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!
Simply Crochet • We have been inspired by cosy Christmasses of the past to create homely decorations with a traditional feel this year. Use your hook to spark fond memories and spread festive cheer. Let’s make this one to remember, or go even further and make it the best Christmas yet.
Full-on festive vibes
CONTRIBUTORS • This issue's crochet elves…
Festive stocking filler friends • The Ricorumi Crochet-Along makes this Christmas extra magical! Hook up nine super-cute Christmas ricorumis including a dog, reindeer, piggy and friends in their own cute Christmas socks. The great thing is once finished they can be used as lovely decorations or gifts! Find the patterns and limited edition yarn kit at www.rico-design.com
Jayne’s Wool & Buttons • Each issue we explore a UK yarn shop
Skills & events
5 FAB FINDS Decorations • ‘Tis the season to fill your home with Christmas makes
SETTING THE SCENE • A visit from St Nicholas inspires our hooks and hearts to make memories for Christmas present and future
Northern lights • Traditional details and modern colours combine to make Bowie and George’s Nordic-inspired design
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A BACK POST TREBLE STITCH
Sleigh Belle • It’s time to shimmer with a dazzling reindeer by Ellie’s Craft Boutique
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CARMEN’S JOURNAL …from the studio • Carmen Jorissen of New Leaf Designs shares the best ways to make your new favourite crochet blanket to help it stand the test of time
Bits and bobbles • Spruce up your space using Marianne Rawlins’ chic design
LOVE THE LACE • Panels of pretty floral patterns decorate Pat Strong’s sweet jumper design
Santa baby • The ultimate Christmas set for big and small by Eleonora Tully
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO MAKE A HALF TREBLE
New Sensation • Designer Linda Skuja brings a tactile touch to her creations. We spoke about her fashion work, the craft culture in Latvia, and how she keeps her garments feeling fabulous…
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Spruce up! • Hook the perfect finishing touch to your decorations with Fran Morgan’s tree skirt
Decorations • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
It’s the crochet count own! • We show you how to organise your festive projects in time for Christmas
Tinsel toes • Trip the light fantastic at Christmas with this sparkly pair from West Yorkshire Spinners
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO DECREASE IN DOUBLE CROCHET (DC2TOG)
Christmas GIFT GUIDE • ‘Tis the season for giving, so use this special selection of 15 hooky-themed pressies to spoil yourself or that crochet fan in your life!
MAGIC CARPET THROW • Transport yourself to a world of beautiful patterns with the magic of mosaic crochet in Rosina Plane’s seven-part crochet-along
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