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Simply Crochet

Simply Crochet 72

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.
hotting up

We’ve headed east for our collection inspiration this issue. Choose from easy, quick lotus blossoms and bunting or take on a challenge with Emma Leith’s fabulous curtain (page 16). On a smaller scale, we’re very excited to include an exclusive pattern for an Irish Terrier from TOFT on page 44 – oh yes, we are spoiling you! Even George Takei is getting in on the wondrous craft that is crochet at the moment – he posted a video of Katika just before we went to press – and we’re talking to this amazing crochet artist on page 52. Keep your cool, hooky chums……

1 min.
contributors

PONY MCTATE New Zealand-based hookster Pony has a fearless sense of style and a playful attitude to crochet. Take a look at her gorgeous summery lacy motif top, our cover star, over on page 36. LISA RICHARDSON Top-notch designer Lisa works at Rowan, making the most of their simply scrumptious yarns. This issue we’re showcasing her stunning woven shawl. You’ll find it on page 54. MARGARET O’MARA With over 25 years of design experience, Margaret’s aim is to teach fellow crocheters to improve the look of their work. She hooked up Kate Bruning’s table runner for us, on page 61. VICKY GORRY Vicky doesn’t miss a trick, she snaps any passing shapes and colours that inspire her. She has far too many WIPs and an addiction to hand-dyed yarn! See Vicky’s shawl on page 69. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Kate Bruning,…

7 min.
hooked

La Bella Vida When we spotted this Mexican Dream bag crochet kit from Dutch crocheter extraordinaire Adinda Zoutman, we were struck down with a severe case of ‘must-have-itis’. The vibrant mix of colours… The full-on floweriness of it… The pompoms… sigh. It’s a dream bag for sure. The kit contains 14 balls of Scheepjes Color Crafter yarn, one ball of Durable Glam glittery yarn and a palm leaf bag and costs ›74.95 (or you can buy just the pattern for ›19.95). Head over to www.adindasworld.com and drool… GRANNY CHIC Grab yourself some retro style with Mrs Moon’s Spring Bedspread kit, a modern twist on a 1970s classic. The punchy colours bring the design right up to date and the kit comes with the gorgeously soft Plump DK yarn. The kit is £284 and…

1 min.
inspiring books

CROCHET WORKSHOP ERIKA KNIGHT (£14.99, Quadrille Publishing) This is a great book for new and experienced crocheters alike. Erika takes you through 20 gorgeous projects, each one introducing a new stitch or technique that builds up your crochet skills. Stitches include double and trebles, lace and ripple shell stitch, and more. The projects are beautifully photographed and come with clear diagrams and illustrations. CUDDLY ANIMALS TO CROCHET LUCIA FÖRTHMANN (£12.99, Search Press) Amigurumi fans can get stuck into 28 cute animal creations in this fun book. Chapters focus on forest and farm animals, sea and pond creatures and animals from around the world. You’ll meet Emily the Sheep, Timmy the Tiger, Jimmy the Koala, Cyril the Sloth, Charlie the Sea Turtle, and many more! CROCHETED HOODS AND COWLS TAMMY FLORES (£17.88, Stackpole Books) This collection of hoods and…

1 min.
5 fab finds know your place

DON’T BLINK! A TARDIS stitch marker? Or a sonic screwdriver? Yes! We are loving these Dalektable Doctor Who-themed markers. Great little gifts for the Whovian in your life too. Available from TwistedYarnsStore. WHAT A HOOT Let these wise owls keep count of your rows. Each set of six colourful markers comes with a kilt pin in an organza gift bag. From DianaSianCrafts. SO SWEET These fab liquorice allsort markers are handmade from polymer clay but look good enough to eat. Don’t crochet when you’re hungry… From chapelviewcrafts. PRETTY KITTIES Here’s five happy moggies to keep you company while you’re hooking… and they won’t get your ball of yarn in a tangle. From CraftyCatKnittyBits. LITTLE GEMS These dinky little flowers were inspired by 1970s jelly gem sweets – cute. Packs come with 10 or 20 markers, so you’ll be well…

5 min.
splish splash

YOU WILL NEED Use your free gift or oddments of any DK yarn • Yarn A Peach • Yarn B Turquoise • Yarn C Yellow • Yarn D Gold • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook • Stitch marker • A pair of 6mm safety eyes • 2 lilac-pink shell sequins • 18 gold sequins • Toy stuffing MEASUREMENTS Mermaid measures 15cm (6in) from head to tail ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 92 You know summer’s here when mermaids come out to play! This fierce little lady, with her lilac hair and turquoise tail, is a quick project to keep your hooky fingers happy this weekend. NOTES The pattern is worked using the amigurumi method. Work in a continuous spiral without closing off the round with a ss. It may help to use a stitch marker in the last stitch of each round, moving it up as…