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Simply Crochet 70

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.
love actually

Love is in the air this month as, with Harry and Meghan’s big day on 19 May, we have the perfect excuse to get unashamedly romantic. Emma Leith’s royal cushion (p43) is a splendid way to mark the occasion. And if you’re planning a wedding or other special occasion, take inspiration from our cool blue ideas on p14 or send a handmade greeting with this issue’s free gift. We’re also getting ready for warmer weather with plenty of cool knits this issue. We love Matt’s colourful hat (p51); we might even make it essential Simply Crochet attire – squad goal!…

1 min.
contributors

MATTHEW SPIERS Matthew aka One Man Crochet is a crochet addict and a total colour fiend – whatever he designs, it’s sure to feature some eye-popping shades. Check out his rude boy cap on p51. ELISABETH DAVIS DE HERRAIZ Elisabeth stumbled upon crochet by accident a decade ago and has never looked back – she says a day without crochet isn’t a full day! She’s designed a beautiful shawl for us on p78. ILARIA CALIRI Queen of amigurumi, Ilaria is the blogger behind Airali Design. She loves to draw quirky characters and turn them into cute crocheted toys, like the adorable panda on p38. PAT STRONG Pat loves yarn so much she opened a yarn shop. She believes that simple shapes are the key to success when designing in knitwear. Take a look at her snuggly baby…

6 min.
hooked

Summer breeze Behold the loveliness that is the Vanaja rucksack, from Rowan’s latest Magazine 63. It’s just perfect for sunny Sundays when you can throw your stylish bag over your shoulder and make a dash to the nearest field for fresh air and country walks. This Lisa Richardson design uses Rowan Creative Linen (50% linen and 50% cotton), along with embroidered details in Rowan Summerlite 4ply (100% cotton). For more details and to see the rest of the Magazine 63 patterns, visit www.knitrowan.com INDIAN ROSES Jane Crowfoot has joined forces with West Yorkshire Spinners to create this stunning Indian Roses blanket, which uses three DK yarns: Bluefaced Leicester, Aire Valley and Bo Peep. Jane has used crochet layering techniques to achieve a gorgeous 3D effect on the flowers. The kit costs £135 from…

1 min.
inspiring books

CUTEST CROCHET CREATIONS ALISON NORTH (£15.73, Tuva Publishing) The clue is in the title with this book from Alison North, as you’ll find heaps of the most adorable characters to make inside, including a fox, bird, dog, sheep, bunny and many more. You can also personalise your cute creations with the little extra designs such as flower crowns and dresses. Sweet! CROCHET LACY SHAWLS ROHN STRONG (£17.88, Stackpole Books) Sock designer extraordinaire and author of Step Into Crochet, Rohn Strong, has turned his hook to shawl making in this inspiring book packed with 27 patterns. The projects are divided by skill level so you can start in the beginner section with a basic pi shawl, triangle, stole or poncho and work up to the more complicated patterns. MINI CROCHET CREATURES LAUREN BERGSTROM (£14.99, GMC) Quick to hook up and full of…

1 min.
5 fab finds we’re keeping it royal

THE CROWN JEWELS The perfect accessory for your own little prince or princess, this beaded crochet baby crown comes in various sizes from 0-3 to 12-18 months. Just don’t go putting it on the cat! Go to Tuttolv on etsy.com TIME TO SHINE Go all-out glamour with this statement crochet necklace which features ceramic and pearl beads. Find it at AyamCraft on etsy.com . Yes please… TOTO-LLY FAB We think the Queen herself would rather like to have one of these cute amigurumi corgis! Head over to www.snacksies.com to find the Toto the Corgi pattern. ROYAL BABY Perfect for a christening, this baby’s shawl and pillowcase set has a hand-crocheted crown edging. Go to PetiteNPrecious on etsy.com ON THE BUTTON Give your latest crochet cardi a regal finishing touch with these fabulous wooden crown buttons. Available from www.myvintagecharms.co.uk…

13 min.
lace and favour

RING PILLOW Make a hessian cushion and adorn it with an Irish crochet-style motif. Wedding rings have never been so spoilt. Designed by Anne Egan. • Namolio linen yarn (100% linen, 25g/130m), 1 ball of Glacier (018) • A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook • Hessian cloth 22x41cm (8½x16in) • Matching sewing thread • 70cm (28in) silk ribbon • Stitch marker • Toy stuffing MEASUREMENTS Motif measures 17.5x17.5cm (6¾x6¾in) Finished cushion measures 18x18cm (7x7in) NOTES The central Flower Motif is made first, then the Leaves and Circles are made and joined in their final rounds before adding the Outer Border. MOTIF FLOWER Ch32, ss to first ch to join into a loop. Round 1 *4dc into loop, ch9, dc into 2nd ch from hook and each of next 6 ch, ss in last ch; repeat from * 11 times more, ss to first…