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 • Welcome to our 2022 Granny Square Day issue! Try one of the granny square-themed makes inside or find a motif in our booklet of 52 brand-new squares. Then, join us online on 15 August for our GSD celebrations!
Granny Square Day
CONTRIBUTORS • Meet the talented designers whose pat terns feature in this issue…
Hooked • IDEAS ❤ INSPIRATION ❤ ACCESSORIES ❤ WEBSITES ❤ EVENTS STUFF
5 FAB FINDS Daisy bags • Make a fun floral handbag for a festival – or just for fun!
Check it out • Striking chequerboard patterns in a mix of bold and neutral shades can breathe new life into your home décor
Sunny days • For effortless summer style, try this lacy top by Margaret Hubert
Granny’s squares • With her trusty hook, ball of yarn and WIP in tow, this cute gran by Ellie’s Craft Boutique is our kind of lady!
Simply Crochet • SAVE TIME, MONEY AND HASSLE WITH AN ANNUAL SIMPLY CROCHET SUBSCRIPTION
TONI’S JOURNAL … from the studio • Keep track of your stash with crochet expert Toni Lipsey’s top tips for creating a system to organise your skeins, balls and notions once and for all…
Bikini bottom • Upcycle a swimsuit top into a cool summer blouse with this lacy addition by Jess Bennett
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO MAKE A BACK STITCH
Baby blues • Spell out your love for a newborn in this colour-gradient blanket by Pat Strong
Peachy keen • Whether you’re going out or staying in, you’ll want to sport this pretty open cardigan from Stitch & Story
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A MATTRESS STITCH SEAM
SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM JUST £1 • Summer is finally here and now is the perfect time to take advantage of our best-selling magazines. Keep yourself entertained with fantastic content, whether you’re spending time abroad or enjoying a lovely staycation.
FAMILY AFFAIR • After deciding to turn her crochet hobby into a business, Jo Bunclark of Marlow and Chestnut began collaborating with an unlikely partner – her own five-year-old daughter!
Grow softly • Immerse yourself in the delicate detail of this pretty cushion by Bloodimaryart
Granny makes • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using just granny square motifs… which is your fave?
Flora & fauna • Decorate a plain plant pot with a vibrant toucan or cheeky monkey designed by Irene Strange
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK DOUBLE CROCHET IN A SPIRAL
Mohair mix • This scarf by Fran Morgan gives granny squares a refined makeover
YARNBOMBS away! • Crochet designer Eleonora Tully of Coastal Crochet journeyed to Italy for the Yarn Bombing Festival – and brought the magic back for Simply Crochet readers!
Talavera BLANKET • Bring Spanish sunshine into your home with the bright colours and textured stitches of Ana Morais Soares’ seven-part Talavera blanket crochet-along
Let’s just hang • Mix your mediums with handmade wall art that’s a clever blend of crochet and macramé. By Becky Skuse
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A SINGLE HALF HITCH KNOT
Woolmouse/Lovehandyed • Meet an indie dyer...