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!
Ready, steady, hook!
CONTRIBUTORS • The passionate people involved in this issue…
Bright and beautiful • Celebrate blue skies and warm summer days with the Serenum MAL by Natalia of Outstanding Crochet blog, in collaboration with Scheepjes. This uplifting project is a cardigan that can be easily adjusted to become a sweater, so double the reward! Discover how to add a splash of sunshine to your wardrobe at www.scheepjes.com/en
Tribe Yarns • Each issue we explore a UK yarn shop
Skills & virtual events
5 FAB FINDS Pets • Animal-themed makes for you and your cute critter
Take a walk on the bright side • Dramatic shapes in entrancing, rich shades to give you and your hook a treasure trove of makes
Mesh medley • The showstopping sleeves on this design by Bowie and George are a call to arms to adventurous hooksters
Sweet squeak • Julius the mouse needs comforting, can you give him a hug?
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK DOUBLE CROCHET IN A SPIRAL
Simply Crochet • SAVE TIME, MONEY AND HASSLE WITH AN ANNUAL SIMPLY CROCHET SUBSCRIPTION
SARAH-JANE’S JOURNAL … from the studio • Sarah-Jane Hicks from Flo and Dot shares how the versatility of crochet lends itself to making things practical and pretty for all rooms of your home
Yes to the dress • Extend the life of an outgrown garment or create a one-of-a-kind outfit with Jess Bennett’s design
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK STRIPES AND WEAVE IN YARN ENDS
Cardi calling • Love cardigans? Try out this summer version by Kristen TenDyke for cool layers
Pick ‘n’ mix for six • It’s all about the hexagons in this design by Vicki Roberts
WREATHS, SHAWLS and Folk Tales • Stunning colour work, beautiful shawls and jaw-dropping blankets – Anna Nikipirowicz invites us to discover more about her vibrant and sophisticated approach to crochet
Flower show • Find your passion for fashion with Gwen Buttke McGannon’s vibrant design
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A BACK POST TREBLE STITCH
Cuddle up, Buttercup • The colours of the year glow brightly in Paula Green’s design
Wheely good • Get your skates on to make this nostalgic and fun cushion design by Becca Parker
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO MAKE A POMPOM
WIN Rainbow decoration • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO USE STITCH MARKERS IN SPIRALS • In this pattern, you’ll work the stitches in spiral rounds. If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, it’s easy! At the end of a round, don’t join the first and last stitches with a slip stitch. Instead, just work the first stitch of a new round into the top of the first stitch on the previous round. Using stitch markers will help you to keep track of spiral rounds. Our step-by-step guide (right) will show you how to do this.
A stitch in time • We all love modern crochet designs, but sometimes only a classic will do. We’re taking a step back and meeting the collectors who can’t get enough of vintage...