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Simply Crochet 68

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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in this issue

1 min.
frilled to bits!

Crochet is brilliant at bringing people together, and to celebrate just that we are thrilled to launch our first Hook ’n’ Learn blanket on page 47. (Find out more about CALs in general on page 66, and how they help us design, focus… and socialise!) We’re also fully embracing our love of ruffles – they’re everywhere this year and we’ve given them a chic makeover, starting on page 14. If amigurumi is more your thing (or you’re looking for a project to delight a small person), turn to page 36 and get your hooks into the monstrous, glorious Mr Blue.…

1 min.
contributors

LUCY CROFT Simply Crochet regular Lucy is not only a massive colour-fiend, but also a stickler for detail, making her the perfect choice to lead our Hook ’n’ Learn blanket on page 47. SARA SCALES Sara teaches crochet classes, and designs miniatures and doll crochet, which you can find on Etsy. This issue, she designed the stunning ruffle necklace on page 20. ROSINA NORTHCOTT Rosina is a blogger, designer and lover of all things craft – and she certainly loves a challenge. This issue, she designed the brilliant slogan pencil case on page 72. SHARON MURPHY Sharon loves coming up with bold patterns for scarves and blankets, but managed to rein herself in for a slightly smaller project with her ruffle-tastic wristwarmers on page 21. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Kate Alinari, Lou Barnes, Annelise Brant, Esme Crick, Ilaria Caliri, Hannah Cross,…

7 min.
hooked

Find Your Tribe Being part of the crochet community, we know that yes, finally, we have definitely found our tribe! Scheepjes’ new Our Tribe yarn is inspired by that sense of finding your people. Scheepjes asked each of their wonderful bloggers to develop their own colours for the range – can you tell which one belongs to which blogger? We got most of them right! The blend is a 70% superwash merino/30% polyamide sports-weight yarn that’s great for socks and shawls. £7.99 per 100g. www.schjeepes.com HOOK ‘N’ LEARN Welcome to our first Hook ‘n’ Learn crochet-along! You’ll master 12 new, easy-to-learn (and gorgeous!) stitches, with help from charts and video tutorials. Choose from Scheepjes Stone Washed XL (above), or go bright with their Colour Crafter – instructions are given for both. See pages…

1 min.
inspiring books

DESIGN YOUR OWN CROCHET PROJECTS SARA DELANEY (£14.99, Storey) With Sara Delaney’s help you’ll soon find yourself designing your own crocheted scarves, mittens, gloves, hats and socks – the world’s your oyster. Flexible formulas and fill-in-the-blank templates take you through the process painlessly, and there’s even a companion online calculator! Nifty. CROCHET CHARACTERS SOFT & SNUGGLY CACTI JANA WHITLEY (£12.99, becker&mayer!) Cacti you can’t prick your finger on… we’re in! Choose your favourite pot shape and colour and then crochet any of the ten types of cacti or succulents to go on top. The book comes with everything you need to make two projects, including yarn, stranded cotton and eye beads. CROCHETED MANDALAS LYNNE ROWE (£4.99, Search Press) Mandalas are such relaxing projects to crochet and they’re great for using up your scraps of yarn. Lynne Rowe’s handy…

1 min.
5 fab finds

1 SOMEBUNNY TO LOVE Be warned, download the Spring Bunnies pattern from All About Ami (see page 32) and you are likely to end up with a whole warren of little friends! Seriously cute. Go to AllAboutAmi on www.etsy.com 2 BAGSY THAT! These gorgeous Fair Trade African Bolga baskets from Injabulo are great for an Easter egg hunt (and for yarn storage afterwards). www.injabulo.com 3 HOPPY EASTER Be sure to get a visit from the Easter Bunny with TOFT’s Emma the Bunny kit – choose your own colour of pure wool DK yarn.www.thetoftalpaca shop.co.uk 4 SO SUBLIME We are loving the sweetie shop colours of the new Sublime Isla yarn from Sirdar – just perfect for Easter knits. Go to www.sublimeyarns.com 4 ONE COOL CHICK Chuck Chick is strutting his stuff like a dapper geezer. Find him with Rufus…

12 min.
frill seekers

NECKLACE Transform your outfit from ‘meh’ to ‘wow’ with this clever, quick-to-make necklace, designed by Sara Scales. • Rowan Hemp Tweed (75% wool, 25% hemp, 50g/95m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Willow (146) Yarn B Pumice (138) • A 2mm (US B/1) crochet hook • 40cm (16in) leather cord with lobster claw fastening TENSION Tension is not important for this project MEASUREMENTS Each ball measures approx 5cm (2in) in diameter NOTES A smaller hook than usual is required for this project. You may find that you have to be careful not to split the yarn. The leather cord is threaded through the initial ch6 ring, so ensure your ring is large enough to slip it through. MOTIF (MAKE 3) Make 2, working rounds as follows: Rounds 1, 2 and 4 in Yarn A; Round 3 in Yarn B. Make 1, working rounds as follows: Rounds…