Simply Crochet

Simply Crochet 71

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. ***

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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R1 191,28
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
game on!

Wimbledon is just around the corner, and we’re feeling the sporty vibe this month. Check out Simone Francis’ stylish sporty tee on page 28 – it’s an easy top to make and a grand first garment to have a go at. If raising a glass of Pimms at the same time as juggling your strawberries and cream is more your workout style, however, we have plenty of other makes to get you in the mood for summer. Eleonora’s Tunisian trims are über-cool (page 69), and Heather Gibbs’ diamond blanket is perfect for summer picnics. Go flat out.…

1 min.

HEATHER C GIBBS Aside from amigurumi, blankets are Heather’s favourite projects to design and crochet. Go to page 72 for her stunning diamond blanket in warm, earthy shades. ELEONORA TULLY Lucky Eleonora lives by the seaside where fresh sea air and ever-changing colours are constant sources of inspiration. She’s designed our jeans edging embellishment on page 69. SIMONE FRANCIS Simone is influenced by fashion, art and nature and strives to design patterns that are interesting to make and follow. She’s definitely achieved that with her sporty tee on page 28. MILLIE MASTERSON The design genius behind Ruby and Custard, Millie loves to crochet with bright cotton colours. She’s designed the amazing circus-inspired ‘Love’ cushion on page 46. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Kate Alinari, Kate Bruning, Ilaria Caliri, Esme Crick, Lucy Croft, Hannah Cross, Judy Darley, Anne Egan, Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz,…

7 min.

Give us a twirl So much care and attention from Mary Pettis-Sarley is behind each exquisite ball of Twirl yarn. Mary blends fibres from the sheep, angora goats, llamas and alpacas that she raises on her ranch in California, and grows or gathers most of the plants she uses for dyes to create a wonderful range of natural shades. Loop are stocking Twirl in their London shop (around £15.50 per 50g cake), or go to www.loopknittingshop.com to buy if you’re not local. Visit their blog for more on the fascinating story behind this special yarn. YARN ART Californian artist Ashley Blalock brings crochet into the fine art arena with her series of installations, Keeping Up Appearances. She makes ‘genteel’ crochet doilies but, on a huge scale and in bright red yarn, they hint…

1 min.
inspiring books

WHIMSICAL STITCHES LAUREN ESPY (£16.50, Paige Tate & Co) Amigurumi fans are in for a treat with 30 colourful designs in this nicely presented book. The characters are fun and quirky, from doughnuts and macarons to cacti and a jellyfish, with themes including In the Garden, Down on the Farm and At the Bakery. The patterns are clear with useful step-by-step photographs. CAREFREE CROCHET MAY BRITT BJELLA ZAMORI (£17.88, Trafalgar Square Books) Norwegian designer May has filled this book with 50 stylish projects, designed to make you feel good both crocheting the designs and wearing them. You’ll find ideas for summer and winter wear, including scarves, sweaters and dresses, plus home accessories, cushions and blankets. Projects cover a range of sizes and skill levels. ZOOMIGURUMI 7 AMIGURUMIPATTERNS.NET (£12.50, Meteoor Books) In this latest Zoomigurumi book you’ll meet 15…

1 min.
5 fab finds feeling sheepish

CRAZY FOR EWE Who could resist this roly-poly Luxury Bobble Sheep kit from Warm Pixie DIY? It’s made in luxury soft lambswool and the kit includes everything you need to complete your sheep. Go to www.warmpixie.com BABY STEPS Start the alpaca love early with Born Bespoke’s cute baby shoes. You can have the soles personalised too. Go to www.bornbespoke.com FLOCK YEAH! We’ve fallen in love with this colourful flock of sheep bag from Mary Kilvert. It’s just crying out to be filled with wonderful yarns. Find it at www.marykilvert.com SEW LOVELY Fancy having a go at a new craft? This alpaca embroidery kit has pre-printed fabric so you can just get stitching. www.hawthornhandmade.com EWE BEAUTY Fresh Fleeces have a fantastic flock of silver sheep jewellery, including this divine handcrafted silver sheep necklace. Yes please… www.freshfleeces.com…

3 min.
tasty treat

YOU WILL NEED Use your free gift or oddments of yarn to make the cover • Yarn A Beige • Yarn B Red • A 3mm (C/2 or D/3) hook • Round retractable tape measure (approx 5cm diameter) • Stitch markers MEASUREMENTS To fit a round retractable tape measure ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 92 A tape measure is an essential tool for crochet, so why not have one that’s super fun to work with? And what could be more fun than Ilaria Caliri’s fabulous famous biscuit? Just don’t get confused with the real thing and dip it in your tea! NOTES All pieces are made using the amigurumi method. Work continuously in a spiral without closing off each round with a slip stitch. It may help to use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round, moving it…