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Simply Crochet Issue 65

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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1 min.
hooky new year!

This issue we’re taking pause before launching into 2018 by hooking up gorgeous accessories to decorate our homes – with this chilly weather, we’re spending a lot more time indoors, so we can appreciate them! If you haven’t tried combining crafts before, we thoroughly recommend a bit of cross stitch. Easy, chic and oh-so effective (see page 20). Then, turn to page 68 and take stock with our feature on mindfulness – it seems us crocheters already have a headstart… And, of course, we wish you a happy, hooky new year!…

1 min.
contributors

KATE ALINARI Kate designed one of the beautiful shawls in Hook to Hook this month, inspired by bougainvillea flowers. And you can find out more about Kate on page 98. KIRSTEN BALLERING Kirsten has an instinctive eye for colour, and relishes designing in rainbow brights. She reined her colours in for her own exquisite bridal shawl, however! Find out more on page 48. FRAN MORGAN Not only does Fran have an enviable eye for colour, but she’s also a dab hand at inventing brand new stitches. Check out her peephole chevron stitch hat and scarf on page 51. AMANDA CRAWFORD As a full-time crocheter and knitter, Amanda is never happier than when she’s seeking out inspiration for her designs. She designed our beautiful waterfall lace cardi on page 26. OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Ilaria Caliri, Lucy Croft, Esme Crick, Hannah Cross,…

6 min.
hooked

Snuggle up! Don’t let those frosty mornings get you down – seriously snuggly, this oversized jumper with a cosy neckline is like wearing your duvet to work. Go wild and give your winter coat the day off. Wool and the Gang’s Heart of Mine jumper crochet kit includes the divinely soft and chunky Crazy Sexy Wool in a choice of stylish colours, including Lipstick Red (pictured) and a happily bright Big Bird Yellow. Go to www.woolandthegang.com for details. HAPPY FEET New yarn to make socks for (almost) every day of the month, you say? Yes please! Paintbox Yarns’ Socks yarn is available in four colour stories, each with seven shades. Choose from Zebra, Fairisle, Stripes and Pixel, in a cosy 4ply 75% superwash wool, with 25% polyamide for durability. £8.89 per 100g ball,…

1 min.
inspiring books

LITTLE HAPPY CIRCUS TINE NIELSEN (£14.99, Sewandso) Roll up, roll up… the circus is coming to town with this latest book by Tine Nielsen. You can crochet your own parade of amigurumi circus characters, with 12 patterns to choose from, including a clown, a strongman, an elephant, a walrus… even some popcorn. They’re great toys to hook up for children’s birthdays. COWLING AROUND VALERIE BRACEGIRDLE (£10, Wheatsheaf Print) Get your cowl on with this fab collection of nine crochet designs by inspirational designer Valerie Bracegirdle. From boho granny squares to stylish snowflake hexagonals, these designs are super-stylish, statement pieces. Valerie gives you plenty of tips on working the cowl patterns as well as ideas to make them your own. BEETLES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES LYDIA TRESSELT (£16.99, Sewandso) Get ready to go on a bug hunt with this unique collection of super…

1 min.
5 fab finds

WINDING DOWN This splendidly colourful Jane Crowfoot Mystical Lanterns crochet blanket is perfect for cosying up for savasana at the end of a yoga session. Find the pattern and wool packs at www.deramores.com . Namaste… BRAG BAG Just the right size for crocheting on the go – plus you get to show off about the size of your stash! www.kellyconnor designs.com FRUITY BEAUTIES These juicy coasters of the watermelon variety are ideal to pop under a green tea, smoothie, or healthy mocktail. Go to www.how-store. com for the pattern. OFF THE HOOK A crochet hook featuring the mantra we swear by – eat, sleep, crochet, repeat. Frankly, what else is there? Find it at www.noths.com HAPPY DAYS A lovely big mug for your morning latte, or, more to the point, the perfect size for storing your crochet hooks. Visit…

11 min.
it’s a stitch up

SMOKIN’ POTS New plant pot covers are a simple and effective way to give your shelves a bit of pizazz. The Aztec-style cross stitch here is super stylish, while the colour scheme is simply chic. JUST AN ILLUSION Ah, crochet blankets. You can never have too many. This one may look really tricky but it’s merely an illusion – bend your mind around a combo of front and back loop stitches and sit back and wait for the applause. THIRTIES DRAMA The angular pattern on this beauty gives it a distinctive Art Deco feel – position artfully on a plain sofa or chair and think of Ingrid Bergman. You’ll need to concentrate on the cross stitch, but the background is a double crochet fest, so you can break out the subtitles. MAKE AN ENTRANCE Keep your home…