS EASIER TO FOLLOW” NICKI TRENCH Star crochet designer and tutor Nicki is offering some words of hooky wisdom for novice crocheters this issue. Pick up some of her expert tips in our special beginners’ feature on page 62. “I ALWAYS SAY A DAY WITHOUT CROCHET ISN’T A FULL DAY.” ELISABETH DAVIS DE HERRAIZ Elisabeth is based in sunny Spain (we’re…

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time to unravel

This February, Farnham Maltings is the place to be. Yep, from the 19-21 of the month, yarn festival Unravel rules the roost. You can expect an exciting programme of fibre-based talks and workshops with craft experts, as well as a tempting curated marketplace of yarny goodies. Advance tickets for the event are now on sale for £7 at www.craft.farnhammaltings.com A SPECIAL DELIVERY Is there a sweeter sound to be heard of a morning than the delightful thud of happy mail landing on your doormat? We were thrilled to find out about Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet. It’s a subscription service where you can receive a new, exclusive crochet kit to your door each month. Every box contains an original pattern, plus the yarns, hook and other necessary notions for the project.…

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inspiring books

HAPPY-GURUMI Vanessa Chan (£15.15, Martingale) Packed full of adorable patterns, this book will help you build on your crochet skills and create 20 amigurumi designs, including animals, insects and even a smiley birthday cake. The clear crochet basics section makes it suitable for newbies. LUCY SPARROW’S FELT WORLD Lucy Sparrow (£16.99, Prestel) Artist Lucy Sparrow, noted for her corner shop of felt makes in 2014, has created felt versions of everything from digestive biscuits and London buses to atomic bombs. This is an inspiring catalogue of her work. WEEKEND CROCHET FOR BABIES Sue Whiting (£9.99, IMM Lifestyle Books) Hook the perfect gift for new arrivals with simple patterns for baby garments, toys and accessories that can be hooked in a weekend. Projects are sized for ages newborn to 18 months. COLORFUL CROCHET LACE Mary Jane Hall (£16.99, Interweave) Love lace? Get…

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5 fab finds

BELOVED BOBBLES Have a go at drawing shapes with textured stitches. Find this cushion pattern at www.thebabycrow.etsy.com WRAPPED UP Cécile Balladino’s Heart to Heart blanket from issue 34 would be a lovely gift. See page 86 for back issues info. SAY IT RIGHT Pay a visit to www.oakroomshop.co.uk and you’ll find ribbon for decorating your swoonsome Valentine makes. HEAD TO TOE Feeling it in your fingers and your toes? It’s time to get socks. These soft, cosy ones are from www.bouxavenue.com STITCH SMITTEN Treat yourself or a beloved fellow crafter to a set of stitch markers from www.craftycatknittybits.etsy.com. So pretty.…

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in technicolour

EIGHTH WONDER The squashy simplicity of a pyramid cushion cannot be overlooked. These canny makes are worked as tubes, then seamed to create the unusual three-dimensional shape. Pick a handful of bright, contrasting colours to really make them pop. SNAP HAPPY Stash your hooks in a cute zipped case – it’s perfect for pencils, too. We’ve combined vintage camera appreciation and Instagram passion in one crafty project. It’s a fairly speedy make that would be a fab treat for you or a hooky pal. A COLOURFUL CUPPA Need a crochet fix quick? Whip up a motif mug hug or two in a decidedly retro colour palette. You can adjust the length of the two fastening button loops so your cosy will fit comfortably around your chosen cup. Get a brew on. BAGS OF STYLE Vintage, wooden-handled project…

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stitch with love

YOU WILL NEED • DK yarn in pink and red • A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook • Embroidery hoop, 12cm (4¾in) diameter • Red ribbon for hanging • Stitch markers MEASUREMENTS 12cm (4¾in) diameter ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 92. When it’s on its own, a crochet motif is just a motif. Here’s the magic bit – stretch that motif over an embroidery hoop, add a length of pretty ribbon and you’ve got a charming, arty keepsake that says it all. Raid your stash for a pair of bright DK yarns to make this decorative delight. SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS 2-tr cl (Yrh, insert hook in space indicated, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) twice, inserting hook in the same space each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook. HOOP Using red yarn, make a…