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!
Classics with a twist
CONTRIBUTORS • Let’s raise a cheer for the fantastic designers in this issue…
Beside the seaside • If you’re a fan of beach holidays, this new King Cole CAL is for you! Join in to hook up Eleonora Tully’s gorgeous Postcards with Love Crochet Along Blanket. The CAL is made up of small postcard-shaped squares and rectangles that combine to make one large, colourful throw measuring 122x122cm (48x48in). The first day of the CAL is 23 May.
Ewe & Yarn • Each issue we explore a UK yarn shop
5 FAB FINDS • Ruffles Celebrate all things frilly and fun with these ruffly projects
A breath of fresh air • Evoke the timeless beauty of a countryside summer with warm-weather Fair Isle accessories, homewares and more
Quality time • Share special moments together in matching cardigans by Pat Strong
Crowning glory • Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with a design by Ellie’s Craft Boutique
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JESS’ JOURNAL …from the studio • Learn how to use up every bit of yarn in your stash with Jess Bennett’s eco-friendly guide to getting creative with scraps of all sizes
DESERT DREAMS • Capture a sunset scene in an arid North American landscape with this blanket border by Lucy Croft
TWO OF A KIND • You’ll look perfectly put together in this coordinated cardi and top by Margaret Hubert
Right at home • Snuggle into this cosy granny square throw by Sally Shepherd
Shine bright • No matter the weather, every day will be a sunny day with Paula Green’s smiley key ring in your pocket
TOY STORY • Rachel Zain of Oodles of Crochet shares the story behind her love of amigurumi playthings, which has led her to create her very own range of child-friendly ‘buddies’
Make waves • Get kids ready for summer with a fun poncho by Jess Bennett
Bring on the crochet cuteness!
Spring bags • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
Glow up • Gently light up your life with delicate tealight covers by Emma Leith
THE SCIENCE of crochet • If you understand crochet, you’re actually well on your way to understanding various scientific and mathmatical concepts – they’re more similar than you might think!
Forest fair • Go for a wander in this ethereal moss-coloured shawl from DROPS
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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
May flowers • Kelly Wilson Moore’s floral bracelets are great quick-make stash busters – hook them up in any colour!
Life in the Long Grass • Meet an indie dyer and indulge in a design with their skeins
Well rounded • Add some stylish comfort to your living room with this circular textured cushion by Natalie Beard
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