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Simply CrochetSimply Crochet

Simply Crochet Issue 62

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. ***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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great scot!

As we speak, I’m about to head off on a trip from the Scottish Isles to the Faroes. Of course, I’m packing plenty of crochet! What could be more apt than our stunning tartan and plaid collection? It’s spot on for getting to grips with new techniques as our designers have come up with three inventive ways to create plaid effects in crochet. And then Halloween isn’t far off either, so you’ll find crafty treats and costume ideas in this issue, too. I’ve got a real soft spot for Ilaria Caliri’s Day of the Dead-inspired doll (p30). Happy hooking! ■…

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contributors

“MY INTEREST IN CRAFTS COMES FROM MY GREAT-GRANDMA.”“I’VE BEEN PLAYING AROUND WITH SCALE RECENTLY.”BRYONY HITCHCOCKBryony is super-organised – she’s already started planning Christmas makes (should we panic yet?). In fact, her woodland cushions would make amazing gifts for wildlife lovers. P73. “I TRANSLATED SHERBERT STRAWS INTO A YARN!”KIM LAUDANIndie dyer Kim is the busy bee behind Golding Yarns. She’s also a teacher and is sharing some hand-dyeing wisdom and all the goss on her special Simply Crochet sock skein set on p58. “I LOVE CROCHETING SOCKS, AS GIFTS OR FOR ME!”ROHN STRONGUS stitcher Rohn has a thing for crochet socks. This issue, he’s designed a stonking neon pair for us (p67), and has 10 top tips to get you hooked on sock making too – see p65. KIRSTEN BALLERINGYou’ll probably…

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hooked

Sita by Debbie BlissYummy new yarn alert! Debbie Bliss sure knows how to dream up a scrumptious blend. Sita is a strokable mix of mulberry silk, cotton and polyamide that feels so smooth and has a glorious drape and sheen. It's an aran weight yarn with chainette construction (adding to the supple feel) and is available in 12 tempting jewel shades. You'll want to earmark Sita now for making luxe accessories or as an inspiring yarn stash gift for a hooky friend. Find out more and track down your nearest stockist at www.designeryarns.uk.comOFF TO CHESHIREKeen to pick up new skills? This year's Cheshire Fibre Festival is all about learning. As well as a lunchtime market, there's an amazing schedule of workshops including freeform and hairpin lace crochet, needlefelting and weaving.…

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inspiring books

CROCHETED BABY SHOESVAL PIERCE (£4.99, Search Press)Baby shoes make a great gift for little ones, and this collection of 20 designs will have you oohing and aaahing. Find advice on how to adjust the size to fit baby’s toes and have fun creating all the fun details. Our faves include pastel bootees, pompom pumps, strawberry shoes and sweet slippers. CROCHETED ANIMAL HATSNICKI TRENCH (£12.99, CICO Books)With her trademark gorgeous designs, easy-to-follow patterns and clear photos, Nicki’s collection of 35 fun animal hats is a winner. Learn to create whiskers, ears, eyes and noses and keep kids, babies and grown-ups cosy in cute topper designs, including birds, insects, pets, wild animals and even a dinosaur. COLORFUL CROCHETMARIANNE DEKKERS-ROOS (£14.95, Tuva)Inject some colour into your crochet with these fresh designs. Choose from…

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5 fab finds

PUMP IT UPA pumpkin of almost Cinderella-esque proportions that you can sit on? Oh, yes. Visit www.repeatcrafterme.comfor the Yarnspirations lookbook crochet pattern. We’re pretty pumped about this one. LET’S HANG OUTCreepy amigurumi gets two thumbs up from us. Lalylala’s frightfully cute 4 Seasons Halloween Special pattern trio can be found at www.lalylala.comSUGAR SKULLThis skull brownie cake is just begging to be decorated with sweets. You’ll need the nifty Skull Tube Cake Pan from www.wilton.com. Bake Off, watch your back. BERNAT POPWe’re loving Bernat Pop’s Halloweeny shades. It's a very yummy gradient cake yarn made from 100% acrylic. Shop at www.woolwarehouse.co.ukGOTTA HAVE GLITZKeep things classy and do Halloween the Pinterest-y way with a pumpkin dipped in golden glitter. We found this one at www.homesense.com ■…

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aim highlands

MITT LOVEAll tartans are plaid, but not all plaids are tartan. Lost already? Just remember, whatever your clan – prim, punk rock, or actually Scottish, tartan is timeless and anyone can wear it well. Start small with fingerless mitts.ALL WRAPPED UPThings we like: blankets. Things we don’t like: not being in blankets. This wide fringed wrap is your hot ticket to day-long blanket cosiness without looking like a sartorial wrong ‘un. SKIRTING THE ISSUEThis simple checked mini is just the right balance of 90s and now. It’s worn high on the waist and is nipped in with a comfy elasticated waistband. You’ll work it in the round without any fiddly fastenings, so it’s a breeze. GIVE ‘EM THE ELBOWIf somebody can’t handle you at peak elbow patch jazziness, what sort…

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