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 • Sometimes a special crochet project can transport you to another land – for instance, our brand new Talavera CAL takes us to a sunny beach in Spain! Where will you travel with the exciting projects in this issue?
Come fly with me…
CONTRIBUTORS • A round of applause for the talented designers in this issue…
Here comes the party! • It’s nearly festival season, so now’s the time to start updating your wardrobe with on-trend crochet tops, dresses and more. Luckily, the new Festival X Sirdar Stories collection has you covered, with 15 contemporary crochet pieces that will really make you stand out. Each is worked in Sirdar Stories cotton-blend yarn. Find out more at www.sirdar.com
5 FAB FINDS
The great Escape • Get ready for the trip of a lifetime with a fun set of travel-friendly makes for all your international adventures
Party lines • Both casual and chic, this colourblock cardigan by Emma Leith gives a sophisticated twist to pretty pinks
MYTHICAL MATES • Take a magical flight with these amigurumi Pegasus pals by Ellie Richards
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TONI’S JOURNAL …from the studio • A crochet instructor of more than eight years, hooky expert Toni Lipsey shares her top tips for successfully teaching our favourite craft to others
What a tweet! • Trim a tea towel with intricate folk art-style birds and colourful embroidered eggs by Steffi Glaves
LIVING IN LACE • You’ll look like a breath of fresh air in this openwork hexagon motif top from Sarah Shrimpton’s Hello Hexie!
Rainbow bold • Show off your true colours in this multi-shade marvel by Emma Leith
Cloud pleaser • It’ll be all sunny days and blue skies with this rainbow bunting by Kelly Wilson Moore
It’s a cinch! • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
BLANKET STITCH • Portuguese designer and creator of the new Simply Crochet CAL Ana Morais Soares explains her passion for big blankets, colour and how she cannot live without crochet
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
Peach fuzz • Orange you glad you spotted this airy mohair wrap by Hannah Cross?
HEALING HOOKS • The calming, repetitive stitches of crochet can distract and soothe during tough times. Two hooksters describe how the crochet community and the craft itself have helped them through physical and mental illness…
“When I crochet, I feel warm and fuzzy”
“Crochet pulled me through”
Budding beauty • Grow a garden in your own living room with this flower themed cushion by Florencia Campos Correa
Attic Spin Dye • Meet an indie dyer and indulge in a design with their skeins
Birds of paradise • Add a little magic to your life with two lovebirds sitting atop a vibrant rainbow by Victoria Kairis
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