Simply Crochet

Simply Crochet 82

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

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we’d like to thank…

Congratulations to all the winners of our British Craft Awards, and thanks to all of you for voting for your favourites! We had a fun, fizz-fuelled evening, and you can discover the winners on page 72. Dedri Uys won Crochet Designer of the Year – and she’s written her first column for us on page 32. Thrilled to have you, Dedri! In other news, we have everything you need for your Easter Instafeed. Try our wreath kit (p14), the super-cute egg cosies by Erinna Lee, our latest Hook to Hook challenge (p57), and our spring pastel collection. Hooks at the ready!…

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FRAN MORGAN Designer and teacher Fran is the designer behind our coral jumper on page 28. She says the secret to her success is patience, positive thinking and a sense of humour. KAREN GEORGE Karen has a passion for building multiple stitch patterns around a single motif. She loves sharing the finishing touches in her pattern designs, and you can make her granny scarf on page 64. ESME CRICK Esme describes herself as equal parts crochet designer, teacher and mum and she’s never far from her hook. Be inspired by her beautiful geometric treetops throw on page 45. VICKI ROBERTS Vicki loves to hook ponchos, amongst many other things. This issue she’s put her crafty talents into creating a sturdy overnight bag – you’ll find it on page 75. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Kate Bruning, Hannah Cross, Colette Earley, Lucy Evans,…

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‘Pop’ goes the wool Say ‘hell yes’ to eye-popping brights with West Yorkshire Spinners’ latest yarn drop ColourLab DK. The new collection of 18 solid and five self-striping shades are made from 100% British wool and are just the ticket for ‘look at me’ makes. Check out our ColourLab yarn review on page 78, or jump right in and order online at www.wyspinners.com. YARN STARS Calling all shade seekers: Quince & Co have announced five hot new hues for their US-made extra-fine merino DK yarn Phoebe. Taking inspiration from the skies, these five shades are named after celestial bodies: sunny Sol, pale Luna, vibrant Vesta, velvety black Chiron, and soft Juno. Available in 100g balls, catch them, alongside Phoebe’s other 14 shades at www.quinceandco.com . MOOMIN MANIA Child favourites and animated Swedish stars The Moomins are…

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inspiring books

THE ART OF CROCHET BLANKETS RACHELE CARMONA (£18.99, Interweave ) A beautiful compilation of modern-inspired makes, this is a superb choice for the advanced crocheter looking for a project to get their teeth into. The book also features a series of six profiles of modern makers, including Tula Pink and April Rhodes. GET KNOOKING LAURA STRUTT (£18.99, CICO Books) Part knitting, part crochet, Get Knooking is bringing this exciting new crossover craft to the world with 35 quick and easy patterns to get you started, covering garments, gifts and decorations. The book comes with a 4mm bamboo crochet hook plus a length of cord, so you can get stuck in straight away! CROCHET DOGS MEGAN KREINER (£9.49/£13.99, Thunder Bay Press) Crochet your very own littlest pet shop with this 80-page instruction book with full illustration and photographs. Choose…

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5 fab finds

Easter We’ve hunted out a basket of Easter treasures 1 ‘EAR ME NOW We thought these snub-nosed cuties couldn’t get any sweeter – then we spied those fluffy tails! Available in six sizes with an option for non-slip soles. Sniff these slippers out on Etsy at Jayneanncrochet. 2 CHICK LIT Ira Rott’s easy nine-page pattern for a ‘chicken cocoon’ and hat might just break the internet. Experience the cuteness first-hand at irarott.com 3 EGGED ON Even Easter cannot escape amigurumi’s ascendancy. This free pattern skips the choc but still delivers on sweetness. Find it at zeensandroger.wordpress.com 4 MINT TULIP This free pattern cleverly adapts a Bella Coco YouTube tutorial to come up with these zingy tulip headbands. See letsdosomethingcrafty.com for the full tutorial. 5 FUN IN A BUNNY Grab a hook and get making – this £4.31 pattern is versatile enough…

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spring fling

YOU WILL NEED Use your cover gift or oddments of any DK yarn: Green Yellow Pink A 2.5mm (US C/2) hook (not included in gift) 50cm ribbon, approx 7.5mm wide Wooden ring, 7cm diameter TENSION Tension is not critical, but may affect yarn quantities required MEASUREMENTS Wreath measures 10cm (4in) in diameter ABBREVIATIONS French knot Secure yarn on WS and bring needle to the front; using your thumb and forefinger, hold the yarn a few cm above the point where it comes out of the fabric; keeping it taut, twist the needle around the yarn beneath your fingers 3 times, then take the needle back through the fabric, close to where it came up For a full list, see page 92 Spring has sprung, and also wound its way around our Easter wreath. Create the basic wreath, then…