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Simply Crochet Issue 60

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.
outside the lines

This issue is about taking your crochet out into the wild, whether that’s with creative ideas for your garden (crochet teepee anyone? p15), or getting stuck into a yarnbombing project. We’re chuffed that Lucy from Attic24 not only designed an amazing mandala hoop for us, she also picked the beautiful, summery colour palette for our main collection (p20). Another of my issue 60 faves is the dotty vest by Simone Francis (p40) – such a clever pattern! Whatever you hook this month, I hope your crochet takes you somewhere new.…

1 min.
contributors

EMMA LEITH Artist and crochet designer Emma is chatting about some of her yarnbombing antics on p70 and sharing her most precious hooky project with us on p98. It’s a good ‘un. ERINNA LEE We first spotted Erinna’s amigurumi on Instagram (she’s @littleaquagirl) and had to find out more. On p44 she’s spilling the beans about what it’s like to run an Etsy store with your mum. RACHEL WAIN Hookster and sewist Rachel has transformed one of our fave childhood treats into an adorable amigurumi design. You can find her cheeky sugar mice hiding on p27. TWINKIE CHAN Twinkie is our guest columnist this month. She’s been thinking about how us crocheters approach trends and is giving us the skinny on how she (eventually) fell for cacti. Hard. See p38. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Rebecca Aldridge, Lucy Attic24, Annelies Baes, Ilaria…

7 min.
hoored

Here's looking at you Who knew crochet slippers could look so mischievous? This neat pair with their curious peepers are stitched by Eka (an ethical Swedish brand) and are available for £40 at www.noths.com. If googly eyes on anything still make you giggle, then these will be right up your street. And now they've got us thinking about what else we could add eyes to. Crochet cushions? Mittens? And just think of the yarnbombing possibilities. You can read more about creative yarnbombing in our special feature over on page 70. STAY INSPIRED Brush lettering and project bags – Kelly Connor Designs know their way to a crocheter’s heart. The quotes on their cool printed totes range from inspiring to downright cheeky so there’s sure to be one you’ll love. This shameless yarny one…

1 min.
inspiring books

FREEFORM CROCHET CAROL MELDRUM (£10.99, Search Press) Starting with a guide to techniques and stitches, Carol leads you through 30 freeform projects, with chapters focusing on different motifs. Whether you opt for a bright shopper bag with a circular motif, a scarf with a mix of squares and stripes, or a neck warmer with organic spiked circle shapes, there’s plenty to inspire you to get freestyling. SIMPLE CHIC CROCHET MRS MOON ( £12.99, CICO Books) We’re big fans of Mrs Moon's (Susan Ritchie and Karen Miller) effortlessly cool style and this book showcases 35 of their latest stylish designs. Adorn your home with cushions, rugs and blankets, pep up your wardrobe with showstopping shawls and tops, plus make toys and hats for kids or a cardi for baby. All the projects are beginner-friendly. HUGGABLE AMIGURUMI SHANNEN NICOLE CHUA (£16.99, Martingale) This…

1 min.
5 fab finds

NOTHING BUT NEON This isn't the image the mind usually conjures up when picturing garden twine! You can get a whole crate of Nutscene's neon twine for £19.99 at www.oakroomshop.co.uk– fab for mats and baskets. JUST POTTY Spruce up plant pots with this rainbow popcorn stitch cosy by Miki at Set Free My Gypsy Soul. The pattern is free at www.sfmgs.co.uk LOW MAINTENANCE No garden? No problem. Stitch your own succulents with our cactus duo by Ilaria Caliri from issue 59. See p94 for info on how to get hold of our back issues. IN THE HUT If sitting on the actual ground isn't your thing, keep things classy yet bohemian with a jazzy pouffe. www.boutiquecamping.com LIGHT IT UP When we first saw this sunny lantern, we thought it looked like filet crochet. Maybe you could cross stitch into…

26 min.
quite contrary

WINGING IT A flight of dragonflies could be just what’s missing from your lawn. You could even stitch them with glittery yarn so they shimmer and shine. These hovering creatures are on sturdy stalks that are easy to move around. TIME FOR TEEPEE How’s this for a big project? Kids will love playing in a tent that’s just the right size for them. Set up camp indoors or outdoors, load it up with comfy cushions and blankets and you’ve got the perfect crochet den. CROCHET WALLFLOWERS A flowering tree to brighten up any drab corner of your home or garden – blooming marvellous. You could even adapt this design into a height chart for the kids and they’ll have fun helping you add the flowers. HEART OF STONE Pretty up a pebble or two with a lacy…