Your Crochet Christmas 2020

Your Crochet Christmas 2020

Your Crochet Christmas 2020

Hook yourself a very happy Christmas 2020 with this collection of festive favourites from Simply Crochet magazine. Packed with patterns for gifts and decorations, plus cosy winter accessories, it’s the perfect crochet compendium for the holiday season for now and years to come. Each project features stunning photography and easy-to-follow patterns plus if you need a little help, there’s a whole section of help step-by-steps. For your 2020 winter wardrobe, choose from cosy mittens, scarves and ponchos, to stylish shawls for evening wear. When it comes to décor, we’ve got that covered too, with tree decorations, garlands, stockings and a stunning wreath designed exclusively for us by Kate Eastwood. And if it’s quick-to-hook gifts you’re after, take your pick from a cute festive doll and snuggly Santa or handy accessories. BONUS GIFT! Plus, this edition includes a fabulously gorgeous Moomin 2021 calendar with beautiful photography for each month, plus 15 patterns to hook your own family of Finnish favourites. Find it on page 133.

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Welcome! We’re delighted you’ve joined us to celebrate this year’s edition of YOUR CROCHET CHRISTMAS, a collection of more than 60 of our favourite patterns from Simply Crochet. Whether you’re crafting a gift for a loved one or treating yourself to some cosy NEW WINTER ACCESSORIES, we’ve got your whole season hooked up! Take a look at page 6 if you’re after a new WINTER WARDROBE – we’ve got hats, mitts, shawls and even a selection of pretty jumpers to choose from. Some are super easy, so they’re achievable even if they’re your first garment. Find the perfect ideas for family, friends and stocking fillers in our GIFTS section on page 46 – we’ve got everyone on your list covered. Once they’re sorted, turn to our DECORATIONS section on page 80, to…

newly minted

CABLED MITTENS Stay warm and stylish with Ilaria Caliri’s pair of beautiful winter mittens. ▪ Stylecraft Life DK (75% acrylic, 25% wool, 100g/298m), 1 ball of Yarn A Mint (2342)▪ Stylecraft Eskimo DK (100% polyester, 50g/90m), 1 ball of Yarn B Natural (5211)▪ A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook▪ PU Leather ‘Hand Made’ labels from www.amazon.co.uk (optional) TENSION 8 sts and 8 rows to measure 5x5cm (2x2in) over extended double crochet worked in rounds using Yarn A and 3.5mm hook or size required to achieve tension MEASUREMENTS 20cm (8in) around fingers, 25cm (9 ¾ in) around hand, 22cm (8 ¾ in) long ABBREVIATIONS cable1 (a 2-st cable) (Skip 1 st, FPtr around next st, FPtr around skipped st) cable2 (a 6-st cable) (Skip 3 sts, FPdtr around next 3 sts 2 rows below, FPdtr around previous 3 Front Post sts,…

what crochet can bring to your christmas

Christmas and crafting go hand in hand: getting cosy and working on your woollies, mulled wine bubbling and joyful tunes humming in the background is a dream scenario. But it’s time to think beyond the chunky knits – crochet can offer so much more at the festive season. We chat with the experts to find out how wonderful Christmas crochet can be! GORGEOUS GIFTS There’s nothing quite like making a handmade gift for a loved one – personal and touching, it brings joy to both maker and receiver. “Crochet makes a lovely gift for a loved one because of all the hours and love you have put into it,” says crochet designer Fran Morgan (www.franmorgan.co.uk). “It’ll always be more valuable than any shopbought item. Each gift is a little bit of you.” The…

winter wonder

YOU WILL NEED ▪ Stylecraft Life DK (75% acrylic, 25% wool, 100g/298m) 8 balls of Mint (2342)▪ A 4.5mm (US 7) hook▪ A 5mm (US H/8) hook For yarn stockists contact Stylecraft 01484 848435 www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk TENSION Pattern repeat of 16 sts and 11 rows measures 10x10cm (4x4in) over pattern using a 4.5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension MEASUREMENTS "ONE SIZE# 80x64cm (31½x25in) ABBREVIATIONS cable4 Skip next 2 sts, FPdtr in next 2 sts from 2 rows below, FPdtr into first and second skipped sts from 2 rows below cable6 Skip next 3 sts, FPdtr in next 3 sts from 2 rows below, FPdtr into first, second and third skipped sts from 2 rows below For a full list, see page 130 Width a: 80cm (31½in) Length b: 64cm (25¼in) The cosiness of a jumper meets the flattering drape of a…

a girl’s best friend

YOU WILL NEED ▪ West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite Lace (80% Falkland wool, 20% mulberry silk, 100g/800m), 1 skein of Belgravia (585)▪ A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook For yarn stockists contact West Yorkshire Spinners 01535 664500 www.wyspinners.com TENSION First 15 rows of the pattern measure 14x20cm (5½x7¾in) after blocking MEASUREMENTS Finished Shawl measures 90x150cm (35½x59in) wide after blocking ABBREVIATIONS BR (Beginning of row) Ch3 (counts as tr), tr in next st, ch3 ER (End of row) Tr in last 2 sts, turn V-st (2tr, ch2, 2tr, ch3) in next ch-2 sp Inc V-st (2tr, ch2, 2tr, ch2, 2tr, ch3) in next ch-2 sp Diamond inc 2tr in next tr, tr in each st to last tr before ch-sp, 2tr in next st, ch3 Diamond dec Tr2tog over next 2 tr, tr in each st to last 2 tr before ch-sp, tr2tog,…

snow dear

YOU WILL NEED ▪ Novita Muumitalo (Moomin House) (75% wool, 25% nylon, 100g/225m) Little My (583) Snork (152) See table for measurements and yarn quantities▪ A 4.5mm (US 7) hook▪ A 5mm (US H/8) hook▪ A stitch marker For yarn stockists contact Novita www.novitaknits.com TENSION 16.5 sts and 13 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over half treble using a 4.5mm hook or size needed to obtain tension; if you find it easier to measure, you can work to a tension of 33 sts to 20cm. The Hem Pattern Strip of 25 sts should measure 14cm (4½in) in width using a 5mm hook or size needed to obtain stated tension; the row tension of this Strip is 18.5 rows to measure 10cm (4in) or 37 rows to 20cm (8in) ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130 Snowflakes…