Simply Crochet

Simply Crochet Issue 59

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. ***

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

ILARIA CALIRI Ilaria’s our go-to gal for adorable amigurumi. Wanna know why? Well, she’s hooked the cutest donkey ever on page 43, and designed a sweet flamingo bag charm on page 64. ‘Nuff said. PONY MCTATE New Zealand-based hookster Pony has a fearless sense of style and a playful attitude to crochet. This issue, she combines the two with an epic filet crochet sweater project. Find it on page 50. LUCY CROFT Lucy is the designer behind the canwork beach accessories. This issue, we’re finding out more about what makes her tick and why she’s so over bobble stitch right now. See page 62. LUCY ATTIC24 Look who it is! Blanket lover and top blogger Lucy is chatting about her favourite yarns and how she chooses colours for her designs in our special feature over on page…

6 min.

Amigurumi Globetrotters How adorable are these guys? A bowler hat on a pug and a monocle on a mustachioed octopus somehow seems right in amigurumi. These quirky critters are just two of the fantastic toy designs in the latest book by Ilaria Caliri (she's one of our faves). Amigurumi Globetrotters is bursting with 15 patterns for imaginative animals, all of them off on different adventures around the world. It's £12.50, published by Meteoor Books and launches 1 August, but pre-orders are open right now at www.amazon.co.uk GOT IT MADE Fancy a day out at BBC Countryfile Live this summer? We've got two pairs of tickets to give away for this exciting event which takes place at Blenheim Palace 3-6 August. The Craft Heroes Marquee will be packed with makers showcasing glass blowing, ceramics,…

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inspiring books

DESIGNER CROCHET ACCESSORIES MELISSA LEAPMAN (£12.99, Creative Publishing) Give your wardrobe a refresh with a collection of 25 new accessories. Take your pick from pretty scarves to hats and mitts, jewellery and bags, all presented with clear photographs and stitch diagrams. At the back of the book there's a handy guide to all the stitches. SOPHIE'S UNIVERSE CROCHET-ALONG DEDRI UYS (£16.95, Scheepjes) After the huge success of the Sophie’s Universe CAL in 2015, the pattern for this square blanket is now available as a beautiful book. Aimed at adventurous beginners, each round is explained in detail, with step-by-step photos and hints, and a guide to techniques and stitches. Time to hook your heirloom! BOHO CHIC CROCHET PONCHOS ( £5.99, Leisure Arts) Rock the festival look with a fun poncho. This booklet offers seven showstopping styles, from the glamorous…

1 min.
5 fab finds

BREEZY DOES IT Missed our Editor Sara's super-cool slouchy stripes from issue 46? The pattern for this summer jumper is now available in our Etsy store! You can download the PDF for £4.20 at www.immediatemediastore.etsy.com BAGS OF FUN Accessorize have nailed the carefree summer bag vibes with this crocheted raffia cutie – it even has pompoms and tassels. See www.uk.accessorize.com LAST DANCE If you fancy a CAL for the summer, head to www.scheepjes.comfor the Last Dance on the Beach blanket crochet-along – a beautiful tribute to late designer Wink. IN THE HUT This super-cute trio of beach hut shelves would be a glorious way to display amigurumi or your latest yarny purchase. Head to www.tch.net HEADS UP Crocheted raffia strikes again, this time in the form of a stylish summer trilby for little ones. You'll find it at www.marksandspencer.com…

6 min.
stay sharp

YOU WILL NEED • DK yarn from your stash, 1 ball of each: Yarn A Green Yarn B Yellow Yarn C Brown Yarn D Pink • A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook • Black thread for eyes • Polyester toy stuffing • Stitch markers TENSION Tension is not critical for this project. You can use any yarn to make this amigurumi. If you use a larger hook and a suitable yarn, the amigurumi will be larger whilst maintaining the same proportions. MEASUREMENTS Round Cactus measures 9x15cm (31/2x6in) using a 3mm hook Tall Cactus measures 9x16cm (31/2x61/2in) using a 3mm hook ABBREVIATIONS Spike st Work a standard dc stitch into the corresponding stitch that is 2 rows below For a full list, see page 92 Succulent trend? Check. Desk plant you can’t kill? Check. Pick your favourite, or hook two of these prickly peeps to keep your…

18 min.
beside the sea

FLY THE FLAG Be the king of the castle and claim your patch on the shore with a trio of super-cute stitchy sandcastle flags. Just insert a wooden knitting needle as a flagpole and you’re away. You could even customise them with names. LOADS OF LOLLIES Deckchair stripes, ice lollies and colourful bunting – this beach blanket has it all. It’s just the thing for picnics, or if your home could do with a summer holiday spruce-up. ON THE BALL When is a beach ball not a beach ball? When it’s a comfy cushion instead! This design is a bright, squashy sphere, worked to the same dimensions as a classic inflatable beach ball. Get a load of those neat segments. I’VE GOT THE KEY Minimise those ‘where are my keys?’ moments with an unmissable flip-flop charm. This…