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Simply Crochet Issue 45

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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ANN MANCINI-WILLIAMS Ann is the creative force behind the sunny striped triangles tunic on p32. With over 30 years of crochet experience, Ann’s Glamour4You blog and shop is full of yarny goodness. NICKI TRENCH Ever wondered which of their creations designers craft for themselves? Turn to page 98 for Nicki’s favourite gadget cosy, and hook a similar one for yourself from her pattern on p61. KATE HANCOCK Amigurumi designer Kate has hooked up a veritable menagerie of toys. We chat to this talented designer over on page 52, and meet her adorable badger, bunny, sloth and more. MARY (AKA MARY’S AMILAND) Italian designer Mary is the clever crocheter behind Mary’s Amiland. Her makes are inspired by nature and this issue she created the adorable amigurumi teddy bear Oliver on p40. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Patricia Castillo, Twinkie Chan, Lucy Croft, Hannah…

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meet the original makers

Pop 5 June in your diary – it’s the date of this year’s GrandFest. The London festival organised by the Royal Voluntary Service gives experienced makers the chance to pass their super skills on to the next generation. Masterclasses this year include crochet (of course), bread making, basket weaving, wet felting, spinning and more. See www.grandfest.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk THE CROCHET CIRCLE When we heard that two Brit yarn crafters were setting up a podcast dedicated to crochet, we were very excited. Crochet designer and technical editor Lynne Rowe and her pal Fay Dashper-Hughes of www.knitit-hookit-craftit.comget together every month for a friendly natter. They review yarns, crochet books and magazines, swap WIP stories and even interview some top yarn industry types. Be sure to listen along at www.thecrochetcircle.podbean.com. New episodes of The Crochet Circle launch…

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try it teaching kids

1 SET THE SCENE Allow lots of time and make sure there’s plenty of light. 2 GO BIG Start out with chunky yarns and large hooks. 3 BACK TO BASICS If they’re struggling with a hook, try finger crochet first. 4 SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT Pick a simple project that’s easy to complete, such as a necklace, bracelet or keyring. 5 A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE Be patient, give lots of encouragement and praise, and success will ensue! ZOOMIGURUMI 5 The latest pattern book in the Zoomigurumi series is out now and features 15 amigurumi cuties, including Alicia the Alpaca. Find Zoomigurumi 5 at www.amigurumipatterns.net…

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inspiring books

PIXEL CROCHET Hannah Meur (£11.99, Search Press) Get your geek on with these awesome 8-bit designs. There are cushions, blankets and more to make, plus heaps of cute icon charts for you to try. The simple patterns are made up of granny squares, and there are 101 designs to choose from. MODERN CROCHETED SHAWLS & WRAPS Laura Strutt (£12.99, Cico Books) Intricate lace, chunky stripes or pretty motifs – find your ultimate shawl in this collection of 35 contemporary patterns. The designs are beautifully photographed and have clear instructions. CROCHETING RUGS Nola A. Heidbreder and Linda Pietz (£14.99, Stackpole Books) Never have a drab doorstep or forlorn floor again with this rug collection. There are 40 designs to choose from, both traditional and modern. You’ll be trying out new stitches and playing with colourwork. GORGEOUS WOOL APPLIQUÉ Deborah Tirico (£19.99, C&T) Looking…

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skills, shows & events

JUNE 10 Broomstick Crochet Workshop, £49.95, Black Sheep Wools, Warrington, 01925 764231 www.blacksheepwools.com JUNE 17 Crochet Flower Buttons Workshop, £24, Make It!, Chorlton, Manchester, 0161 881 6858 www.themakeitshop.co.uk JUNE 20 Learn to Crochet Workshop, £25, The Knitting Parlour, Malvern, Worcs 01684 892079 www.theknittingparlour.com JUNE 23 Circular Crochet Workshop, £20, Sharp Works, Herne Hill, London, 020 7738 7668 www.sharpworks.co.uk JUNE 24 Tapestry Crochet Workshop, £20, The Old Pharmacy, Kent, 01795 597700 www.theoldpharmacyfaversham.co.uk JUNE 24-25 Woolfest, £8, Cockermouth, Cumbria, 01697 478707 www.woolfest.co.uk…

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5 fab finds

SAY CHEESE How about a handy wee gadget bag for dads who snap? Find this Anne-Claire Petit make at www.amara.com MAP HAPPY Explorers love a hip flask, or so we’ve heard. You’ll find this world map one at www.dotcomgiftshop.com CALL IT A TIE Dapper dads deserve a fancy silk tie, don’t you think? Grab a copy of Simply Crochet issue 32 for the pattern. DIY DREAMS A personalised multitool that’s also a menagerie of animals? Go to www.gettingpersonal.co.uk TEA, ANYONE? www.thealphabetgiftshop.co.uk stock a whole bunch of cute, dad-friendly mugs, including this sweet set.…