Inside our Christmas issue…

It’s that magical time of year – Christmas is here! We’re helping you prepare with a whopping 50 fab crochet patterns. There are gift ideas, Scandinavian-inspired accessories and fun, festive projects for your home.

One thing we love about Christmas is getting all dressed up and sparkly. We’ve got party time sorted with an easy-peasy, queen-for-a-day sequin tiara, luxurious fur stole (so on-trend) and check out our pick of sparkly yarns for your own creations. Need a quick fix for your party wardrobe? Upgrade an outfit with our glitzy, loopy belt made with hairpin crochet.

This issue is stuffed with creative ideas to get decked out for the season. Hook up a bundle of holly leaves and berries to adorn your wine glasses, napkins, table and pud. There are stylish, Scandi-inspired mitts and a pixie hat to make, with crocheted bobbles and Fair Isle details. Plus, make a wintry snowflake wreath, a bright and beautiful hexagon stocking and add pretty crochet finishing touches to your gift-wrapping. Jane Crowfoot’s got all kinds of ideas for thrifty Christmas makes. Not found the ultimate Christmas jumper yet? Upcycle a chic alternative with one motif and an old sweater.

Don’t panic about gifts, we’ve got that covered, too – there’s a fantastic selection of projects that will go down a treat. Before you start, check out our handy guide to hooking in time for Christmas. Now get stuck in – there’s a pair of pretty pom-pom slippers, a stunning silk and Merino jumper, Nicki Trench’s zig-zag e-reader case and Erika Knight’s textured wool throw to make. Chaps can have no objections to Joanne Scrace’s hat, scarf and mitts set worked in oh-so-manly granite stitch. There’s nothing cool about being cold. For little ones, there are sweet Kokeshi dolls and a cheeky ninja to hook, an adorable flowery collar and a tubby amigurumi Santa. And for you? A super-special 2014 diary for all your doodles and dates (including unmissable craft events throughout the year!).

Plus, make sure you catch our in-depth guide to amigurumi and our chat with the beanie-mad MyBoshi boys.

Merry Christmas!