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!
In the summertime…
CONTRIBUTORS • Meet some of the amazing designers appearing in this issue…
All the fun of the fair! • Life is a wild ride, so the best way to get a newborn started is with an exciting gift like this Carnival Blanket from West Yorkshire Spinners. The £39.95 kit comes with all the Bo Peep DK yarn you need to make this stripy surprise, or you can buy just the pattern for £2.99. And, good news – it’s machine washable! Find out more at www.wyspinners.com
5 FAB FINDS
BESIDE THE SEASIDE • Every day can be a summer holiday when your house is lled with beach-themed homewares
Summer skies • Stay cool in this openwork T-shirt by Susan Walsh
THE RIGHT RIBBIT • Hop to it and make the charming, poseable Kirk the Frog by Lisa Jestes from Zoomigurumi Favorites
EMMA’S JOURNAL …from the studio • Wondering what to crochet in the summer months? Designer and author Emma Varnam has plenty of ideas for your project list!
Life’s a beach • Pack your bags for a seaside holiday – and decorate them with summer-themed motifs by Natalie Beard!
Yellow diamond • You’ll be summer-ready once you hook up this owy llet-stitch top from Rowan
Slice of life • You can create two versions of this sweet and fruity watermelon scarf by Michael Cao
Flower folk • Brighten up with a cushion by Florencia Campos Correa
LANGUAGE OF DESIGN • Clarisabeth López Rodríguez of Crochetcakes brings fabulous retro-inspired crochet to a wider audience with patterns and tutorials created in both English and Spanish
On cloud nine • Whatever the weather, tots will love this smiley, sunny blanket by Kelly Wilson Moore
Brainiac bears • Smart, tiny and looking sharp – meet Ashley Parker’s busy teds
Pride patches • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
Sunset dreams • Settle into this breathtaking blanket by Gwen McGannon
Hooked on FASHION • For the past two years, crochet has been popping up on runways, in boutiques and in the hottest street style photos, which has us wondering – is this stitchy trend here to stay?
Coin cassette • Attention music lovers! Store your cards and change inside this retro-fabulous purse by Heather C Gibbs
Cactus makes perfect • Let Melissa Bradley’s design put your green fingers to good use with this adorable plant
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
Fruitful Fusion • Meet an indie dyer and indulge in a design with their skeins
Bobbly beauty • Show off the variety of warm pink tones in this yarn with an eye-catching scarf by Marianne Rawlins
Show us yours • Join our gang of Treble Makers and share your thoughts and makes with us, for a chance to be featured here, use our hashtag #Sctreblemaker
CROCHET Unravelled With Becky Skuse
Sock yarns • Get your tootsies into these gorgeous 4ply beauties this...