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!***Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on the printed newsstand copies. ***
Simply Crochet • What makes you exceptional? Is it an eye for style, a passion for sport (roll on, Women’s World Cup!) or a talent for entertaining? No matter what makes you special, you’ll find a project that represents you inside…
CONTRIBUTORS • Hats off to the crafty creators in this issue…
ANIMAL POT COVERS
Best of friends • Give a little one their very first cuddly buddy with Ricorumi Baby Blankies! Get a kit for £17.99 to make a bee, ladybird, bear or bunny soother – all of them have a chunky amigurumi head and arms and a blanket body. You can also get these patterns, as well as patterns for a parrot, crab, dog and frog, in the Ricorumi Baby Blankies Lookbook for £4.75.
5 FAB FINDS Charming cactus cuties • Grow a desert’s worth of blooming amigurumi cacti
BACK IN TIME • Take a nostalgic trip to the 70s, 80s and 90s with homewares and accessories inspired by classic games
Make a point • Let your colours shine with this bold yet simple cardigan by Cassie Ward
Team player • Get your boots and make this fab footballer from Ellie’s Craft Boutique
Simply Crochet • SAVE TIME, MONEY AND HASSLE WITH AN ANNUAL SIMPLY CROCHET SUBSCRIPTION
HEATHER’S JOURNAL …from the studio • Heather Furnell of Hev’s Home Crochet discusses the joys of variegated yarn and offers top tips on how to use these multi-hued beauties for crochet
FLIRTY FUN • Add intrigue to a denim mini skirt by adding a panel of flouncy crochet ruffles designed by Sandy Jones
Come in waves • Stay out on cool summer evenings with this cape-style throwover designed by Rebecca Dagmar
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A MATTRESS STITCH SEAM
Flying colours • Decorate a nursery with the bobble-filled rainbows in this set by Helen Smith
Animal instincts • Meet Jen Starbird, a US-based crochet artist who uses hyper-realistic amigurumi to bring creatures from the wild, her imagination and even the prehistoric past to life
Hoppy days • Let the games begin with this cute hopscotch rug by Kwannie Cheng
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO MAKE A WAISTCOAT DC
Water pouch • We challenged two designers to come up with a fab design, each using the same yarn… which is your fave?
golden MOMENTS BLANKET • Cherish the small yet special experiences that make life worth living with Eleonora Tully's ode to time spent with family, nature and your passions
Behind the skeins • We answer all your biggest questions about independently dyed yarns, from who makes them and how they’re created to how they’re sold and where to find them…
HOT PROPERTY • Blasenka Simic-Boro’s bag looks cute on the beach, stylish at dinner and chic at work – take it everywhere!
Blooming lovely • Bring the outside in with Helda Pangary’s blanket
SIMPLE STEPS HOW TO WORK A FRONT POST TREBLE STITCH
SUMMER FRUIT • Revisit one of Simply Crochet’s most beloved patterns – a mummy-and-me pair of jumpers by...